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Still Watching the Skies: Remembering “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on its 40th Anniversary

quote: Michael Coate/TheDigitalBits

STILL WATCHING THE SKIES: REMEMBERING “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” ON ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

By Michael Coate

“Close Encounters helps demonstrate perhaps better than any other why Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest American filmmakers.” — Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s legendary science-fiction film starring Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary, an electrical lineman who obsesses over the sighting, physical evidence and, ultimately, contact with a UFO.

The film, which also starred Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and Francois Truffaut, was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography (and also receiving a special achievement award for sound effects editing).

One of the most popular and acclaimed films of the 1970s, Close Encounters opened 40 years ago this week, and for the occasion The Bits features a compilation of statistics, trivia and box-office data that places the movie’s performance in context; passages from vintage film reviews; a reference/historical listing of the movie’s first-run theatrical engagements; and, finally, an interview segment with an esteemed group of Spielberg historians and associates.

CE3K NUMBER$

0 = Number of sequels
1 = Rank among Columbia’s all-time top-earning movies at close of original run
1 = Rank among top-earning movies during first weekend of wide release (Week #5)
1 = Rank on list of top-earning films of Columbia’s 1977 slate
1 = Rank among top-earning movies of 1977-78 (winter)
2 = Number of Academy Awards (one competitive + one special achievement)
2 = Number of theaters showing movie during opening week
2 = Rank among top-earning science-fiction films of 1977
2 = Rank among top-earning movies of 1977 (legacy)
5 = Box-office rank among films directed by Spielberg (adjusted for inflation)
5 = Number of years Columbia’s top-earning film
6 = All-time box-office peak chart position
8 = Number of Academy Award nominations
8 = Rank among top-earning movies of the 1970s
31 = Number of weeks of longest-running engagement (in a single-screen theater)
36 = Number of 70mm prints
37 = Number of months between theatrical release and home-video release
42 = Number of weeks of longest-running engagement (in a multiplex)
75 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing films (adjusted for inflation)
135 = Number of Dolby Stereo engagements during first run*
285 = Number of theaters showing movie during first weekend of wide release (12/16-18)

$29.95 = Suggested retail price of initial home video release (videodiscs)
$79.95 = Suggested retail price of initial home video release (VHS & Beta)
$182,962 = Opening-weekend box-office gross** (two theaters)
$1.1 million = Box-office gross during NY & LA exclusives (11/16-12/13)
$1.5 million = Production cost of Special Edition revisions
$3.1 million = Box-office gross (2017 re-release)
$5.4 million = Box-office gross during first weekend of wide release (12/16-18)
$5.9 million = Box-office rental (Special Edition)
$15.7 million = Box-office gross (Special Edition re-release)
$19.5 million = Production cost
$77.6 million = Box-office rental*** (original release)
$79.4 million = Production cost (adjusted for inflation)
$83.5 million = Box-office rental*** (original + Special Edition)
$116.4 million = Box-office gross*** (original release)
$132.1 million = Box-office gross*** (1977 + 1980)
$135.2 million = Box-office gross (1977 + 1980 + 2017 + repertory)
$171.7 million = Box-office gross*** (international)
$306.9 million = Box-office gross*** (worldwide)
$333.6 million = Box-office rental (adjusted for inflation)
$523.8 million = Box-office gross (adjusted for inflation)
$649.6 million = Box-office gross (international, adjusted for inflation)
$1.2 billion = Box-office gross (worldwide, adjusted for inflation)

*Film industry record
**Cinerama Dome and Ziegfeld house record
***Columbia Pictures record

A SAMPLING OF MOVIE REVIEWER QUOTES

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a magical mystery tour for a generation of movie lovers who grew up on those 1950s creature features about visitors from outer space. Steven Spielberg, the Hollywood wunderkind who directed Jaws is an admitted member of that generation, and his extravagantly expensive new movie is his attempt to give credibility and respectability to a popular genre.” — George Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It is an awesome, spectacular work, not without flaws, but certain to take its place with George Lucas’ Star Wars as the most discussed science-fiction film since 2001: A Space Odyssey. In particular, the last 35 or 40 minutes of Close Encounters is as awesome, chilling, spellbinding an experience as I’ve ever had in a movie theater.” — John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Spielberg of Jaws continues to be a director (and now a writer) of effects rather than characters or relationships. When the script lets Trumbull and his associate Merlins and a platoon of the world’s best cinematographers strut their stuff and the Superdome-sized saucers wheel and hover and turn, it is zowie time at the Bijou…. John Williams’ music is crucial, and once again he seems to work as effectively when big things are required as anyone now writing. There is a good deal of sustained and tremulous tone — the quivering hum we have come to accept as the sound wave of the future, here bridging into the majesty of Handel’s Messiah Revisited (not literally, of course). It is powerful and hugely contributory.” — Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times

“Close Encounters lacks the warmth and humanity of George Lucas’s Star Wars.” — A.D. Murphy, Variety

“Just as one is beginning to wonder if the unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in question might not be crucial pieces of the plot that have flown the theater, the close of Close Encounters of the Third Kind makes its mighty entrance. And at that point a film that has been traveling in ellipses for two hours soars into a wondrous orbit.” — Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer

“[I]t looks like another movie is about to make its impact upon the world. The Exorcist generated scattered ‘devil possessions’; Jaws frightened people from swimming in salt water; and Close Encounters threatens to trigger UFO fever.” — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“Steven Spielberg’s giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the best — the most elaborate — 1950’s science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“It deserves an historic place in movie entertainment.” — Jack Kroll, Newsweek

“Close Encounters is a film that elevates cinema to its proper place in the artistic world — an art for everyman.” — Scott Sherry, The Columbus Dispatch

“Despite a wonderful performance by Richard Dreyfuss as the power plant lineman who is haunted by a vision from the beings from another world, he does not generate the kind of gee-whiz enthusiasm one got from seeing Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia beating out the dastardly Darth Vader. With no one to root for other than a woman driven to finding her little son who has been taken into the skies by the aliens, Close Encounters has the spectacle, but not the human warmth. And that is, I think, the ingredient that is the true key to spectacular box office success. ” — Michael Janusonis, The Providence Journal

“The final 30 minutes — the ‘payoff’ — is as exhilarating, as warm and imaginative, as anything put on film since the Munchkins surrounded Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Getting there, however, is not always half the fun.” — Richard Dodds, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune

“One of the year’s 10 best films!” — Frank Rich, Time

“Close Encounters is a marvelous movie — an eye-widening, ear filling adventure that lifts your spirits and sends you home with a great feeling that lasts for hours.” — Clyde Gilmour, Toronto Star

“Close Encounters is oddly slack, even sloppy in its storytelling structure. And though he is a cinematic virtuoso with an instinctive feel for his audience’s ganglia, Spielberg is hardly a polished artist of thorough consistency. If he has an astonishing command of the thrilling uses to which non-human forces may be put, that is about the extent of his mastery of his medium. It’s not just that Spielberg’s concerns are more those of entertainer than artist, a bias eminently forgivable. It’s that even his entertainer’s instincts are annoyingly uneven.” — Tom Dowling, The Washington Star

“[Close Encounters is] not so much a film as an event in the history of faith…the movement of science-fiction as vicarious religion and the movement of the Film generation meet, unify and blaze.” — Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind solidifies the grip of a comparatively new sensibility on Hollywood moviemaking: the sensibility of the visual, emotional, technologically-sophisticated filmmaker. Unfortunately, the success of such filmmakers may hasten the already-predicted demise of the small budget film, the literate script and the human character. If, as seems possible now, Close Encounters achieves the status of Jaws and Star Wars, the success it invites comparison with, Hollywood may inundate us with bizarre escapist fare which will make the disaster film look like cinema verite.” — Bruce McCabe, The Boston Globe

“Close Encounters may not be that big a smash. It leaves a great deal for audiences to figure out for themselves and moviegoers in the mass are not exactly thinking types.” — Corbin Patrick, The Indianapolis Star

“Puts all former movie spectacle to shame — sci-fi or otherwise — not least because it retains a gentle affirmation of benevolent life and does not sacrifice humor to very real awesomeness.” — Don Morrison, The Minneapolis Star

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box office popularity of Star Wars.” — Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter

“Spielberg may or may not be America’s most gifted young director, but he’s definitely our most knowledgeable showman. He knows an audience will forgive any amount of exposition when rewarded with a dazzling conclusion. Close Encounters of the Third Kind moves at a deceptively leisurely pace, with the middle segment wrapped in governmental red tape, but the final 30 minutes, spotlighting a mother spaceship which resembles a glorified reproduction of the old Palace Theater chandelier, are possibly the most wondrous ever put on film.” — Philip Wuntch, The Dallas Morning News

“Steven Spielberg’s much-hyped picture about UFOs has a chaotic narrative and a belated, if extended, payoff.” — Susan Stark, Detroit Free Press

“[Close Encounters] is such an awesome, exalting experience that it reduces most commentary to so much chatter. It’s tempting to say that it’s the film of the year, perhaps of the decade, and leave it at that.” — John Hartl, The Seattle Times

THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENTS

What follows, for historical record and nostalgia, is an alphabetical listing of the North American first-run engagements of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It is not a complete listing. Instead, the primary objective was to focus on the first-run commencement period of November and December 1977 rather than all of the film’s release cycles.

Another objective was to ensure every U.S. state and the major Canadian provinces were accounted for and so an exception has been made for those cases where a state or province’s most-populated city did not open the film during November or December of 1977.

Understand the engagements cited here represent only a fraction of the thousands of total bookings throughout the many cycles of distribution over the course of the film’s release. As well, this work does not include any international or re-release engagements. The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is provided for some of the entries to give the reader a sense of the movie’s popularity.

The stereo sound presentations have been identified where known. Close Encounters had the largest Dolby Stereo release to date.

Some liberties have been taken in regard to some of the generically named theaters (i.e. “Cinema,” “Cinema Twin”). Typically such theaters were located in shopping plazas and as such they have been identified in this work whenever possible by the name of the shopping plaza even if, technically, such wasn’t the actual name of the venue.

