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Reminder: Saturday Midnight Screening Of Star Trek III in 70MM w/ Ralph Winter in West L.A. June 25, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Conventions/Events/Attractions,Feature Films (TMP-NEM), , trackback

On Saturday night the Summer STAR TREK Simply 70 Spectacular-Spectacular Saturdays continues at the Royal Theater in West L.A. with a 70 MM showing of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, preceded by a Q&A session with associate producer Ralph Winter. And over subsequent Saturdays in June and July the remaining original cast Star Trek movies will shown with more guests, get all the details below.


Search For Spock in 70MM tonight with Ralph Winter

This summer Laemmle Theaters (in conjunction with Ledjer Film & Theater services and is running all six of the original crew Star Trek features in a series of midnight movies at the Royal Theatre in West L.A. The Simply 70(mm) STAR TREK Spectacular-Spectacular Saturdays will present each film in 70mm and 6-channel Stereo. Each film will also have a Q&A session with a Star Trek celebrity, moderated by yours truly. So far we have done the first two movies, with last week’s event with Nick Meyer drawing a big crowd and sparking a lively debate here at TrekMovie. [see article]

This weekend we move on to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which is the middle movie of the ‘Genesis Trilogy’. Our special guest is Ralph Winter, who was associate producer on Star Trek III, and was also a post-production supervisor on Star Trek II, executive producer on Star Trek IV and Star Trek V and producer of Star Trek VI, then moving on to produce a number of films including all four X-Men movies. The Q&A’s all start around midnight, followed by the screening.

See Star Trek III in 70MM with special guest Ralph Winter at Royal Theater in West LA tonight Saturday June 19th 

 Updated Schedule: More 70MM Trek

Over the rest of the summer the rest of the original Star Trek movie will also be shown in 70mm, each with a special guests. There has been a schedule change. Due to a conflict Catherine Hicks cannot make the Star Trek IV screening on July 10th, but Nichelle Nichols will be taking her place.

Date Film Guest
(assoc. Producer)
July 10 STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME Nichelle Nichols
(Pavel Chekov)
(Hikaru Sulu)

here is the promo trailer for the series


What: Simply 70 Star Trek movie series

When: Saturdays at midnight in June and July (see above schedule)

Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre is located at 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 478-3836 

Tickets: $10 for general admission. You can buy tickets at the box office or online at

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June 25, 2010 10:47 am

One of the best Trek films. Love that poster. WIWT.

Pat D
June 25, 2010 11:23 am

Marc Okrand should have been at this one. This film was the true birth of the Klingon language. And yes, I’m aware of the word and phrases in TMP that were done by Jimmy Doohan.

The Klingon language or the awareness that it exists has permeated contemporary culture.

Ralph Winter is AWESOME, by the way.

June 25, 2010 1:14 pm

Too bad they did not have the budget to film the Genesis Planet on location. The sets look terrible…..don’t get me started on the falling ledge scene…WTF?

June 25, 2010 1:39 pm

I kind of like the Genesis sets. Reminds me alot of the Original Series planet sets.

June 25, 2010 2:32 pm

agreed, but for a major motion picture? I still love the film though.

June 25, 2010 2:45 pm

Ralph Winter comes across as a very cool guy on all the movie documentaries/special features. He really seemed to love his time on Trek, care about the classic cast, and he is candid as well. I’d love for him to write a book about his time with the franchise.

June 25, 2010 3:20 pm

Ralph Winter in winter…awesome

i hope he wears that lovely jumper he wore for the Star Trek V press conference

you know – the one where Shatner forgot Walter Konigs name

‘ gentleman that plays Chekov!’ LOL

June 25, 2010 3:40 pm
maybe Anthony can ask him about the whole Kirstie Alley not playing Savvik thing – its such a shame they recast. nothing wrong with Robin Curtis’ performance but Alley back as Savvik wouldve been great, tieing it closer to Wrath of Khan and providing a real sense of tension and danger when she got threatened in the execution scene (with another actress there the stakes didnt seem so high for some reason)…it always disrupts the flow of the sequel somewhat when they recast (also see Dark Knight) also – what happened to the original idea of Genesis falling into its… Read more »
June 25, 2010 3:42 pm

oh yeah and maybe ask about the H Bennett alternate Trek VI Origins movie

June 25, 2010 5:58 pm


“And yes, I’m aware of the word and phrases in TMP that were done by Jimmy Doohan.”

Hmm…I didn’t know that.

