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“Aliens”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“There are some places in the universe you don’t go alone.”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.10.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Aliens” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Aliens” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. One hundred fifty-one 70mm prints were reportedly struck for distribution in North America and represented about 10% of the film’s total initial North American print run. The Brandywine production and 20th Century Fox release — directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver — opened July 18th.

Pre-release screenings of “Aliens” included its world premiere held July 14th at the Avco Center in Los Angeles, and an invitational preview held July 15th at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre on the 20th Century Fox studio lot.

For the release of “Aliens,” 20th Century Fox 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 “Aliens” 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 Fox’s “The Boy Who Could Fly,” “The Fly,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “The Name of the Rose” circulated during the release of “Aliens” 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 “Aliens” 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 smaller, non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply an expensive 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 branded audio auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace (12)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Sunridge 5-plex (12)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (9)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (12)

ARIZONA
Phoenix — Plitt’s Cine Capri (13)
Phoenix — UA’s Chris-Town Mall 6-plex (13)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema City 7-plex (11) [THX]

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (12)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (10)

CALIFORNIA
Alhambra — Edwards’ Alhambra Place 5-plex (11)
Buena Park — UA’s Buena Park Mall 8-plex (11) [THX]
Cerritos — UA’s Cerritos Mall Twin (12)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (11)
El Cajon — UA’s Parkway Plaza Triplex (8+)
Hayward — UA’s Hayward 5-plex (11)
Huntington Beach — Edwards’ Charter Centre 5-plex (11)
Long Beach — UA’s Marketplace 6-plex (10)
Los Angeles (Del Rey) — UA’s Marina Marketplace 6-plex (11)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (15)
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — UA’s Valley Plaza 6-plex (9)
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5-plex (12) [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (12) [THX]
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — UA’s Warner Center 6-plex (11) [THX]
Monterey — UA’s Cinema 70 (13)
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10-plex (14)
National City — Pacific’s Sweetwater 6-plex (14)
Newark — Syufy’s Cinedome West 7-plex (18)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (9)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex (12)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (10)
Pasadena — UA’s United Artists (9)
Pinole — Syufy’s Century 9-plex (14)
Redwood City — UA’s Redwood 6-plex (11)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (12)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (15)
San Diego — UA’s Glasshouse 6-plex (17)
San Diego — UA’s Horton Plaza 7-plex (11) [THX]
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (12)
San Rafael — Marin’s Regency 6-plex (12)
San Ramon — Festival Enterprises’ Crow Canyon 6-plex (11)
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Arlington (9)
Santa Clara — UA’s Cinema 150 (12)
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex (14)
Thousand Oaks — UA’s Oaks Mall 5-plex (10) [THX]
Westminster — UA’s Westminster Mall Twin (10)

COLORADO
Colorado Springs — Commonwealth’s Cinema 70 Triplex (11)
Denver — Commonwealth’s Continental (8+)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Fine Arts (13)

FLORIDA
Coral Springs — GCC’s Coral Square 8-plex (12)
Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (9)
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (10)
Largo — AMC’s Tri-City 8-plex (13)
North Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street Triplex (10)
Orlando — GCC’s Colonial Promenade 6-plex (18)
Tampa — GCC’s Northdale Court 6-plex (15) [THX] [70mm from Week 9]
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex (12)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Columbia (12)
Atlanta — GTC’s Lenox Square 6-plex (11)
Kennesaw — Storey’s Town Center 8-plex (10)
Savannah — Litchfield’s Tara 4-plex (8+)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex (10)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (12) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Belleville — BAC’s Cinema 4-plex (8+)
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (10)
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie (8)
Evanston — M&R’s Evanston 5-plex (8)
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 5-plex (10)
Niles — Essaness’ Golf Mill Triplex (10)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 8-plex (9)
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin (8)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex (12)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (12)

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge — GCC’s Cortana Mall Triplex (12)
New Orleans — GCC’s Robert E. Lee (12)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (12)

MARYLAND
Catonsville — Einbinder & Brehm’s Westview 8-plex (12)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — USA’s Cinema 57 Twin (12)

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor — UA’s Fox Village 4-plex (8+)
Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (10)
Cascade — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (8+)
Harper Woods — AMC’s Eastland 7-plex (15)
Livonia — NGT’s Mai Kai (11)
Southfield — NGT’s Americana 8-plex (16)
Sterling Heights — Redstone’s Showcase 11-plex (8)
Troy — UA’s The Movies at Oakland 5-plex (12)

MINNESOTA
Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin (11)
Roseville — UA’s The Movies at Pavilion Place 7-plex (11)
St. Louis Park — GCC’s Shelard Park 5-plex (12)

MISSOURI
Independence — Mid-America’s Blue Ridge East 5-plex (11)
Richmond Heights — AMC’s Esquire 4-plex (12)
Springfield — Dickinson’s Century 21 (10)