Regarding multiplex venues, effort has been made to identify the total number of screens in a complex even if in some situations a “complex” consisted of screens spread out among separate buildings. Additionally, simplified nomenclature for the sake of stylistic consistency has been utilized for venue screen counts (i.e. “twin,” triplex,” 4-plex,” etc.) instead of retaining the (often inconsistent) individualistic usage of numbers or Roman numerals that may have been present in advertising or used on marquees. In cases where it is known the film was screened simultaneously in more than one auditorium in a complex, both engagements have been cited but the numbers provided represent the prints and do not necessarily reflect the auditorium number in which the film was playing.

In a few cases, the name of a location has changed since 1977-78 (typically due to annexation or incorporation) and effort has been made to list these cases according to the city or recognized name at the time of engagement.

Prior to release there were sneak preview screenings on October 19th and 20th at the Medallion in Dallas. Press previews were held November 10th–14th. The film’s world premiere was held November 15th at the Ziegfeld in New York.

So…which theaters played Close Encounters on first release? Read on….

STATE/PROVINCE
City — Cinema (opening date MM-DD) (duration in weeks) special presentation format

ALABAMA
Anniston — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Plaza Triplex (12-21) (7)
Birmingham — ABC’s Roebuck Plaza Twin (12-14) (20) Dolby
Dothan — Davis’ Northside 4-plex (12-14)
Gadsden — Gadsden’s Agricola Center Twin (12-21) (7)
Huntsville — Trans-Lux’s West Shopping Plaza Twin (12-21)
Mobile — ABC’s Capri (12-14) (21)
Montgomery — ABC’s Eastmont Twin (12-14) (13)
Muscle Shoals — Martin’s Cinema Twin (12-21) (7)
Tuscaloosa — ABC’s Fox Twin (12-21) (7)

ALASKA
Anchorage — Wometco Lathrop’s Polar Twin (2-15)

ALBERTA
Calgary — Odeon’s North Hill (12-23) (20) Dolby
Calgary — Odeon’s Uptown Twin (12-23) (12)
Edmonton — Odeon’s Meadowlark (12-23) (17) Dolby
Edmonton — Odeon’s Odeon Twin (12-23)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — General Cinema’s Metro Center Triplex (12-14) (22)
Phoenix — General Cinema’s Thomas Mall (12-14) (22)
Tucson — Mann’s Buena Vista Twin (12-16) (22)
Yuma — Great Western’s Plaza Triplex (12-21)

ARKANSAS
Fayetteville — Malco’s Razorback Twin (12-21) Dolby
Fort Smith — UA’s Minitek Twin (12-21)
Jonesboro — Malco’s Trio Triplex (12-21) Dolby
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (12-14) (14)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
New Westminster — Odeon’s New West (12-16)
Vancouver — Odeon’s Vogue (12-16) (19) Dolby
Victoria — Odeon’s Haida (12-23)

CALIFORNIA
Bakersfield — AMC’s Stockdale 6-plex (12-21) (#1: 13)
Bakersfield — AMC’s Stockdale 6-plex (12-21) (#2: 9)
Berkeley — UA’s United Artists 4-plex (12-14) (#1: 23)
Berkeley — UA’s United Artists 4-plex (12-14) (#2: 13)
Corte Madera — Blumenfeld/Cinerama’s Cinema (12-14) (13)
Costa Mesa — Mann’s South Coast Plaza Triplex (12-14) (42) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Davis — West Side Valley’s Cinema Twin (12-21) (10)
El Centro — Great Western’s Fox (12-21) (6)
Escondido — AIT’s Vineyard Twin (12-21) (10)
Eureka — Redwood’s State Triplex (12-21) (12) Dolby
Fairfield — Tegtmeier’s Fairfield Twin (12-21) (13) Dolby
Fresno — UA’s Movies 4-plex (12-14) (#1: 30)
Fresno — UA’s Movies 4-plex (12-14) (#2: 13)
Hayward — General Cinema’s Southland Triplex (12-14) (23)
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada 4-plex (12-14) (#1: 22)
La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada 4-plex (12-14) (#2: 13)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (12-14) (23) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Livermore — West Side Valley’s Vine Twin (12-21) (12)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (11-18) (4) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — SRO’s Paramount (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — Mann’s La Reina (12-14) (13)
Los Angeles (Westwood) — SRO’s Crest (12-14) (22) Dolby
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — General Cinema’s Woodland Hills Triplex (12-14) (#1: 21)
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — General Cinema’s Woodland Hills Triplex (12-14) (#2: 9)
Menlo Park — West Side Valley’s Guild (12-14) (24)
Merced — UA’s Regency (12-21) (12)
Millbrae — UA’s Millbrae (12-14) (19)
Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore (12-21) (14) Dolby
Montclair — General Cinema’s Montclair Plaza Triplex (12-14) (#1: 19)
Montclair — General Cinema’s Montclair Plaza Triplex (12-14) (#2: 8)
Monterey — Kindair’s Cinema 70 (12-21) (12) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Napa — Blumenfeld’s Uptown Twin (12-21) (8)
Oceanside — Sanborn’s Camino 4-plex (12-21) (21)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (12-14) (33) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Oxnard — SRO’s Carriage Square Twin (12-21) (19)
Palm Springs — Metropolitan’s Camelot Twin (12-21) (12) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Paramount — Pacific’s Rosecrans Drive-In (12-14) (12) Cine-Fi
Pasadena — SRO’s Hastings (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (12-14) (27)
Porterville — Porter Triplex (12-21) (7)
Redding — Lippert’s Showcase (12-21) (10)
Redondo Beach — General Cinema’s South Bay 4-plex (12-14) (23)
Sacramento — General Cinema’s Sacramento Inn Triplex (12-14) (#1: 26)
Sacramento — General Cinema’s Sacramento Inn Triplex (12-14) (#2: 13)
Salinas — Kindair’s Northridge 4-plex (12-21) (12) Dolby
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (12-14) (13) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (12-14) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
San Luis Obispo — Mann’s Fremont (12-21) (8)
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Granada (12-21) (12) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Santa Clara — UA’s Cinema 150 (12-14) (31) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Santa Cruz — UA’s Rio (12-21) (21)
Santa Maria — Metropolitan’s Peppertree Plaza (12-21) (8)
Santa Rosa — Redwood’s Coddingtown Triplex (12-21) (20) Dolby
Sonora — West Side Valley’s Plaza Twin (12-21) (6)
South Lake Tahoe — T&R’s Stateline (12-21) Dolby
Stockton — Plitt’s Sherwood (12-14) (13)
Tulare — West Side Valley’s Tower Square Triplex (12-21) (8)
Visalia — West Side Valley’s Visalia (12-21) (10)
West Covina — Sanborn’s Eastland Triplex (12-14) (23) Dolby
Woodland — Redwood’s State Triplex (12-21) (6) Dolby

COLORADO
Boulder — Commonwealth’s Village 4-plex (12-21) Dolby
Colorado Springs — UA’s Cinema 150 (12-14) (23) 70mm 6-Track Stereo from Week 14
Denver — Cooper-Highland’s Cooper Twin (12-14) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Fort Collins — Commonwealth’s Campus West (12-21) (8)
Grand Junction — Westland’s Cooper (12-21)
Greeley — Cooper-Highland’s Cooper Twin (12-21)
Longmont — K’s Parkway (12-23)
Pueblo — Westland’s Cooper (12-21)

CONNECTICUT
Danbury — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Cinema Twin (12-14) (13)
Groton — UA’s Groton Twin (12-21) (10)
Manchester — UA’s East Triplex (12-14) (13)
Meriden — General Cinema’s Meriden Mall Twin (12-21) (11)
Orange — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (12-14)
Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway (12-14) (13)
Torrington — A&B’s Warner (12-21)
Trumbull — UA’s Trumbull (12-14) (12)
Uncasville — Liberty (12-21) (13)
Waterbury — General Cinema’s Naugatuck Valley Mall 4-plex (12-14) (12)
West Hartford — Elm (12-14) (14)
Westport — Nutmeg’s Fine Arts Triplex (12-14) (13)

DELAWARE
Claymont — Sameric’s Eric Tri-State Mall Triplex (12-14) (19)
Dover — Schwartz’s Dover (12-21)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (12-14) (26) Dolby

FLORIDA
Clearwater — ABC’s Sunshine Mall Twin (12-14) (18)
Daytona Beach — General Cinema’s Bellair Plaza Twin (12-14) (14)
Fort Lauderdale — ABC’s Coral Ridge Twin (12-14) (19) Dolby
Gainesville — ABC’s Center Twin (12-14)
Jacksonville — ABC’s Regency Twin (12-14) Dolby
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Twin (12-14) (19) Dolby
Lakeland — General Cinema’s Imperial Mall Twin (12-21) (8)
Lauderhill — General Cinema’s 16th Street (12-14) (19)
Mary Esther — Ogden-Perry’s Santa Rosa Triplex (12-21)
Merritt Island — AMC’s Merritt Square 6-plex (12-14) (9)
Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street (12-14) (15) Dolby
Ocala — ABC’s Springs Twin (12-21) (6)
Panama City — AMC’s Panama City 4-plex (12-21)
Pensacola — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-14) (16)
St. Petersburg — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-14) (18)
Sarasota — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-21) (12)
Satellite Beach — Kent’s Satellite Twin (12-14) (10)
Tallahassee — Eastern Federal’s Varsity Twin (12-21) (11) Dolby
Tampa — ABC’s Hillsboro Twin (12-14) (23)
West Palm Beach — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-14) (22) Dolby
Winter Park — Wometco’s Park Twin (12-14) (19) Dolby

