“Sharky’s Machine”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky’s machine.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 20.19.2022|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Sharky’s Machine” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.|
“Sharky’s Machine” was among eight confirmed first-run films released in 1981 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Orion release (through Warner Bros.) — directed by Burt Reynolds and starring Burt Reynolds, Brian Keith, Charles Durning and Rachel Ward — opened December 18th.
Pre-release screenings include the film’s world premiere held December 12th at the Fox in Atlanta.
The 70mm prints of “Sharky’s Machine” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and full-frame imagery blown up from spherical 35mm.
Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Deathtrap,” “Firefox” and “Personal Best” during the release of “Sharky’s Machine.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Sharky’s Machine” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is included in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (7)
New York — RKO Century’s Cinerama Twin (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1982-02-05 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (1)
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 Mike Durrett, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel and Stan Malone.
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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