“The Godfather Part III”: The North American 70mm
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “The Godfather Part III” in North America. These were the best
cinemas in which to experience the film.
“The Godfather Part III” was among twenty confirmed first-run films released in
1990 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Zoetrope production and
Paramount release — directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino,
Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Andy Garcia — opened December 25th.
The 70mm prints of “The Godfather Part III” featured pillarboxed imagery
(approximately 1.85:1) blown up from Super-35 and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (dual
inventory of “A”- and “SR”-encoded “baby boom” format prints).
Among the film’s pre-release screenings was the world premiere at the Goldwyn in
Beverly Hills on December 20th.
For the release of “The Godfather Part III”, Paramount 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 “Flight of the Intruder”, “He Said, She Said”
and “The Naked Gun 2 1/2” circulated during the “Godfather Part III” release and
which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.
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 were 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 has been included in the
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (9) [THX]
Corte Madera — Pacific’s Cinema (9)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (6) [THX] (opened Dec. 27th)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (11) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (4)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8-plex (8)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (6)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (15)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (6)
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18-plex (8) [THX]
New York — Loews’ 19th Street East 6-plex (11)
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (8)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (7)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (7)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (8)
New York — UA’s East 85th Street (8)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (8) [THX]
Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (9) [THX]
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1991-02-08 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (1)
1991-02-15 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy 1 (4)
1991-04-26 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
1992-03-11 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
2007-08-06 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Goldwyn [Great to be Nominated series]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to
Bobby Henderson and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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