“The Money Pit”: 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 Money Pit” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“The Money Pit” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Amblin Entertainment production and Universal release — directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long — opened March 26th.
For the release of “The Money Pit,” 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 “The Money Pit” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Universal’s “Howard the Duck,” “Legend,” “Legal Eagles,” “Psycho III” and “Sweet Liberty” circulated during the release of “The Money Pit” 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 “The Money Pit” 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.
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (3) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (3)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Royal (6)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Tenley Triplex (5)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1986-04-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2)
The information included 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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