“Tough Guys”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Friends for years… Legends for life… Tough guys forever.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.10.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Tough Guys” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“Tough Guys” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners II presentation and Buena Vista release — directed by Jeff Kanew and starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas — opened October 3rd.
Pre-release screenings included the world premiere on September 19th (Chinese, Los Angeles), an invitational preview on September 26th (Village, Los Angeles), and sneak previews in selected venues on September 27th.
For the release of “Tough Guys,” 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 “Tough Guys” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Buena Vista’s “The Color of Money” and “Outrageous Fortune” circulated during the release of “Tough Guys” 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 “Tough Guys” presentations 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 has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (3) [THX]
Chicago — Center’s McClurg Court (3)
New York — Reade’s 23rd Street West Triplex (6)
New York — Reade’s Ziegfeld (7)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (6)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1986-10-24 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (2)
1986-12-19 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to 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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