Betting the Ranch: Remembering “The Empire Strikes Back” on its 40th Anniversary

May 21, 2020 - 2:00 pm   |   by
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THE 70MM ENGAGEMENTS

Listed here are the theaters in the United States and Canada that screened a 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo print of The Empire Strikes Back during its first-run release. The duration of each engagement, measured in weeks, has been included in parenthesis following the applicable theater name. These engagements commenced May 21st 1980 (except where noted otherwise).

70mm-Dolby-1980

ALBERTA

  • Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (20)
  • Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (29)

ARIZONA

  • Phoenix — Plitt’s Cine Capri (30)
  • Tucson — Plitt’s El Dorado Twin (24) [opened June 18th]

ARKANSAS

  • Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (20)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (18)

CALIFORNIA

  • Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (18)
  • Fresno — Festival Enterprises’ Festival 6-plex (38)
  • La Mirada — Pacific’s La Mirada Mall 6-plex (24) [opened June 27th]
  • Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (24) [opened June 27th]
  • Los Angeles (Hollywood) — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (30)
  • Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (22)
  • Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — UA’s Warner Center 6-plex (29) [opened June 27th]
  • Modesto — Redwood’s Briggsmore (8+) [opened June 18th]
  • Montclair — UA’s Towne Center Plaza 6-plex (32) [opened June 27th]
  • Monterey — Kindair’s Cinema 70 (15) [opened June 18th]
  • Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (25)
  • Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#1: 30)
  • Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (#2: 11)
  • Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (39)
  • San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (30)
  • San Francisco — Plitt’s Northpoint (28)
  • San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (43)

COLORADO

  • Denver — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin (30)

CONNECTICUT

  • East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (30)
  • Orange — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (18)
  • Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway (16)

DELAWARE

  • Claymont — SamEric’s Eric Tri-State Mall Triplex (30)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  • Washington — K-B’s Cinema (29)

FLORIDA

  • Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Twin (21)
  • North Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street (22)
  • Winter Park — Wometco’s Park Twin (23)

GEORGIA

  • Atlanta — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (30)

HAWAII

  • Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (30)

ILLINOIS

  • Belleville — BAC’s Cinema (14)
  • Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 4-plex (19)
  • Champaign — Kerasotes’ Virginia (20)
  • Chicago — GCC’s Ford City Triplex (16)
  • Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (18)
  • Lombard — GCC’s Yorktown 4-plex (18)
  • Moline — Dubinsky’s Parkway (26)
  • Niles — Fink’s Golf Mill Triplex (19)
  • Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 4-plex (16)
  • Orland Park — Plitt’s Orland Square 4-plex (16)
  • Peoria — Plitt’s Madison (16)
  • Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (18)
  • Springfield — Kerasotes’ Esquire 4-plex (18)

INDIANA

  • Fort Wayne — MSM’s Holiday Twin (20)
  • Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood (23)

IOWA

  • Des Moines — Dubinsky’s River Hills (30)
  • Dubuque — Dubuque’s Cinema Center 4-plex (12)

KANSAS

  • Wichita — Dickinson’s Mall (22)

KENTUCKY

  • Erlanger — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (36)
  • Lexington — Mid States’ Northpark 6-plex (14)
  • Lexington — Mid States’ Southpark 6-plex (30)
  • Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (37)

LOUISIANA

  • Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5-plex (20)

MARYLAND

  • Towson — Rappaport’s Hillendale Twin (19)

MASSACHUSETTS

  • Boston — Sack’s Charles Triplex (22)
  • Brookline — Redstone’s Circle Triplex (15) [opened June 18th]
  • Seekonk — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex (19)
  • West Springfield — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (18)
  • Worcester — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (17)

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  • Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (17)
  • Burton — Plitt’s Eastland Mall (18)
  • Harper Woods — SDT’s Eastland Twin (18)
  • Livonia — SDT’s Terrace Twin (30)
  • Southfield — NGT’s Americana 4-plex (28)
  • Southgate — NGT’s Southgate Triplex (29)
  • Sterling Heights — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (30)

