“Explorers”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 31.05.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Explorers” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.|
“Explorers” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by Joe Dante and starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson — opened July 12th.
Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview on July 8th at the National in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Explorers”, Paramount 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 “Explorers” 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 “Clue”, “Summer Rental” and “Young Sherlock Holmes” circulated during the release of “Explorers” 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, were screened during the “Explorers” presentations varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing might have been 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, non-70mm-equipped 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, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National* (2) [THX]
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1985-08-02 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy 1 (1)
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion.
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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