Happy 30th, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 12, 2011 at 7:30 am


Compiled by Michael Coate

“The thing to keep in mind about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is that it is only a movie. It takes all the license of an exotic entertainment that aims to thrill and scare and strike one with a sense of wonder.” — Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones – Harrison Ford
Marion Ravenwood – Karen Allen
Rene Belloq – Paul Freeman
Arnold Toht – Ronald Lacey
Sallah – John Rhys-Davies
Satipo – Alfred Molina
Dietrich – Wolf Kahler
Gobler – Anthony Higgins
Marcus Brody – Denholm Elliott

Director – Steven Spielberg
Producer – Frank Marshall
Screenplay – Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas and Philip Kaufman (story)
Executive Producers – George Lucas, Howard Kazanjian
Music – John Williams
Editor – Michael Kahn, ACE
Associate Producer – Robert Watts
Director of Photography – Douglas Slocombe
Production Designer – Norman Reynolds
Visual Effects Supervisor – Richard Edlund
Sound Designer – Ben Burtt
Supervising Sound Effects Editor – Richard L. Anderson
Re-recording Mixers – Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker
Production Sound – Roy Charman

Studio – Paramount Pictures
Production Company – Lucasfilm Ltd.
Release Date – June 12, 1981
Running Time – 115 minutes
Projection/Sound Format – Scope/Dolby Stereo
MPAA Rating – PG


1 = Rank on top-grossing films of 1981
2 = Indy’s rank on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains
3 = Rank on all-time boxoffice list at close of run
5 = Number of Academy Awards (four competitive + one special achievement)
8 = Number of Academy Award nominations
13 = Number of years RAIDERS was Paramount Pictures' most-successful film
15 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing films (adjusted for inflation)
60 = Rank on American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films
67 = Rank on current list of all-time top-grossing films
73 = Number of days of principal photography
81 = Number of weeks longest-running engagement played
1,078 = Number of opening-week bookings in the United States and Canada
6,500 = Approximate number of snakes used for the Well of the Sould sequence

$8.3 million = Opening-weekend box-office gross
$22.8 million = Production cost
$242.4 million = Cumulative domestic box-office gross
$386.0 million = Cumulative worldwide box-office gross
$692.8 million = Cumulative domestic box-office gross (adjusted for inflation)


“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” — Indy / “Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.” — Sallah

“Jones, do you realize what the Ark is? It’s a transmitter. It’s a radio for speaking to God.” — Belloq

“Bad dates.” — Sallah

“It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” — Indy

“I hate snakes, Jock. I hate ‘em.” — Indy

“Trust me.” — Indy


“The guys who made JAWS and STAR WARS have done it again. It’s too good to be true.” — David Ansen, Newsweek

“I don’t know how strong is Paramount’s percentage in the distribution of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, but of one thing I’m certain — Lucas and Spielberg have just opened up another goldmine.” — Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is sensational. This awesomely entertaining adventure spectacle succeeds in fusing the most playful and exciting elements of Spielberg’s JAWS and Lucas’s STAR WARS in a fresh format.” — Gary Arnold, The Washington Post

“Two hours of non-stop thrills condensed into one giant, fun-filled entertainment.” — Rex Reed

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is one of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“Hurrah and hallelujah! It’s hats-in-the-air, heart-in-the-mouth time at the movies again.” — Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

“RAIDERS has it all — the best two hours of pure entertainment anyone is going to find — a blockbuster on the order of STAR WARS and JAWS.” — Richard Schickel, Time Magazine

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be.” — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“Spielberg has directed it all brilliantly, finding his own way to tell a 1930s story in 1981’s visual language…it’s the best movie he has ever made.” — Bernard Drew, Gannett News Service

“RAIDERS contains within five minutes more scenes, thrills and action than can be accomplished by most movies in two hours.” — Ron Base, Toronto Star

“A frantic, frenetic, fantasy frolic that is sure to be one of this summer’s biggest box office hits.” — Gene Shalit, The Today Show

“[RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is] no more substantial than cotton candy, but it’s easily the best piece of entertainment Hollywood has produced in 1981.” — Bruce McCabe, The Boston Globe

“Remember when movies used to promise a thrill a minute? Well, RAIDERS nearly doubles that ratio. It makes you feel like you’re beating the speed limit just sitting still.” — Michael Sragow, Rolling Stone


Promotional slogans used for the RAIDERS release included: “Indiana Jones—the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS” and “The creators of JAWS and STAR WARS now bring you the Ultimate Hero in the Ultimate Adventure.”

RAIDERS spawned two sequels, a prequel, a prequel television series, a theme park attraction, video games, and countless imitations.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART was Mad Magazine’s spoofy take on RAIDERS.

RAIDERS includes stock footage from LOST HORIZON (1973) and THE HINDENBURG (1975).

The longest theatrical engagement of RAIDERS is believed to have been an 81-week run in San Jose (25 weeks at the Century 21 followed by a 56-week moveover run at the Century 25). The longest, continuous engagement in a single-screen theater is believed to have been a 58-week run at the Cinema Grossmont in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa.

RAIDERS won four Academy Awards: Film Editing, Art Direction, Sound, and Visual Effects, plus a special achievement award for Sound Effects Editing. The film was also nominated in the categories of Picture, Director, Original Score, and Cinematography. Other awards RAIDERS received included Favorite Motion Picture (People’s Choice Award), Golden Reel (Motion Picture Sound Editors), Best Fantasy Film (Saturn), Best Edited Feature Film (ACE Eddie), Best Production Design/Art Direction (BAFTA), Best Film Music (BAFTA), Best Album of Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television special (Grammy), Best Dramatic Presentation (Hugo).

By the close of its theatrical release, RAIDERS had become the highest-grossing film in the history of Paramount Pictures. It held that distinction until being dethroned in 1994 by FORREST GUMP.

Two original documentaries on RAIDERS were produced: THE MAKING OF RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (for public television) and GREAT MOVIE STUNTS: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (for network television).

RAIDERS was test-screened on May 9, 1981, at the Northpoint Theatre in San Francisco.

Paramount’s originally-scheduled release date for RAIDERS was June 19, 1981. Shortly before release, so as not to compete during opening weekend with SUPERMAN II and THE CANNONBALL RUN, the studio moved up the release by one week where instead the competition was CLASH OF THE TITANS and HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I.

RAIDERS was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1981.

RAIDERS was screened as a sneak preview in selected markets one week before release.

RAIDERS was released to the home video market in December 1983, thirty months after initial theatrical release.

RAIDERS had its cable television premiere broadcasts during November 1984.

RAIDERS had its network television premiere broadcast (on ABC) on September 28, 1986.

RAIDERS was the first home video release to sell over one million units. The Beta and VHS editions retailed for the then-low price of $39.95.

RAIDERS was Steven Spielberg’s fifth collaboration with composer John Williams and third with editor Michael Kahn. Williams and Kahn have worked on the majority of Spielberg’s projects.

Richard Amsel, famous for his numerous TV Guide covers, was the artist who painted the artwork used on the film’s promotional material.

RAIDERS was re-released during the summer of 1982 and spring of 1983. The re-release was promoted as “The Return of the Great Adventure.”

The idea for RAIDERS was told by George Lucas to Steven Spielberg on a beach in Hawaii during a May 1977 vacation following the completion and release of Lucas’s STAR WARS and the completion of principal photography of Spielberg’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

RAIDERS was filmed in 73 days, fifteen days ahead of schedule. Principal photography commenced on June 23, 1980, in La Rochelle, France. Several weeks of studio work was done at EMI Elstree in London. This was followed by a month of shooting in Tunisia before wrapping on October 3, 1980, in Kauai, Hawaii. Although not counted on the official principal photography schedule, the production also included several days of second unit work. Visual effects were produced at Industrial Light & Magic in Marin County, California. In addition, there were a couple of days of additional photography, in January 1981, in San Francisco and Stockton, California.

