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“The Black Cauldron”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“New Disney magic — in brilliant 70mm 6 Track Dolby Stereo”

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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 11.10.2020
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“The Black Cauldron” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately seventy-five 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America and represented about five percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Walt Disney production and Buena Vista release — directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich — opened July 24th.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held July 12th, 13th and 16th at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. As well, there were sneak preview screenings held in numerous locales July 19th.

For the release of “The Black Cauldron,” Buena Vista 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 “The Black Cauldron” featured full-frame imagery (sourced from Technirama Large Aperture Successive Exposure photography) and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format with a Split Surround playback option).

The presentations of “The Black Cauldron” included the Donald Duck & Chip ‘N’ Dale animated short “Chips Ahoy.”

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Buena Vista’s “The Journey of Natty Gann, “My Science Project” and “One Magic Christmas” circulated during the release of “The Black Cauldron” 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 “The Black Cauldron” presentations varied by venue and screening.

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

*Included 70mm sneak preview screening on July 19th

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (7)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Sunridge 5-plex* (11)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin* (5)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ West Mall 5-plex (7)

ARIZONA
Mesa — Mann’s Superstition 5-plex* (5)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (3)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (July 19th sneak preview only)

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema* (3)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex* (3)
Irvine — Edwards’ University 5-plex (3)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex* (5)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex* (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National* (1) [THX]
Newark — Syufy’s Cinedome West 7-plex (9)
Oakland — Cinerama’s Piedmont* (3)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex* (7)
Palo Alto — Renaissance Rialto’s Stanford* (3)
Pasadena — Pacific’s Hastings* (5)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex* (8)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 5-plex (5)
San Diego — Mann’s Loma (July 19th sneak preview only)
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (3)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II* (2)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (July 19th sneak preview only)
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (3)
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex (5)

COLORADO
Aurora — Commonwealth’s Cooper 5-plex (July 19th sneak preview only)
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 (2+) [THX]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — GCC’s Jenifer Twin* (5)

FLORIDA
Orlando — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (July 19th sneak preview only)

GEORGIA
Morrow — GTC’s Southlake 8-plex* (3)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex* (2)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5-plex* (2)
Homewood — Plitt’s Diana 4-plex* (2)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex* (2)

INDIANA
Indianapolis — Loews’ College Park 6-plex* (2)

KENTUCKY
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex* (10)

LOUISIANA
New Orleans — Golden Crest’s Kenilworth (July 19th sneak preview only)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin* (5)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex* (3)

MICHIGAN
Flint — Butterfield’s Flint* (2+)

MINNESOTA
St. Louis Park — Plitt’s Knollwood 4-plex* (7)

MISSOURI
Chesterfield — Wehrenberg’s Clarkson 6-plex* (5)
Kansas City — AMC’s Bannister Square 6-plex* (3)
Shrewsbury — Wehrenberg’s Kenrick 8-plex* (8)

NEBRASKA
Omaha — Commonwealth’s Orchard 4-plex* (4+)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Red Rock 11-plex (10)

NEW JERSEY
Moorestown — Sameric’s Eric Plaza Twin* (3)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route 17 Triplex (6) [opened July 26th]
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex (2) [opened July 26th]
Totowa — UA’s Cinema 46 Triplex (4) [opened July 26th]

NEW YORK
Nanuet — UA’s Route 59 (3) [opened July 26th]
New York — Rockefeller’s Radio City Music Hall (5) [opened July 26th]
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (4+) [opened July 26th]
Woodbury — UA’s Cinema 150 (2) [opened July 26th]

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte — Plitt’s Park Terrace Triplex* (6)

OHIO
Mentor — NTC’s Great Lakes Mall 5-plex* (3)
Parma — GCC’s Parmatown 5-plex* (3)
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex* (4)

ONTARIO
Mississauga — Famous Players’ Square One 4-plex (7)
Newmarket — Famous Players’ Glenway 5-plex (6)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (7)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (July 19th sneak preview only)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (5) [La Reserve]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin* (6)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (6)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric 4-plex* (#1: 4)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s SamEric 4-plex (#2: 1)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Imperial* (7) [THX]
Westmount — United’s Westmount Square (7)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Caruth Plaza Triplex* (4+)
Dallas — GCC’s Valley View Twin* (4+)
Fort Worth — GCC’s Opera House (July 19th sneak preview only)
Houston — Cineplex’s Gaylynn Terrace* (4)
Houston — Plitt’s Cinema 5-plex* (7)

UTAH
Orem — SCERA (8) [70mm from Week 2]
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre (July 19th sneak preview only)
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex (9)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s John Danz (4+)
Seattle — SRO’s Northgate (4+)
Seattle — SRO’s Uptown Triplex (4+)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (July 19th sneak preview only)
Tukwila — SRO’s Southcenter (4+)

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee — Capitol’s Loomis Road 4-plex* (4)

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 AND SCREENINGS

1985-08-02 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (2)
1985-08-09 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (3)
1985-08-16 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (6)
1985-08-16 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (2)
1985-08-30 … Mesa, AZ — Mann’s Superstition 5-plex (3) [w/ “E.T.”]
1985-08-30 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy 1 (2)
1985-09-06 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Imperial 6-plex (1)
1985-09-13 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1985-09-13 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s City Center 4-plex (2)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to David Ayers, Don Beelik, Bill Kretzel, Kenneth Mitchell and Monty Marin, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this article.

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