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“Batman”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 22.05.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Batman” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Batman” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately seventy-five 70mm prints were struck for distribution in North America and represented about three percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Warner Bros. release — directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger — opened June 23rd.

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

Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held June 19th at the Village in Los Angeles and late-night sneak preview screenings June 22nd in many of the cinemas in which it opened.

The 70mm prints of “Batman” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Christmas Vacation,” “Cookie,” “In Country,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Next of Kin,” “Second Sight,” “Tango & Cash” and “Young Einstein” during the release of “Batman.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Batman” varied by venue and screening.

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

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (15)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Southcentre 7 (21)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ West Mall 5 (16)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Station Square 7 (13) [THX]
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6 (13)

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley — Cinerama’s California Triplex (17)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4 (14)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (8) [THX]
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — Syufy’s Century 7 (14) [THX]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Village (8) [THX]
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — UA’s Warner Center 6 (16)
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10 (17)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (7)
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4 (14)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (#1: 13)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (#2: 3)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (16)
Sacramento — UA’s Arden Fair 6 (17)
San Diego — Mann’s Grove 9 (16) [THX]
San Diego — UA’s Horton Plaza 7 (9) [THX]
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (16)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (1)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (1+)
San Rafael — Cinerama’s Regency 6 (16)
Santa Ana — Edwards’ Hutton Centre 8 (8) [THX]
Santa Barbara — Metropolitan’s Arlington (7)
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8 (14) [70mm during Weeks 6-8]
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (8) [THX]
Ventura — Syufy’s Century 8 (16) [70mm during Weeks 4-8]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Avenue 6 (8) [THX]
Washington — K-B’s Fine Arts (7)
 
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Dolby Stereo
GEORGIA
Atlanta — Cineplex Odeon’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (18)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (13) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 14 (18)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 North Michigan Twin (#1: 13)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 North Michigan Twin (#2: 6)
Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5 (17)
Hillside — M&R’s Hillside Square 6 (8)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 10 (13)
Schaumburg — Cineplex Odeon’s Woodfield 9 (13)

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4 (14)

LOUISIANA
Metairie — GCC’s Lakeside 5 (12)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (14)

MARYLAND
Timonium — Loews’ Timonium Triplex (13)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — Loews’ Cheri Triplex (11)

MICHIGAN
Southfield — AMC’s Americana 8 (11)

MISSOURI
Richmond Heights — AMC’s Esquire Triplex (8)

NEW JERSEY
Paramus — Cineplex Odeon’s Route Four 10 (14)
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6 (10)

NEW YORK
New York — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (9)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (13)
New York — UA/Moss’ Criterion Center 6 (#1: 20)
New York — UA/Moss’ Criterion Center 6 (#2: 2)
Valley Stream — National Amusements’ Sunrise 14 (18)

OHIO
Cleveland Heights — NTC’s Severance 8 (13) [THX]
Columbus — GCC’s Northland 8 (17) [THX]
Springdale — National Amusements’ Showcase 9 (17)
Toledo — National Amusements’ Showcase 5 (18)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Jackson Square 6 (1+)
Mississauga — Famous Players’ Square One 4 (14)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 8 (13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Regent (13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5 (14)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Yorkdale 6 (16)

OREGON
Portland — LT’s Lloyd 10 (1+) [THX]

QUEBEC
Montreal — Famous Players’ Palace 6 (14)
Montreal — Famous Players’ Versailles 6 (8)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (6) [THX]
Houston — GCC’s Galleria 4 (17)
San Antonio — Rand’s Bandera 6 (17) [THX]
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 14 (18) [THX]

UTAH
Holladay — Mann’s Cottonwood Mall 4 (7)

VIRGINIA
Merrifield — National Amusements’ Arlington Blvd/Lee Highway 12 (12) [THX]

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — Cineplex Odeon’s Factoria 8 (1+)
Bellevue — LT’s Crossroads 8 (1+)
Lynnwood — LT’s Alderwood 7 (1+)
Seattle — Cineplex Odeon’s Oak Tree 6 (1+) [THX]
Seattle — GCC’s King (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

1989-06-30 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (2)
1989-08-09 … Holladay, UT — Mann’s Creekside Triplex (7)
1989-08-18 … Los Angeles (Century City), CA — AMC’s Century 14 (8) [THX]
1989-08-18 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (6)
1989-08-18 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (2)
1989-09-08 … Dorval, QC — Famous Players’ Dorval Triplex (3)
1989-09-08 … Los Angeles (Studio City), CA — Mann’s Studio (4)
1989-09-22 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (1)
1989-09-29 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (2) [THX]
1989-10-06 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Palace (1)
1989-10-06 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (9)
1989-10-13 … Calgary, AB — Famous Players’ Palace (5) [w/ “Lethal Weapon 2”]
1989-10-13 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Galaxy 4 (3) [THX]
1989-10-27 … Apple Valley, MN — GTI’s Apple Valley 6 (7)
1989-10-27 … Austin, TX — GCC’s Highland Mall Twin (3)
1989-10-27 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (3)
1989-10-27 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (2)
1989-12-01 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark (1)
1989-12-08 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm fest; w/ “The Mission”]
1989-12-10 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm fest; w/ “The Abyss” & “Lawrence of Arabia”]
1989-12-27 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (12 days) [70mm fest]

1990-05-07 … Oakland, CA — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4 (11 days) [w/ “Blade Runner”]
1990-06-01 … Dayton, OH — Neon Movies
1990-06-06 … Los Angeles (Beverly Grove), CA — GCC’s Beverly Connection 6 (grand-opening studio tribute) [THX]
1990-06-08 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Bruin (1) [w/ “Lethal Weapon 2”] [THX]
1990-06-11 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [13th annual summer film festival]

1993-05-28 … Springfield, MO — Dickinson’s Dickinson 8 (1) [70mm film festival]
1993-??-?? … Chula Vista, CA — Nickelodeon’s Chula Vista Center 10 [grand-opening festival]

1996-12-13 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Navy Pier IMAX (1) [late night series]

1998-05-22 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza [Fri-Sat-Sun midnight]

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 Jerry Alexander, Claude Ayakawa, Raymond Caple, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Gabriel Neeb, Joe Odenthal, John Stewart, Vince Young, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project

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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