“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”: The North American
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in the United States and Canada.
These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film.
“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films
released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Kennedy Miller
presentation and Warner Bros. release — directed by George Miller and George
Ogilvie and starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner — opened July 10th.
The 70mm prints of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” 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 “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”, 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 “American Flyers” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”
circulated during the release of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” 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 were 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.
*Includes 70mm sneak preview screening on July 9th.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin* (4) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* (4) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (4)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (4)
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex* (11) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (8+)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Embassy Circle (5)
Chicago — Essaness’ Plaza Triplex (5)
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie* (6)
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4-plex (5)
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin (5)
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex (5)
New York — Cinema 5’s Beekman (5)
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (4)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (5)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin* (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Imperial 6-plex (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (9)
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex (9)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1985-08-09 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (3) [THX]
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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author or editor.
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