“Black Rain”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.10.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Black Rain” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“Black Rain” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura and Kate Capshaw — opened September 22nd.
For the release of “Black Rain”, Paramount 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 “Black Rain” featured full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35 and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). (Conflicting details exist as to whether the audio on [some of] the film’s 70mm prints was SR-encoded.)
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Paramount’s “Fat Man and Little Boy”, “Flashback”, “Harlem Nights”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “Internal Affairs” and “We’re No Angels” circulated during the “Black Rain” release 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, were seen during the “Black Rain” presentations varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the 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 due to 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.
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (8) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (12) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (8) [THX]
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18-plex (9) [THX]
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (6)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (8)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (6)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (8)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (11)
Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (12) [THX]
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1989-11-03 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy Triplex (6)
1989-11-17 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (4) [THX]
1989-11-17 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (4)
1989-11-17 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Plaza (5)
1990-02-21 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
2013-08-18 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm fest; w/ “1492”]
The information 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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