“The Bear” (also known as “L’Ours”):
The 70mm Engagements
“He’s an orphan… at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.”
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “The Bear” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted
of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was
Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
“The Bear” (also known as “L’Ours”) was among eighteen first-run films released
in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Price Entertainment
presentation, Renn production and TriStar release — directed by Jean-Jacques
Annaud and starring Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo and Andre Lacombe — opened
October 25th in the United States and the 27th in Canada.
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (8 weeks)
Los Angeles — AMC’s Century 14-plex (8)
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet Triplex (7) [THX]
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (8)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (7)
Montreal — Famous Players’ Loews 5-plex (7)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1990-03-12 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (1) [GM 70mm Film Festival]
1990-04-04 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm Festival w/“Tommy”]
1992-03-16 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [GM Film Festival w/”Terminator
1992-08-15 … Ottawa, ON — Cinematheque Canada Museum Theatre [“70mm Saturdays”]
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have moved out
of a THX-certified auditorium and/or were presented in 35mm during the latter
weeks of engagement due to print damage or movement to a smaller, 35mm-only
auditorium within cinema complex.
This information has been referenced from film industry trade publications and
regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel. International
engagements 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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