“The Emerald Forest”: The North American 70mm
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “The Emerald Forest” in North America. These were the best
cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.
“The Emerald Forest” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released
in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Christel/Goldcrest
production and Embassy release — directed by John Boorman and starring Powers
Boothe, Meg Foster and Charley Boorman — opened July 3rd.
For the release of “The Emerald Forest”, Embassy 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 Emerald Forest” featured full-frame imagery blown up
from anamorphic 35mm and
Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom”
A 70mm trailer for “A Chorus Line” circulated during the release of “The Emerald
Forest” 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 “The Emerald
Forest” varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
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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 (or
movement out of a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (12) [HPS-4000]
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (5)
New York — RKO Century’s National Twin (6)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1985-08-16 … Oakland, CA — Cinerama’s Piedmont (6)
1985-12-06 … Oakland, CA — Cinerama’s Piedmont (2) [w/ “American Flyers”]
The information 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
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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