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“Howard the Duck”: The 70mm Engagements
“Zapped across the universe, light years from home, he’s about to discover who he really is. A duck in big trouble.”

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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Howard the Duck” in North America. These were pillarboxed prints (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Howard the Duck” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production and Universal release — directed by Willard Huyck, and starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins — opened August 1st.

Prior to release, a sneak preview screening of “Howard the Duck” was held July 12th at the Northpoint in San Francisco, and invitational previews were held July 30th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills and July 31st at the Chinese in Los Angeles.

For the release of “Howard the Duck”, Universal employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Trailers for “An American Tail” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” circulated with the “Howard the Duck” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.


The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Howard the Duck” in North America. These were pillarboxed prints (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Howard the Duck” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production and Universal release — directed by Willard Huyck, and starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins — opened August 1st.

Prior to release, a sneak preview screening of “Howard the Duck” was held July 12th at the Northpoint in San Francisco, and invitational previews were held July 30th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills and July 31st at the Chinese in Los Angeles.

For the release of “Howard the Duck”, Universal employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Trailers for “An American Tail” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” circulated with the “Howard the Duck” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (6) [THX]

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (3)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (2)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (3)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (2)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (5) [final week w/“Back to the Future”]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (3)

COLORADO
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 [THX]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (2)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (2)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (2)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex (2)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (3)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex

MASSACHUSETS
Boston — USA’s Charles Triplex (2)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (2)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (2)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (2)

OHIO
Cleveland Heights — NTC’s Severance 8-plex (2) [THX]

ONTARIO
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin (4)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Sam’s Place Twin (3)

QUEBEC
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Alexis Nihon Plaza Triplex (5)

TEXAS
Dallas — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (3)
Houston — General Cinema’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (4)

UTAThe following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Howard the Duck” in North America. These were pillarboxed prints (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.

“Howard the Duck” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production and Universal release — directed by Willard Huyck, and starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins — opened August 1st.

Prior to release, a sneak preview screening of “Howard the Duck” was held July 12th at the Northpoint in San Francisco, and invitational previews were held July 30th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills and July 31st at the Chinese in Los Angeles.

For the release of “Howard the Duck”, Universal employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Trailers for “An American Tail” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” circulated with the “Howard the Duck” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (6) [THX]

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (3)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (2)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (3)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (2)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (5) [final week w/“Back to the Future”]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (3)

COLORADO
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 [THX]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (2)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (2)
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (2)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex (2)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (3)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex

MASSACHUSETS
Boston — USA’s Charles Triplex (2)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (2)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (2)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (2)

OHIO
Cleveland Heights — NTC’s Severance 8-plex (2) [THX]

ONTARIO
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin (4)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Sam’s Place Twin (3)

QUEBEC
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Alexis Nihon Plaza Triplex (5)

TEXAS
Dallas — General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (3)
Houston — General Cinema’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (4)

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex (2)

VIRGINIA
Springfield — General Cinema’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (3) [THX]

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

2017-09-22 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Claude Ayakawa, Laura Baas, Don Beelik, Raymond Caple, Andrew Crews, Sarah Kenyon, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Monty Marin, J. Odenthal, Ayana Reed, Tim Spindle, Brian Walters and Vince Young.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.
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Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex (2)

VIRGINIA
Springfield — General Cinema’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (3) [THX]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Claude Ayakawa, Laura Baas, Don Beelik, Raymond Caple, Andrew Crews, Sarah Kenyon, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Monty Marin, J. Odenthal, Ayana Reed, Tim Spindle, Brian Walters and Vince Young.

Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but have not been accounted for in this article.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
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