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Michael Coate
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The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas in North America, circa 1985

Compiled by Michael Coate

Why 1985? Because 1985 was the year which featured the highest number of 70mm releases (in North America, at least). By my count there were twenty-three confirmed 70mm releases during the 1985 calendar year (plus at least two re-releases), and seven of the year’s ten top-grossing films were released with 70mm prints including the year’s Oscar-winner for Best Picture. As well, the year prior (1984) saw the highest number of 70mm prints to ever circulate — 900 prints between sixteen titles — with about half of that output released late in the year and playing into the early months of ‘85.

So, the conclusion to be drawn here is that the mid-1980s ought to be considered the peak period for 70mm (as an exhibition format) and the point in time the industry was a well-oiled machine in regard to large format in so far as exhibitor and studio support and the laboratories’ ability to manufacture large 70mm print runs in a timely fashion.

The known 70mm-equipped cinemas in North America circa 1985…

Birmingham — Cobb’s Village East Twin
Huntsville — Cobb’s Madison Square 8-plex
Huntsville — United Amusement’s Madison Twin

Anchorage — Festival Enterprises’ University 6-plex
Anchorage — LT’s Fireweed Triplex
Anchorage — LT’s Polar Triplex

Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s North Hill
Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon Twin
Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase Grand Twin
Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s Southland 4-plex
Calgary — Famous Players’ Chinook
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin
Calgary — Famous Players’ Sunridge 5-plex
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Capilano
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Plaza Twin
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Westmount 4-plex* [THX]
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Garneau
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount
Edmonton — Famous Players’ West Mall 5-plex
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount Centre 4-plex

Mesa — Mann’s Superstition 5-plex
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex [THX]
Phoenix — Plitt’s Cine Capri
Phoenix — UA’s Chris-Town Mall 6-plex
Scottsdale — Blair’s Kachina
Tucson — AMC’s Campbell Plaza Triplex
Tucson — AMC’s El Con 6-plex
Tucson — AMC’s Showcase Twin
Tucson — Mann’s Buena Vista Twin
Tucson — Plitt’s El Dorado Twin
Tucson — Plitt’s Foothills 4-plex

Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema City 7-plex [THX]
Little Rock — UA’s Heights

Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex
New Westminster — Cineplex Odeon’s Westminster Mall Triplex
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex [THX]
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Park
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Vogue
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley [THX]
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin
Victoria — Cineplex Odeon’s Haida
Victoria — Famous Players’ Coronet
West Vancouver — Famous Players’ Park Royal Twin

Alhambra — Edwards’ Alhambra Place 5-plex
Anaheim — Vinstrand’s Brookhurst Twin
Arroyo Grande — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex
Azusa — Edwards’ Foothill Center 6-plex
Bakersfield — UA’s Movies 6-plex
Berkeley — Cinerama’s Berkeley
Berkeley — Cinerama’s California Triplex
Beverly Hills — AMPAS’ Samuel Goldwyn
Buena Park — UA’s Buena Park Mall 8-plex [THX]
Burlingame — Syufy’s Hyatt Triplex
Campbell — UA’s Pruneyard Triplex
Carlsbad — SoCal’s Plaza Camino Real 4-plex
Carmichael — Crestview
Cerritos — UA’s Cerritos Mall Twin
Chula Vista — UA’s Park Plaza 6-plex
Clovis — Festival Enterprises’ Regency 6-plex
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex*
Daly City — Plitt’s Plaza Twin
Del Mar — Edwards’ Flower Hill 4-plex
El Cajon — UA’s Parkway Plaza Triplex*
El Toro — Edwards’ El Toro 5-plex
Escondido — Edwards’ Carousel 6-plex
Escondido — UA’s Del Norte Plaza 8-plex [THX]
Fairfax — Marin’s Fairfax
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 7-plex*
Fresno — Festival Enterprises’ Regency 6-plex
Fresno — Pacific’s Sunnyside Drive-In
Glendale — Mann’s Glendale Twin
Glendale — Pacific’s Roxy
Hayward — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex
Hayward — UA’s Hayward 5-plex*
Huntington Beach — Edwards’ Charter Centre 5-plex
Irvine — Edwards’ University 6-plex
La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont
La Mesa — Pacific’s Grossmont Mall Triplex
La Mirada — Pacific’s Gateway 5-plex
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada Mall 6-plex*
Laguna Hills — Edwards/SoCal’s Laguna Hills Mall Triplex
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex*
Long Beach — UA’s Marketplace 6-plex
Los Angeles (Century City) — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin* [H**-4*** / THX]
Los Angeles (Del Rey) — UA’s Marina Marketplace 6-plex
Los Angeles (Downtown) — Metropolitan’s Globe
Los Angeles (Fairfax) — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* [THX]
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Fox
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Hollywood
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Vogue
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Paramount
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — UA’s Egyptian Triplex
Los Angeles (Mid-Wilshire) — Four Star
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — UA’s Valley Plaza 6-plex*
Los Angeles (Northridge) — Pacific’s Northridge 6-plex*
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5-plex [THX]
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — Mann’s La Reina
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — Pacific’s Galleria 4-plex
Los Angeles (Studio City) — Mann’s Studio
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex*
Los Angeles (University Park) — USC’s Eileen Norris
Los Angeles (West Los Angeles) — Pacific’s Picwood
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex* [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Bruin [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s National [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Plaza
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Regent
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Village [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Pacific’s Metro
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — UA’s Coronet 4-plex* [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — UA’s Egyptian [THX]
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — Pacific’s Topanga Twin
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — UA’s Warner Center 6-plex [THX]
Modesto — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore 7-plex
Monrovia — Mann’s Huntington Oaks 6-plex
Montclair — Pacific’s Montclair Triplex*
Montclair — UA’s Towne Center Plaza 6-plex
Monterey — UA’s Cinema 70
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10-plex*
Napa — Syufy’s Cinedome 7-plex*
National City — Pacific’s Sweetwater 6-plex*
Newark — Syufy’s Cinedome West 7-plex*
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin*
Oakland — Cinerama’s Piedmont
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex*
Oakland — Syufy’s Century 4-plex*
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex*
Orange — Syufy’s City Center 4-plex
Oxnard — Pacific’s Carriage Square 5-plex
Palm Desert — Metropolitan’s Town Center 7-plex*
Palm Springs — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex*
Palo Alto — Renaissance Rialto’s Stanford
Pasadena — Pacific’s Hastings 4-plex
Pasadena — Terrace Amusement’s Uptown
Pasadena — UA’s United Artists
Pinole — Syufy’s Century 9-plex*
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5-plex*
Redwood City — UA’s Redwood 6-plex
Riverside — SoCal’s Canyon Crest 9-plex*
Riverside — UA’s Park Sierra 6-plex
Riverside — UA’s Tyler Mall 4-plex
Sacramento — Landmark’s Tower Triplex
Sacramento — Syufy’s Capitol 4-plex*
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex*
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5-plex*
Sacramento — UA’s Arden Fair 6-plex*
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21
San Diego — Mann’s Loma
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama
San Diego — Pacific’s La Jolla Village 4-plex
San Diego — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex
San Diego — UA’s Horton Plaza 7-plex [THX]
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency III
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Royal
San Francisco — Plitt’s Northpoint
San Francisco — Syufy’s Cinema 21
San Francisco — Syufy’s Empire Triplex
San Francisco — UA’s Alexandria Triplex
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex* [THX]
San Francisco — UA’s Metro
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin*
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 25 Twin*
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country
San Rafael — Marin’s Regency 6-plex*
San Ramon — Festival Enterprises’ Crow Canyon 6-plex
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Arlington
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Granada Triplex
Santa Clara — UA’s Cinema 150
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex*
Stanton — Edwards’ Village Center 6-plex
Stockton — Festival Enterprises’ Regency 4-plex
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex
Thousand Oaks — UA’s Oaks 5-plex
Torrance — Mann’s Old Towne 6-plex*
Torrance — UA’s Del Amo 6-plex
Ventura — Mann’s Buenaventura 6-plex
Ventura — Mann’s Fox Twin
West Covina — SoCal’s Eastland 5-plex
West Covina — SoCal’s Wescove Triplex
West Hollywood — Directors Guild
Westminster — UA’s Westminster Mall Twin

