“Little Shop of Horrors”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Meet me at the funniest shop in town.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 30.07.2018|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Little Shop of Horrors” in North America. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience the film. |
“Little Shop of Horrors” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Geffen presentation and Warner Bros. release — directed by Frank Oz and starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Vincent Gardinia — opened December 19th.
The 70mm prints of “Little Shop of Horrors” consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
For the release of “Little Shop of Horrors”, Warner Bros. employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Trailers for “Innerspace” and “Burglar” circulated with the “Little Shop of Horrors” 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.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (7)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (10) [THX]
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (11)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (11)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (10)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Tenley Triplex (10)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court (6)
Boston — USA’s Charles Triplex (8)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (8)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (8)
New York — RKO Cinema 5’s Beekman (11)
New York — RKO Cinema 5’s Gramercy (8)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (13)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Regency Twin (8)
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex (8)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1987-01-30 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Esquire (2)
1987-04-03 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
1987-07-20 … Atlanta, GA — Fox (10th Annual Summer Film Festival)
1991-07-07 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon (Summer Nights series)
1992-08-05 … Los Angeles, CA — Four Star (1) [70mm fest; w/ “Gremlins”]
1996-04-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight)
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title 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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