GEORGIA
Albany — Martin’s Albany Mall Twin (12-21) (6)
Athens — Weis’ Cinema Centre Triplex (12-21)
Atlanta — ABC’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (12-14) (19) Dolby
Augusta — ABC’s National Hills (12-14) (12)
Columbus — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-14)
Gainesville — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Cinemas West Triplex (12-21)
Jonesboro — Weis’ Arrowhead Triplex (12-14) Dolby
Macon — Weis’ Cinema Centre Triplex (12-21)
Savannah — ABC’s Terrace Twin (12-21)
Smyrna — General Cinema’s Akers Mill Square 4-plex (12-14)
Stone Mountain — ABC’s Stonemont Twin (12-14) (23) Dolby

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Triplex (12-14) (17) 70mm 6-Track Stereo from Week 14

IDAHO
Boise — Commonwealth’s Fairvu (12-21)
Idaho Falls — UA’s Country Club 4-plex (12-21)

ILLINOIS
Aurora — Plitt’s Fox Valley 4-plex (12-21) (18) Dolby
Belleville — BAC’s Cinema (12-14) (14) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Bloomington — Kerasotes’ Castle (12-21) Dolby
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks Triplex (12-14) (13) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Carbondale — Kerasotes’ Varsity Twin (12-21) (8) Dolby
Carpentersville — General Cinema’s Meadowdale 5-plex (12-21) (11)
Champaign — Kerasotes’ Co-Ed Twin (12-14) Dolby
Cherry Valley — Plitt’s Cherry Vale Triplex (12-14) (13)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (12-14) (13) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Crystal Lake — Rhyan’s Showplace 5-plex (12-21) (8) Dolby
Danville — Kerasotes’ Fischer (12-21) Dolby
Decatur — Kerasotes’ Lincoln (12-21) Dolby
DeKalb — Carrols’ Cinema Twin (12-21)
Evergreen — M&R’s Evergreen Twin (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Stereo
Joliet — Plitt’s Hillcrest (12-14) (13)
Kankakee — Plitt’s Paramount (12-21)
LaSalle — Kerasotes’ Majestic (12-21) Dolby
Lombard — General Cinema’s Yorktown 4-plex (12-14) (20)
Marion — Kerasotes’ Town & Country 4-plex (12-21) (6)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (12-14) (13)
Orland Park — Plitt’s Orland Square 4-plex (12-14) (13)
Peoria — Plitt’s Madison (12-14) (13)
Quincy — Dickinson’s Town & Country-Quincy Mall Twin (12-21)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield Twin (12-14) (16)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard Triplex (12-14) (21) 70mm 6-Track Stereo
Springfield — General Cinema’s White Oaks Mall Triplex (12-14) (12)
Waukegan — General Cinema’s Lakehurst Triplex (12-21) (18)

INDIANA
Anderson — General Cinema’s Mounds Mall Twin (12-21)
Bloomington — Kerasotes’ Von Lee (12-21) (12) Dolby
Columbus — Hallmark’s Columbus Center Twin (12-21) (10) Dolby
Elkhart — Kerasotes’ Concord Mall Twin (12-21)
Evansville — Stieler’s Northpark Twin (12-14) (18) Dolby
Fort Wayne — MSM’s Holiday Twin (12-14) Dolby
Indianapolis — Priority’s Carlyle (12-14) (19) Dolby
Indianapolis — Priority’s Georgetown (12-14) (19) Dolby
Kokomo — UA’s The Movies at Markland Mall Twin (12-21)
Merrillville — General Cinema’s Crossroads Twin (12-14) (20)
Michigan City — Plitt’s Marquette Twin (12-21) (8)
Mishawaka — Plitt’s Town & Country Twin (12-14)
Muncie — General Cinema’s Northwest Plaza Twin (12-21) (12)
Richmond — Kerasotes’ Sidewalk (12-21) (7) Dolby
Terre Haute — General Cinema’s Honey Creek Triplex (12-21)
West Lafayette — UA’s Cinema West (12-21) (10)

IOWA
Cedar Rapids — Tri-States’ World (12-21) (10)
Davenport — General Cinema’s Northpark Twin (12-14) (14)
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s River Hills (12-14) (19) Dolby
Dubuque — General Cinema’s Kennedy Mall Twin (12-21) (7)
Sioux City — Dubinsky’s Riviera Twin (12-21) (9)
Waterloo — CEC’s Crossroads Twin (12-21)

KANSAS
Lawrence — Commonwealth’s Varsity (12-21)
Manhattan — Commonwealth’s Campus (12-21)
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood Twin (12-14) Dolby
Salina — Dickinson’s Vogue (12-21) (6)
Topeka — General Cinema’s Topeka Boulevard Twin (12-21)
Wichita — Commonwealth’s Twin Lakes Twin (12-14) Dolby

KENTUCKY
Ashland — Mid States’ Midtown Twin (12-21)
Florence — Mid States’ Florence 6-plex (12-14) (23) Dolby
Lexington — General Cinema’s Turfland Mall Twin (12-14) (19)
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (12-14) (23) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Owensboro — Malco’s Mall Twin (12-21)
Paducah — Columbia Amusements’ Columbia Twin (12-21)

LOUISIANA
Alexandria — Ogden-Perry’s MacArthur Village Twin (12-21) (8)
Baton Rouge — ABC’s Bon Marche Twin (12-14) (14) Dolby
Hammond — Gulf States’ University Twin (12-21)
Houma — Gulf States’ Southland Twin (12-21)
Lafayette — Ogden-Perry’s Center Twin (12-21) (12)
Lake Charles — Ogden-Perry’s Charles Triplex (12-21)
Metairie — General Cinema’s Lakeside 4-plex (12-14) (22)
Monroe — ABC’s Plaza Twin (12-21)
Opelousas — Gulf States’ Vista Village Twin (12-21) (5)
Shreveport — General Cinema’s Quail Creek Twin (12-14) (14)

MAINE
Augusta — Hallmark’s Turnpike Mall Twin (12-21)
Brewer — Graphic’s Cinema Center Triplex (12-21) (13)
Brunswick — Esquire’s Brunswick Twin (12-21)
South Portland — General Cinema’s Maine Mall Triplex (12-21) (12)
Waterville — SBC’s Cinema Center 5-plex (12-21)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Odeon’s Odeon (12-23) (13)

MARYLAND
Annapolis — Durkee’s Circle (12-21) (8)
Bel Air — JF’s Campus Hills Twin (12-14) (12)
Frederick — R/C’s Holiday (12-21)
Hagerstown — Interstate’s Long Meadow Twin (12-21)
Harundale — General Cinema’s Harundale Mall Twin (12-14) (13)
Marlow Heights — Neighborhood’s Marlow Twin (12-14) (18)
New Carrollton — Neighborhood’s New Carrollton (12-14) (26)
Towson — General Cinema’s York Road Twin (12-14) (18)
Woodlawn — General Cinema’s Security Mall Twin (12-14) (18)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cinema 57 Twin (12-14) (14) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Braintree — General Cinema’s Braintree 4-plex (12-14) (17)
Brockton — General Cinema’s Westgate Mall 5-plex (12-14) (13)
Brookline — General Cinema’s Chestnut Hill Twin (12-14) (14) Dolby
Danvers — Sack’s Cinema City 4-plex (12-14) (17) Dolby
Framngham — General Cinema’s Shoppers World 5-plex (12-14) (17)
Hyannis — Interstate’s Cape Cod Mall Triplex (12-21) Dolby
Leominster — Sack’s Leominster 5-plex (12-14)
North Dartmouth — General Cinema’s North Dartmouth Mall 4-plex (12-21)
Pittsfield — Western Massachusetts’ Capitol (12-21)
Raynham — Melrose’s Route 24 Cinema City Twin (12-21)
Swansea — AMC’s Swansea 4-plex (12-14)
West Springfield — Sack’s Palace Twin (12-14) (17) Dolby
Woburn — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (12-14) (16) Dolby
Worcester — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (12-14)

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor — Mann’s Village Twin (12-14)
Battle Creek — Butterfield’s West Columbia Triplex (12-21) (9)
Burton — Plitt’s Eastland Mall (12-14)
Grand Rapids — Goodrich’s Northtown Twin (12-21) Dolby
Grosse Pointe Woods — Plitt’s Woods Twin (12-14) (13)
Jackson — Cinema National’s Westwood Twin (12-21)
Kalamazoo — UA’s West Main (12-21)
Kochville — Goodrich’s Tri-City 4-plex (12-21)
Lansing — Plitt’s Mall (12-14) (14)
Livonia — NGT’s Mai Kai (12-14) (24) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Pontiac — General Cinema’s Pontiac Mall Twin (12-14) (23)
Roseville — General Cinema’s Macomb Mall Triplex (12-14) (23)
Southfield — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Southgate — NGT’s Southgate Triplex (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Dolby

MINNESOTA
Bloomington — General Cinema’s Southtown (12-14) (13)
Brooklyn Center — General Cinema’s Brookdale East Triplex (12-14) (19)
Minneapolis — General Cinema’s Orpheum (12-14) (10)
Rochester — Plitt’s Oakview (12-21)
Roseville — General Cinema’s Har-Mar Triplex (12-14) (19)
St. Cloud — CEC’s Cinema 70 Twin (12-21) (7)

MISSISSIPPI
Biloxi — Ogden-Perry’s Edgewater Plaza 4-plex (12-21)
Columbus — Malco’s Twin (12-21)
Greenville — ABC’s Plaza (12-21)
Hattiesburg — Gulf States’ Cinema (12-21) (7)
Jackson — Ogden-Perry’s Ellis Isle Twin (12-21) (12)
McComb — Gulf States’ Camellia Twin (12-21) (4)
Meridian — Gulf States’ College Park Twin (12-21)
Natchez — Gulf States’ Tracetown Twin (12-21)
Pascagoula — Gulf States’ K-Mart Mall Twin (12-21)
Tupelo — Malco’s Tupelo Twin (12-21)
Vicksburg — Gulf States’ Battlefield Twin (12-21)

