“The Goonies”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “The Goonies” in the United States and Canada. These were the
best cinemas in which to experience the film.
“The Goonies” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Amblin Entertainment production
and Warner Bros. release — directed by Richard Donner and starring Sean Astin,
Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy
Quan — opened June 7th.
The 70mm prints of “The Goonies” consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format).
For the release of “The Goonies”, Warner Bros. employed the services of
Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas
selected to book a 70mm print.
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” and “Pee-wee’s Big
Adventure” circulated during the release of “The Goonies” and which the
distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.
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 (or
movement out of an HPS-4000 or THX-certified auditorium) has been included in
the duration figure.
*Includes 70mm sneak preview screening on June 1st.
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Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National* (5) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (4)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (5)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (5)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Avalon Twin (6) [HPS-4000]
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (5)
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (5)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (10)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Imperial 6-plex (5)
Montreal — United’s Loews 5-plex (10)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (5) [THX]
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1985-07-10 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (4)
1985-07-12 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (5)
1985-07-12 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (3)
1985-08-02 … Charlotte, NC — Consolidated’s University Place 6-plex (?)
1985-08-02 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Denman Place (2)
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry
trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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