Arvada — Commonwealth’s Cooper 6-plex
Aurora — Commonwealth’s Cooper 5-plex
Aurora — Commonwealth’s East Drive-In
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Cinema 70 Triplex
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Cooper Triplex
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Mall of the Bluffs Twin
Colorado Springs — Mann’s Cinema 150
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental
Denver — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin
Denver — Landmark’s Esquire
Denver — Mann’s Aladdin
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 [THX]
Littleton — AMC’s Southbridge Plaza 8-plex*
Littleton — Commonwealth’s Cooper 7-plex [H**-4***]
Littleton — Mann’s Festival 6-plex
Thornton — Commonwealth’s North Star Drive-In

East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex*
Hartford — Cinestudio
Orange — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex*
Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway Twin
Trumbull — Trans-Lux’s Trumbull Triplex
West Hartford — Perakos’ Elm Twin

Claymont — Sameric’s Eric Tri-State Mall 5-plex

Washington — Circle’s Avalon Twin [H**-4***]
Washington — Circle’s Embassy Circle
Washington — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex*
Washington — Circle’s Ontario
Washington — Circle’s Tenley Triplex
Washington — Circle’s Uptown
Washington — GCC’s Jenifer Twin
Washington — K-B’s Cinema
Washington — K-B’s Fine Arts
Washington — Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford

Bay Harbor Islands — Loews’ Bay Harbor Twin
Coral Gables — GCC’s Riviera Twin
Coral Springs — GCC’s Coral Square 8-plex
Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex
Jacksonville — Plitt’s Bay Meadows 8-plex
Kendall — AMC’s Town & Country 10-plex
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex
Mary Esther — Ogden-Perry’s Santa Rosa Triplex
Miami Beach — Wometco’s Byron Carlyle Triplex
North Miami Beach — Loews’ 167th Street Twin
North Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street Triplex
Orlando — GCC’s Fashion Square 8-plex
Orlando — Plitt’s Plaza Twin
St. Petersburg — Plitt’s Plaza Twin
Tampa — GCC’s Northdale Court 6-plex [THX]
Tampa — Plitt’s University Collection 6-plex
Tampa — UA’s The Movies at Mission Bell 8-plex
West Palm Beach — GCC’s Cinema 70 Triplex
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex

Atlanta — Columbia
Atlanta — Fox
Atlanta — GTC’s Lenox Square 6-plex
Atlanta — Lefont’s Tara 4-plex
Atlanta — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex
Atlanta — Storey’s 12 Oaks Twin
Atlanta — Storey’s Rhodes
Augusta — GTC’s National Hills
College Park — Storey’s National 6-plex
Duluth — GCC’s Gwinnett Place 6-plex
Morrow — GTC’s Southlake 8-plex*
Roswell — Septum’s Holcomb Woods 6-plex
Savannah — Litchfield’s Tara 4-plex
Stone Mountain — Septum’s Memorial Drive 4-plex
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex*
Union City — GTC’s Shannon 8-plex

Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama [H**-4***]
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Kahala Mall 5-plex [H**-4***]
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Kapiolani
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin* [H**-4***]
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 [H**-4***]
Kailua — Consolidated’s Kailua Drive-In

Boise — Plitt’s 8th Street Market Place Twin
Twin Falls — Plitt’s Mall

Belleville — BAC’s Cinema 4-plex
Bloomingdale — Plitt’s Stratford Square 8-plex
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex*
Champaign — Kerasotes’ Virginia
Chicago — Center’s McClurg Court
Chicago — Essaness’ Chestnut Station 5-plex*
Chicago — Essaness’ Lincoln Village Triplex
Chicago — Essaness’ Plaza Triplex
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5-plex
Chicago — M&R’s Fine Arts 4-plex
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire
Chicago — Plitt’s Nortown Triplex
Chicago Ridge — Chicago Ridge Mall 4-plex
Downers Grove — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli
Elgin — Fox
Evanston — M&R’s Evanston 5-plex
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4-plex
Forest Park — Essaness’ Forest Park Mall Triplex*
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 6-plex
Hoffman Estates — Essaness’ Century 4-plex
Homewood — Plitt’s Diana 4-plex
Lombard — GCC’s Yorktown 6-plex [THX]
Milan — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Moline — Redstone’s Parkway
Mount Prospect — GCC’s Randhurst 4-plex
Niles — Essaness’ Golf Mill Triplex*
Niles — M&R’s Niles Square
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 7-plex
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin
Oak Brook — Plitt’s Oakbrook Triplex
Orland Park — Plitt’s Orland Square 8-plex
Peoria — Kerasotes’ Beverly
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex*
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex
Springfield — Kerasotes’ Esquire 4-plex
Springfield — Kerasotes’ Fox Town & Country
Tinley Park — Essaness’ Bremen 4-plex

Carmel — Heaston’s Woodland Twin
Evansville — Stieler’s North Park 7-plex
Fort Wayne — MSM’s Holiday Twin
Indianapolis — Loews’ College Park 6-plex
Indianapolis — Twin-Theatair Drive-In
Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood

Cedar Rapids — Dubinsky’s Plaza
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s Plaza
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s River Hills
Dubuque — Dubuque’s Cinema Center 5-plex
Dubuque — Dubuque’s Super 20 Drive-In
Mason City — Central States’ Park 70
Sioux City — Dubinsky’s Riviera Twin

Overland Park — AMC’s Oak Park Plaza 6
Overland Park — Commonwealth’s Ranch Mart 4-plex
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex*
Wichita — Commonwealth’s Twin Lakes Twin
Wichita — Dickinson’s Mall

Erlanger — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Fairdale — Associated’s South Park Drive-In
Florence — USA’s Florence 6-plex
Lexington — USA’s Northpark 6-plex
Lexington — USA’s Southpark 6-plex
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 11-plex*

Baton Rouge — GCC’s Cortana Mall Triplex
Baton Rouge — Gulf States’ Bon Marche Mall 11-plex
Gretna — Cobb’s Westside Twin
Lake Charles — Ogden-Perry’s Charles Triplex
Marrero — Gulf States’ Belle Promenade 6-plex
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex
Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5-plex*
New Orleans — GCC’s Robert E. Lee
New Orleans — Golden Crest’s Kenilworth
New Orleans — Gulf States’ Eastlake 8-plex
Slidell — Gulf States’ Tiger Drive-In

Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Garrick 4-plex
Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Grant Park
Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon
Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Towne 8-plex
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin

Baltimore — Durkee’s Senator
Baltimore — JF’s 5-Star Reisterstown Plaza 5-plex
Baltimore — JF’s North Point Plaza 4-plex
Baltimore — JF’s Reisterstown Plaza Twin
Baltimore — UA’s The Movies at Harbor Park 9-plex
Bethesda — K-B’s Bethesda Mall Triplex
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 8-plex
Greenbelt — AMC’s Academy 14-plex*
Lutherville — JF’s Yorkridge 4-plex
Timonium — Loews’ Timonium Triplex
Towson — Rappaport’s Hillendale Twin
Woodlawn — GCC’s Security Square Mall 4-plex

Boston — USA’s Charles Triplex
Boston — USA’s Cheri Triplex*
Boston — USA’s Cinema 57 Twin*
Boston — USA’s Copley Place 9-plex
Brookline — Coolidge Corner Twin
Brookline — Redstone’s Showcase Circle 5-plex
Chestnut Hill — GCC’s Chestnut Hill 5-plex
Danvers — USA’s Liberty Tree Mall Twin
Dedham — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex*
Lawrence — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Revere — Redstone’s Showcase 12-plex*
Seekonk — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex*
Shrewsbury — Redstone’s Edgemere Drive-In
Somerville — USA’s Assembly Square 12-plex
West Springfield — Redstone’s Palace Twin
West Springfield — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex*
Woburn — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Worcester — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex
Worcester — Redstone’s Webster Square Twin

