“Greystoke”: The 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 12.07.2016|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“Greystoke” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release — directed by High Hudson and starring Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, James Fox, Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell — opened March 30th.
The 70mm prints of “Greystoke” featured full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35 and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Warner Bros. circulated 70mm coming-attraction trailers for “Cannonball Run II,” “Grandview, USA,” “Gremlins,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Purple Rain,” “Swing Shift” and “Tightrope” during the release of “Greystoke.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Greystoke” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (8)
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (5)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (10)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (10)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (9)
Atlanta — Columbia (8)
Chicago — Center’s McClurg Court (9)
New York — Cinema 5’s Beekman (9)
New York — Cinema 5’s Murray Hill (9)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (9)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (10)
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
1984-04-13 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ University (7)
1984-04-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Village (4)
1984-05-21 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex’s Eaton Centre 18-plex (10)
1984-05-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (1)
1984-06-01 … New York, NY — Reade’s Bay (1)
1984-06-08 … Toronto, ON — Odeon’s Fairlawn Twin (4)
1984-06-29 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1) [w/ “Streets of Fire”]
1984-08-31 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [7th Annual Summer Film Festival]
1984-09-14 … Nashville, TN — Martin’s Belle Meade (2)
1984-09-28 … New York, NY — Cinema 5’s Cinema 1 (1)
1992-07-17 … Los Angeles, CA — LACMA’s Leo S. Bing [70mm festival]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, and Dolby records. Special thanks to 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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