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“Amadeus”: The 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 21.09.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Amadeus” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Amadeus” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Saul Zaentz Company production and Orion release — directed by Milos Forman (“Hair,” “Valmont”) and starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce — opened exclusively in a 70mm limited release on September 19th.

Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held September 6th at the Coronet in Los Angeles and invitational previews held September 10th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills and September 12th in New York (cinema undetermined).

For the release of “Amadeus,” Orion employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

The film’s 70mm prints featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.

Orion circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Code of Silence,” “The Cotton Club,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “The Mean Season,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” “The Return of the Living Dead” and “Secret Admirer” during the release of “Amadeus.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Amadeus” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon (12)

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (12)
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet 4 (12) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (11)
Oakland — Cinerama’s Piedmont (12)
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (11)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (11)
Santa Clara — UA’s Cinema 150 (26)

COLORADO
Denver — Commonwealth’s Cooper Twin (1+)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (9)

FLORIDA
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (12)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (11)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Essaness’ Chestnut Station 5 (#1: 33)
Chicago — Essaness’ Chestnut Station 5 (#2: 12)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4 (25)

MARYLAND
Baltimore — Durkee’s Senator (12)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Sack’s Charles Triplex (11)

MINNEAPOLIS
Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin (13)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ Paramount (9)
New York — Loews’ Tower East (9)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (30)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — Budco’s Olde City Twin (13)

QUEBEC
Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Alexis Nihon Plaza Triplex (12)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (12) [THX]
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4 (13)

WASHINGTON
Seattle — Seven Gables’ Guild 45th Twin (1+)

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

1984-10-12 … Atlanta, GA — Lefont’s Tara Triplex (35) [70mm from Week 16]
1984-10-12 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (14) [70mm from Week 8]
1984-11-09 … Temple City, CA — Edwards’ Temple 4 (5)
1984-11-21 … Washington, DC — K-B’s Fine Arts (2)
1984-12-05 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Grossmont Mall Triplex (16)
1984-12-07 … Boston, MA — Sack’s Copley Place 9 (34)
1984-12-14 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Place du Canada (14)
1984-12-21 … Chula Vista, CA — UA’s Park Plaza 6 (18) [70mm from Week 6]
1984-12-21 … Washington, DC — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (19) [70mm from Week 6]
1984-12-26 … Torrance, CA — UA’s Del Amo 6 (10) [70mm from Week 6]

1985-01-04 … Riverside, CA — SoCal’s Canyon Crest 9 (20) [70mm from Week 5]
1985-01-11 … Philadelphia, PA — Sameric’s SamEric Triplex (10) [70mm from Week 2]
1985-01-11 … San Ramon, CA — Festival’s Crow Canyon 6 (21)
1985-02-01 … Arroyo Grande, CA — Festival’s Festival 6 (12)
1985-02-01 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (13)
1985-02-01 … La Mirada, CA — SRO’s Gateway 5 (11)
1985-02-01 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (18)
1985-02-01 … Oakland, CA — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake Twin (4)
1985-02-01 … Palm Springs, CA — Metropolitan’s Camelot Triplex (14)
1985-02-01 … West Covina, CA — SoCal’s Eastland 5 (19)
1985-03-01 … Des Moines, IA — Dubinsky’s Plaza (4)
1985-03-22 … Oklahoma City, OK — AMC’s Memorial Square 8 (15)
1985-03-29 … Baltimore, MD — Durkee’s Senator (15)
1985-03-29 … Overland Park, KS — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4 (5)
1985-03-29 … Springfield, IL — Kerasotes’ Fox Town & Country (4)
1985-04-12 … Washington, DC — K-B’s Cinema (1)
1985-05-10 … Los Angeles, CA — SRO’s Metro (3)
1985-05-17 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Coronet (3)
1985-05-24 … Charlotte, NC — Stewart & Everett’s Town Center Plaza 6 (1)
1985-05-24 … Houston, TX — AMC’s Quorum 8 (2)
1985-05-24 … Montclair, CA — SRO’s Montclair Triplex (2)
1985-05-31 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (3)
1985-06-07 … Montclair, CA — Pacific’s Montclair Triplex (3) [w/ “Ladyhawke”]
1985-06-14 … Roswell, GA — Septum’s Holcomb Woods 6 (4)
1985-07-03 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (6)
1985-07-03 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama (1)
1985-07-12 … Los Angeles, CA — Four Star (2)
1985-07-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Picwood (4)
1985-07-26 … Washington, DC — K-B’s Cinema (2)
1985-08-02 … St. Louis Park, MN — Plitt’s Cooper Twin (8)
1985-08-05 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [8th Annual Summer Film Festival]
1985-08-09 … San Diego, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama (1)
1985-08-30 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (3)
1985-09-06 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Grossmont Mall Triplex (2)
1985-09-13 … Atlanta, GA — Columbia (4)
1985-09-13 … Calumet City, IL — Plitt’s River Oaks 8 (1)
1985-09-13 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Carnegie (1)
1985-09-13 … Chicago, IL — Plitt’s Nortown Triplex (1)
1985-09-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (1) [HPS-4000]
1985-09-13 … Schaumburg, IL — Plitt’s Woodfield 9 (1)
1985-10-04 … Wichita, KS — Dickinson’s Mall (1)
1985-11-01 … Augusta, GA — GTC’s National Hills (1)
1985-12-06 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (1)
1985-12-20 … Las Vegas, NV — Roberts’ Paradise 6 (2)

1986-03-05 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1986-04-11 … Tampa, FL — Plitt’s University Collection 6 (3)
1986-04-25 … Ottawa, ON — Famous Players’ Nelson (1)
1986-10-17 … Overland Park, KS — Commonwealth’s Ranch Mart 4 (1)

1987-01-16 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre’s Opera (2 days)
1987-02-04 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]

1988-01-28 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre’s Opera (2 days)
1988-02-10 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1988-04-01 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark (1)

1989-03-04 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm festival]

1990-03-03 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm festival]
1990-05-23 … Baltimore, MD — Durkee’s Senator (3)

1991-10-18 … Washington, DC — Cineplex Odeon’s Uptown (1) [70mm festival]
1991-12-19 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Goldwyn [Academy Standard series]

1992-03-15 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3) [70mm festival]

1996-01-20 … Montreal, QC — Imperial [70mm series] (70mm?)

2000-??-?? … Montreal, QC — Imperial (70mm?)

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 David Ayers, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Paul Linfesty and Kenneth Mitchell.

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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