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“Tucker”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The true story of Preston Tucker.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 03.12.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Tucker: The Man and his Dream” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film.

“Tucker” was among twelve confirmed first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production and Paramount release — directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges and Martin Landau — opened August 12th.

The 70mm prints of “Tucker” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (dual inventory of “A”- and “SR”-encoded “baby boom” format prints).

For the release of “Tucker”, Paramount 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 “Scrooged” and “U2: Rattle & Hum” circulated during the release of “Tucker” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm trailers from other distributors circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, were seen during the “Tucker” presentations varied by venue.)

The film’s world premiere was held July 26th at Paramount Studios and among pre-release screenings was an invitational preview held August 2nd at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

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 has been included in the duration figure.
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Corte Madera — Blumenfeld/Marin’s Cinema (6)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (4) [THX]

New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (7)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (6)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (3)

1989-01-20 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (1)
1989-01-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (3) [HPS-4000]

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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Updated 07-01-21