MISSOURI
Cape Girardeau — Kerasotes’ Rialto (12-21) (6)
Columbia — Commonwealth’s Cinema (12-21)
Joplin — Dickinson’s Eastgate Triplex (12-21)
Richmond Heights — Mid-America’s Esquire 4-plex (12-14) (22) Dolby
St. Ann — General Cinema’s Northwest Plaza Twin (12-14) (23)
St. Joseph — Dickinson’s Trail (12-21) (8)
Sikeston — Malco’s Midtowner Center Twin (12-21)
Springfield — Mann’s Century 21 (12-21) (12)
Sunset Hills — Mann’s Mark Twain (12-14) (14) Dolby

MONTANA
Billings — Mann’s Fox (12-21)
Great Falls — Carisch’s Fox (12-21) (9)

NEBRASKA
Grand Island — AMC’s Conestoga 4-plex (12-21)
Lincoln — Cooper-Highland’s Cooper/Lincoln (12-21) (13)
Omaha — Cooper-Highland’s Indian Hills Twin (12-14) (21) Dolby

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Plitt’s Parkway Triplex (12-14)
Reno — Mann’s Keystone (12-14) (23)

NEW BRUNSWICK
Fredericton — Fenety’s Gaiety (2-10) (4)
Moncton — Odeon’s Capitol (2-3) (5)
Saint John — Odeon’s Odeon (2-3)

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Bedford — General Cinema’s Bedford Mall Triplex (12-21)
Concord — Melrose’s Cinema 93 (12-21)
Keene — Esquire’s Plaza Twin (12-21)
Nashua — General Cinema’s Nashua Mall Twin (12-21)
Portsmouth — Northeast’s Jerry Lewis Twin (12-21) (15)
Salem — Cinema Four’s Salem Triplex (12-16) Dolby

NEW JERSEY
Bloomfield — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Royal (12-14) (13)
Brick — Music Makers’ Mall Triplex (12-14) (12)
Clifton — Nathan’s Clifton (12-14) (13)
East Brunswick — Loews’ Route 18 Twin (12-14) (13)
Edison — General Cinema’s Menlo Park Twin (12-14) (12)
Egg Harbor — Frank’s Towne 4-plex (12-14)
Fort Lee — UA’s Linwood (12-14) (13)
Hackettstown — Nathan’s Mall (12-14) (13)
Hanover — General Cinema’s Morris County Mall Twin (12-14) (18)
Jersey City — Loews’ Jersey City Triplex (12-14) (13)
Lawrenceville — Sameric’s Eric Twin (12-14) (23)
Moorestown — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (12-14) (22)
Oakland — Roberts’ Oakland Twin (12-14) (#1: 13)
Oakland — Roberts’ Oakland Twin (12-14) (#2: 7)
Ocean — General Cinema’s Seaview Square (12-14) (13)
Paramus — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Route Four 4-plex (12-14) (23) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Raritan — General Cinema’s Somerville Circle Twin (12-14) (13)
Red Bank — Grant’s Movies Twin (12-14) (#1: 13)
Red Bank — Grant’s Movies Twin (12-14) (#2: 6)
Ridgewood — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Warner (12-14) (13)
Secaucus — Loews’ Harmon Cove 4-plex (12-14) (13)
Toms River — General Cinema’s Ocean County Mall Triplex (12-14) (13)
Totowa — General Cinema’s Totowa Twin (12-14) (13)
Union — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Union (12-14) (13)
Vineland — General Cinema’s Cumberland Mall Twin (12-21) (12)
West Orange — General Cinema’s Essex Green Twin (12-14) (13)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — General Cinema’s Wyoming Mall (12-14) (20)
Santa Fe — Commonwealth’s Lensic (12-21) (8)

NEW YORK
Amherst — General Cinema’s Boulevard Mall Triplex (12-14)
Auburn — Auburn (12-21)
Bay Shore — Loews’ South Shore Mall (12-14) (13)
Big Flats — General Cinema’s Arnot Mall Twin (12-21) (12)
Binghamton — Cinema National’s Crest (12-14) (13)
Brockport — Cinema National’s Strand (12-21)
Cedarhurst — Moss’ Central (12-14) (13) Dolby
Cheektowaga — Holiday’s Holiday 6-plex (12-14) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Commack — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Twin (12-14) (13) Dolby
DeWitt — Cinema National’s Cinema East (12-14) (22)
Hartsdale — General Cinema’s Hartsdale Triplex (12-14) (13)
Hudson — Brandt’s Hudson Studio (12-21)
Hyde Park — Roosevelt (12-14) (12)
Ithaca — State Twin (12-21) (11)
Kingston — Reade’s Mayfair (12-14) (6)
Latham — UA’s Towne (12-14) (18)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (12-14) (#1: 23)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (12-14) (#2: 7)
Merrick — Brandt’s Merrick (12-14) (13)
Middletown — Cate’s Plaza Twin (12-14) (10)
Mohegan Lake — General Cinema’s Westchester Mall Triplex (12-14) (13)
Mt. Kisco — Lesser’s Mt. Kisco Twin (12-14) (#1: 13)
Mt. Kisco — Lesser’s Mt. Kisco Twin (12-14) (#2: 13)
New City — UA’s Cinema 304 (12-14) (13)
New Hartford — Cinema National’s Cinema (12-14)
New Rochelle — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Proctors 4-plex (12-14) (13)
New York (Bronx) — Loews’ Paradise Triplex (12-14) (13)
New York (Bronx) — Loews’ Riverdale (12-14) (10)
New York (Brooklyn) — Loews’ Georgetowne Twin (12-14) (13)
New York (Brooklyn) — Loews’ Oriental Twin (12-14) (13)
New York (Brooklyn) — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Kenmore (12-14) (13)
New York (Manhattan) — Reade’s Ziegfeld (11-16) (23) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
New York (Queens) — Interboro’s Elmwood (12-14) (13)
New York (Queens) — Loews’ Bay Terrace (12-14) (13)
New York (Staten Island) — Ackerman’s Hylan (12-14) (10)
Newburgh — Cate’s Mid Valley (12-14) (8)
Olean — Manos’ Olean Center Mall Triplex (12-21)
Orangeburg — Lesser’s Orangeburg (12-14) (13)
Patchogue — UA’s Patchogue (12-14) (13)
Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex (12-14) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Queensbury — Route 9 Triplex (12-21) (8)
Roslyn — K-B’s Roslyn (12-14) (13) Dolby
Stony Brook — Loews’ Stoneybrook Twin (12-14) (13)
Wheatfield — General Cinema’s Summit Park Twin (12-21)
Yonkers — Moss’ Movieland 4-plex (12-14) (13) Dolby

NEWFOUNDLAND
St. John’s — Famous Players’ Avalon Mall 4-plex (5-12)

NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville — Irvin-Fuller’s Merrimon Twin (12-21) (13) Dolby
Burlington — ABC’s Terrace Twin (12-21)
Chapel Hill — ABC’s Carolina Twin (12-21)
Charlotte — ABC’s Park Terrace Twin (12-14) Dolby
Concord — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Carolina Mall Triplex (12-21)
Durham — ABC’s Center Twin (12-14)
Fayetteville — ABC’s Cardinal Twin (12-21)
Gastonia — Martin’s Village (12-21)
Goldsboro — Stewart & Everett’s Berkeley Twin (12-21)
Greensboro — ABC’s Terrace Twin (12-14) (14)
Greenville — Stewart & Everett’s Plaza Twin (12-21)
Hickory — ABC’s Terrace Twin (12-21)
High Point — Martin’s Towne Twin (12-21)
Jacksonville — Stewart & Everett’s Brynn Marr Twin (12-21)
Monroe — Consolidated’s Village Twin (12-21)
New Bern — Stewart & Everett’s Neuse Village (12-21)
Raleigh — ABC’s Cardinal Twin (12-14) Dolby
Rocky Mount — ABC’s Cardinal Twin (12-21) (7)
Shelby — Benfield’s Rogers (12-21)
Wilmington — Stewart & Everett’s Oleander Twin (12-21) (7)
Winston-Salem — General Cinema’s Hanes Mall 4-plex (12-21)

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck — R&D’s Kirkwood Plaza Twin (12-21) (6)
Fargo — CEC’s Cinema 70 (12-21)
Grand Forks — R&D’s Plaza Twin (12-21)

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Odeon’s Oxford (12-23)

OHIO
Akron — General Cinema’s Chapel Hill Triplex (12-14) (13)
Akron — General Cinema’s Rolling Acres Mall Triplex (12-14) (14)
Canton — Matos’ Imperial (12-14) (13) Dolby
Cincinnati — Mid States’ Carousel Twin (12-14) (23) Dolby
Cleveland — Loews’ Yorktown Twin (12-14) (22)
Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 4-plex (12-14) Dolby
Elyria — National’s Midway Mall Twin (12-21) (7)
Lima — American Mall Twin (12-21) (7)
Mentor — National’s Great Lakes Mall Twin (12-14) (8)
Niles — National’s Eastwood Twin (12-21) (9)
Ontario — General Cinema’s Richland Mall Triplex (12-21) (13)
Richmond Heights — Loews’ East Twin (12-14) (14)
Rocky River — Loews’ West Twin (12-14) (14)
Sandusky — Cinema World’s Sandusky Mall Triplex (12-21) (13)
South Euclid — Loews’ Cedar Center Twin (12-14) (22)
Springfield — General Cinema’s Upper Valley Mall Triplex (12-21)
Steubenville — Cinemette’s Hollywood Plaza (12-21)
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (12-14) (20) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Westerville — Loews’ Westerville (12-14) (22)
Whitehall — General Cinema’s Town & Country Twin (12-14) (23)
Youngstown — National’s Newport (12-21) (9)

