Release date information please 'Meatballs' starring Bill Murray.

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This is a long shot !! Does anyone know when the film 'MEATBALLS was first shown in London?
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Maggi Merritt

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GMJ, Champion

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According to the release dates page for Meatballs (1979), the UK release date was February 14, 1980. 
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Thank you,  I did see that but the long shot is I need to know when it was shown in London, the now demolished ABC Cinema in Edgware Road. Is there any way of finding out when it was actually released in the ABC Cinema Edgeware Road. I know this is a really difficult one. 
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Maggi,

If you are located in the UK, I would suggest going to the main branch of your city's library or through your local library's website. Ask if the branch has any newspapers clipping in their computer system or on microfilm from around the release date of February 14, 1980. The search may take some time but, hopefully, either a film review from one of the archived newspapers or theatre listings might confirm your inquiry. 

For the record, I'm able to view archived articles from my local newspaper as well as the NY Times through my local library's website. It's been very helpful confirming a movie's release date and even which movie theatre from years ago.

I hope this helps. 
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Maggi Merritt

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Thank you GMJ, that is very useful, I shall go online and check my local library although I'm sure I will need to go to the British Library in London. Again, thank you very much for taking the time to reply.
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Vincent Fournols

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Maybe you can start here, although I am not sure to what extent you can browse it for free.
https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
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Thank you Vincent, that's very helpful.  Kind regards, Mag