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I forgot about “Oklahoma!” at the Midtown…
“Longest run at the Astor Plaza: "Star Wars” – 65 weeks in 1977-78.“
Minor correction: the “Star Wars” engagement was sixty-ONE weeks.
“Logan’s Run” played the Astor Plaza in 70mm during summer 1976. Some of the film’s batch of 70mm prints were Dolby-encoded (as a test?). The Los Angeles run (and I think also Boston and Toronto) advertised the engagement as 70mm and Dolby Stereo. The ads I’ve seen for the NY run, however, did not include any references to Dolby, suggesting the NY area 70mm prints were of the non-Dolby variety common for that era.
I guess my point is that it’s possible the Astor Plaza ran “Logan’s Run” in 70mm-Dolby Stereo and if so, this predated the Ziegfeld’s 70mm-Dolby run of “A Star Is Born.”
These articles/engagement lists should bring back lots of memories for those who saw these movies in their first-run.
“The Sound Of Music” (Midtown):
“How The West Was Won” (Boyd):
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (Randolph):
The first post in this thread includes a claim that the Astor Plaza was Manhattan’s first Dolby Stereo-equipped theatre. I believe both Radio City Music Hall and the Ziegfeld installed Dolby prior to the Astor Plaza, though the Astor Plaza was certainly among the first couple of dozen theatres anywhere to have it installed.
To help answer some of the questions posed in this thread, here’s a link to an article on “Star Wars” that includes details on the early years of Dolby Stereo and a reference to the Astor Plaza.
It would appear that the “Oklahoma!” Todd AO print I saw in 1982 played Cinema I rather than the Baronet or Coronet.
While you’re correct about this re-issue of “Oklahoma!” playing the Cinema I rather than the Coronet or Baronet, it actually played during 1983 not ‘82.