June 25, 2010 6:15 pm
Some of ILM’s excellent visual effects shots of the Enterprise in The Search for Spock were apparently used as temp inserts in “Encounter at Farpoint” because ILM duplicated the camera moves almost exactly when shooting the Enterprise-D. Star Trek III’s spacedock sequence was also recreated verbatim for TNG’s first season episode “11001001”, with the ship elements replaced. These shots became stock footage for the rest of TNG’s run. TNG’s most recycled ILM effects element, a flyover of the Enterprise-D that was based upon the shot of Kirk’s Enterprise entering orbit of Genesis, even made it into Generations, completing the cycle… Read more »
June 25, 2010 6:47 pm

Cheap, cheap budget. Some good camaraderie and character interaction. Kirk seemed a bit at times like TJ Hooker, bla. Leonard did his best with lightweight script and cheap budget.

June 25, 2010 7:21 pm

Regardless of negative reaction to Star Trek III, this film gave birth to ships that would last into the 24th Century
Bird of Prey

& the death of the Enterprise, great visuals, but it was liken to watching a relative die.

Star Trek III 70mm Memories and Trivia
June 25, 2010 8:42 pm
Of the 70mm 6-track stereo presentations of the TOS films I have seen, II-V, this one is the most memorable given the high drama that this film has. I remember when Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 70mm opened just a week or so before and had Star Trek III trailers playing also in 70mm. I have never seen the trailers on YouTube or the special edition DVD. The cut is similar to the final one seen but the difference that I can distinctly call is there is the scene of Kirk telling Kruge…”if we don’t help each… Read more »
Praetor Tal
June 25, 2010 9:07 pm

Still waiting on the Vulcan phrasebook. Or the Romulan book from the ’09 film. Inquiring minds, etc.

Red Dead Ryan
June 25, 2010 9:59 pm
#14 Great analysis! “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock” was in my opinion the most influential of the Trek films. While its true that “The Motion Picture” marked a rebirth of Star Trek, and that “The Wrath Of Khan” is generally considered the best of the eleven films, it is “The Search For Spock” that perhaps ranks as the most important in terms of canon. Klingons are given more characteristics in this movie, with the Klingon language taking flight, something we would see more of in future series and movies. The Klingon Bird-Of-Prey, the Excelsior and Grissom class starships… Read more »
June 26, 2010 1:34 am

Addendum to Riverside’s STAR TREK: THE EXHIBITION:

They’ve added starting today at 3pm a sequential (one each for each Saturday and Sunday of the next few weekends) showing of all the Trek films except for the orphaned NEMESIS. This takes place at the recently renovated Fox Theater (where some historic films were pre-screened in their day. GwtW for one.)

The theater’s restoration left them with the ability to present films in various formats as well as digital. Unknown which format these movies will be presented.

June 26, 2010 1:47 am
ive always considered Trek III to be the overall 2nd best Trek movie – behind TWOK obviously, but in front of FC, TUC, TVH – even ST09. it slightly annoys me when i see it lumped togther with the other ‘odd’ movies as part of that totally incorrect ‘even = good/odd = bad rule’ its pretty much the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ of the genesis trilogy when you think about it: -its the 2nd part in a trilogy (Genesis Trilogy of II, III, IV) thats very dark in tone, following a classic original (Wrath of Khan/Star Wars) and followed by a… Read more »
June 26, 2010 7:38 am

I don’t really believe in the even/odd ‘rule’ either. This is one of my favourite Trek movies. It paved the way for transwarp drive, the Excelsior, the Klingon Bird of Prey, the Oberth-class, and Klingon cleavage! xD Plus the overall tone and vibe made it like no other Trek movie. It made the Enterprise seem so personal with just that skeleton ‘renegade’ crew. And the scenes where they steal it and destroy it are great!

June 26, 2010 10:20 am

“Search for Spock” focused on drama, the characers, and the relationships / friendships they’ve formed through the years. I have always considered it one of the very best “Star Trek” installments. It had tons of heart and it had a very “unique” formula for a Trek production.

Thumbs up all around!

