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“Dune”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.02.2020
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Dune” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Dune” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately seventy-five 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America and represented about ten percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Dino de Laurentiis presentation and Universal release — directed by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen and Sting — opened December 14th.

Pre-release screenings included the film’s world premiere on December 3rd at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and an invitational preview on December 13th at the Chinese in Los Angeles.

For the release of “Dune,” Universal 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 “Dune” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Universal’s “The Breakfast Club,” “Brewster’s Millions,” “Fletch,” “Into the Night,” “Mask,” “Mass Appeal,” “The River” and “Stick” circulated during the release of “Dune” 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 presentations of “Dune” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included 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 auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace (7)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (7)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — UA’s Chris-Town Mall 6-plex (5)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (10)

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Picwood (8)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (5)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake Twin (7)
Orange — Syufy’s City Center Twin (5)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (12)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5-plex (7)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (9)
San Rafael — Marin’s Regency 6-plex (5)

COLORADO
Aurora — Commonwealth’s Cooper 5-plex (4+)
Colorado Springs — Mann’s Cinema 150 (5)
Littleton — Commonwealth’s Cooper 7-plex (4+) [HPS-4000]

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (6)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (5)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Lefont’s Tara Twin (6)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex (6)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Kapiolani (6)

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (4)
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5-plex (5)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 5-plex (5)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (4)

INDIANA
Indianapolis — Y&W’s Eastwood (6)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (8)

KENTUCKY
Erlanger — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (7)
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (6)

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge — Gulf States’ Bon Marche Mall 11-plex (6)
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex (5)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (9)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (5)

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Knollwood 4-plex (8)

MISSOURI
Sunset Hills — Wehrenberg’s Mark Twain (6)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Parkway Triplex (19)

NEW JERSEY
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex (4)
Wayne — Loews’ Wayne 6-plex (4)

NEW YORK
Albany — UA’s Hellman Twin (7)
Henrietta — Loews’ Towne Triplex (8)
Hicksville — Town & Country’s Mid-Plaza 6-plex (4)
Nanuet — UA’s Route 59 (4)
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (7)
New York — Loews’ 83rd Street 4-plex (4)
New York — Moss’ Movieland (6)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (5)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (4)

OHIO
Cincinnati — Redstone’s Showcase Eastgate 7-plex (7)
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (6)

ONTARIO
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (6)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Imperial 6-plex (6)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (6)

OREGON
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (9)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Mark I (6)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex (10)

TEXAS
Austin — Presidio’s Southpark Triplex (9) [THX]
Bryan — Schulman’s Manor East Triplex (4+)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (6) [THX]
El Paso — GCC’s Cielo Vista Mall 10-plex (8)
Fort Worth — GCC’s Opera House (7)
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (9)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex (4+)
Spring — Loews’ Spring 10-plex (6)

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex (6)
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (7)

VIRGINIA
Richmond — Litchfield’s Midlothian 6-plex (7)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — LT’s Coliseum (4+)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1985-01-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Fox (3)
1985-01-18 … San Rafael, CA — Marin’s Fairfax (2)
1985-01-25 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1985-01-25 … Irvine, CA — Edwards’ University 6-plex
1985-01-25 … Laval, QC — United’s Laval 5-plex (1)
1985-01-25 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (1)
1985-02-15 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (5)
1985-03-15 … Tacoma, WA — Star Cinemas’ Temple (3)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Mark Brack and Bill Kretzel, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

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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