“Beaches”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Beaches” in North America.
These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.
“Beaches” was among twelve first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm prints
for selected engagements. The Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners IV
presentation, Bruckheimer/South production and Buena Vista release was
directed by Garry Marshall and starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.
Pre-release screenings included invitational previews in Southern California
on December 7th (Avco Center), 15th (Samuel Goldwyn) and 21st (Crest).
For the release of “Beaches,” 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 “Beaches” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up
from spherical 35mm.
Buena Vista circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Dead Poets Society,” “Disorganized Crime,” “New York Stories,” “The
Rescuers” (re-issue) and “Three Fugitives” during the release of “Beaches.”
Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well.
Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of
“Beaches” varied by venue and screening.
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Month by month
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Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]
1988-12-21 … New York, NY — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (10)
1988-12-21 … New York, NY — City Cinemas’ Gramercy (10)
1988-12-23 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (15) [HPS-4000]
1988-12-23 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14 (16) [THX]
1988-12-23 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Crest (10) [THX]
1988-12-23 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Alhambra (10)
1988-12-23 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Eglinton (17) [THX]
1989-01-12 … Washington, DC — K-B’s Cinema (4)
1989-01-13 … Boston, MA — USA’s Charles Triplex (5)
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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 & SCREENINGS
1989-01-27 … New York, NY — Guild’s 50th Street (5)
1989-03-17 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy Triplex (2)
1989-06-16 … New York, NY — City Cinemas’ 57th Street Playhouse (3)
1990-02-14 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from
film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print
enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay
and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
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