“Explorers”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “Explorers” in the United States and Canada. These were the best
cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.
“Explorers” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by
Joe Dante and starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson — opened
Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview on July 8th at the
National in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Explorers”, Paramount 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 “Explorers” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately
1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and
Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Clue”, “Summer Rental” and “Young Sherlock
Holmes” circulated during the release of “Explorers” 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 screened during the “Explorers” presentations varied by venue and
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.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National* (2) [THX]
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1985-08-02 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy 1 (1)
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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author or editor.
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