Indiana was the name of one of George Lucas’s pet dogs.

Tom Selleck was originally cast in the role of Indiana Jones, but a commitment to CBS for the MAGNUM, P.I. television series prevented him from accepting the role. Shortly after Harrison Ford was cast and production began, a Writers Guild strike delayed the production of network television shows, a break which, ironically, would have enabled Selleck to have done RAIDERS. Selleck later would do a RAIDERS-esque episode of MAGNUM, P.I. as well as the similar adventure film HIGH ROAD TO CHINA (1983)

The STAR WARS connections are endless: The canyon where Indy threatens to blow up the Ark and subsequently surrenders to Belloq and the Nazis was the same Tunisia location where R2-D2 was captured by the jawas. Numerous crew members worked on both productions. As a joke, images of STAR WARS characters R2-D2 and C-3PO were included among the hieroglyphics in the Well of the Souls set. The registration letters on Jock’s plane were OB-CPO (as in Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO). And, in addition to Harrison Ford, STAR WARS actor William Hootkins (Porkins) appeared in RAIDERS (as Major Eaton).

The classic “Wilhelm” scream sound effect can be heard during the truck chase sequence.

The submarine featured in RAIDERS was used in DAS BOOT (full scale) and Spielberg’s 1941 (miniature model).

Actors Vic Tablian and Pat Roach each had a dual role in RAIDERS. Tablian played the Peruvian porter Barranca as well as the Monkey Man who attempts to poison Indy and Sallah. Roach played the Giant Sherpa in the Nepal sequence and the German mechanic Indy fights near the Flying Wing.

In 1989, the leather jacket and fedora worn by Harrison Ford were donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

RAIDERS in 1999 was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.


What follows is a list of the theaters in the United States and Canada that opened RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK on its initial June 12 release date. Bookings that began after June 12 have not been included.

Anniston – Plaza Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Bessemer – Bessemer Twin
Birmingham – Cinema City 8
Birmingham – Fair Park Drive-In
Decatur – Gateway Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Dothan – Northside Mall Cinema 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Gadsden – Mall Triplex
Homewood – Brookwood 1 & 2
Huntsville – Westbury Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Mobile – Village 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Montgomery – Eastdale Triple
Muscle Shoals – Cinema Twin
Opelika – Plaza Twin
Tuscaloosa – Capri

Anchorage – Fireweed Triplex

Calgary – Chinook (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Edmonton – Westmount A & B (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Lethbridge – College
Red Deer – Paramount 1 & 2

Glendale – Thunderbird Drive-In
Mesa – Fiesta 5
Phoenix – Chris-Town 5 (Dolby Stereo)
Phoenix – Town & Country 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Scottsdale – Camelback Mall Cinema I-II-III
Scottsdale – Scottsdale Drive-In
Tucson – Buena Vista 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Yuma – Mesa Drive-In

Fayetteville – Razorback Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Fort Smith – Mall Trio (Dolby Stereo)
Hot Springs – Gene Boggs Twin
Jacksonville – Flick Twin
Jonesboro – Plaza Twin
Little Rock – Cinema 150 (Dolby Stereo)
Pine Bluff – Flick Twin (Dolby Stereo)

Burnaby – Lougheed Mall Cinemas 1-2-3 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Kamloops – Paramount 1 & 2
Kelowna – Orchard Park 1-2
Prince George – Plaza 400
Vancouver – Vancouver Centre (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)

Alhambra – Alhambra Twin
Antioch – Metro 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Auburn – Auburn Cinema I & II
Bakersfield – Crest Drive-In
Bakersfield – Nile I & II (Dolby Stereo)
Berkeley – California 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Brea – Brea Plaza Square 4
Buena Park – Lincoln Drive-In
Burlingame – Burlingame Drive-In
Capitola – 41st Avenue Playhouse Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Citrus Heights – Birdcage Walk 6
City of Industry – Puente Hills 10 (Dolby Stereo)
Concord – Solano Drive-In
Corte Madera – Cinema (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza Triplex (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Covina – Fox Triplex
Davis – Varsity Twin
Dublin – Dublin Place 6
El Centro – Valley Cinemas 1-6
El Monte – Starlite Drive-In
El Toro – Saddleback Plaza 6
Escondido – Plaza Twin
Eureka – State Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Fairfield – Chief Cinemas
Fresno – Festival Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Fresno – Sunnyside Drive-In
Gardena – Vermont Drive-In
Gilroy – Valley
Glendale – Alex
Grass Valley – Grass Valley Cinema 1 & 2
Hayward – Festival Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Hemet – Hemet (Dolby Stereo)
Indio – Kay Donna Drive-In
Isla Vista – Magic Lantern Twin
La Habra – La Habra Drive-In
La Mesa – Cinema Grossmont (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
La Mirada – La Mirada 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Laguna Beach – South Coast Twin
Lakewood – Lakewood Center South (Dolby Stereo)
Lancaster – Lancaster Drive-In
Laverne – Mt. Baldy Drive-In
Long Beach – Lakewood Drive-In
Long Beach – Movies 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) – Chinese Triplex (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) – La Reina (Dolby Stereo)
Los Angeles (Van Nuys) – Van Nuys Drive-In
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) – National (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) – Topanga 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Manhattan Beach – Manhattan 6
Marysville – State Triplex
Merced – College Green Cinemas I & II (Dolby Stereo)
Modesto – Festival Cinemas
Montclair – Montclair Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Monterey – State Triplex
Mountain View – Moffett Drive-In
Napa – Uptown 1 & 2
Norco – Crest Drive-In
Oakland – Coliseum Drive-In
Oakland – Rockridge Showcase 1 & 2
Oceanside – Oceanside 8
Oceanside – Valley Drive-In
Orange – Cinedome 6 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Oxnard – Sky View Drive-In
Palm Springs – Camelot Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Palo Alto – Palo Alto Square Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Paradise – Mountain Pines Cinema 1 & 2
Paramount – Rosecrans Drive-In
Pasadena – Academy (Dolby Stereo)
Pleasant Hill – Century Complex (Dolby Stereo)
Porterville – Porter 3
Redding – Mt. Shasta Mall Movies 3
Rialto – Foothill Drive-In
Richmond – Hilltop Drive-In
Riverside – Canyon Crest Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Sacramento – Century Complex (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Sacramento – Sacramento Drive-In
Salinas – Northridge 4 (Dolby Stereo)
San Bernardino – Crest Twin
San Francisco – Regency I (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
San Jose – Capitol Drive-In
San Jose – Century 21 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
San Jose – Century 23 A & B (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
San Luis Obispo – Fremont
San Mateo – Hillsdale Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Santa Barbara – Arlington Center (Dolby Stereo)
Santa Maria – Movies 3
Santa Rosa – Cinemas 6
Simi Valley – Simi Drive-In
Sonora – Plaza Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Stockton – Regency Cinemas
Thousand Oaks – Conejo Twin
Torrance – Old Towne 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Union City – Union City Drive-In
Valencia – Valencia 6
Vallejo – Cine 3
Ventura – Ventura (Dolby Stereo)
Victorville – Movies 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Visalia – Fox Triplex
Westminster – Cinema West 4 (Dolby Stereo)

