“SpaceCamp”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “SpaceCamp” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience this motion picture.
“SpaceCamp” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The ABC production and 20th Century Fox
release — directed by Harry Winer and starring Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson and
Tom Skerritt — opened June 6th.
Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held June 2nd at Madison
Square in Huntsville, Alabama, and the film’s world premiere held June 3rd at
the Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
For the release of “SpaceCamp,” Fox employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre
Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a
The 70mm prints of “SpaceCamp” 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 “Aliens,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “The
Boy Who Could Fly” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” circulated during the release of
“SpaceCamp” 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, seen during the presentations of
“SpaceCamp” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been
presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking
was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print
damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print.
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
THX-certified auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (3)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (4)
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5-plex (3) [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (3) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (2)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex (3)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (4)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — GCC’s Jenifer Twin (3)
Boston — USA’s Cheri Triplex (2)
Southfield — AMC’s Northland Twin (3)
Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin (3)
Roseville — GCC’s Har-Mar 11-plex (4) [THX]
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (4)
New York — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (4)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (3)
Montreal — United’s Le Parisien 5-plex (4)
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (3)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1986-06-27 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (1)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to
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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