“Rambo: First Blood Part II” — The North American
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Rambo: First Blood Part II” in North America. These were the
best cinemas in which to experience the film.
“Rambo” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Kassar-Vajna production and TriStar
release — directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone and
Richard Crenna — opened May 22nd.
The 70mm prints of “Rambo” consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format).
For the release of “Rambo”, TriStar employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre
Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “The Legend of Billie Jean” and “Lifeforce”
circulated with prints of “Rambo” and which the distributor recommended be
screened with the presentation.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing might 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 smaller, 35mm-only 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 an HPS-4000 or THX-certified auditorium) has been included in
the duration figure.
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (12) [THX]
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Vogue (7)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — SRO’s Paramount* (12)
Los Angeles (Westwood) — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (13) [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — UA’s Egyptian (3) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (7)
Atlanta — Columbia (7)
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (14) [HPS-4000]
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (4)
New York — Reade’s Bay (4)
New York — RKO Century’s Warner Twin (7)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (12)
*During the “Rambo” engagement, ownership of the Paramount in Los Angeles
changed from SRO to Pacific.
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1985-07-12 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (4)
1985-07-19 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (1)
1986-01-22 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry
trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill
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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