“Ladyhawke”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 20.06.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Ladyhawke” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.|
“Ladyhawke” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros./20th Century Fox release — directed by Richard Donner and starring Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer — opened April 12th.
For the release of “Ladyhawke”, Warner Bros. 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 “Ladyhawke” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “European Vacation”, “The Goonies”, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” and “Pale Rider” circulated during the “Ladyhawke” release 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 “Ladyhawke” presentations varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries 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 a THX-certified auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
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70mm Blow Up List
Six-Track Dolby Stereo
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (7)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Vogue (8)
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex (6) [THX]
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (8)
Chicago — Essaness’ Chestnut Station 5-plex (6)
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (6)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (5)
New York — RKO Century’s National Twin (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (9)
Montreal — United’s Imperial (9)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1985-05-24 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Alexandria Triplex (3)
1985-06-07 … Montclair, CA — Pacific’s Montclair Triplex (3) [w/ “Amadeus”]
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to 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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