Boulder – Fox (Dolby Stereo)
Colorado Springs – Citadel Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Denver – Century 21 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Durango – Gaslight Twin
Fort Collins – Century Mall Triplex
Grand Junction – Colorado West Cinema 4
Greeley – Greeley Mall Twin
Longmont – Movies (Dolby Stereo)
Loveland – Orchards Twin
Pueblo – Southside 4 (Dolby Stereo)

Bridgeport – Merritt Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Danbury – Cine I,II,III
Farmington – The Movies at Westfarms
Manchester – East 1-2-3
Mystic – Village Cinema 1 & 2
Newington – Newington Cinema I-II-III
Norwich – Norwich Cinema 1 & 2
Orange – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Stamford – Cinemas I,II,III (Dolby Stereo)
Storrs – College Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Waterbury – Plaza 1-2-3-4
Westport – Post
Willimantic – Jillson Square Cinemas

Claymont – 3 Tri-State Mall (Dolby Stereo)
Dover – Blue Hen Mall
Rehoboth Beach – Midway Palace V

Washington – Cinema (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)

Altamonte Springs – Interstate Mall 6
Bradenton – Cortez Twin
Clearwater – Countryside 6
Coral Springs – Coral Springs 6
Dania Beach – Hi-Way Airport 9 Drive-In
Daytona Beach – Daytona 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Deerfield Beach – Ultravision Twin
Fort Lauderdale – Coral Ridge Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Fort Myers – Colonial Twin
Fort Myers Beach – Beach
Fort Pierce – Village I & II
Gainesville – Center Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Hollywood – Florida Twin
Jacksonville – Murray Hill
Jacksonville – The Movies at Regency
Jupiter – Jupiter 3
Kendall – Kendall Twin
Key West – Plaza I & II
Lake Worth – Movies of Lake Worth
Lakeland – Grove Park Cinema I & II
Lauderdale Lakes – Lakes 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Mary Esther – Santa Rosa Triplex
Melbourne – Sarno 2
Merritt Island – Merritt Square 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Miami – Ambassador 4
Miami – Gables Triple
Miami – Omni 6
Naples – Gulfgate Plaza Twin
North Miami Beach – 167th Street Twin
Ocala – Springs Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Orange Park – Kingsley 1 & 2
Orlando – Fashion Square Cinema I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Dolby Stereo)
Panama City – Florida Triple
Pensacola – Fairfield Plaza Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Plantation – Broward Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
St. Pete Beach – Dolphin
St. Petersburg – Tyrone Square 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Sarasota – Sarasota Square 6 (Dolby Stereo)
South Miami – Suniland Triple
Stuart – Smithfield 3
Tallahassee – Capitol Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Tampa – Hillsboro 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Tampa – Varsity 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Titusville – Miracle City 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
West Palm Beach – Mall Cinemas

Albany – Georgia Four (Dolby Stereo)
Athens – Classic Triple
Atlanta – Lenox Square 5 (Dolby Stereo)
Atlanta – Starlight Drive-In
Augusta – Cinema I-II (Dolby Stereo)
Austell – Marbro Drive-In
Chamblee – North 85 Drive-In
Columbus – Columbus Square 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Decatur – North DeKalb Twin
Decatur – South DeKalb Mall Quad
Douglasville – Douglasville Twin
Dublin – Westgate Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Fayetteville – Fayette Triple
Fort Oglethorpe – Southgate Triple
Gainesville – Sherwood
Griffin – Griffin Quad
Lawrenceville – Lawrenceville Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Macon – Cinemas 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Morrow – Southlake Plaza Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Rome – DeSoto
Roswell – Roswell Village Twin
Savannah – Cinema Centre (Dolby Stereo)
Smyrna – Promenade Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Statesboro – Georgia
Union City – Shannon Four
Valdosta – Cinema Twin
Waycross – Mall Twin

Honolulu – Royal (Dolby Stereo)

Boise – Overland Park Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Coeur d'Alene – Coeur d'Alene Tri-Cinema
Idaho Falls – Yellowstone Plaza Triplex
Jerome – Jerome Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Lewiston – Orchards Cinemas
Pocatello – Chief
Twin Falls – Twin Cinema 3

Aurora – Fox Valley 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Belleville – Ritz Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Bloomington – Eastland Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Calumet City – River Oaks 1-2-3-4-5-6 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Carbondale – Varsity 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Carpentersville – Spring Hill 1-2-3-4
Champaign – Country Fair 4
Chicago – Plaza 1-2-3
Chicago – United Artists (Dolby Stereo)
Chicago – Water Tower 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Cicero – Bel-Air Drive-In
Crystal Lake – Showplace 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Danville – Times
Decatur – Northgate Mall Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
DeKalb – Campus Cinema 4
Evergreen Park – Evergreen 1-2-3 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Galesburg – West Twin
Joliet – Jefferson Square Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Kankakee – Meadowview 1-2-3
Lombard – Yorktown Cinema I-II-III-IV (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Machesney Park – The Movies at Machesney Park
Marion – Town & Country Cinema 4
Niles – Golf Mill 1-2-3 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Norridge – Norridge 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
North Riverside – Harlem-Cermak Cinema I & II
Northbrook – Edens 1 & 2 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Palatine – 53 Drive-In
Peoria – Fox
Peru – Peru Cinemas
Quincy – State
Rockford – CherryVale 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
St. Charles – Arcada (Dolby Stereo)
Schaumburg – Woodfield 1-2-3-4 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Springfield – Town & Country
Tinley Park – Bremen 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Vernon Hills – Hawthorn 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Waukegan – Lakehurst Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Wheeling – Twin Drive-In

Anderson – Mounds Tri-plex
Bloomington – Indiana
Columbus – Columbus Center Cinema 1-2
Elkhart – Concord Mall Cinema 1 & 2
Evansville – North Park Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Evansville – Washington Square Cinemas
Fort Wayne – Gateway I-II-III
Fort Wayne – Georgetown I & II
Greenwood – Greenwood Quad (Dolby Stereo)
Hammond – Hammond Drive-In
Indianapolis – Eastgate Cinema I & II
Indianapolis – Glendale Cinema I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Dolby Stereo)
Indianapolis – Lafayette Square Quad (Dolby Stereo)
Kokomo – Kokomo Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Logansport – The Movies at Cass Plaza
Marion – The Movies
Merrillville – Southlake Cinema I-II-III-IV
Michigan City – Dunes Plaza Cinema I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Mishawaka – University Park Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Muncie – Delaware Twin
Richmond – Sidewalk (Dolby Stereo)
Terre Haute – Plaza North Twin
West Lafayette – Cinema West

Ames – Mall 1 & 2
Burlington – West I & II
Cedar Falls – College Square Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Cedar Rapids – Westdale Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Davenport – Northpark Cinema I & II (Dolby Stereo)
Des Moines – Riviera
Iowa City – Cinema I & II
Sioux City – Riviera I & II

Hutchinson – Alco Plaza Twin
Kansas City – State Drive-In
Lawrence – Hillcrest Triplex
Leavenworth – Landing 4
Manhattan – West Loop Twin
Overland Park – Oak Park 6
Salina – Mid State Cinemas
Topeka – Fairlawn Twin
Wichita – Boulevard (Dolby Stereo)

Bowling Green – Martin Twin
Erlanger – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Flatwoods – Flatwoods Cinemas
Frankfort – Brighton Park Cinemas 1-2
Hopkinsville – Alhambra
Lexington – Northpark Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Lexington – Southpark Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Louisville – Showcase Cinemas (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Owensboro – Malco
Paducah – Paducah Cinemas 1 & 2