Ann Arbor — UA’s Fox Village 4-plex
Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase Pontiac 10-plex*
Burton — Redstone’s Eastland Twin
Burton — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex*
Cascade — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Dearborn — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10-plex
Farmington Hills — SDT’s Old Orchard Triplex
Flint — Butterfield’s Flint
Grand Rapids — Butterfield’s Eastbrook Twin
Grosse Pointe Woods — NGT’s Woods 6-plex
Harper Woods — SDT’s Eastland Twin
Harper Woods — SDT’s Eastland Mall 5-plex
Kalamazoo — UA’s West Main 7-plex
Lansing — UA’s Spartan Triplex
Livonia — NGT’s Mai Kai
Livonia — SDT’s Terrace Twin
Novi — UA’s The Movies at 12 Oaks 6-plex
Pontiac — Redstone’s Miracle Mile Drive-In
Redford — Motor City Theater Organ Society’s Redford
Saginaw — Butterfield’s Temple
Southfield — NGT’s Americana 8-plex* [Cinemagic]
Southfield — SDT’s Northland Twin
Southfield — UA’s The Movies at Prudential Twin
Southgate — NGT’s Southgate 4-plex
Sterling Heights — Redstone’s Showcase 11-plex*
Troy — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex
Wyoming — Loeks’ Studio 28 12-plex

Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin
Brooklyn Center — Plitt’s Brookdale
Maplewood — Herringer’s Maple Leaf Drive-In
Maplewood — UA’s The Movies at Maplewood II 6-plex
Minneapolis — Engler’s St. Anthony Main 5-plex
Minneapolis — Plitt’s Skyway 6-plex
Minnetonka — Plitt’s Ridge Square Triplex
Roseville — Engler’s Apache 4-plex
Roseville — GCC’s Har-Mar 11-plex [THX]
Roseville — UA’s The Movies at Pavilion Place 7-plex
St. Louis Park — GCC’s Shelard Park 5-plex
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Cooper Twin
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Knollwood 4-plex
West St. Paul — Engler’s Signal Hills 4-plex

Columbus — Malco’s Fiesta Drive-in

Chesterfield — Wehrenberg’s Clarkson 6-plex
Columbia — Commonwealth’s Cinema
Creve Coeur — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur Triplex
Hazelwood — AMC’s Village 6-plex
Independence — Mid-America’s Blue Ridge East 5-plex
Jennings — Wehrenberg’s North Drive-In
Kansas City — AMC’s Bannister Square 6-plex
Kansas City — AMC’s Empire 4-plex
Kansas City — Commonwealth’s Bannister Mall 5-plex
Kansas City — Finklestein’s Fairyland Drive-In
Richmond Heights — AMC’s Esquire 4-plex
Shrewsbury — Wehrenberg’s Kenrick 8-plex
Springfield — Dickinson’s Century 21
Sunset Hills — Wehrenberg’s Mark Twain

Lincoln — Commonwealth’s Cooper/Lincoln
Omaha — AMC’s Westroads 8-plex
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Indian Hills Twin
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Orchard 4-plex ???
Omaha — Douglas’ Cinema Center 6-plex*
Omaha — Douglas’ Q-Cinema 6-plex
Omaha — Moran’s Dundee

Las Vegas — Paradise 6-plex
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex*
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Fox
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Parkway Triplex*
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Red Rock 11-plex*
Reno — Syufy’s Century 6-plex*

Cedar Grove — UA’s Cinema 23
Edison — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin
Lawrenceville — Sameric’s Eric Twin
Middletown — UA’s The Movies at Middletown 7-plex
Montclair — Cinema Service’s Clairidge Triplex
Moorestown — Sameric’s Eric Plaza Twin
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 10-plex*
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Triplex
Pennsauken — Sameric’s Eric 5-plex
Sayreville — Redstone’s Amboy 12-plex*
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex*
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex
Upper Montclair — UA’s Bellevue Triplex
Wayne — Loews’ Wayne 6-plex*
West Orange — GCC’s Essex Green Triplex [THX]

Albuquerque — Commonwealth’s Cinema East Twin
Albuquerque — Commonwealth’s Winrock Twin
Albuquerque — GCC’s Louisiana Blvd. Triplex

