“The Rocketeer”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 18.02.2021|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Rocketeer” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“The Rocketeer” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1991 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Walt Disney (Buena Vista) release — directed by Joe Johnston and starring Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Sorvino and Timothy Dalton — opened June 21st.
Pre-release screenings included Sneak Preview & Rocketeer Party held June 17th (Embassy 1, New York), June 19th (El Capitan, Los Angeles and Cinesphere, Toronto), and benefit screening June 22nd in lieu of an official premiere (Walt Disney Studios).
For the release of “The Rocketeer,” Buena Vista 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 Rocketeer” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby Stereo (with a split-surround playback option).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Buena Vista’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Doctor,” “Ernest Scared Stupid,” “Paradise” and “V.I. Warshawski” circulated during the release of “The Rocketeer” 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 “The Rocketeer” presentations varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — AMC’s Century 14-plex (7) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Crest (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s El Capitan (6) [THX]
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10-plex (6)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (3)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4-plex (6)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (5)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Alhambra (5)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (4+)
Santa Ana — AMC’s MainPlace 6-plex (6) [THX]
Lake Buena Vista — AMC’s Pleasure Island 10-plex (5) [THX]
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (9)
Boston — Loews’ Charles Triplex (5)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s 23rd Street West Triplex (6)
New York — City Cinemas’ Murray Hill 4-plex (4)
New York — City Cinemas’ Sutton Twin (5)
New York — City Cinemas’ Village East 7-plex (5)
New York — Guild’s Embassy 1 (4)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (3)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Rideau Centre Triplex (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (5) [THX]
Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (5) [THX]
Dallas — AMC’s Glen Lakes 8-plex (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
1991-07-10 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Fashion Island 7-plex (2) [THX]
1991-07-25 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)
1992-03-18 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm fest]
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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