“Predator”: The 70mm Engagements
“The hunt has begun.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 21.09.2017|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Predator” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.|
“Predator” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1987 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Gordon-Silver-Davis production and 20th Century Fox release — directed by John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Kevin Peter Hall — opened June 12th.
For the release of “Predator”, Fox employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Trailers for “The Pick-up Artist” and “Revenge of the Nerds II” circulated with the “Predator” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.
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 were 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, 35mm-only auditorium within a multiplex. (Ditto for THX presentations.) 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, the 35mm portion (and/or non-THX presentations) of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (4)
New York — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (4)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1987-07-10 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (2)
1987-07-17 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (2) [THX]
1987-08-07 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion.
Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but 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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