Albany — UA’s Hellman Twin
Amherst — GCC’s University 8-plex [THX] ???
Bay Shore — UA’s Cinema
Bronxville — UA’s Bronxville Triplex
Cheektowaga — AMC’s Holiday 6-plex
Cheektowaga — GCC’s Thruway Plaza 8-plex ???
Colonie — RKO Century’s Fox Colonie Twin
Commack — Redstone’s Commack 10-plex
Coram — UA’s The Movies at Coram 10-plex
DeWitt — Cinema National’s Shoppingtown 4-plex
East Meadow — UA’s Meadowbrook 4-plex
East Setauket — RKO Century’s Fox
Garden City — RKO Century’s Roosevelt Field 4-plex
Greece — Jo-Mor’s Stoneridge Plaza Triplex
Guilderland — Cinema Centers’ Crossgates Mall 12-plex
Henrietta — Loews’ Towne 4-plex
Hicksville — Town & Country’s Mid-Plaza 6-plex
Islip — Brandt’s Islip Triplex
Kingston — Cinema Centers’ Hudson Valley Mall 6-plex
Lawrence — RKO Century’s Lawrence Triplex*
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 6-plex*
Lynbrook — UA’s Lynbrook 4-plex
Massapequa — UA’s Pequa
Medford — Redstone’s Brookhaven 12-plex* [THX]
Nanuet — RKO Century’s Nanuet 5-plex
Nanuet — UA’s Route 59
New York (Bronx) — Redstone’s Whitestone 12-plex*
New York (Brooklyn) — RKO Century’s Kingsway 5-plex
New York (Manhattan) — Guild’s Embassy 1
New York (Manhattan) — Guild’s Embassy Triplex
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex*
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 83rd Street 4-plex
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex*
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Astor Plaza
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ New York Twin
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Orpheum Twin
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Paramount
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ State Twin*
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Tower East
New York (Manhattan) — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex*
New York (Manhattan) — Moss’ Movieland
New York (Manhattan) — Museum of Modern Art’s Roy and Niuta Titus
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s 23rd Street West Triplex
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s Baronet
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s Bay
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s Coronet
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s Ziegfeld
New York (Manhattan) — RKO Century’s National Twin*
New York (Manhattan) — RKO Century’s Warner Twin*
New York (Manhattan) — RKO Cinema 5’s Beekman
New York (Manhattan) — RKO Cinema 5’s Cinema 1
New York (Manhattan) — RKO Cinema 5’s Murray Hill
New York (Manhattan) — Rockefeller’s Radio City Music Hall
New York (Manhattan) — Trans-Lux’s Gotham
New York (Manhattan) — UA’s East
New York (Manhattan) — UA’s Gemini Twin
New York (Manhattan) — UA’s United Artists Twin* [H**-4***]
New York (Queens) — Loews’ Lefrak Triplex
New York (Queens) — RKO Century’s Fresh Meadows Twin
New York (Queens) — UA’s Continental Triplex
New York (Staten Island) — RKO Century’s Fox Plaza Twin
Niskayuna — Cinema National’s Mohawk Mall Triplex
Peekskill — Lightstone’s Beach 4-plex
Penfield — Jo-Mor’s Panorama Plaza Twin
Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex
Plainview — RKO Century’s Plainview
Port Washington — GG’s Sands Point
Rockville Centre — RKO Century’s Fantasy
Syosset — UA’s Syosset Triplex*
Utica — Fitzgerald’s Uptown
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex*
Valley Stream — RKO Century’s Green Acres Triplex
Wappingers Falls — Imperial Twin
Webster — Loews’ Webster 8-plex
White Plains — GCC’s Galleria Twin
White Plains — UA’s Cinema
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150
Yonkers — GCC’s Central Plaza 4-plex

Charlotte — Consolidated’s University Place 6-plex
Charlotte — GCC’s Charlottetown 4-plex
Charlotte — Plitt’s Park Terrace Triplex
Fayetteville — Consolidated’s Bordeaux Triplex
Greensboro — Plitt’s Terrace Triplex*
Hickory — Benfield’s Carolina
Raleigh — Litchfield’s Mission Valley 5-plex
Raleigh — Plitt’s Cardinal Twin
Winston-Salem — Plitt’s Thruway Twin

Fargo — CEC’s Cinema 70 Triplex ???
Fargo — Plitt’s Fargo ???

Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square

Beavercreek — Chakeres’ Beavercreek 7-plex
Beavercreek — USA’s Beaver Valley 6-plex
Canton — Palace
Cincinnati — Redstone’s Showcase Eastgate 7-plex*
Cincinnati — USA’s Carousel Twin
Cincinnati — USA’s Kenwood Twin
Cleveland — Colony
Cleveland — CWRU’s Strosacker
Cleveland Heights — NTC’s Severance 8-plex [THX]
Columbus — GCC’s Eastland Mall Twin
Columbus — GCC’s Northland 8-plex [THX]
Columbus — GCC’s Northland Twin
Columbus — USA’s Continent 9-plex
Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 8-plex*
Mentor — NTC’s Great Lakes Mall 5-plex
North Olmsted — NTC’s Great Northern 7-plex [THX]
Parma — GCC’s Parmatown 5-plex
South Euclid — Loews’ Cedar Center Twin
Springdale — USA’s Tri-County 7-plex
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex*
Trotwood — USA’s Salem Mall 4-plex
Whitehall — Chakeres’ Cinema East
Woodmere — Loews’ Village

Oklahoma City — AMC’s Memorial Square 8-plex
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Almonte 6-plex
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Quail Twin
Oklahoma City — GCC’s Quail Springs Mall 6-plex
Oklahoma City — Oklahoma Cinema’s North Park 4-plex
Oklahoma City — Oklahoma Cinema’s Westwood
Oklahoma City — Spectro’s Tower
Tulsa — UA’s Boman Twin

Etobicoke — Cineplex Odeon’s Albion Twin
Hamilton — Cineplex Odeon’s Centre Twin*
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli
London — Famous Players’ Park
Mississauga — Famous Players’ Square One 4-plex
Newmarket — Famous Players’ Glenway 5-plex
North York — Cineplex Odeon’s Don Mills
North York — Famous Players’ Town & Countrye Twin
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon St. Laurent Twin
Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon Somerset
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex
Ottawa — National Arts Centre’s Opera
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Canada Square 8-plex [THX]
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Eaton Centre 18-plex
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairlawn Twin
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Humber Twin
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin*
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Market Square 6-plex
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin* [THX]
Toronto — Cinesphere
Toronto — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton [THX]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin
Toronto — Famous Players’ Imperial 6-plex
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin
Toronto — Famous Players’ Sheraton Centre Twin
Toronto — Famous Players’ University
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex
Toronto — Ontario Science Centre

Beaverton — LT’s Westgate Triplex*
Beaverton — Moyer’s Tanasbourne Triplex
Eugene — LT’s Cinema World 4-plex
Eugene — Moyer’s West 11th Triplex
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex
Portland — LT’s Fox
Portland — LT’s Hollywood Triplex
Portland — LT’s Music Box
Portland — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex
Portland — Moyer’s Rose Moyer 6-plex
Portland — Seven Gables’ Koin Center 6-plex
Wilsonville — Moyer’s Grand Parkway Triplex

