“Alien 3”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Alien 3” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience this motion picture.
“Alien 3” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1992 with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. The 20th Century Fox release — directed by
David Fincher and starring Sigourney Weaver — opened May 22nd.
Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held May 18th at Avco
Center in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Alien 3,” Fox employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre
Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a
The 70mm prints of “Alien 3” featured full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (SR-encoded Baby Boom format with a
Split Surround playback option).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Fox’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Home Alone
2,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Man Trouble,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Storyville”
and “Unlawful Entry” circulated during the release of “Alien 3” 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 “Alien 3” presentations varied by venue and
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (8) [HPS-4000]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (7) [THX]
New York — UA’s Criterion Center 7-plex (8)
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
1992-07-17 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to
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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