Alexandria – Don
Baton Rouge – Cinema 8 (Dolby Stereo)
Baton Rouge – University Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Gretna – Oakwood Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Houma – Southland Cinema 4
Lafayette – Northgate Triple (Dolby Stereo)
Lake Charles – Oak Park Cinema 6
Monroe – Eastgate Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
New Orleans – Plaza Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
New Orleans – Robert E. Lee (Dolby Stereo)
Shreveport – Cinema City 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Shreveport – St. Vincent 6

Augusta – State Street Cinemas
Brewer – Cinema Center
Brunswick – Cook’s Corner Cinemas 1, 2 & 3
Lewiston – Parkview
Portland – Nickelodeon Cinemas
Waterville – Cinema Center

Winnipeg – Northstar 1 & 2 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)

Annapolis – Eastport Cinema 1 & 2
Baltimore – Mayfair
Bel Air – Harford Mall Cinemas
Bethesda – Georgetown Square Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Catonsville – Westview Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
District Heights – Jerry Lewis Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Eldersburg – Carrolltowne Cinemas
Frederick – Mall Cinemas
Greenbelt – Academy 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Hagerstown – Long Meadow Cinemas
Landover – Landover 6
Laurel – Laurel Town Center Twin
Ocean City – Sun & Surf IV
Pasadena – Jumpers Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V
Rossville – The Movies
Salisbury – Salisbury Mall Twin
Silver Spring – Silver Spring East
Timonium – Timonium Cinemas

Acton – Acton Cinemas 1-2-3-4
Boston – Cinema 57 Twin (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Brockton – Brockton 1-6 (Dolby Stereo)
Brookline – Chestnut Hill Cinema I-II-III-IV-V (Dolby Stereo)
Chelmsford – Route 3 Cinemas
Danvers – Danvers 1-6 (Dolby Stereo)
Dedham – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Edgartown – Town Hall
Falmouth – Falmouth Mall Cinemas
Framingham – Shoppers World Cinema I-II-III-IV-V (Dolby Stereo)
Franklin – Franklin
Gardner – Gardner Cinemas
Greenfield – Garden
Hadley – Mountain Farms 4
Hanover – Hanover Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Hyannis – Airport Cinemas 1 & 2
Lawrence – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Leominster – Leominster Cinemas
Mashpee – New Seabury Cinemas 1 & 2
Milford – Cinema Centre (Dolby Stereo)
North Dartmouth – North Dartmouth Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Northampton – Calvin
Oak Bluffs – Island
Orleans – Orleans Cinemas 1 & 2
Pittsfield – Cinema Center
Plymouth – Cinemas 1 & 2
Somerville – Assembly Square 1-8 (Dolby Stereo)
Swansea – Swansea 4
Vineyard Haven – Capawock
West Springfield – Palace 1-2 (Dolby Stereo)
Woburn – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Worcester – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)

Ann Arbor – Village 4
Battle Creek – Towne Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Bay City – Westown
Benton Harbor – Cinema 5
Bloomfield Hills – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Dearborn – Dearborn Drive-In
Dearborn – The Movies at Fairlane (Dolby Stereo)
Detroit – Renaissance 1-2-3-4
Farmington Hills – Old Orchard 1-2-3
Flint – Flint (Dolby Stereo)
Grand Rapids – Alpine Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Jackson – Plaza Cinema 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Kalamazoo – Eastowne 5
Kentwood – The Movies at Woodland
Lansing – Starlite Drive-In
Madison Heights – Abbey 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Marysville – Playhouse I & II
Midland – Stadium Cinemas
Monroe – Denniston 1 & 2
Mount Pleasant – Broadway
Muskegon – Cinema 6
Muskegon Heights – Getty Drive-In
Novi – The Movies at Twelve Oaks Mall (Dolby Stereo)
Okemos – Meridian 8 (Dolby Stereo)
Pontiac – Pontiac Drive-In
Riverview – Showboat Cinemas
Rochester Hills – Hampton 3
Roseville – Gratiot Drive-In
Saginaw – Quad 8
Southfield – Northland 1-2 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Sterling Heights – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Trenton – Holiday Drive-In
Warren – Cinema City
Westland – Quo Vadis Entertainment Center
Wyoming – Beltline Drive-In

Blaine – Northtown Cinema I-II-III-IV
Bloomington – France Avenue Drive-In
Burnsville – The Movies at Burnsville
Duluth – Cinema I & II
Eden Prairie – The Movies at Eden Prairie
Mankato – Mall 4
Maplewood – The Movies at Maplewood
Minneapolis – Skyway 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Moorhead – Safari 1-2-3
Rochester – Oakview
St. Cloud – Cinema 70
St. Paul – Grandview 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
St. Paul – Minnehaha Drive-In
West St. Paul – Cina 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Winona – Cine 4

Biloxi – Surfside 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Columbus – Varsity Twin
Greenville – Cinema 2
Gulfport – Hardy Court Twin
Hattiesburg – Cinema
Jackson – DeVille (Dolby Stereo)
Meridian – Royal Triple
Natchez – Tracetown Cinema 2
Oxford – Cinema Twin
Pascagoula – Twin
Tupelo – Tupelo Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Vicksburg – Battlefield Twin

Cape Girardeau – Town Plaza Cinema 1 & 2
Columbia – Biscayne 3
Des Peres – Des Peres 4
Florissant – Grandview Cinema I & II
Independence – Independence Center 2
Jefferson City – Ramada 4
Joplin – Eastgate 5
Kansas City – Bannister Mall 5
Kansas City – Chouteau 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Kansas City – Seville 4
Poplar Bluff – Mansion Mall 1-2
Riverside – North Drive-In
St. Ann – Cypress Village Twin
St. Joseph – Hillcrest 4
St. Peters – I-70 Drive-In
Sikeston – Mall
Springfield – Petite 3
Sunset Hills – Mark Twain (Dolby Stereo)

Billings – Cine 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Bozeman – Cinema
Great Falls – Cine 4
Helena – Gaslight Twin
Kalispell – Strand
Missoula – Mann Triplex

Bellevue – South Cinema 4
Fremont – Cinema III
Grand Island – Conestoga 4
Lincoln – 84th & O Drive-In
Lincoln – Douglas 3
North Platte – Mann Triplex
Omaha – Cinema Center (Dolby Stereo)
Omaha – Indian Hills (Dolby Stereo)
Scottsbluff – Village Twin

Las Vegas – Fox (Dolby Stereo)
Reno – Century Complex (Dolby Stereo)

Fredericton – Plaza 1 & 2
Moncton – Paramount 1 & 2
Saint John – Grand Bay Drive-In
Saint John – Paramount 1 & 2

Concord – Merrimack Cinemas
Laconia – Colonial (Dolby Stereo)
Nashua – Brandt Studio Theatres
Newington – Cine 1-2-3-4-5-6
West Lebanon – Valley I & II

Bloomfield – Royal Twin
Brick Township – Brick Plaza Twin
Clifton – Clifton (Dolby Stereo)
East Brunswick – Route 18 Twin
Edgewater – Showboat Quad
Edison – Plainfield-Edison Indoor/Outdoor
Freehold – Pond Road Quad
Jersey City – Jersey City Triplex
Lawrenceville – Twin Lawrenceville (Dolby Stereo)
Middletown – The Movies at Middletown
Moorestown – Plaza Moorestown (Dolby Stereo)
Morristown – Morristown Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Newton – Newton Twin
Paramus – Route 4 Quad (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Parsippany – Morris Hills Cinema I & II
Raritan – Somerville Circle Cinema I-II-III
Ridgewood – Warner Quad (Dolby Stereo)
Rio Grande – Rio Twin
Rockaway Township – Rockaway 12 (Dolby Stereo)
Sayreville – Amboy Sixplex (Dolby Stereo)
Secaucus – Harmon Cove Quad (Dolby Stereo)
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Plaza Cinema I-II-III
Toms River – Cinema Alley Twin
Totowa – Totowa Cinema I & II (Dolby Stereo)
Union – Union Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Ventnor City – Twin Plaza
Vineland – Vineland Triplex
Washington – Washington Twin
West Orange – Essex Green Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)

