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“The Mission”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.10.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Mission” in the United States and Canada. These were the best and earliest cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“The Mission” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately sixty 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America. The Warner Bros. release — directed by Roland Joffe and starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons — opened exclusively in a 70mm limited release October 31st and rolled out in a staggered fashion in the weeks and months thereafter.

Pre-release screenings included the U.S. premiere held October 29th at the Ziegfeld in New York. (The world premiere was held May 16th at the Cannes Film Festival.)

For the release of “The Mission,” Warner Bros. 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 Mission” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Warner Bros.’ “Burglar,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “Innerspace,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Mosquito Coast,” “Over the Top” and “The Witches of Eastwick” circulated during the release of “The Mission” 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 presentations of “The Mission” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable 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 because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped 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 branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks)

1986-10-31 … New York, NY — RKO Cinema 5’s Cinema 1 (7)

1986-11-14 … Boston, MA — USA’s Cheri Triplex (5)
1986-11-14 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (5)
1986-11-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (15) [HPS-4000]
1986-11-14 … Montreal, QC — United’s York (21)
1986-11-14 … St. Louis Park, MN — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (21)
1986-11-14 … San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Cinema 21 (24)
1986-11-14 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Eglinton (27) [THX]
1986-11-14 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (22)
1986-11-14 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Uptown (9)

1986-11-17 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Samuel Goldwyn
(“outstanding example of state-of-the-art sound” screening hosted by Dolby Labs)

1986-11-26 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (4)

1986-12-19 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Chinook (22)
1986-12-19 … Commack, NY — Redstone’s Commack 12-plex (5)
1986-12-19 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Westmount Twin (18)
1986-12-19 … Garden City, NY — RKO Century’s Roosevelt Field 4-plex (11)
1986-12-19 … Hawthorne, NY — Redstone’s All Westchester Saw Mill 10-plex (6) [THX]
1986-12-19 … Laval, QC — United’s Laval 5-plex (4)
1986-12-19 … Mississauga, ON — Famous Players’ Square One 4-plex (8)
1986-12-19 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Champlain Twin (3) [Version Francaise]
1986-12-19 … Paramus, NJ — RKO Century’s Route Four 10-plex (11)
1986-12-19 … Sayreville, NJ — Redstone’s Amboy 12-plex (6)
1986-12-19 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 8-plex (10)
1986-12-19 … Secaucus, NJ — Loews’ Meadow Plaza 8-plex (7)
1986-12-19 … Valley Stream, NY — Redstone’s Sunrise 12-plex (5)
1986-12-19 … Woodbury, NY — UA’s Cinema 150 (6)

1986-12-25 … Atlanta, GA — Lefont’s Tara 4-plex (15)
1986-12-25 … Cincinnati, OH — USA’s Kenwood Twin (10)
1986-12-25 … Columbus, OH — USA’s Continent 9-plex (4+)
1986-12-25 … Dallas, TX — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (9) [THX]
1986-12-25 … Denver, CO — ?
1986-12-25 … Daly City, CA — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (18)
1986-12-25 … Laguna Hills, CA — Edwards/SoCal’s Laguna Hills Mall Triplex (18)
1986-12-25 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Studio (6)
1986-12-25 … Mountain View, CA — Syufy’s Century 10-plex (7)
1986-12-25 … Oak Brook, IL — Plitt’s Oakbrook Triplex (11)
1986-12-25 … Overland Park, KS — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (11)
1986-12-25 … Pasadena, CA — Pacific’s Hastings 5-plex (15)
1986-12-25 … Philadelphia, PA — Budco’s Olde City Twin (9)
1986-12-25 … Portland, OR — LT’s Lloyd 10-plex (11) [THX]
1986-12-25 … Redondo Beach, CA — GCC’s Galleria South Bay 6-plex (15) [THX]
1986-12-25 … Richmond Heights, MO — AMC’s Esquire 4-plex (8)
1986-12-25 … Sacramento, CA — Syufy’s Capitol 4-plex (15)
1986-12-25 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Valley Circle (11)
1986-12-25 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (6)
1986-12-25 … Seattle, WA — ?
1986-12-25 … Southfield, MI — UA’s The Movies at Prudential Twin (13)
1986-12-25 … Ventura, CA — Syufy’s Century 8-plex (21)

1987-01-16 … Austin, TX — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex (8) [THX]
1987-01-16 … Greenfield, WI — Capitol’s Spring Mall 4-plex (7)
1987-01-16 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (14)
1987-01-16 … Phoenix, AZ — Plitt’s Cine Capri (7) [70mm from Week 3]
1987-01-16 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Crossroads Triplex (5)
1987-01-16 … Scottsdale, AZ — Blair’s Kachina (7) [70mm from Week 4]
1987-01-16 … Tucson, AZ — Plitt’s El Dorado Twin (7)
1987-01-16 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (9)

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1987-01-30 … Syosset, NY — UA’s Syosset Triplex (2)
1987-02-06 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 25 Twin (16)
1987-02-13 … Washington, DC — Circle’s Ontario (4)
1987-02-20 … Glendale, CA — Mann’s Glendale Twin (5)
1987-02-20 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Champlain Twin (5) [Version Francaise]
1987-02-20 … Salt Lake City, UT — Plitt’s Trolley Corners Triplex (9)
1987-03-06 … Roswell, GA — Interstate’s Roswell Mall 10-plex (4)
1987-03-06 … Tucson, AZ — Plitt’s Foothills 4-plex (1)
1987-03-13 … Portland, OR — LT’s Music Box (15)
1987-03-20 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Sheraton Centre Twin (4)
1987-04-10 … Montreal, QC — United’s Palace 6-plex (4)
1987-04-10 … St. Louis Park, MN — Plitt’s Knollwood 4-plex (2)
1987-05-08 … Baltimore, MD — Durkee’s Senator (1)
1987-08-31 … Atlanta, GA — Fox (10th Annual Summer Film Festival)

1988-03-02 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1989-03-01 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm fest]
1989-12-08 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm fest; w/ “Batman”]

2003-05-06 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Arclight Hollywood 14-plex [Hollywood Master Storytellers series w/ Roland Joffe Q&A]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel and Mark Lensenmayer.

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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