“Spies Like Us”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“With spies like these who needs enemies?”
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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 “Spies Like Us” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.|
“Spies Like Us” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release — directed by John Landis and starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd — opened December 6th.
Pre-release screenings included the film’s world premiere on December 3rd at the Bruin in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Spies Like Us”, 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 “Spies Like Us” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and six-track stereophonic sound (non-Dolby).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “The Clan of the Cave Bear”, “The Color Purple”, “Police Academy 3: Back in Training” and “Wildcats” circulated during the release of “Spies Like Us” 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 seen during the presentations of “Spies Like Us” 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 were 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 THX-certified auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (1) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (2) [THX]
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10 (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (8+)
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex (10)
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Kapiolani (8)
Bloomingdale — Plitt’s Stratford Square 8-plex (2)
Oak Brook — Plitt’s Oakbrook Triplex (6)
New York — RKO Century’s National Twin (8)
New York — RKO Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1985-12-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Regent (1)
1985-12-20 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Bruin (6) [THX]
The information included 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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