“Cobra”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 17.08.2018|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Cobra” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience the film. |
“Cobra” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Cannon Group/Golan-Globus production and Warner Bros. release — directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen and Reni Santoni — opened May 23rd.
The 70mm prints of “Cobra” consisted of pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Ultra Stereo (Dolby “A” compatible).
For the release of “Cobra”, Warner Bros. employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Club Paradise” and “Under the Cherry Moon” circulated with the “Cobra” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for some entries in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only 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 (or movement out of a THX-certified auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.
*included May 22nd sneak preview screening
**included May 22nd sneak preview screening and round-the-clock first-day screening schedule
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace* (6)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex* (5)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (3)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex** (4) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village* (2) [THX]
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (5)
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex* (7) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (3)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Embassy* (6)
Atlanta — Columbia (4)
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (4) [HPS-4000]
Chicago — Plitt’s Esquire* (4)
Boston — USA’s Cinema 57 Twin* (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex* (3)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin** (6)
New York — RKO Cinema 5’s Murray Hill* (4)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson* (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin* (5)
Montreal — United’s Palace 6-plex* (7)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin* (4) [THX]
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS
1986-06-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (2)
1986-06-11 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (2)
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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