NEBRASKA
Lincoln — Commonwealth’s Cooper/Lincoln (10)
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Indian Hills Twin (8+)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (22)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Triplex (12)
Sayreville — Redstone’s Amboy 12-plex (11)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — GCC’s Louisiana Blvd. Triplex (12)

NEW YORK
Cheektowaga — AMC’s Holiday 6-plex (8+)
Guilderland — Cinema Centers’ Crossgates Mall 12-plex (12)
Henrietta — Loews’ Towne Triplex (11)
Commack — Redstone’s Commack 10-plex (11)
Hicksville — Town & Country’s Mid-Plaza 6-plex (9)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 6-plex (9)
Nanuet — UA’s Route 59 (8)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (10)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (11)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin (#1: 14)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin (#2: 8)
New York — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (12)
Valley Stream — RKO Century’s Green Acres Triplex (12+)

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square (8+)

OHIO
Beavercreek — Chakeres’ Beavercreek 7-plex (14)
Cincinnati — USA’s Carousel Twin (13)
Columbus — GCC’s Eastland Mall Twin (8+)
Woodmere — Loews’ Village (11)

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — GCC’s Quail Springs Mall 6-plex (16)

ONTARIO
Mississauga — Famous Players’ Square One 4-plex (11)
North York — Famous Players’ Town & Countrye Twin (11)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (11)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 8-plex (12)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (10)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (7)

OREGON
Beaverton — Moyer’s Tanasbourne Triplex (11)
Portland — LT’s Eastgate Triplex (12)

PENNSYLVANIA
Bensalem — AMC’s Premiere Twin (10)
Montgomeryville — Budco’s 309 9-plex (14)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Orleans 8-plex (13)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Regency Twin (12)

QUEBEC
Dorval — United’s Dorval Triplex (8)
Laval — United’s Laval 5-plex (8)
Montreal — United’s Imperial (8) [THX]
Sainte-Foy — Cinemas Unis’ Canadien (8+)

TEXAS
Addison — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex (8+) [THX]
Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex (12) [THX]
Beaumont — UA’s Phelan 6-plex (8+) [THX] [unconfirmed]
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (17) [THX]
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4-plex (11)
Houston — Plitt’s West Oaks 7-plex (16)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex (8+) [THX]

UTAH
Riverdale — Plitt’s Cinedome Twin (8+)
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex (11)
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (13)

VIRGINIA
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 7-plex (13)
Virginia Beach — AMC’s Lynnhaven 8-plex (8+)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (8+)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 8-plex (8+)
Seattle — SRO’s Northgate (8+)
Seattle — UA’s Cinema 150 (8+)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (10)
Tukwila — SRO’s Southcenter (8+)

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee — UA’s Southgate (13)
West Allis — Marcus’ Southtown 6-plex (10)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1986-09-04 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (1)
1986-09-12 … Montreal, QC — United’s Imperial (11) [Version Francaise]
1986-09-12 … Montreal, QC — United’s Loews 5-plex (5)
1986-09-12 … Montreal, QC — United’s Westmount Square (1)
1986-09-26 … Tacoma, WA — SRO’s Tacoma South 5-plex (1)
1986-10-03 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Regency (1)
1986-10-10 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (5) [THX]
1986-10-10 … Ventura, CA — Syufy’s Century 8-plex (3)
1986-11-14 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
1986-11-28 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Champlain Twin (3) [Version Francaise]

1987-01-28 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1987-07-15 … St. Charles, MO — Wehrenberg’s St. Charles 10-plex (2 days)
1987-10-02 … Los Angeles (Century City), CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [3 days; Fox retrospective]
1987-??-?? … Memphis, TN — Malco’s Winchester Court 8-plex (midnight) [THX]

1988-03-09 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1988-04-22 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark (1) [70mm fest]

1990-05-04 … Oakland, CA — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex (3 days) [w/ “Alien”]

1991-11-29 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — GCC’s Galaxy 6-plex [THX] [w/ “Alien”]

1996-05-31 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 2 days)
1996-11-01 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB’s Carpenter Center [Wide Screen fest]
1996-11-08 … Atlanta, GA — GCC’s Sandy Springs at Parkside 8-plex (midnight; 2 days) [THX]

1998-05-29 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)
1998-09-28 … Indianapolis, IN — White River State Park IMAX (1) [70mm series]

1999-02-05 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “True Lies”]
1999-02-26 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)
1999-05-07 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights (2 days)
1999-07-02 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 3 days)

2001-10-27 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights (late show)

2008-12-20 … Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA — Laemmle’s Royal [w/ “The Abyss” & “Titanic”]

2009-05-29 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “The Abyss”]

2016-04-26 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [Alien Day]
2016-07-16 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm series]
2016-09-11 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2016-09-18 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2016-10-23 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft [70mm series]
2016-10-25 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft [70mm series]

2017-08-26 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2017-09-01 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Julian Antos, Don Beelik, Bert Branson, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Joe Odenthal, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project. This article is based upon a previously-published article at TheDigitalBits.com (http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy--showmanship/this-time-its-war-aliens-30th).

International 70mm presentations 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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