“The Color of Money”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.10.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Color of Money” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“The Color of Money” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners II presentation and Buena Vista release — directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise — opened October 17th.
Pre-release screenings included the film’s world premiere held October 8th at the Ziegfeld in New York and the west coast premiere held October 14th at the Avco Center in Los Angeles.
For the release of “The Color of Money”, Buena Vista employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
The 70mm prints of “The Color of Money” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Buena Vista’s “Outrageous Fortune” and “Tin Men” circulated during the release of “The Color of Money” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. Additional 70mm trailers from other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, seen during the “Color of Money” presentations varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for some entries in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print. 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, any 35mm portion of the engagement (or movement out of a branded audio auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (8)
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase (9)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (10) [THX]
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (9)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (8)
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (10)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Royal (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (8)
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental (4+)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Avalon Twin (10) [HPS-4000]
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (10)
Boston — Sack’s Charles Triplex (9)
New York — Guild’s Embassy 1 (13)
New York — Reade’s Bay (11)
New York — Reade’s Coronet (11)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (9)
Montreal — United’s Loews 5-plex (8)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1986-12-12 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (1)
1986-12-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Studio (1) [w/ “Top Gun”]
1987-01-16 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Matt Belson and 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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