“Tango & Cash”: The North American 70mm
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Tango & Cash” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience this motion picture.
“Tango & Cash” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release — directed
by Andrei Konchalovsky and starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, and Jack
Palance — opened December 22nd.
The 70mm prints of “Tango & Cash” featured full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Among the film’s pre-release screenings was an invitational preview on December
20th at the Village in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Tango & Cash”, Warner Bros. 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 Warner Bros.’ “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”, “Hard
to Kill”, “Joe vs the Volcano”, “Lambada” and “Men Don’t Leave” circulated
during the “Tango & Cash” release 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, were seen during
the “Tango & Cash” presentations varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been
included in parenthesis following the 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 due to 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 has
been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (7) [THX]
New York — UA/Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (10)
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry
trade publications and regional newspaper promotion.
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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author or editor.
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