MINNESOTA

  • Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown (24)
  • Brooklyn Center — Plitt’s Brookdale (30)
  • Roseville — GCC’s Har-Mar Triplex (29)

MISSOURI

  • Creve Coeur — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur (30)
  • Kansas City — AMC’s Midland-Empire 7-plex (27)

NEBRASKA

  • Omaha — Douglas’ Cinema Center 4-plex (20)

NEVADA

  • Las Vegas — Plitt’s Parkway Triplex (26) [opened June 18th]

NEW JERSEY

  • Edison — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (23)
  • Lawrenceville — SamEric’s Eric Twin (20)
  • Moorestown — SamEric’s Eric Plaza (22)
  • Paramus — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Route Four 4-plex (23)

NEW YORK

  • Cheektowaga — Holiday’s Holiday 6-plex (20)
  • Colonie — Cinema 5’s Colonie Twin (19)
  • DeWitt — Cinema National’s Shoppingtown Twin (22)
  • Lawrence — RKO Stanley-Warner’s Lawrence Triplex (20)
  • Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 4-plex (23)
  • New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (19)
  • New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (20)
  • New York — Loews’ New York Twin (7) [opened June 18th]
  • New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (18)
  • Pittsford — Loews’ Pittsford Triplex (30)
  • Yonkers — GCC’s Central Plaza Twin (18)

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Charlotte — Plitt’s Park Terrace Twin (30)
  • Fayetteville — Consolidated’s Bordeaux Triplex (28)
  • Greensboro — Plitt’s Terrace Triplex (19)
  • Raleigh — Plitt’s Cardinal Twin (28)
  • Winston-Salem — Plitt’s Thruway Twin (19)

OHIO

  • Columbus — Mid States’ Continent 7-plex (30)
  • Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 4-plex (30)
  • Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 7-plex (36)
  • Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 4-plex (30)
  • Trotwood — Mid States’ Salem Mall 4-plex (29)
  • Whitehall — Sugarman’s Cinema East (20)

ONTARIO

  • Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (18)
  • London — Famous Players’ Park (18)
  • Toronto — Famous Players’ University (18)
  • Windsor — Famous Players’ Centre (18)

OREGON

  • Beaverton — LT’s Westgate Triplex (37)
  • Eugene — LT’s Cinema World 4-plex (33)

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Allentown — SamEric’s Eric Triplex (19)
  • Bensalem — AMC’s Premiere Twin (30)
  • King of Prussia — SamEric’s Eric Plaza Twin (20)
  • McCandless — Redstone’s Showcase North 8-plex (18)
  • Monroeville — Redstone’s Showcase East 5-plex (17)
  • Philadelphia — SamEric’s SamEric (30)
  • Pittsburgh — Cinemette’s Warner (16)
  • Robinson — Redstone’s Showcase West 5-plex (30)

QUEBEC

  • Montreal — Odeon’s Place du Canada (17)

TENNESSEE

  • Memphis — Southern Theatre Service’s Park (23)
  • Nashville — Martin’s Belle Meade (12)

TEXAS

  • Austin — AMC’s Americana (30)
  • Dallas — AMC’s Prestonwood 5-plex (38)
  • Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (23)
  • Fort Worth — Plitt’s Ridglea (30)
  • Houston — AMC’s Westchase 5-plex (38)
  • Houston — Plitt’s Alabama (28)

UTAH

  • Riverdale — Tullis-Hansen’s Cinedome 70 Twin (30)
  • Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre (30)

VIRGINIA

  • Bailey’s Crossroads — K-B’s Cinema 7 (19) [opened June 18th]
  • Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (30)
  • Vienna — NTI’s Tysons (26) [opened June 18th]

WASHINGTON

  • Seattle — UA’s Cinema 150 (61)
  • Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (30)

WISCONSIN

  • Fox Point — Capitol’s Brown Port (18)
  • Wauwatosa — UA’s Mayfair (30)
  • West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown Triplex (30)

The Empire Strikes Back - at the Northpoint Cinema in San Francisco

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