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“Raise the Titanic”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Once they said God couldn’t sink her. Then they said no man on earth could reach her. Now—you will be there when we…Raise the Titanic”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 25.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Raise the Titanic” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.

“Raise the Titanic” was among eleven confirmed first-run films released in 1980 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Associated Film Distribution (AFD) release — directed by Jerry Jameson and starring Jason Robards, Richard Jordan and Alec Guinness — opened August 1st except in Boston where it premiered July 30th and opened to the public July 31st.

Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held July 30th at Cinema 57 in Boston.

The 70mm prints of “Raise the Titanic” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.

AFD circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Borderline,” “The Jazz Singer” and “Times Square” during the release of “Raise the Titanic.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Raise the Titanic” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5 (5)

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (12)
Orange — Plitt’s City Center Twin (8)
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (8)

COLORADO
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental (1+)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (8)

ILLINOIS
Oak Brook — Plitt’s Oakbrook (5)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4 (4)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (9) [premiered 7/30 and opened 7/31]

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (7)

NEW JERSEY
Upper Montclair — UA’s Bellevue (6)

NEW YORK
New York — Reade’s Ziegfeld (11)
Penfield — Jo-Mor’s Panorama Plaza (7)
Syosset — UA’s Syosset (6)

TEXAS
Dallas — Plitt’s Cinema Twin (7)

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Regency (8)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (8)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1980-09-19 … Peoria, IL — Plitt’s Madison (1)

1980-11-07 … La Mirada, CA — Pacific’s La Mirada 6 (1)
1980-11-07 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (2)
1980-11-07 … Pasadena, CA — SRO’s Hastings Triplex (2)

1982-07-16 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (2) [w/ “Raiders of the Lost Ark”]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures and Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel and W.R. Miller.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
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