June 26, 2010 10:50 am
Over all I liked the movie. But the one part that I thought was bad was the way the Enterprise self destructs. Why would just half the saucer blow up? If there hadn’t conveniently been a planet to suck down the rest of the ship and burn it up it would have remained largely intact. So what if the bridge and crew quarters blew up? All the valuable tech that an enemy would desire such as the warp engines and weapons would be ripe for the taking. This self destruct method was inconsistent with all the others we’ve seen.
June 26, 2010 3:00 pm
The puppet-dog covered in KY. Ugh. The horrible costumes. Chekov looks like a Quaker. Kirk’s blue jump suit! The set design of the Excelsior – blech. Take a look at the blu ray – they even did a terrible job of upholstering the seats. The Bird of Prey – it’s a small ship, but magically gets bigger when it encounters much larger ships. Here the degredation of the Klingon race is firmly cemented. They went from vicious communists to “Space Bikers”. After this film, they would be forever depicted as hopelessly macho glam-rock-space-pirates. In the series they were intimidating and… Read more »
Star Trek III 70mm
June 26, 2010 10:03 pm

If someone happens to be THERE for the screening, please post your impressions of the 70mm presentation. If they do it right and the print is good, the experience should be far better than you would have seen at home on tv.

June 26, 2010 11:06 pm

^21. Non-canon, but it was explained in the book “Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise”, I think, that there were two optional destruct modes, one an antimatter explosion and the other a combination of overloads and conventional explosives that gut the ship. Supposedly Kirk was thinking ahead and didn’t want to engulf the Bird of Prey in the Enterprise’s annihilation, since the Klingon ship was about to become the only way off the planet.

June 26, 2010 11:27 pm
^22. The look of the Enterprise in TWOK is mostly the look of the Enterprise in TMP, because all the shots of the ship before it gets to Regula are recycled from TMP. For the new shots in TWOK, ILM couldn’t stray too far from the look of the stock footage. TSFS has its own look as the first Star Trek movie with ILM doing all the shots. The quality of TSFS’s effects would owe to rolling off the same “assembly line” ILM had by then perfected for the just-completed and vastly more complicated space battles of Return of the… Read more »
June 27, 2010 1:45 am
#11 (25) – There were no “temp” shots for Encounter At Farpoint. Rodenberry and the ILM staff went over shots of the Enterprise from TOS & the films, picked the ones they liked best, and had it duplicated for the Enterprise-D. It was deliberate. They also had to do quite a bit of cleanup and stabilization for the use of the shot in “Generations”. The bumps and other imperfections of the motion control camera, hidden while on TV, were magnified hundreds of times in projection on the big screen. There are numerous other stock shots in “Generations” used to save… Read more »
June 27, 2010 1:50 am
-Another stock “element” is that the destruction of the Enterprise-D’s secondary hull is the same stock explosion element used for the destruction of USS Grissom in ST:III with a shockwave added. #14 – “Ooh. One last thing. I remember reading that there was an original effects shot of the Enterprise destruction that was rejected by producers as being too similar to the death star destruction in the previous year’s Return of the Jedi. Why isn’t this included in the ’special edition’ DVD? ” It doesn’t exist. The only thing they changed (while in storyboard phase) was using stock explosions for… Read more »
June 27, 2010 6:11 am

Who gives a care about stock footage in the movies.

Star Trek II is a better film than Star Trek XI yet only caused $11 million. This proves you can do great movies on small budgets.

Star Trek XI, a good film as I keep saying , is great on isuals but really flat on story.

June 27, 2010 6:50 am
24. Magic_Al – June 26, 2010 ” ^21. Non-canon, but it was explained in the book “Mr. Scott’s Guide to the Enterprise”, I think, that there were two optional destruct modes, one an antimatter explosion and the other a combination of overloads and conventional explosives that gut the ship. ” Thanks for that info, Magic_Al. If that was the case I’ll just assume that the overload effect we saw through the top of the saucer just prior to the explosion was taking place throughout the whole ship. If they had more money for effects they could have shown it happening… Read more »
Joe Atari
June 27, 2010 11:27 am
Saw the screening last night. Some quick thoughts: 1. Ralph Winter was a very entertaining and informative guest. He recounted his Trek experiences with fondness. I liked the story about his taking great pains to serial number scripts (using the stardates!) for security purposes only to have Michael Eisner accidentally leave his script on an airplane! The quesions put to Mr. Winter were well chosen. If I could have asked a question I would have asked what he thought about the spoiler-laden trailer! 2. The 70mm print was in above average condition, starting off pretty dirty but staying pretty consistently… Read more »
Star Trek III 70mm
June 29, 2010 1:41 pm
Thanks for your report #30. I do not know if the Laehmle Royal is THX certified. Given the fact that it is an older theater, perhaps it is not. Speaker placement and the sound baffle wall, from what I understand help ensure proper sound reproduction are THX standards, along with AC ductwork placement. Perhaps the way the Royal is structured diminished some of the soundtrack. Also, if they projectionist did not play the film at the proper sound level. My experience with proper 70mm presentations are that they are LOUD. I forgot to mention in my earlier post about the… Read more »
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