OKLAHOMA
Lawton — Video Independent’s Video Twin (12-21)
Norman — Commonwealth’s Hollywood (12-21)
Oklahoma City — Family’s Shepherd Twin (12-14)
Tulsa — General Cinema’s Southroads Mall (12-14)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Odeon’s Odeon (12-23)
Kingston — Odeon’s Hyland (12-23)
Kitchener — Odeon’s Lyric (12-23)
London — Odeon’s Odeon Twin (12-23)
North York — Odeon’s Don Mills (12-16)
Oshawa — Odeon’s Hyland (12-23)
Ottawa — Odeon’s St. Laurent Twin (12-16) (#1: 19) Dolby
Ottawa — Odeon’s St. Laurent Twin (12-16) (#2: 1)
St. Catharines — Odeon’s Pendale Twin (12-23)
Sarnia — Odeon’s Odeon Twin (12-23)
Sudbury — Odeon’s Odeon Twin (12-23)
Thunder Bay — Odeon’s Victoria (12-23)
Toronto — Odeon’s Humber Twin (12-16)
Toronto — Odeon’s York Twin (12-16) (18) Dolby

OREGON
Beaverton — Moyer’s Town Center Triplex (12-16) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Bend — LT’s Bend Triplex (12-21) (12) Dolby
Corvallis — LT’s Cinema World 4-plex (12-21) (12) Dolby
Eugene — Moyer’s West 11th Triplex (12-14) (24)
Klamath Falls — Redwood’s Tower Twin (12-21)
Medford — Lippert’s Cinema Center (12-21)
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (12-14) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Salem — LT’s Elsinore (12-21) (12) Dolby

PENNSYLVANIA
Altoona — Cinemette’s Park Hills 4-plex (12-21)
Bethlehem — Valley’s Boyd (12-21) (10) Dolby
Camp Hill — UA’s Capital City Mall 6-plex (12-14) (#1)
Camp Hill — UA’s Capital City Mall 6-plex (12-14) (#2)
Center — General Cinema’s Beaver Valley Mall Triplex (12-21) (12)
Easton — Sameric’s Eric Twin (12-21) (9)
Erie — General Cinema’s Millcreek Mall Triplex (12-21)
Feasterville — Sameric’s Eric (12-14) (19)
Glenolden — Sameric’s Eric MacDade Mall Twin (12-14) (23)
Greensburg — General Cinema’s Greengate Mall Triplex (12-21) (20)
Johnstown — CAC’s Westwood Plaza (12-21)
King of Prussia — Sameric’s Eric Plaza (12-14) (22)
Lancaster — Sameric’s Eric Twin (12-14)
Langhorne — Lincoln Plaza Twin (12-14) (23)
Montgomeryville — Sameric’s Eric Triplex (12-14) (19)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Eric Ivy Ridge Twin (12-14) (23)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric (12-14) (22) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (12-14) (13) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Scranton — General Cinema’s Viewmont Mall Triplex (12-21)
State College — Associated’s Movies (12-21) (10)
Whitehall — General Cinema’s Lehigh Valley Mall Triplex (12-14) (14)
Wilkes-Barre — General Cinema’s Wyoming Valley Mall Twin (12-21)
Wyomissing — UA’s Berkshire Mall (12-14) (13)
York — Budco’s York Twin (12-14)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown — Maritime’s Prince Edward Twin (2-17) (3)

QUEBEC
Cote St-Luc — Odeon’s Decarie Square Twin (12-16) (19)
Westmount — Odeon’s Atwater Twin (12-16) (16) Dolby

RHODE ISLAND
Lincoln — General Cinema’s Lincoln Mall 4-plex (12-14)
Middletown — SSC’s Starcase Triplex (12-21)
Warwick — General Cinema’s Warwick Mall Twin (12-14)
Westerly — Westerly Twin (12-21)

SASKATCHEWAN
Regina — Odeon-Morton’s Centre (3-3) (6)
Saskatoon — Odeon-Morton’s Odeon (2-3)

SOUTH CAROLINA
Anderson — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Market Place Triplex (12-21)
Columbia — Irvin-Fuller’s Jefferson Square (12-14) (13) Dolby
Easley — Piedmont’s Easley Mall Twin (12-21)
Florence — Fairlane-Litchfield’s Crown (12-21)
Greenville — ABC’s Camelot Twin (12-14) (14)
Myrtle Beach — ABC’s Rivoli (12-21)
North Charleston — ABC’s Terrace (12-14) (13)
Spartanburg — Irvin-Fuller’s Hillcrest Twin (12-21) (11)

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City — Commonwealth’s Rapid (12-21)
Sioux Falls — Midco’s Plaza Twin (12-21) (9)
Spearfish — Commonwealth’s Campus (12-21) (6)

TENNESSEE
Chattanooga — ABC’s Eastgate Twin (12-14) Dolby
Columbia — Vinson’s Cinema Twin (12-21)
Goodletsville — Consolidated’s Cinema North 4-plex (12-14) (13)
Jackson — Malco’s Paramount (12-21) (9)
Johnson City — ABC’s Mall (12-21)
Kingsport — AMC’s Fort Henry 5-plex (12-22) (7) Super Sound
Knoxville — ABC’s Cedar Bluff Twin (12-14)
Memphis — Southern Theatre Service’s Park (12-14)
Nashville — Consolidated’s Cinema South 4-plex (12-14) (14)

TEXAS
Abilene — General Cinema’s Westgate Twin (12-14)
Amarillo — ABC Interstate’s Western Square Twin (12-21) Dolby
Arlington — General Cinema’s Six Flags Mall Twin (12-14) (#1: 20)
Arlington — General Cinema’s Six Flags Mall Twin (12-14) (#2: 18)
Austin — General Cinema’s Capitol Plaza (12-14) (20)
Baytown — Tercar’s Bay Plaza Twin (12-21)
Beaumont — General Cinema’s Gateway Twin (12-21)
Brownsville — ABC Interstate’s North Park Plaza Twin (12-21)
Brownwood — ABC Interstate’s Commerce Square Twin (12-21)
College Station — ABC Interstate’s University Square Triplex (12-21) (8)
Corpus Christi — Mann’s National Twin (12-14)
Dallas — ABC Interstate’s Medallion (12-14) (27) Dolby
Denton — ABC Interstate’s Denton Center (12-21)
El Paso — ABC Interstate’s Northgate (12-14) Dolby
Fort Worth — ABC Interstate’s Ridglea (12-14) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Galveston — General Cinema’s Galvez Plaza Triplex (12-21) (8)
Harlingen — ABC Interstate’s Morgan Plaza Triplex (12-21) (6)
Houston — ABC Interstate’s Alabama (12-14) (26) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Houston — AMC’s Almeda 9-plex (12-14)
Houston — Loews’ Saks Center Twin (12-14) Dolby
Houston — Loews’ Town & Country Village Triplex (12-14) 70mm 6-Track Dolby
Killeen — UA’s Northside Village Twin (12-21)
Lake Jackson — Dow Chemical’s Lake Twin (12-21)
Laredo — UA’s Cinema del Norte 4-plex (12-21)
Longview — Martin’s Cargill Triplex (12-21) (10)
Lubbock — UA’s South Plains Twin (12-14)
McAllen — ABC Interstate’s Cinema Twin (12-21)
Midland — UA’s Cine 4-plex (12-21)
Odessa — UA’s Winwood Twin (12-21) (10)
Port Arthur — Gulf States’ Park Plaza Twin (12-21)
Richardson — ABC Interstate’s Promenade Twin (12-14) (27)
San Angelo — Noret’s Village Twin (12-21)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Century South 6-plex (12-14) Dolby
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 6-plex (12-14) (#1) Dolby
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 6-plex (12-14) (#2) Dolby
Sherman — UA’s Sher-Den Mall Twin (12-21)
Sugar Land — Tercar’s Palms (12-21)
Texarkana — Joy’s Cinema City Triplex (12-21)
Tyler — ABC Interstate’s Bergfeld Center Twin (12-21)
Waco — ABC Interstate’s Cinema Twin (12-21) Dolby
Wichita Falls — ABC Interstate’s Parker Square Twin (12-21)

UTAH
Ogden — Plitt’s Wilshire Triplex (12-14)
Orem — Plitt’s University Twin (12-21)
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Regency (12-14) (27) 70mm 6-Track Dolby

VERMONT
Rutland — Brigham-Lloyd’s Plaza Twin (12-21)
South Burlington — Merrill’s Century Plaza Twin (12-21) (16)

VIRGINIA
Baileys Crossroads — K-B’s Cinema 7 (12-14) (23)
Blacksburg — ABC’s Studio 1 (12-21)
Bristol — AMC’s Bristol Mall 4-plex (12-21)
Charlottesville — ABC’s Terrace Twin (12-21)
Danville — ABC’s Riverside Twin (12-21)
Harrisonburg — Roth’s Virginia (12-21)
Lynchburg — ?
Newport News — ABC’s Newmarket Triplex (12-14) (14)
Richmond — Neighborhood’s Ridge 4-plex (12-14) (15)
Roanoke — ABC’s Towers Twin (12-14)
Springfield — Neighborhood’s Springfield Twin (12-14) (23)
Virginia Beach — ABC’s Pembroke Twin (12-14) Dolby

WASHINGTON
Everett — General Cinema’s Everett Mall Triplex (12-21) (21)
Hazel Dell — LT’s Hazel Dell Triplex (12-21) Dolby
Lakewood — General Cinema’s Villa Plaza Twin (12-14)
Seattle — General Cinema’s King (12-14) (28) Dolby
Spokane — UA’s Cinema Twin (12-28) (25)
Wenatchee — SRO’s Liberty (12-21)

WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston — Cinemette’s Virginian (12-21)
Huntington — Greater Huntington’s Cinema (12-21) Dolby
Morgantown — Cinemette’s Warner Triplex (12-21)
Parkersburg — JUR’s Burwell (12-21)
Wheeling — Cinemette’s Court (12-21)

