“Rambo: First Blood Part II” — 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 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 1985 with 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 70mm print.
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 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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