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“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” — The 70mm Engagements
“At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 21.09.2017
Updated 30-06-22
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Star Trek II” was among eighteen confirmed first-run films released in 1982 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Sixty-eight 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America and represented about five percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Paramount release — directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban — opened June 4th.

The film’s 70mm prints featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Paramount circulated 70mm trailers for “Airplane II,” “Friday the 13th Part III,” “Grease 2,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (re-issue) during the release of “Star Trek II.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Star Trek II” varied by venue and screening.

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

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace (17)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (15)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex (6)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (8)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (13)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (13)

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (3)
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 7-plex [70mm from Week 2]
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada 6-plex (8)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (10)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (8)
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore 7-plex (17)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (6)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (8)
Riverside — Sanborn’s Canyon Crest 5-plex (8)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (8) [70mm from Week 4]
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (8)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (6)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (#1: 8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (#2: 2)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s MacArthur (6)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Royal’s Royal (10)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 6-plex (7)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (3)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (8)

KENTUCKY
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (9)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (8)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (8)

MICHIGAN
Southfield — Suburban Detroit’s Northland Twin (7)

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (8)

NEBRASKA
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Indian Hills Twin (8)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#1: 15) [w/ “Tron” during Weeks 10-12]
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#2: 2)

NEW JERSEY
Moorestown — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (11)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 7-plex (7)

NEW YORK
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (7)
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (8)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (7)
New York — Loews’ State Twin (7)
Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex (16)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 9-plex (6)

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square (1+)

OHIO
Springdale — Mid States’ Tri-County 7-plex (12)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (1+)
London — Famous Players’ Park (1+)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (12)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (14)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (14)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (14)

OREGON
Beaverton — Luxury Theatres’ Westgate Triplex (7)
Portland — Moyer’s Rose Moyer 6-plex (45) [w/ “Tron” during weeks 11-28]

PENNSYLVANIA
Fairless Hills — Sameric’s Eric Twin (6)
King of Prussia — Sameric Eric Plaza (8)
Montgomeryville — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (11)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Mark I (14)
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (5)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Imperial (17) [opened June 11th]

TENNESSEE
Nashville — Martin’s Belle Meade (8)

TEXAS
Austin — GCC’s Highland Mall Twin (8)
Dallas — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex (16)

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre (17)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (8)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex (12)
Spokane — SRO’s Lincoln Heights Triplex (18)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark Triplex (8)

WISCONSIN
Fox Point — Capitol’s Brown Port (7)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to contractual terms or print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse scenario may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In such cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement (or movement out of a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
 
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1982-06-17 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (3)
1982-07-09 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (3)
1982-07-16 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (2)
1982-07-23 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy I (2)
1982-07-30 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (3)
1982-07-30 … El Cajon, CA — UA’s Parkway Plaza Triplex (8)
1982-07-30 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Crest (1)
1982-07-30 … San Diego, CA — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (12)
1982-07-30 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (1)
1982-08-06 … Winnipeg, MB — Towne 8-plex (5)
1982-08-27 … Huntsville, AL — United Amusement’s Madison Twin (3)
1982-09-03 … Torrance, CA — UA’s Del Amo 6-plex (4)
1982-09-03 … Renton, WA — MCR’s Roxy (3) [w/ “Dragonslayer”]
1982-09-10 … Greenfield, WI — Capitol’s Spring Mall Triplex (1)
1982-09-10 … Lakewood, CA — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (2) [w/ “Star Wars”]
1982-09-10 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
1982-09-24 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s River Hills (1)
1982-09-24 … San Francisco, CA — Regency III (1) [w/ “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”]
1982-10-01 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric’s Eric’s Place (3) [w/ “Poltergeist”]
1982-10-06 … Oakland, CA — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake Twin (2) [w/ “Poltergeist”]
1982-10-08 … Minnetonka, MN — Plitt’s Ridge Square Triplex (2)
1982-10-13 … San Antonio, TX — Santikos’ Galaxy 6-plex (4 days) [w/ “Dragonslayer”]
1982-10-15 … Spokane, WA — SRO’s River Park Square Twin (1)
1982-10-22 … Columbus, OH — GCC’s Eastland Twin (1) [70mm series]
1982-10-29 … Calgary, AB — Odeon’s Southland 4-plex (3)
1982-11-05 … Hamilton, ON — Tivoli (2) [w/ “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”]
1982-11-05 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (1) [w/ “Poltergeist”]
1982-11-19 … Montreal, QC — Odeon’s Cote-des-Neiges Twin (1)
1982-11-26 … Wichita, KS — Dickinson’s Mall (2) [Fri-Sat midnight]
1982-12-17 … Montreal, QC — United’s Imperial (5) [Version Francaise]
1982-12-26 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (matinee)
1982-12-29 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [Holiday Film Festival]
1982-??-?? … London, ON — Famous Players’ Park (?) [w/ “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”]

1983-01-28 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s City Center Twin (1) [w/ “Tron”]
1983-02-09 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1983-02-11 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera (2 days)
1983-09-16 … Winnipeg, MB — Odeon’s Garrick 4-plex (1)
1983-09-23 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (2)
1983-10-28 … St. Petersburg, FL — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (1) [w/ “Brainstorm”]
1983-11-04 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (1) [w/ “WarGames”]

1984-01-25 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1984-07-20 … Cleveland, OH — Colony [w/ “Star Trek III”]
1984-09-21 … Tukwila, WA — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (1) [w/ “Star Trek” and “Star Trek III”]

1985-05-10 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (2 days) [w/ “Star Trek III”]
1985-11-01 … Houston, TX — AMC’s Commerce Park 8-plex (1) [AMC Series 70]

1986-01-11 … Austin, TX — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex (2 days) [“Star Trek” series] [THX]

1987-02-25 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest; w/ “Star Trek III”]
1987-08-08 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera

1992-03-16 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (4 days) [70mm fest]
1992-10-17 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]
1992-10-21 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]

1994-05-27 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [“Star Trek” 70mm fest]
1994-07-08 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [“Star Trek” 70mm fest]
1994-11-09 … Castle Rock, WA — Cinedome (5 days) [“Star Trek” fest]

1996-11-22 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Navy Pier IMAX (1) [late night]
1996-11-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza [Fri-Sat midnight]

1999-05-28 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza [Fri-Sat-Sun midnight]

2008-12-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Laemmle’s Royal [Laemmle 70th fest; w/ “Alien”]

2010-06-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Laemmle’s Royal [“Star Trek” series]

2012-04-28 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [sci-fi fest]

2016-03-19 … Columbus, OH — Gateway Film Center 8-plex
2016-12-26 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox
2016-12-28 … Toronto, ON — TIFF Bell Lightbox

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, and Dolby records, with thanks to Scott Clark, Bobby Henderson, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Stephen Leigh, Mark Lensenmayer, Victor Liorentas, Monty Marin, Joe Odenthal, Saul Pincus, John Stewart, Enrique Valdivia, and a special thank-you to the librarians who assisted with the research for this project.

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