WISCONSIN
Appleton — Marcus’ Marc Twin (12-21) (10) Dolby
Beloit — Standard’s Majestic (12-21) Dolby
Eau Claire — Plitt’s State (12-21)
Fond du Lac — Wisconsin Amusement’s Retlaw (12-21) (6)
Green Bay — Standard’s Bay (12-21) (10) Dolby
Kenosha — Standard’s Lake Twin (12-21) (10) Dolby
La Crosse — Marcus’ Cinema Twin (12-21)
Madison — Madison 20th Century’s Orpheum (12-21) (12) Dolby
Manitowoc — Strand (12-21) (6) Dolby
Milwaukee — UA’s Northridge Triplex (12-14) (#1)
Milwaukee — UA’s Northridge Triplex (12-14) (#2)
Oshkosh — Marcus’ Cinema Twin (12-21) (6)
Racine — Marcus’ Rapids Plaza Twin (12-21) (10) Dolby
Sheboygan — Marcus’ Marc Twin (12-21) (7)
Stevens Point — Marcus’ Campus Twin (12-21) (6) Dolby
Superior — Plitt’s Palace (12-21)
Wausau — Marcus’ Crossroads Twin (12-21) (7)
West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown Triplex (12-14) (12+) 70mm 6-Track Dolby

WYOMING
Casper — Commonwealth’s Rialto (12-21)
Cheyenne — Commonwealth’s Paramount (12-21)
Laramie — Commonwealth’s Wyo (12-21)

Small market bookings, subsequent release waves, moveovers and second-run bookings began throughout the early months of 1978 and continued through the summer months. The movie was re-released in a revised cut in 1980 as the Special Edition. The movie’s first home-video release (the Special Edition) was in 1980. (The original 1977 cut of the film was not officially released to the home video market until 1990.) Its network television (an alternate cut) and cable TV (Special Edition) debuts were in 1981. Its first letterboxed home video release (1977 and 1980 cuts) was in 1990. A further revised cut was premiered in 1998 during a special festival celebrating Columbia Pictures’ 75th anniversary. A 40th anniversary re-release took place in 2017. (International dates varied by territory.)

THE Q&A

Laurent Bouzereau wrote, produced and directed the documentary The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which originally appeared on LaserDisc and has been ported over to some of the film’s subsequent home video releases.

Michael Klastorin is the author of Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History (Harper Design, 2017).

Mike Matessino produced, mixed, mastered and wrote the liner notes for the Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition CD release, due this fall from La-La Land Records.

Joseph McBride is the author of Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 1997).

The interviews were conducted separately and have been edited into a “roundtable” conversation format.

Michael Coate (The Digital Bits): How do you think Close Encounters of the Third Kind should be remembered on its 40th anniversary?

Laurent Bouzereau: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an extraordinary film. It’s so much more than science-fiction. After the success of Jaws, it solidified Steven Spielberg as a visionary director.

Michael Klastorin: Close Encounters should be remembered in several ways, first and foremost as a classic work of motion picture history, in terms of its story, performance and of course, in its direction.

Mike Matessino: Close Encounters is undeniably one of the most important science fiction movies ever produced, and in general one of the greatest movies ever made, period. It’s pretty amazing that it gives us a window into the world of the 1970s yet it still feels very timeless and relevant. Celebrating its 40th anniversary is a celebration of the enduring power of cinema.

Joseph McBride: A visionary film, perhaps Steven Spielberg’s greatest. It and Schindler’s List are both tremendous achievements. But some other directors (such as Roman Polanski or Martin Scorsese, whom Spielberg offered Schindler’s List when he was having anxiety about tackling it) would have made a fine film from the Thomas Keneally novel — even though maybe not as good as Spielberg’s — but no other director could have made Close Encounters at all. It is the purest expression of his personal vision and sensibility. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Catch Me If You Can may be his most directly autobiographical films, but Close Encounters is his dream of a better world and his portrait of a constricted, mundane world from which his central character has to escape. Spielberg is often mistakenly viewed as celebrating suburbia, which is absurd; anyone who looks at Close Encounters with an open mind will see how horrifying and stultifying that milieu is for him. And the music-and-light show of Close Encounters is genuinely enchanting and poetic, a lyrical achievement only Spielberg could have conceived and artistically executed.

In a March 1978 letter to François Truffaut, who plays Lacombe and whose spirit suffuses the film, Jean Renoir wrote, “We have finally seen Close Encounters. It is a very good film, and I regret it was not made in France. This type of popular science would be most appropriate for the compatriots of Jules Verne and Méliès…. You are excellent in it, because you’re not quite real. There is more than a grain of eccentricity in this adventure. The author is a poet. In the South of France one would say he is a bit fada. He brings to mind the exact meaning of this word in Provence: the village fada is the one possessed by the fairies.”

Close Encounters is also Spielberg’s most spiritual movie. Carl Jung wrote in his 1959 book on flying saucers, “We have indeed strayed far from the metaphysical certainties of the Middle Ages, but not so far that our historical and psychological background is empty of all metaphysical hope…. It is characteristic of our time that, in contrast to its previous expressions, the archetype should now take the form of an object, a technological construction, in order to avoid the odiousness of a mythological personification. Anything that looks technological goes down without difficulty with modern man. The possibility of space travel makes the unpopular idea of a metaphysical intervention much more acceptable.” Jung also suggested that a belief in UFOs has “its cause in a situation of collective distress or danger, or in a vital psychic need.” The situation of collective distress that helped prompt Spielberg to make Close Encounters was Watergate, and the vital psychic need was his career-long exploration of broken families and the need to reconstitute another kind of family. Another psychiatrist who has studied the UFO phenomenon, Kenneth Ring, noted that when a child from a dysfunctional family learns “to dissociate in response to the trauma,” he is “much more likely to become sensitive to alternate realities.” That helps explains why Close Encounters unites the themes of a dysfunctional family and an alternate reality. And a friend of Steven’s parents in Cincinnati, Millie Tieger, told me, “When I saw Close Encounters, I thought, there’s Leah with the music and Arnold with computers. That’s Steve, the little boy. Steve wrote a movie about Mommy and Daddy."

Coate: What did you think of Close Encounters, and can you recall your reaction to the first time you saw it?

Bouzereau: I saw it when it came out in Paris, on the Champs Elysées. This was before you knew everything about films before you saw them. I knew it dealt with UFOs, that it was the director from Jaws, and that France’s top director, François Truffaut, was in it. Other than that, it was a complete discovery. I remember going from being scared to completely mesmerized. It was a genuine journey that still holds up today.

Klastorin: As the film critic for my college newspaper in Brooklyn, I was invited to the very first media screening at the magnificent (and sadly, defunct) Ziegfeld Theater in New York. I sat totally engrossed from the first frame of the film, and struggled to hide the tears streaming down my face as Lacombe and the alien shared their personal moment before the Mothership departed.

Matessino: I saw Close Encounters in late December 1977 when it opened in Yonkers, New York. It was one of the films that opened the new Movieland theater, which was the first multiplex (four screens) in the area. In fact, we also had the Westchester County Dolby Stereo exclusive. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was with my father. I was extremely impressed with it and loved it from the start, but when I first saw it I was not able to fully appreciate all of its depth. Star Wars was still very much on my mind. I grew to appreciate it more after subsequent viewings including The Special Edition in 1980 and many cable airings. But E.T. in 1982, followed by the network broadcast of Close Encounters, really put the film into perspective and since then I have considered it one of my top favorites.

McBride: I have liked it enormously from the first time I saw it at a Hollywood preview when I was on Daily Variety. I saw it again in his 40th anniversary run at the Grand Lake in Oakland, California, this September and had a mild heart attack walking up a steep hill in extreme heat after the screening. But I still like it!

Coate: In what way is Close Encounters significant (among the sci-fi genre)?

Bouzereau: In the same year that Star Wars came out, it’s very interesting to have another spectacular science-fiction film with Close Encounters. Both re-invented the genre. I don’t think that kind of significant cinematic revolution has ever happened again, or at least, not for me.

Klastorin: Close Encounters was essentially the first film to seriously consider the momentous meeting between human and extraterrestrial. It was approached in a serious and thought-provoking manner, and the aliens were not portrayed as invaders, marauders, conquerors or destroyers, as they had previously been depicted since their first appearance on screen in 1898 in Georges Méliés’ A Trip to the Moon. With a visual effects team led by Douglas Trumbull in a pre-CGI era, those effects have lost none of their brilliance, and still enchant some 40 years after they were created. Consider that they were realized with a crew of 40, as opposed to the several hundred names that are crammed into the credits of today’s sci-fi features. It remains a staggering achievement.

Matessino: Close Encounters is a successor to 2001: A Space Odyssey, except it’s set in a very real present day world. It explores ideas like psychic implants and government cover-ups that are staples of the genre, but it did it in a way that was very relatable and believable. Like the best science fiction it’s a story set on an epic canvas but it’s a very personal and intimate tale about an individual and his family. I also think that it’s noteworthy in that it has no love story and no bad guy. The enemy in the movie is fear, specifically the fear or believing in something when no one around understands.

McBride: I thought it helped change the genre for the better by portraying the aliens as benevolent. A few movies had done that before, notably The Day the Earth Stood Still. Close Encounters is clearly inspired partly by Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End. The view of aliens as a positive force coming to Earth is characteristic of Spielberg’s liberal openness to outside influences as a grandchild of Jewish immigrants.

Coate: Which cut of Close Encounters do you like best?

Bouzereau: Nothing can replace that initial first time. So, I’d have to go with the very first version. But having been personally involved with documenting the film since 1998 through the different anniversary editions, I have enjoyed seeing how it has had several lives, and how they each speak for Steven’s vision and sensibility as an artist.

Klastorin: One always has an affinity for their first experience with a film like Close Encounters, but Mr. Spielberg himself always felt that due to budgetary and time restraints, he released the film he had to, but still wished he had been given a little more time and money to fine tune the effort. He got a rare chance to make some of those changes with the Special Edition, but he also acknowledges he never should have followed Roy Neary into that spaceship (albeit that was a demand from Columbia Pictures in exchange for the opportunity). The inside of the Mothership, he’s stated, is the exclusive property of the imagination of the audience. His third version, the director’s cut for the 20th anniversary, is his definitive version of Close Encounters. I can’t argue with that.

