“Absolute Beginners”: The 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference/historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements
of “Absolute Beginners” in North America. This 70mm release consisted of
full-frame prints blown up from Super-35 photography. The audio was Six-Track
Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded).
“Absolute Beginners” was among sixteen 1986 first-run films released with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. The Virgin/Goldcrest production and Orion
release — directed by Julien Temple and starring Patsy Kensit, Eddie O’Connell
and David Bowie — opened on April 18th, 1986.
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (3 weeks)
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex <THX>
New York — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (6)
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (3)
1986-05-09 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Paramount (4)
1986-05-09 … Los Angeles (Westwood), CA — Pacific’s Metro (4)
1986-05-23 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (4)
1986-06-06 … Houston, TX — AMC’s Town & Country 10-plex
This information has been referenced from film industry trade publications and
regional newspaper promotion. International and second-run/revival engagements
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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