“The Last of the Mohicans”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.02.2020|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Last of the Mohicans” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“The Last of the Mohicans” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1992 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The 20th Century Fox release — directed by Michael Mann and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe — opened September 25th.
Pre-release screenings included the U.S. premiere held September 24th at the Chinese in Los Angeles.
For the release of “The Last of the Mohicans,” Fox 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 “The Last of the Mohicans” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (SR-encoded Baby Boom format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Fox’s “Hoffa,” “Home Alone 2,” “Love Potion #9,” “Night and the City,” “Toys” and “Used People” circulated during the release of “The Last of the Mohicans” 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, seen during the “Mohicans” presentations varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (11) [THX]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (13) [THX]
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4-plex (12) [THX]
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Uptown (4+)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (7) [THX]
Boston — Loews’ Cheri 4-plex (11)
New York — Crown’s Gotham (13)
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin (8)
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (10) [THX]
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9-plex (11) [THX]
Seattle — Cineplex Odeon’s Cinerama (4+)
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 contractual terms or 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.
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1992-11-13 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 N. Michigan Twin (5)
1992-11-20 … Glendale, CA — GCC’s Glendale Central 5-plex (2) [THX]
1992-11-25 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (4+)
1992-12-18 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
1992-12-25 … Cincinnati, OH — American Cinemas’ Carousel Twin (6)
1993-01-15 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Coronet Triplex (?) [THX]
1993-02-17 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1996-11-08 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (midnight; 2 days)
1997-02-21 … Cincinnati, OH — American Theatre Organ Society’s Emery (2 days)
The information included 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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