Allentown — Sameric’s Eric 5-plex
Bensalem — AMC’s Premiere Twin
Concordville — Sameric’s Eric 4-plex
Easton — Sameric’s Eric 4-plex
Erie — Warner
Fairless Hills — Sameric’s Eric Triplex
Feasterville — Sameric’s Eric 4-plex
Harrisburg — Sameric’s Eric East Park Center Twin
King of Prussia — Sameric’s Eric King Twin
King of Prussia — Sameric’s Eric Plaza Twin
McCandless — Redstone’s Showcase North 9-plex*
Monroeville — Redstone’s Showcase East 6-plex*
Montgomeryville — Budco’s 309 4-plex
Montgomeryville — Sameric’s Eric Triplex
Philadelphia — Budco’s Cheltenham Twin ???
Philadelphia — Budco’s Olde City Twin
Philadelphia — Budco’s Orleans 8-plex
Philadelphia — Budco’s Regency Twin
Philadelphia — RAM’s Parkwood Twin
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Eric’s Place
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Mark I
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric 4-plex*
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Sam’s Place Twin
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Fulton
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s North Hills
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner
Reading — Fox’s Fox North
Robinson — Redstone’s Showcase West 11-plex*
South Park — Fair Ground Drive-In
Upper Darby — Sameric’s Eric Pilgrim Gardens

Dorval — United’s Dorval Triplex
Laval — United’s Laval 5-plex
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Alexis Nihon Plaza Triplex
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Champlain Twin
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Cote-des-Neiges Twin
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Cremazie
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Place du Canada
Montreal — United’s Capitol 6-plex
Montreal — United’s Claremont
Montreal — United’s Imperial [THX]
Montreal — United’s Le Parisien 5-plex
Montreal — United’s Loews 5-plex
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex
Montreal — United’s York
Sainte-Foy — United’s Canadien
Sainte-Foy — United’s Cinema Ste-Foy Triplex
Westmount — United’s Westmount Square

Warwick — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex*

Charleston — Plitt’s Ultravision Twin
Greenville — Carmike’s Astro Twin
Greenville — Litchfield’s Bijou 8-plex
North Charleston — Litchfield’s Aviation 8-plex

Antioch — Carmike’s Bell Forge 6-plex
Chattanooga — Carmike’s East Ridge 6-plex
Chattanooga — Choo Choo
Goodletsville — Carmike’s Rivergate Mall 6-plex
Knoxville — Plitt’s Cedar Bluff Twin
Knoxville — Simpson’s Capri 4-plex
Knoxville — UA’s East Towne 7-plex
Memphis — Southern Theatre Service’s Paramount Twin
Nashville — Carmike’s Belle Meade

Addison — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex [THX]
Amarillo — Mann’s Fox Twin
Amarillo — Plitt’s Cinema Twin
Amarillo — UA’s Cinema 6-plex [THX]
Arlington — AMC’s Green Oaks 8-plex*
Arlington — Loews’ Lincoln Square 6-plex
Arlington — UA’s Bowen 8-plex [THX]
Austin — AMC’s Americana
Austin — GCC’s Highland Mall Twin
Austin — Mann’s Fox Triplex
Austin — Mann’s Westgate Triplex
Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex [THX]
Austin — Presidio’s Lincoln Triplex [THX]
Austin — Presidio’s Southpark Triplex [THX]
Beaumont — UA’s Phelan 6-plex [THX]
Bryan — Schulman’s Manor East Triplex
Carrolton — GCC’s Furneaux Creek 7-plex
Dallas — AMC’s Prestonwood 5-plex
Dallas — GCC’s Caruth Plaza Triplex
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin* [THX]
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark East Twin
Dallas — GCC’s Valley View Twin
Dallas — Landmark’s Inwood Triplex
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex*
Dallas — Plitt’s Medallion
Dallas — UA’s Cine Twin
Dallas — UA’s Skillman 6-plex [THX]
Dallas — UA’s South 8-plex [THX]
Dallas — UA’s Walnut Hill 6-plex [THX]
El Paso — Commonwealth’s Bassett Center Twin
El Paso — Commonwealth’s Bassett 6-plex
El Paso — GCC’s Cielo Vista Mall 10-plex
Fort Worth — AMC’s Hulen 10-plex*
Fort Worth — GCC’s Opera House
Fort Worth — Plitt’s Ridglea
Fort Worth — UA’s Hulen 6-plex [THX]
Garland — UA’s Northstar 8-plex
Highland Park — B&B’s Village Triplex
Houston — AMC’s Commerce Park 8-plex*
Houston — AMC’s Quorum 8-plex*
Houston — AMC’s Westchase 5-plex
Houston — Cineplex’s Gaylynn Terrace
Houston — Cineplex’s Windsor Twin
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex*
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex
Houston — Loews’ Easton Commons 8-plex
Houston — Loews’ Saks Center Twin
Houston — Loews’ Southpoint 5-plex
Houston — Loews’ Southwest 6-plex
Houston — Loews’ Town & Country Triplex
Houston — Plitt’s Cinema 5-plex
Houston — Plitt’s West Oaks 7-plex*
Houston — Plitt’s Woodlake Triplex
Hurst — UA’s North East 6-plex [THX]
Lubbock — Noret’s Winchester Twin
Mesquite — AMC’s Towne Crossing 8-plex
Mesquite — UA’s Town East 6-plex [THX]
Odessa — UA’s Northpark 6-plex
Plano — Loews’ Preston Park 6-plex
San Antonio — Santikos’ Central Park Fox 4-plex
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 10-plex* [THX]
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex* [THX]
San Antonio — Santikos’ Westlakes 9-plex
Spring — Loews’ Spring 10-plex
Victoria — Frels’ Salem 6-plex
Waco — Plitt’s Richland Mall 4-plex
Webster — Loews’ Bay Area 6-plex
White Settlement — UA’s Las Vegas Trail 8-plex [THX]