Albuquerque – Far North Cinema 5
Albuquerque – Louisiana Boulevard Cinema I-II-III
Clovis – Hilltop Twin
Farmington – Centennial Twin
Gallup – Chief
Las Cruces – Rio Grande
Roswell – Cinema I & II
Santa Fe – Movies Twin

Amherst – Boulevard Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Auburn – Fingerlakes Mall Cinema 4
Bedford Village – Cinema 22
Binghamton – Binghamton Plaza Cinema 1 & 2
Cheektowaga – Holiday 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Colonie – Cine 1-2-3-4-5-6
Cortland – Cinema 1 & 2
Elmira – Elmira Theatres 1-2-3
Elwood – Elwood
Fayetteville – Fayetteville Mall Triplex
Fishkill – Movies 4 Fishkill
Garden City – Roosevelt Field Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Gates – Westgate Twin
Geneva – Geneva Cinema 1 & 2
Hartsdale – Hartsdale Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Ithaca – Pyramid Mall Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Kingston – Mayfair Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Lawrence – Lawrence Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Levittown – Nassau Quad (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Massapequa – Pequa
Middletown – Plaza I & II
Monroe – Monroe
Monticello – Mall Cinema I & II
Nanuet – Route 59
New Hartford – Sangertown Square Cinema 6 (Dolby Stereo)
New Hyde Park – Alan
New Rochelle – Proctor’s Quad
New York (Bronx) – American Twin
New York (Bronx) – City Cinema Twin
New York (Bronx) – Dale
New York (Bronx) – Paradise Quad
New York (Brooklyn) – Georgetowne Twin
New York (Brooklyn) – Kenmore Quad (Dolby Stereo)
New York (Brooklyn) – Metropolitan Quad
New York (Brooklyn) – Oceana Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
New York (Brooklyn) – Oriental Twin
New York (Manhattan) – 34th Street Showplace (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
New York (Manhattan) – Astor Plaza (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
New York (Manhattan) – Coronet (Dolby Stereo)
New York (Manhattan) – Orpheum (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
New York (Queens) – Boulevard Triplex
New York (Queens) – RKO Keith Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
New York (Queens) – Meadows Twin
New York (Queens) – Trylon
New York (Staten Island) – Amboy Twin
New York (Staten Island) – Rae Twin
Newburgh – Windsor I & II
Niagara Falls – Jerry Lewis Twin
Oneonta – Oneonta 1 & 2
Patchogue – Sunwave Twin
Peekskill – Westchester Mall Cinema I-II-III
Pittsford – Pittsford Triplex (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Poughkeepsie – Juliet Quad
Queensbury – Route 9 Cinemas
Rye – Rye Ridge Twin
Southampton – Southampton Twin
Stony Brook – Stony Brook Triplex
Valley Stream – Sunrise Eightplex (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
West Babylon – South Bay Trio
West Haverstraw – Plaza
Yonkers – Movieland (Dolby Stereo)

St. John’s – Avalon Mall Cinemas 1-2-3-4

Aberdeen – Town & Country 1 & 2
Asheville – Asheville Mall 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Boone – Chalet Triple
Burlington – Janus
Chapel Hill – Ram Triple
Charlotte – Charlottetown Cinema I-II-III
Charlotte – Tryon Mall 1 & 2
Durham – Northgate Twin
Fayetteville – Eutaw Movies 1-2
Gastonia – Eastridge Twin
Goldsboro – Berkeley Cinema 1-2-3
Greensboro – Carolina Circle 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Greensboro – Four Seasons Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Greenville – Carolina East Centre
Hickory – Carolina Twin (Dolby Stereo)
High Point – Capri Triple
Jacksonville – Brynn Marr Cinema 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Lumberton – Cinema 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Morehead City – Morehead Plaza
Nags Head – Colony House
New Bern – Southgate Twin
Raleigh – Tower Twin
Raleigh – Village Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Rocky Mount – Englewood Cinema 1 & 2
Salisbury – Rowan Cinemas 1 & 2
Statesville – Playhouse
Wilmington – NewCentre Cinema 1-2-3
Wilson – Parkwood Cinema 1 & 2
Winston-Salem – Hanes Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Winston-Salem – Parkview Twin

Bismarck – Kirkwood Plaza 1-2-3
Grand Forks – Empire

Halifax – Paramount 1 & 2
Lower Sackville – Downsview 1-2-3

Akron – Akron Square Cine 6
Ashtabula – Nichol’s Plaza Center Cinema I-II-III-IV
Beavercreek – Beaver Valley Cinemas 1-2-3-4-5-6 (Dolby Stereo)
Bellefontaine – Holland Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Berea – Berea
Boardman – Southern Park Twin
Canton – McKinley 1 & 2
Cleveland – Yorktown Twin
Columbus – Continent 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (Dolby Stereo)
Columbus – Eastland Plaza 6
Columbus – Southland Mall Triplex
Cuyahoga Falls – State Twin
Dayton – Cinema North 1-2
Dayton – Dayton Mall Cinemas 1-2-3-4 (Dolby Stereo)
Elyria – Midway Twin
Findlay – Twin Palace
Gallipolis – Spring Valley Triplex
Hamilton – Village
Lima – American Mall Cinema I & II
Mansfield – Cinema World
Marion – Southland Cinemas
Mentor – Great Lakes Mall Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
New Philadelphia – Cinema Center III
Newark – Cinema Four
Niles – Eastwood 1 & 2
Portsmouth – Columbia
Richmond Heights – East Twin
Rocky River – West Twin
St. Clairsville – Ohio Valley Mall Cinemas
Sandusky – Mall Cinemas
South Euclid – Cedar Center Twin
Springdale – Showcase Cinemas (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Springfield – Regent 1-2 (Dolby Stereo)
Steubenville – Fort Steuben Mall Cinemas III
Summerside – Showcase Cinemas Eastgate (Dolby Stereo)
Toledo – Showcase Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Westerville – Westerville 6
Zanesville – Colony Square Twin

Enid – Video Twin
Lawton – Video Center 3
Midwest City – Heritage Park Cinema 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Muskogee – Trans-Lux Twin
Norman – Satellite 1 & 2
Oklahoma City – North Park Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Oklahoma City – Reding 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Shawnee – Cinema Centre (Dolby Stereo)
Stillwater – Satellite 1 & 2
Tulsa – Fox Twin
Tulsa – Plaza 3 (Dolby Stereo)

Barrie – Imperial 1-2-3
Belleville – Quinte Mall Cinemas 1 & 2
Brantford – Capitol
Burlington – Burlington Mall 1-2-3
Chatham – Capitol 1 & 2
Kitchener – Fairview Park
Kitchener – K-W Drive-In
London – 401 Drive-In
London – Century 1 & 2
Niagara Falls – Seneca 1 & 2
North Bay – Capitol
Oshawa – Oshawa Centre
Ottawa – Britannia Drive-In
Ottawa – Elgin 1 & 2
St. Catharines – Pen Centre 1-2-3
Sarnia – Lambton
Sault Ste. Marie – Algoma
Sudbury – City Centre
Sudbury – La Salle Drive-In
Thunder Bay – Paramount 1 & 2
Timmins – Victory 1 & 2
Toronto – Cedarbrae 4 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Toronto – Eglinton (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Toronto – Runnymede 1 & 2 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Toronto – Uptown 1-2-3 (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Windsor – Devonshire 1-2-3