Matessino: Of the three that are in official release I would have to pick the original 1977 version, and one of the reasons is that I really like the scene construction starting with Roy getting fired. I think that the moment where he sees the pillow shaped liked the mountain is essential… not just because he mentions it later but because you can hear his wife Ronnie saying, “I’m not getting a job, you know.” If you think about the fact that this is the first thing a wife says when her husband gets fired, you realize that this marriage is already headed for failure and that the UFOs only helped accelerate something that was already inevitable. After that we have Roy’s return to Crescendo Summit, followed by the India, arena and Goldstone scenes. That works so much better, in my opinion, than moving the Crescendo Summit scene later. I also think you need to see Roy at the power planet early in the movie because it illustrates the randomness of what happens to him. He is in the right place at the right time and said just the right thing, which results in him — as opposed to someone else — becoming the person who has the encounter. That being said, I do like the scenes that appeared in the Special Edition, specifically the original introduction to the Neary family, the newly filmed Gobi Desert sequence and the reinstated scene with Roy in the shower. I agree with most that the interior of the mothership was not necessary; however I do like the Special Edition end credits music using John Williams’ arrangement of When You Wish Upon a Star. I would still like there to be an extended master cut that includes everything except the 1977 version of Neary’s intro (which was an insert shot later) and the interior of the mothership.

McBride: The final director’s cut. Spielberg unfortunately botched the Special Edition by inserting its anticlimactic, unimaginative ending and by cutting some of the most intense scenes of family dysfunction and some other memorable moments. At the industry screening I attended, I could tell those family scenes with Richard Dreyfuss going “mad" made people acutely uncomfortable. Seeing a father figure in an American movie going bonkers is deeply troubling to our national mythos, as was It’s a Wonderful Life on its first run. The omission of those scenes of dysfunction in the second version severely damaged the film, since they are central to Roy’s alienation and need to escape. Spielberg wisely put them back. One key scene not in the original version has the older son angrily call Roy a “crybaby,” which Spielberg recently admitted having done when his own father, during a time of family distress, broke down and cried. It’s good that the phony ending inside the space ship is now gone. It’s so much better to let the viewer use his/her imagination about what will happen to Roy.

Coate: Where does Close Encounters rank among Steven Spielberg’s body of work?

Bouzereau: It’s my second favorite after Jaws.

Klastorin: Close Encounters remains a benchmark as the first film that Spielberg both wrote and directed, and he refers to it as his most personal film. It continued the promise he had shown in his earlier television work, The Sugarland Express, and, of course, Jaws. Trying to rank his work is a gargantuan task, as he’s directed films of every genre, mixing small, personal drama with grand spectacle. Each new production holds new promise, and he seldom if ever, disappoints. I can’t wait to see what he does with Ready Player One.

Matessino: Close Encounters is the first truly personal Spielberg film and it still remains one of his greatest. It comes straight from his heart and reflects all of his passion for the medium of cinema. Without it we wouldn’t have gotten all of the wonderful films that followed. Specifically it laid the groundwork for E.T., which led to Empire of the Sun, which led to Schindler’s List. So it’s a linchpin of his career.

Coate: Where does Richard Dreyfuss’s performance of Roy Neary rank among his body of work?

Bouzereau: It’s his second best after Jaws.

Klastorin: Well before he badgered Spielberg into casting him as Roy, Dreyfuss recognized his strength in portraying the “everyman” character, and embraced it, as did audiences. His characterization of Roy Neary continued to propel him to the upper stratosphere of the acting profession and down the aisle to accept his Academy Award.

Matessino: Interesting question considering that Dreyfuss won an Academy Award for The Goodbye Girl, which came out the same year. I think he’s wonderful in Close Encounters because he truly seems like a regular guy who might live next door to you. There isn’t a false note in his performance, no moment when you feel like he is “acting.” I think it’s a performance he should look back on with absolute pride because he created a character that was relatable and real.

Coate: The role of music is of particular importance in this film since, among other reasons, the main theme appears in the film. But Spielberg has said he wasn’t sure if John Williams could deliver a good score for Close Encounters because of how great the Star Wars score turned out and that he was concerned Williams might not have had anything “left in the tank.” So how do you think the Close Encounters score turned out?

Bouzereau: I have a lot to say about this… But I’ll summarize it by mentioning that I was filming John conducting a suite from Close Encounters at a private session last year, and we were all in tears. I can only imagine what it must have been like to hear it performed for the first time. The music has not aged at all, and has contributed to the timeless nature of the film.

Matessino: Well, Close Encounters is my favorite John Williams score, and it’s interesting because I was trying to figure out how to write about it while I was in New York for the premiere of Star Wars in Concert. I spent a morning in my room working on ideas for the soundtrack notes and then stopped to go to rehearsal at Lincoln Center and it was quite jarring mentally. Star Wars is a great score, but Close Encounters is something else entirely. It serves a higher purpose and artistically reaches a lot deeper, so as with the films I don’t think the scores can really be compared one to the other. With Star Wars John Williams reached back into the history of film scoring and to a grand 19th century symphonic tradition, but Close Encounters is very contemporary and at times very experimental. It was a very bold thing to do and I think to achieve it Williams really had to push himself as a composer. Certainly what he demonstrated that year was that no one had to ever again worry that he wouldn’t be able to deliver.

Coate: Would you like to see Spielberg (or another filmmaker) make a Close Encounters sequel?

Bouzereau: Steven told me recently that Arrival is almost a sequel to Close Encounters. So I think we’re set.

Klastorin: The short answer is, of course not. Spielberg himself flirted with the notion back in the ’80’s, but abandoned the thought soon after. How can you improve upon a classic? A sequel? There is no Close Encounter of the 4th Kind. Reboot? Why? Just for the sake of it? The original film still stands on its own, and when the newly restored 4K version played in theaters for a week a couple of months ago, it attracted enough of an audience to be held over in many of those theaters.

Matessino: In my mind (and Spielberg has said this), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is sort of the sequel. But as for a further story, yes, I would welcome a sequel if it were done by Steven Spielberg and handled correctly.

McBride: No! Never! The Special Edition was sort of a bungled sequel. It showed why it’s better to leave it alone (other than adding back some scenes that had been cut before the original release, as Spielberg has done). Spielberg has wisely avoided doing a sequel to E.T., unless you count the E.T. ride at Universal in which the public is whisked away to E.T.’s home planet.

Coate: What is the legacy of Close Encounters?

Bouzereau: We’re still talking about it!

Klastorin: The legacy of Close Encounters encompasses many of the facets we’ve already discussed. It’s one of the rare films that discovers new generations of audiences, as one hands it down to the next and the next. It is, with a few small exceptions, just as fresh as it was when it first illuminated the screen in 1977, and its message is still just as important.

Matessino: Close Encounters indelibly depicts first contact between humans and extra-terrestrials. It might not happen this way, but the movie shows you the way you hope it will happen. It’s also essential viewing in looking at Steven Spielberg’s body of work, which will certainly be explored long after we’re all gone. It’s also one of those rare blockbusters that isn’t about blazing guns. It’s fantasy cinema but done seriously and timelessly.

McBride: A film that helps demonstrate perhaps better than any other why Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest American filmmakers and one with a powerful and enthralling, uniquely personal vision.

Coate: Thank you — Laurent, Michael, Mike and Joseph — for participating and for sharing your thoughts about Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

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IMAGES
Selected images copyright/courtesy Columbia Pictures, Columbia TriStar Home Video, EMI Films, RCA/Columbia Home Video, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Voyager/The Criterion Collection.

SOURCES/REFERENCES
The primary references for this project were regional newspaper coverage and trade reports published in Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. All figures and data included in this article pertain to the United States and Canada except where stated otherwise.

SPECIAL THANKS
Don Beelik, Laurent Bouzereau, Thomas Hauerslev, John Hazelton, Bobby Henderson, Michael Klastorin, Bill Kretzel, Ronald A. Lee, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Monty Marin, Adam Martin, Mike Matessino, Joseph McBride, Scott Neff, Cliff Stephenson, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

IN MEMORIAM
Amy Douglass ("Implantee"), 1902-1980
Eumenio Blanco ("Sunburned Old Man"), 1891-1984
Daniel Nunez ("Federale"), 1920-1985
Clark L. Paylow (Associate Producer/Unit Production Manager), 1918-1985
Phil Abramson (Set Decorator), 1933-1987
Alexander Lockwood ("Implantee"), 1902-1990
Robert Glass (Re-recording Mixer), 1939-1993
Norman Bartold ("Ohio Tolls"), 1928-1994
Bill Thurman ("Air Traffic"), 1920-1995
Merrill Connally ("Team Leader"), 1921-2001
John Alonzo (Additional Director of Photography), 1934-2001
Julia Phillips (Producer), 1944-2002
Luis Contreras ("Federale"), 1950-2004
Warren Kemmerling (“Wild Bill”), 1924-2005
Robert “Buzz” Knudson (Re-recording Mixer), 1925-2006
Laszlo Kovacs (Additional Director of Photography), 1933-2007
Philip Dodds (“Jean Claude”), 1951-2007
Shari Rhodes (Casting), 1938-2009
Bob Westmoreland (Makeup Supervisor/"Load Dispatcher"), 1935-2009
William A. Fraker (Director of Photography: Additional American Scenes), 1923-2010
George DiCenzo (“Major Benchley”), 1940-2010
Robert Broyles ("Dirty Tricks #3"), 1933-2011
Roberts Blossom (“Farmer”), 1924-2011
Frank Warner (Supervising Sound Effects Editor), 1926-2011
Gene Cantamesa (Production Sound Mixer), 1931-2011
Galen Thompson ("Special Forces"), 1940-2011
Ralph McQuarrie (Conceptual Artwork), 1929-2012
Carlo Rambaldi (realization of “extraterrestrial”), 1925-2012
Matthew Yuricich (Matte Artist), 1923-2012
Gene Rader ("Hawker"), 1926-2014
Vilmos Zsigmond (Director of Photography), 1930-2016
Douglas Slocombe (Director of Photography: India Sequence), 1913-2016

AND...

