U.S. Premiere - September 18, 1981 - Philadelphia, PA
Although the IMDb and other sources claim DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D. made its U.S. debut in New York on May 7th, 1982, the Italian gorefest from Aquarius Releasing actually had its premiere almost eight months earlier, opening in 13 theaters in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area (and the Naamans Drive-In in Claymont, DE) on September 18th, 1981.
Cincinnati, OH (below) and Syracuse, NY (not pictured) on October 2, 1981. The second feature in both cities was NURSE SHERRI.
(Below) Hartford, CT - October 16, 1981
(Below) West Palm Beach, FL - October 23, 1981
(Below) Chicago, IL - November 27, 1981
(Below) Chicago Loop double bill - November 27, 1981
(Below) Green Bay, WI - December 11, 1981
(Below) Los Angeles, CA - March 5, 1982
Also: Miami, FL (October 30, 1981); Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (April 16, 1982)