Albany – Albany Quad
Astoria – Liberty
Bend – Tower
Eugene – McDonald
Klamath Falls – Pelican Cinemas
Medford – Cinema Center
Milwaukie – Southgate Quad
Portland – Eastgate Tri-Cinema (Dolby Stereo)
Portland – Foster Drive-In
Portland – Washington Square Quad
Salem – Lancaster Mall Quad

Allentown – Allentown 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Altoona – Logan Valley Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Camp Hill – Capital City Mall Cinemas
Charleroi – Coyle
Chester – Twin West Goshen
DuBois – Cinemas III
Easton – Easton 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Erie – Cinema World
Fairless Hills – Twin Penn Jersey
Frackville – The Movies at Schuylkill Mall
Harrisburg – Twin East Park Center (Dolby Stereo)
Hazleton – Church Hill Cinema 1 &2
Hermitage – Cinema World
Indiana – Indiana Mall Cinemas IV
Johnstown – Richland Mall Twin
King of Prussia – Twin Plaza (Dolby Stereo)
Lancaster – Pacific 3
Lebanon – Howard
McCandless – Showcase Cinemas North (Dolby Stereo)
Monroeville – Showcase Cinemas East (Dolby Stereo)
Montgomeryville – 3 Montgomeryville
Muncy – The Movies at Lycoming Mall
New Castle – Cinema
North Versailles – Eastland I & II
Philadelphia – Pilgrim Gardens
Philadelphia – SamEric (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Philadelphia – Twin Chestnut Hill
Pittsburgh – Chatham
Reading – Fairgrounds 5 (Dolby Stereo)
Robinson Township – Showcase Cinemas West (Dolby Stereo)
Scranton – Viewmont Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V (Dolby Stereo)
Selinsgrove – Fox 4
State College – Cinema One & Two
Uniontown – Twin 40
Warren – Warren Mall Cinemas III
Washington – Cinema 19
West Mifflin – Cinema World
Wilkes-Barre – Wyoming Valley Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V
York – York Cinema 4

Charlottetown – Charlottetown Mall Cinemas

Montreal – Imperial (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)

Lincoln – Lincoln Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Middletown – Starcase Cinema I II III
Warwick – Warwick Mall Cinema I & II (Dolby Stereo)
Westerly – United

Regina – Capitol 1 & 2
Regina – Starlite Drive-In
Saskatoon – Midtown Cinema A & B

Anderson – Osteen 1 & 2
Charleston – Ashley Plaza Cinema I-II-III
Columbia – Bush River Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Florence – Magnolia Mall 1-2-3
Greenville – Astro Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Greenville – Mall Cinema 1 & 2
Myrtle Beach – Dunes Cinema 1-2-3
Spartanburg – WestGate Twin
Sumter – Movies 1-2-3
Surfside Beach – Plitt Triple

Rapid City – Northgate 1 & 2
Sioux Falls – West Mall 1-2

Clarksville – Martin Four
Cleveland – Village Twin
Cookeville – Highland Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Goodlettsville – Rivergate 4
Hermitage – Hermitage 4
Hixson – Northgate Triple
Jackson – Cabana
Johnson City – Majestic
Kingsport – Martin
Knoxville – Capri Cinema I-II-III
Memphis – Park (Dolby Stereo)
Memphis – Southbrook 7 (Dolby Stereo)
Murfreesboro – Martin Twin
Nashville – Belcourt Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Nashville – Capri Twin
Oak Ridge – Grove Cinemas I-II-III

Abilene – Cinema 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Amarillo – Fox Twin
Arlington – Six Flags Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V (Dolby Stereo)
Austin – Fox Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Austin – Lakehills Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Bay City – Bay Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Baytown – Bay Plaza 1 & 2
Brownsville – Cinema Twin
Brownwood – Cinema Twin
Bryan – Manor East 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Conroe – North Hills Twin
Corpus Christi – National Twin
Dallas – Astro Drive-In
Dallas – Cinema Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Dallas – Walnut Hill 6
Dallas – Wynnewood 2
Del Rio – Cinema III (Dolby Stereo)
Denton – Cinema 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
El Paso – Fox Twin
El Paso – Town East
Fort Worth – Hulen 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Friendswood – Baybrook Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Galveston – Galvez Mall Cinema I-II-III
Garland – Apollo Drive-In
Harlingen – Commerce
Houston – Gulfway Drive-In
Houston – North Oaks 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Houston – Northwest 4
Houston – Southway 6
Houston – Windsor Twin (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Houston – Woodlake 3
Hurst – Belaire
Irving – Chateau 3
Killeen – Cinema 4
Lake Jackson – Cinema 1 & 2
Laredo – Cinema del Norte 4
Longview – Mall Twin
Lubbock – Fox Twin
Lufkin – Towne Square 4
McAllen – Mall Trio
New Braunfels – Brauntex 1 & 2
Oak Ridge North – Oak Ridge Cinema 8 (Dolby Stereo)
Odessa – Permian 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Paris – Cinema 1 & 2
Pasadena – Southmore 6
Pasadena – Town & Country Drive-In
Port Arthur – Village 3
Richardson – Promenade 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Rosenberg – Twin City Drive-In
San Angelo – Sunset 4 (Dolby Stereo)
San Antonio – Century South 6 (Dolby Stereo)
San Antonio – Cine Cinco (Dolby Stereo)
San Antonio – Ingram 6 (Dolby Stereo)
San Antonio – Wonder Twin
Seguin – Palace I & II
Sherman – Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Sugar Land – Palms Twin
Temple – Cinema 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Texarkana – Southwest Mall 3
Texas City – Bayou Drive-In
Tyler – Cinema 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Victoria – Salem 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Waco – Richland Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV
Wichita Falls – Sikes Center 6

Cedar City – Cedar Twin
Logan – Cache Valley Triplex
Provo – Academy
Riverdale – Mann Fourplex
St. George – The Movies
Salt Lake City – Villa (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)

South Burlington – Showcase 1-2-3-4-5

Bailey’s Crossroads – Skyline 6 (Dolby Stereo)
Blacksburg – Capri Twin
Bristol – Bristol Mall 4
Charlottesville – Greenbrier 1 & 2
Coeburn – Coeburn Cinema III
Collinsville – Town and Country
Culpeper – Regal Cinemas
Danville – Riverside 1 & 2
Fredericksburg – Virginians 4 (Dolby Stereo)
Hampton – Riverdale Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Hillsville – Mayberry
Lynchburg – River Ridge Cinema I-II-III-IV (Dolby Stereo)
Norfolk – Circle 10 (Dolby Stereo)
Norfolk – Terrace Twin
Petersburg – Crater Cinemas
Portsmouth – Tower Mall 2
Richmond – Ridge Cinemas 1,2,3,4 (Dolby Stereo)
Richmond – Trans-Lux Twin
Roanoke – Towers 1-2
Springfield – Springfield Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Dolby Stereo)
Vienna – Tysons Cinema 4
Williamsburg – Martin Twin

Bellevue – Factoria 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Bellingham – Viking Twin
Bremerton – Redwood Plaza 4
East Wenatchee – Columbia Triplex
Everett – Everett Mall Cinema I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Kennewick – Columbia Center Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Kirkland – Totem Lake Cinema 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Lacey – Lacey Cinemas
Longview – Longview
Seattle – Northgate (Dolby Stereo)
Spokane – State (Dolby Stereo)
Tacoma – Tacoma Mall Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Tukwila – Southcenter (70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo)
Vancouver – Vancouver Mall Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Yakima – Uptown Plaza (Dolby Stereo)

