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“Cocoon: The Return”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Cocoon: The Return” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture

“Cocoon: The Return” was among twelve confirmed first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately forty 70mm prints were struck for North America representing about five percent of the film’s total number of first-run bookings. The Zanuck/Brown Company production and 20th Century Fox release — directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courtney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, and Tahnee Welch — opened November 23rd.

Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held November 16th at Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly HIlls.

For the release of “Cocoon: The Return,” Fox 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 “Cocoon: The Return” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

Fox circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “The Fly II,” “Gleaming the Cube,” “Skin Deep” and “Working Girl” during the release of “Cocoon: The Return.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Cocoon: The Return” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.

Calgary — Cineplex Odeon’s North Hill (4)
Edmonton — Cineplex Odeon’s Eaton Centre 9 (7) [THX]

Scottsdale — Harkins’ Kachina (6)

Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (7) [70mm from Week 4]

Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (7) [THX]

Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Beverly Center 13 (7) [THX]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (7)
Los Angeles — UA’s Warner Center 6 (7) [THX]
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10 (4)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (3)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (7)
Pleasant Hill — Syufy’s Century 5 (7)
Redondo Beach — GCC’s Galleria South Bay 6 (7) [THX]
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (3) [70mm during Week 3]
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (7)

Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Avenue 6 (4) [THX]

Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (7)

Atlanta — Cineplex Odeon’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (6)

Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 8 (2)
Schaumburg — Cineplex Odeon’s Woodfield 9 (2)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (3)

Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4 (7)

Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5 (7)

Winnipeg — Cineplex Odeon’s Grant Park (4)

Boston — USA’s Cheri Triplex (3)

Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin (7)
St. Louis Park — Cineplex Odeon’s Cooper Twin (7)

Springfield — Dickinson’s Century 21 (7) [70mm from Week 3]

New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Bay (2)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (7)
New York — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (4)

Cincinnati — USA’s Kenwood Twin (7)

Ottawa — Cineplex Odeon Somerset (4)
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (4) [THX]

Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Place Alexis-Nihon Plaza Triplex (3)

Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (3) [THX]
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9 (4) [THX]
Houston — GCC’s Meyerland Plaza Triplex (6)

Salt Lake City — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency (11)

Seattle — UA’s Cinema 150 (1+)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to contractual terms or print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a 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 branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel and W.R. Miller.

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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