“City Heat”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“When a hot-shot cop and a wise-guy detective get together…the heat is on!”
|Read more at|
The 70mm Newsletter
|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 30.08.2022|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “City Heat” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.|
“City Heat” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Six 70mm prints were reportedly struck for distribution in North America and represented less than one percent of the film’s total initial bookings. The Warner Bros. release — directed by Richard Benjamin (“The Money Pit”) and starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds — opened December 7th.
For the release of “City Heat,” 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 film’s world premiere on December 5th at the Village in Los Angeles.
The 70mm prints of “City Heat” 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 “Ladyhawke,” “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” and “Vision Quest” during the release of “City Heat.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “City Heat” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for some entries in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (1) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (9)
Bloomingdale — Plitt’s Stratford Square 8 (5)
Northbrook — Center’s Edens Twin (5)
Montreal — United’s Loews 5 (6) [70mm from Week 2]
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
1984-12-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (5)
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 this article.
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
|More in 70mm reading:|
70mm Cinemas in North America
in70mm.com's list of films blown up to 70mm
70mm Engagements by Title
35mm to 70mm Engagements by Year
Large Format 7OMM Engagements
Month by month premiere list of wide gauge and 3-strip films
Chronological premiere list of major 70mm films
70mm Blow Up List
| || |
| || |
| || |
• Go to “City Heat”: The North American 70mm Engagements
|Go: back - top - back issues - news index|