Celebrating 40 Years of Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: A 70mm Reference List

quote: Michael Coate/In70mm
Celebrating 40 Years of Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”: A 70mm Reference List

Compiled by Michael Coate

“We are not alone.”

The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm. The audio on the majority of the prints was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). Some prints lacked Dolby noise reduction or were played back on non-Dolby brand equipment.

“Close Encounters” was among two confirmed first-run films released in 1977 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Columbia/EMI presentation was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and Francois Truffaut.

The film’s premiere was held November 15th at the Ziegfeld in New York.

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

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter weeks of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse 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 these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

All presentations included in this listing from 1980 were the revised Special Edition.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City, State or Province — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1977-11-16 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld (23)
1977-11-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome (4)
1977-12-14 … Belleville, IL — BAC Cinema (14)
1977-12-14 … Boston, MA — Cinema 57 Twin (14)
1977-12-14 … Calumet City, IL — River Oaks Triplex (13)
1977-12-14 … Cheektowaga, NY — Holiday 6-plex (12+)
1977-12-14 … Chicago, IL — Esquire (13)
1977-12-14 … Colorado Springs, CO — Cinema 150 (23) [70mm from Week 14]
1977-12-14 … Costa Mesa, CA — South Coast Plaza Triplex (42)
1977-12-14 … Denver, CO — Cooper Twin (27)
1977-12-14 … Evergreen, IL — Evergreen Twin (22)
1977-12-14 … Fort Worth, TX — Ridglea (12+)
1977-12-14 … Houston, TX — Alabama (26)
1977-12-14 … Houston, TX — Town & Country Village Triplex (12+)
1977-12-14 … Lakewood, CA — Lakewood Center 4-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Livonia, MI — Mai Kai (24)
1977-12-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Paramount (22) [m/o from Cinerama Dome]
1977-12-14 … Louisville, KY — Showcase 8-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Orange, CA — Cinedome 6-plex (33)
1977-12-14 … Paramus, NJ — Route Four 4-plex (23)
1977-12-14 … Pasadena, CA — Hastings (22)
1977-12-14 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric (22)
1977-12-14 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner (13)
1977-12-14 … Pittsford, NY — Loews Triplex (27)
1977-12-14 … Portland, OR — Eastgate Triplex (27)
1977-12-14 … Salt Lake City, UT — Regency (27)
1977-12-14 … San Diego, CA — Cinema 21 (13)
1977-12-14 … San Francisco, CA — Coronet (27)
1977-12-14 … Santa Clara, CA — Cinema 150 (31)
1977-12-14 … Skokie, IL — Old Orchard Triplex (21)
1977-12-14 … Southfield, MI — Americana 4-plex (22)
1977-12-14 … Southgate, MI — Southgate Triplex (22)
1977-12-14 … Toledo, OH — Showcase 4-plex (20)
1977-12-14 … West Allis, WI — Southtown Triplex (12+)
1977-12-16 … Beaverton, OR — Town Center Triplex (27)
1977-12-21 … Monterey, CA — Cinema 70 (12)
1977-12-21 … Palm Springs, CA — Camelot Twin (12)
1977-12-21 … Santa Barbara, CA — Granada (12)

1978-02-08 … Honolulu, HI — Waikiki Twin (9) [70mm from Week 6]
1978-03-17 … El Cajon, CA — Parkway Plaza Triplex (20)
1978-04-26 … New York, NY — Bay (3)
1978-04-26 … New York, NY — State Twin (7)
1978-05-12 … Seattle, WA — Crest 70 (17)
1978-05-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Century Plaza Twin (5)
1978-05-19 … Phoenix, AZ — Bethany (4)
1978-05-19 … Scottsdale, AZ — Kachina (4)
1978-06-02 … Port Washington, NY — Sands Point (3)
1978-06-16 … Baltimore, MD — Reisterstown Plaza (5)
1978-06-16 … Vienna, VA — Tysons (8)
1978-06-16 … Washington, DC — MacArthur (4)
1978-06-23 … Dallas, TX — Preston Royal (3)
1978-06-28 … San Francisco, CA — Warfield (3) [w/“Logan’s Run” during Week 3]
1978-06-30 … Toronto, ON — University (3)
1978-09-?? … Atlanta, GA — Fox [fest]

1980-08-01 … Boston, MA — Cheri Triplex (4)
1980-08-01 … Chicago, IL — State Lake (2)
1980-08-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Fox (6)
1980-08-01 … Philadelphia, PA — Sam’s Place Twin (3)
1980-08-01 … Seattle, WA — Crest Twin (11)
1980-08-01 … Washington, DC — Tenley Circle Triplex (6)
1980-08-08 … New York, NY — New York Twin (7)
1980-08-08 … Paramus, NJ — Route Four 4-plex (3)
1980-08-29 … Boston, MA — Saxon (1)
1980-09-12 … Oakland, CA — Grand Lake (2) [w/“2001”]
1980-09-26 … Chicago, IL — McClurg Court (1)
1980-09-26 … Northbrook, IL — Edens Twin (1)
1980-11-21 … South Salt Lake, UT — Century 5-plex (2) [w/“2001”]

1981-01-22 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-02-13 … New York, NY — Ziegfeld (4)
1981-03-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Cinerama Dome (3)
1981-05-01 … Washington, DC — Uptown (4 days) [70mm fest]
1981-05-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Paramount (1)
1981-06-05 … La Mesa, CA — Cinema Grossmont (1)
1981-07-03 … Los Angeles, CA — Picwood (2) [w/“Alien”]
1981-08-28 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre Opera (2 days)
1981-11-06 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1981-11-27 … Toronto, ON — Science Centre/Ontario Film Theatre

1982-02-03 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1982-03-19 … Toronto, ON — Cumberland 4-plex (1) [La Reserve]
1982-09-03 … Florence, KY — Florence 6-plex (1)
1982-09-03 … Springdale, OH — Tri-County 5-plex (1)
1982-09-10 … Pittsburgh, PA — Warner (1)
1982-10-01 … Des Moines, IA — River Hills (1)
1982-10-15 … Lincoln, NE — Cooper/Lincoln (1)
1982-11-12 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama (midnight; 2 days)
1982-11-26 … Scarborough, ON — Cedarbrae 6-plex (1)

1991-09-13 … Washington, DC — Uptown (1) [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Don Beelik, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer and Stan Malone.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.

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


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I've been awestruck with this movie since seeing it initially at the KB Cinema way back in 77 - what a cathartic movie.

for the completist, the new book:

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History"

came out last month

Thanks Michael for the detailed posting here!

oh and slight correction

1978-06-16 … Vienna, VA — Tysons (8)

should be referred to as "Tysons Cinema"

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[Roll Eyes]

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 - posted 11-27-2017 12:22 PM      Profile for Mike Blakesley   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Blakesley   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I don't understand the response there... the guy makes a valid correction to a listing and you give him the snarky rolling-eye.

I personally hate it when somebody lists my theater's name as just "Roxy." It is called "Roxy Theatre" and that's how I always strive to have it listed. For a business owner it's just as personal as having his own name misspelled.

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Adam Martin
I'm not even gonna point out the irony.

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 - posted 11-27-2017 01:37 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin       Edit/Delete Post 
The entire list is shown sans "theatre"/"theater"/"cinema", so the request seems a bit silly.

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Steve Guttag
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 - posted 11-27-2017 04:26 PM      Profile for Steve Guttag   Email Steve Guttag   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Michael also has listed all cinemas as possessive of the chain/owner though the chain I started with (K-B) NEVER did that. It was the K-B Cinema, not the K-B's Cinema. In this list, however, none seem to be possessive. Again, Michael is consistent with his naming though.

A problem with some short-hand naming could lead to confusion as there have been, in this case, several Tyson theatres, not all owned by the same company or in direct competition with another Tyson cinema (Roth versus NTI or Cineplex-Odeon). Then you get the buyouts/mergers to even further muck it up so merely using Tyson could conjure up different visions of which theatre one is referring to since some co-existed.

It is true that some are quite possessive of the name and how it is used.

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Mike Blakesley
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 - posted 11-27-2017 06:17 PM      Profile for Mike Blakesley   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Blakesley   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Explanation approved -- however Mike would have been further ahead to explain that, rather than just throwing down a [Roll Eyes] . Maybe he was in a hurry.

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Claude S. Ayakawa
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 - posted 11-27-2017 07:40 PM      Profile for Claude S. Ayakawa   Author's Homepage   Email Claude S. Ayakawa   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3rd KIND opened at the Waikiki #3 here in Honolulu because they were not set up for 70mm at the time and moved over to the Waikiki #2 after 14 weeks and played at that house in 70mm. The house was not yet set up for Dolby sound yet until a few months later so it played without it. Although I had already seen the movie in San Francisco in 70mm and Dolby at the Coronet. I saw the 35mm and 70mm run at both of the Waikiki theatres.

- Claude S. AYAKAWA

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Jonathan Goeldner
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the new 'Ultimate Visual History' book of CE3K comes highly recommended (received it for Christmas) - talk about a bevy of production photos, notes, sketches, and more! ~ wow ~

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Monte L Fullmer
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I opened the Idaho Falls UA-4 presentation of CE3K that 21st of December of 1977.

We had the film interlocked for a two house run.

Location used to be a twin until UA took over and split the houses to make a four screen plex.

The Twin booth contained paired Cine V4E with 6k reel changeover. After the split, machines were split up and added CHR AW2 platters per each house.

The interlock system was a home made contraption where it was a trick to make it operate successfully.

We had a lot of bad starts where one machine failed to start with the other one. But, after I figured out what was needed to be done, then it would work as it should.

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