Bridgeport – Terrace Cinema 1-2-3
Charleston – Village
Huntington – Camelot 1 & 2
Morgantown – Warner

Appleton – Marc 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Ashwaubenon – Bay Park Square Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Beloit – Prairie 1-2-3 (Dolby Stereo)
Brookfield – Brookfield Square Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Eau Claire – Hollywood 3 (Dolby Stereo)
Fond du Lac – Forest Mall Cinema I & II
Franklin – 41 Twin Drive-In
Greenfield – Spring Mall Triplex (Dolby Stereo)
Janesville – Cinemas 1-2-3
Kenosha – Cinemas 5
La Crosse – Hollywood
Lake Geneva – Geneva Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Madison – Big Sky Drive-In
Madison – East Towne Mall Cinema I-II-III (Dolby Stereo)
Madison – Esquire 1-2
Manitowoc – Capitol
Menomonee Falls – Starlite Drive-In
Milwaukee – Capitol Court Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Milwaukee – Centre Twin (Dolby Stereo)
Milwaukee – Movies Northridge
Oconomowoc – Scotsland Cinemas (Dolby Stereo)
Oshkosh – Cinema 1 & 2
Racine – Cinema I & II
Sheboygan – Marc 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Stevens Point – Campus 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)
Wausau – Rogers 1 & 2 (Dolby Stereo)

Casper – Beverly Twin
Cheyenne – Cole Square 3
Laramie – Fox 1 & 2

06.12.1981 … Canada
06.12.1981 … United States
07.16.1981 … Argentina
07.30.1981 … Ireland
07.30.1981 … United Kingdom
08.07.1981 … Sweden
08.13.1981 … Netherlands
08.14.1981 … Australia
08.14.1981 … New Zealand
08.21.1981 … Brazil
09.16.1981 … France
10.09.1981 … Portugal
10.10.1981 … Norway
10.15.1981 … Spain
10.22.1981 … Italy
10.29.1981 … Austria
10.29.1981 … West Germany
12.18.1981 … Finland
12.19.1981 … Japan
12.25.1981 … Colombia
12.25.1981 … Mexico
01.15.1982 … Denmark
01.21.1982 … Hong Kong
02.27.1982 … South Korea


The primary references for this project were hundreds of daily newspapers archived digitally and/or on microfilm and various issues of Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Mad, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Time, and Variety.

Books referenced included THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES: THE DEFINITIVE STORY BEHIND ALL FOUR FILMS by Laurent Bouzereau & J.W. Rinzler (2008, Ballantine), THE FILMS OF STEVEN SPIELBERG by Douglas Brode (1995, Citadel), GEORGE LUCAS’S BLOCKBUSTING: A DECADE-BY-DECADE SURVEY OF TIMELESS MOVIES INCLUDING UNTOLD SECRETS OF THEIR FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL SUCCESS edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson (2010, George Lucas Books/HarperCollins), THE MAKING OF RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK by Derek Taylor (1981, Ballantine), THE MOVIE BRATS: HOW THE FILM GENERATION TOOK OVER HOLLYWOOD by Michael Pye and Lynda Myles (1979, Holt, Rinehart and Winston), SPIELBERG: THE MAN, THE MOVIES, THE MYTHOLOGY by Frank Sanello (1996, Taylor), STEVEN SPIELBERG: A BIOGRAPHY by Joseph McBride (1997, Simon & Schuster), STEVEN SPIELBERG: THE MAN, HIS MOVIES AND THEIR MEANING by Philip M. Taylor (1992, Continuum).

The following films were referenced: GREAT MOVIE STUNTS: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Lucasfilm Ltd./Paramount Pictures), THE MAKING OF RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Lucasfilm Ltd./Paramount Pictures), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Lucasfilm Ltd./Paramount Pictures)

Websites referenced include BoxOfficeMojo, CinemaTour, CinemaTreasures, and the InternetMovieDatabase.

Special Thanks: Jerry Alexander, Al Alvarez, Jim Barg, Kirk Besse, Larry Blake, Raymond Caple, Miguel Carrara, Bob Collins, John Cork, Jonathan Crist, Gerald DeLuca, Nick DiMaggio, Mike Durrett, Monte Fullmer, Steve Guttag, John Hawkinson, Bill Kretzel, Roberto Landazuri, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Gabriel Neeb, Jim Perry, Grant Smith, Cliff Stephenson, John Stewart, Bob Throop, Joel Weide, Brian Whitish, Blaine Young, Vince Young. And a very big thank-you to all of the librarians who helped me research information for this project.

You are invited to share any memories you have of seeing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK or any thoughts you may have pertaining to this retrospective article.

Comments (28)

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

Another amazing research job, Michael!

MPol on June 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

I saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” when it first came out, and afew times afterwards, when it was out of date. It’s a well-done (if intense) movie, which is also rightly considered a classic, even though it admittedly does not hold the same special, sacred place in my heart regarding movies as “West Side Story”.

ChasSmith on June 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

Fantastic job, as always. And congratulations to one of the more delightful films ever.

Mike Durrett
Mike Durrett on June 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

This is an amazing compilation of information. I knew you worked on the project extensively, Michael, but all of this is beyond impressive. Thanks.

Jim Barg
Jim Barg on June 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Great job, Mike. Thanks for the hat-tip!

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Another outstanding piece of research from the Coate Man.

Cliffs on June 13, 2011 at 12:18 am

Great job Mike, but is no one else bothered by the fact that the site’s new formatting makes this next to impossible to read? It looks like code from The Matrix. I know Mike didn’t work as hard as he did and create this to look the way it does. So why does it… look the way it does?

richjr37 on June 13, 2011 at 12:36 am

Hmmmmm,feel free to correct me but wasn’t the SRO Montclair Triplex(California)engagement in 70mm? I could have sworn that’s how i saw it.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 13, 2011 at 5:09 am

Cliffs — What browser and computer are you using?

And, again, Michael, Herculean work on this. Definitely worth tweeting about again today.

William on June 13, 2011 at 6:37 am

Nice job Michael! I first saw “Raiders..” at the midnight show on opened night at the Mann’s National Theatre in Westwood. It’s was presented in 70MM 6-Track Dolby Stereo and Boy did that room Rock that night. Over the next two years I saw the film at Pacific’s Cinerama Dome, Pacific’s Picwood, Mann’s Bruin, Mann’s Fox, Mann’s Hollywood and GCC’s Avco Center, all in 70MM. It opened at the Mann’s National in June and played till Oct and came back for a short time in Nov that year. Boy, that was a Great time for Blockbusters in Westwood!!

William on June 13, 2011 at 6:42 am

And I saw it the next day at Mann’s Chinese Theatre too. The presentations at the National and Chinese were both outstanding in 70MM! i forgot to put the Chinese in the last post above.

BRADE48 on June 13, 2011 at 6:48 am

I was working at the Village Westwood at the time, a bunch of us got in openening night to see it at the National @ whatever showtime was within the 10:00 hour. It was a great time in Westwood.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

Ok – Patrick fixed the formatting of the post.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on June 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

As always, great job Michael! And now that Patrick has fixed the formatting it looks much better and so much easier to read.

Raiders opened at the Varsity 6 and Hillsboro 3 in Tampa (35mm Dolby in both venues.) I saw the film at both theatres and what a fantastic ride it was!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

This is my all time favorite “Going To The Movies” story.

I saw Raiders on “accident” at the Esquire 4 in Clayton (St. Louis), MO. It was playing in the #4 house, a stand alone theatre with tons of seats and a massive screen.

