“1492”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “1492: Conquest of Paradise” in
the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to
experience this motion picture.
“1492” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1992 with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by Ridley
Scott (“Alien,” “Blade Runner”) and starring Gerard Depardieu, Armand
Assante and Sigourney Weaver — opened October 9th.
For the release of “1492,” Paramount 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 “1492” featured full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby
Stereo (Baby Boom format).
Paramount circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Fire in the Sky,” “Jennifer 8” and “Leap of Faith” during the release of
“1492.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well.
Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “1492”
varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for
some entries in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6 (3)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (4) [THX]
San Francisco — UA’s Galaxy 4 (3) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (2)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (6)
Schaumburg — Cineplex Odeon’s Woodfield 9 (1)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s First & 62nd 6 (5)
New York — Loews’ 19th Street East 6 (4)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (2)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (3)
New York — UA’s East 85th Street (4)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (4) [THX]
Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (6) [THX]
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (3) [THX]
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
1992-10-16 … Oak Brook, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakbrook 7 (1)
1993-01-06 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm festival]
2013-08-18 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm festival;
w/ “Black Rain”]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from
film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print
enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay
and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
consider emailing the
author or editor.
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