Holladay — Mann’s Cottonwood Mall 4-plex
Ogden — Consolidated’s Newgate Starships 4-plex
Orem — SCERA
Riverdale — Plitt’s Cinedome Twin*
Salt Lake City — Mann’s Villa
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Regency
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex
South Ogden — Plitt’s Wilshire Triplex
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex*
Taylorsville — Plitt’s Midvalley 6-plex

Bailey’s Crossroads — K-B’s Cinema 7 Twin
Fairfax — Showcase’s Fair City Mall Triplex
Fairfax — UA’s The Movies at Fair Oaks 8-plex
McLean — NTI’s Tysons Center 4-plex
McLean — Roth’s Tysons Corner 8-plex
Norfolk — Naro
Portsmouth — Schoenfeld’s Plaza Triplex
Richmond — GCI’s Broad Street Twin
Richmond — Litchfield’s Midlothian 6-plex
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 7-plex
Richmond — NTI’s Willow Lawn
Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6-plex [THX]
Vienna — NTI’s Tysons Twin

Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex*
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 5-plex*
Olympia — Capitol Cities’ State Triplex
Renton — MCR’s Roxy
Seattle — GCC’s King
Seattle — LT’s Coliseum
Seattle — Seven Gables’ Crest 4-plex*
Seattle — Seven Gables’ Guild 45th Twin*
Seattle — SIFF’s Egyptian
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama
Seattle — SRO’s Northgate
Seattle — SRO’s Town
Seattle — SRO’s Uptown Triplex
Seattle — UA’s Cinema 150
Spokane — LT’s Fox Triplex
Spokane — SRO’s Lyons Avenue 4-plex
Spokane — SRO’s River Park Square Twin
Spokane — SRO’s State
Spokane Valley — LT’s East Sprague 6-plex
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma South 5-plex
Tacoma — Star Cinemas’ Rialto
Tacoma — Star Cinemas’ Temple
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex*
Tukwila — SRO’s Southcenter
Union Gap — Yakima’s Mercy 6-plex

Brookfield — GCC’s Brookfield Square Twin
Fox Point — Capitol’s Brown Port
Greenfield — Capitol’s Spring Mall 4-plex
Madison — Marcus’ Eastgate 6-plex
Milwaukee — Capitol’s Loomis Road 4-plex
Milwaukee — Marcus’ Northtown 6-plex
Milwaukee — UA’s Southgate
Waukesha — Marcus’ Westown 6-plex
Wauwatosa — UA’s Mayfair Twin
West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown 6-plex

*Two (or more) screens in complex equipped with 70mm capability


There probably exist a handful of venues cited in this work that during timeframe being studied did not actually possess the ability to screen 70mm because the once-installed gear had been removed and decommissioned or relocated to another venue. The still-open status (in 1985) of these venues and the lack of any confirmation of such a removal situation explains the inclusion.

IMAX and other large format special venue installations have not been cited. In addition it is possible some such venues at the time may have had the ability to also screen 5-70 prints.

Venues known to have closed during the 1985 calendar year have been included.

Studio and private screening room shave not been included.

In the case of venues that during the 1985 calendar year incurred an ownership change or renovation resulting in additional auditoria, effort has been made to cite such details based upon the venue’s status at end of the year.

The Cineplex Odeon chain acquired the Plitt chain in 1985 though the name change did not immediately take effect which explains the retained usage of the Plitt name for the applicable venues.

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Gabel, Bobby Henderson, Mike Hensley, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Victor Liorentas, Stan Malone, Adam Martin, Brad Miller, Scott Neff, Cliff Stephenson, John Williamson, Vince Young, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor [or post a comment in this discussion thread].


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California>Hollywood>Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center (Screens 1 & 2 = THX). Actually this was a 1987 install, so it might not work for you depending on what "circa" allows for.

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Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin
Varsity was a single screen house. I'm not certain it had 70mm capability in 1985. It only had one 70mm screening of Hamlet in early 1997.

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It might be cool to add an denotation to any sites that still are operating with 70mm capabilities, if there are any.

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There is no "Bethesda Mall" It should read K-B Montgomery Mall (triplex).


Tyson's Corner (NTI) had 70mm, I believe in some form...there were various Tyson Corner theatres but it would be the NTI one that had 70mm via Bauer U2 projectors. That said, it is possible there was a time after the various splittings that Tyson's was 70mm-less though NTI's Tyson-4 (used to be a twin) had 70mm on screen 1, verifiable by checking Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when I personally ran in 70mm there...Unfortunately, I cannot verify equipment before that time or in 1985 as I had no connection with the company then (I was with K-B until 2/3rds though 1987).

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While I can't guarantee that these New York theaters had 70mm precisely in 1985 (or that all existed at that time), they did have 70mm at some point:

City Cinemas Gramercy
City Cinemas 86th Street Twin (still open as a Quad)
Cineplex Odeon Chelsea Cinema 9 (now Cinépolis) xxDidn't open until '89
Cineplex Odeon Regency
Cineplex Odeon/Clearview 1st & 62nd 6
Cineplex Odeon Park & 86th St
Guild 50th Street
Cineplex Odeon Encore Worldwide 6 (now a legit theater)xxx didn't open until '89
City Cinemas Sutton

The Loews 19th St East that someone else mentioned didn't open until 1989.