Here’s the thing: we had actually gone there to see another movie but it was sold out. So my mother suggested that we check out “Raiders Of The Lost Ark.” I said, “I dunno…I guess so. OK.” My mom paid our money. We walk into the theatre right at the scene in Marion’s bar (we’d missed the famous boulder sequence).

Roughly an hour and a half later, our jaws hit the floor. We were stunned and amazed at the brilliance we had just seen! We cheered when Indy shot that swordsman. We felt his pain when seeing those snakes surrounding the ark. We were shocked to see the glory of God instantly melting and exploding all those henchmen. “Raiders” instantly became one of my mom’s all time favorite movies to this day!

And we saw it by accident…LOL!

jtf10570 on June 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

First film I saw three times in a theater, not counting a 1999 midnight show of a faded print at the old Kentucky Oaks, a much better 2001 screening at the independent Maiden Alley in Paducah and countless other times on cable and video. Never fails to entertain or amuse. One of the greats.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

They just don’t (and apparently can’t) make movies like this anymore. (See Indy 4 for proof.)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

It was another “little film” that Weis Cinemas got and we Didn’t.And we had the Better Twin theatre,not that it matters.

DARCYDT on June 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I remember seeing this movie as a sneak preview in Manhattan either at the Loews State or the RKO National, don’t remember which one. What was weird to me about the preview was that it was shown with a film that opened the same day in that theater. The regular film was “Sea Wolves” starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. So you got 2 for the price of one, many people just sitting through “Sea Wolves” to see the first Spielberg/Lucas collaboration. I had never seen and I believe I have not seen since a sneak preview with an opening day film on the same screen. This is back when sneak previews in New York were shown on Fridays. Now the rare preview appears to be only on Saturdays.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

You stole my memory, DARCYDT! Except I saw the sneak preview at the Sunrise Cinemas in Valley Stream. I don’t know how well you remember “Sea Wolves,” but I recall that it was a particularly dull geriatric action flick that practically put my friends and I to sleep. We literally knew NOTHING about “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – just interested to see how Spielberg was going to bounce back from “1941” ( which I really enjoyed, regardless of its flaws and the critical drubbing). Anyway, the point is we had NO IDEA what to expect from “Raiders” – not even much of an idea as to what it would be about – so you can imagine how completely blown away we were by the movie! It was a particularly jolting experience in the wake of the stultifying “Sea Wolves” that preceded it. I went back to see it again a couple of times during its initial 70mm engagement at the Sunrise and have viewed it from time to time on DVD and, while the movie still works beautifully for me and holds up to repeat viewings, nothing will ever replicate that first “blind” sneak preview viewing in the late spring of 1981.

PeterGardner on June 14, 2011 at 1:07 am

THANK YOU! Great job, however the La Mirada California theatre was a 70mm presentation. Saw “Raiders” opening day at the National Theatre in Westwood California. Will see it for the I-don’t-know-how-many time this Friday at the screening at The Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Can’t wait!

StanMalone on June 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

For me, Raiders was one of those rare chances to see a movie without any hype or expectations. I had seen it on the Paramount release schedule listed in the chart at the back of the Boxoffice magazine, but in those days of limited previews and no internet, I knew nothing about it. I was working at the Lenox Square Theatre at the time and at 10 AM on Tuesday 5/19/81 we hosted the southeast regional bid screening. We ran a lot of those and most were of scant interest to me or the bookers and there was seldom more than half a dozen present. On this day a much larger crowd showed up and I decided to watch some of it although my main interest was making it across the street to Phipps Plaza that night to see an advance screening of Outland. By the time the opening sequence was over I was hooked and poor Outland never did have a chance.

We ran the 6/5 advance preview to a sold out house and opened it on 6/12 to overwhelming business. Lenox, which had once been a great place to see a movie was by now a pathetic venue with long, thin, auditoriums, keystoned projection, postage stamp screens, seats not pointed towards the screen, and hollow sound. Raiders at least opened in the only Dolby house which really only added volume since the house was too narrow for proper balance. Three weeks later it did not even have that since it moved to a mono house to make way for For Your Eyes Only. However, Atlanta audiences never seemed to care about presentation any more than the theatre owners did, and Raiders did huge business, as did Bond, Clash of the Titans, and Eye of the Needle.

Raiders lasted until Christmas then left to make way for Sharkeys Machine. By February, it was in the dollar houses although Phipps Plaza brought it back for its first 70MM Atlanta engagement. Although it may be damming it with faint praise, Phipps did have the best presentation in Atlanta, and one of the very few 70MM houses. Regardless, I finally got to see it the way so many people in these comments have described it, and it was a real treat. In July, the Fox Theatre brought it back as part of their summer film series, and again in March of 1983 for a five day engagement, all in 70MM. Huge crowds for both engagements. In 1996 I was working in the booth at the Fox and ran Raiders as the middle feature of our well attended Spielberg day of Jaws, Raiders, and CE3K.

I don’t have an all time Top Ten. I doubt that Raiders would be in it if I did, but I have always enjoyed watching it, and that day in May of 1981 when I saw it with absolutely no preconceptions will always go down as one of my most memorable movie going experiences.

William on June 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

DARCYDT, The “Raiders..” sneak preview was held at the Loews State Theatre in Times Square on June 5th. 1981 in 70MM.

laserboyTO on June 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I was a teenager when Raiders opened on June 12th 1981. I worked at the Eglinton Theatre in mid-town Toronto – a large, beautiful single screen art deco cinema with a huge screen that is now an “event venue” (at least it didn’t meet the wrecking ball). We had a 70MM print with an incredible blasting soundtrack (even by today’s standards, it’s still a great sound mix) and ran five shows a day until Labour Day (first week of September in Canada) then we went to four shows a day until we opened “Reds” in early December of ‘81. There were no doors on the auditorium so no matter where we were we could hear the soundtrack and we all got to know every line in that movie. I could put on the DVD and still recite every line to this day! Raiders is still one of the great action-adventure films of our time, and after working hundreds and hundreds of screenings, I still like the damn thing! I also remember that we used to have fun when it first opened looking for “mistakes” like continuity errors and such, we found a couple of dozen!
Raiders brings back such great memories of working at the Eglinton Theatre in the early 80’s and that time of my life.

raysson on June 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

The Summer of 1981….. “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”,was the overall boxoffice champ that summer. You had also another boxoffice draw that summer of 1981 with………… “CLASH OF THE TITANS”,“SUPERMAN II”,“ARTHUR”, “FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”,“HISTORY OF THE WORLD:PART ONE”, and the Bill Murray comedy “STRIPES”.

raysson on June 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

I was a teenager in 1981 when RAIDERS opened on June 12,1981. But I got the chance to see it during a bargain matinee at Durham’s Northgate Twin Theatre. Capacity crowds and every seat was filled during the screening of the matinee show. I was blown away!!! My cousin at the time wanted to see Gary Coleman’s 1981 flop “On The Right Track”,which played on Screen Two. But when it came to RAIDERS,it brought in more crowds at the Northgate than any movie ever!!! When the show was over,and before we got outside…the lines were snaked around the cinema and around the other side of mall. The lines went to one section of the Northgate Mall,to the side of Sears' Department Store. And this was during the matinee!!!! Never seen anything liked it. The last time I saw lines that went out the door and circled the mall were during the screenings of…. “THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES”,“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, “SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE”,“E.T.”,“STAR TREK II”,“SCARFACE”, “BACK TO THE FUTURE”,and “RAMBO:FIRST BLOOD PART II” all of these movies played at the Northgate Twin Theatres in Durham.

happymoogman on June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Most exciting 8-minutes – before the film titles – that I’ve ever seen. It was all uphill from there. A classic film that I’ve never gotten tired of, over all these years.

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