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“The Goonies”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 03.12.2018
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Goonies” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“The Goonies” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Amblin Entertainment production and Warner Bros. release — directed by Richard Donner and starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton and Ke Huy Quan — opened June 7th.

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

For the release of “The Goonies,” Warner Bros. employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “American Flyers,” “Better Off Dead,” “European Vacation,” “Follow That Bird,” “Krush Groove,” “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” “Pale Rider” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” during the release of “The Goonies.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Goonies” varied by venue and screening.

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

*Includes 70mm sneak preview screening on June 1st.
 
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6 (5)

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National* (5) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (4)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6 (5)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (5)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Avalon Twin (6) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire (5)

NEW YORK
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (5)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6 (10)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Imperial 6 (5)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Loews 5 (10)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (5) [THX]

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.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1985-07-10 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (4)
1985-07-12 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (5)
1985-07-12 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (3)
1985-08-02 … Charlotte, NC — Multi-Cinema’s University Place 6 (1)
1985-08-02 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Denman Place (2)

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 Ray Caple, Bill Kallay and 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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