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Filling in some detail on Steve's post

The Bauer U2's were at the Neighborhood Theaters (NTI) Tyson Cinema, which was not in the Tyson Corner Shopping Center, but down the street about a mile. It had 70mm as a single. It became the Tyson Twin in 1983. As far as I recall they kept their U2's (and thus 70mm) after the twinning, but I could be wrong.

The Tyson 1 & 2 was in the original Tyson Corner's Shopping Center. It was remodeled into the Tyson 1-4. I mostly remember it as a twin with carbon arcs and manual changeovers. I don't recall any 70mm, but I left the area in 1985.

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quote: Martin Brooks
While I can't guarantee that these New York theaters had 70mm precisely in 1985 (or that all existed at that time), they did have 70mm at some point:

City Cinemas Gramercy
City Cinemas 86th Street Twin (still open as a Quad)
Cineplex Odeon Chelsea Cinema 9 (now Cinépolis) xxDidn't open until '89
Cineplex Odeon Regency
Cineplex Odeon/Clearview 1st & 62nd 6
Cineplex Odeon Park & 86th St
Guild 50th Street
Cineplex Odeon Encore Worldwide 6 (now a legit theater)xxx didn't open until '89
City Cinemas Sutton

The Loews 19th St East that someone else mentioned didn't open until 1989.

The difficult thing is Mike's list is dated 1985, and we don't know all the corporate moves that took place in the years since. I'm unfamiliar with the Walter Reade company. When I lived in NYC Cineplex Odeon had taken over theaters like the Ziegfeld. City Cinemas took over a number of screens apparently run by RKO.

I can personally vouch for the Gramercy Theater on 23rd Street, having seen a few movies there. I watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 70mm there as well as the 70mm blow-up of Fantasia in 1990. I guess the question is when the 70mm equipment was installed in that theater. City Cinemas ran that one when I lived in NYC.

In the late 1980's a number of theaters opened and closed in that part of Manhattan. The Loews 19th Street East Six opened around the 1988-89 time frame. I remember portions of Big being filmed at a night spot close to that location back then. Actually several key locations of Big were shot in that neighborhood. I watched The Hunt for Red October and Godfather Part III in 70mm there, among other 35mm movies like Silence of the Lambs. The Loews Village Theatre VII opened in 1991 IIRC; I watched Thelma & Louise in Dolby SR on its THX-certified screen. It was an early adopter Dolby Digital screen. School of Visual Arts took over and remodeled the old 23rd Street triplex. I saw Lethal Weapon 2 in 70mm at that theater. Chelsea Cinemas opened nearby the same summer (1989) and Lethal Weapon 2 was wrongly advertised as being at that theater in 70mm. The older 23rd Street theater had it.

One NYC theater I see missing from the list in NYC is the 57th Street Playhouse. But was it 70mm equipped in 1985? I watched Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky in 1.85:1 70mm at that theater. I thought the cinematography (via Vittorio Storaro) was very good.

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Because I operated these myself, the Fox Fourplex in Lubbock Texas in 1985 had a set of Norelco DP70s. However the only 70mm showing the theater ever ran was Brainstorm in 1983. These would come out in 1987 when Mann Theaters bought two sets of Potts 5 stack platters and the entire booth ran on Ballentyne Pro 35's.

Noret Theater's Winchester Twin did indeed have two Century JJ projectors, but in 1984 it was decided to move one of them to the single screen Cinema West to run Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom in 70mm. Weeks prior to opening, Noret requested the movie be booked at the Winchester Twin instead. Paramount put the movie back up for bid and UA Theaters outbid Noret. Southplains Cinema did not have 70mm.

TL;DR version: Mann Fox Theater and Noret Cinema West in 1985 had 70mm capability in Lubbock as well as Winchester Twin.

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Columbus — Malco’s Fiesta Drive-in

For those interested, the Fiesta had a pair of DP70's. Those projectors were replaced in the early 70's with a single XL and a platter.

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Nashville's Belle Meade had the projectors left over from many years previous, did not have any processor, and indeed only Optical Mono worked. No lens, splicer, or 70mm capable platter.

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Was the Fairfax in LA ever 70MM equipped?

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^ It was, screen #2 which had the original proscenium. Whether it was in 1985, I don't know, but it was in the later Eighties.

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For Illinois, Plitt River Oaks (Calumet City) had 70mm both on the original D150 house and #2 across the street. (First week of Raiders they shared the same 70mm print with ushers ferrying the doubled up reels back and forth!).

M&R River Run, Lansing, IL (later Loews) had 70mm on one screen. Not sure if it was ever used. Theatre was just across the creek behind original River Oaks building. (This theatre is still in operation as Cinema 8 while all vestiges of River Oaks -- ultimately 14 screens in 5 buildings -- is gone.)

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The Hinsdale Theater in Illinois was also 70mm equipped from about 1989 until it closed. Pair of DP-70's from a UA House in Milwaukee. The first 70mm run there was Short Cuts, I believe in 1991 as a First Run show. I do know they ran at least two other 70mm shows but it was after I moved to Utah.

I live right down the street from the Belle Meade. Its still intact and the last use it saw was a book store in it's lobby. They did put in a Smart 70mm processor(probably not a smart idea) for one of the big 70mm films. There was an article about it in Box Office back In the day.


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