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“Cliffhanger”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Hang on”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Cliffhanger” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Cliffhanger” was among eight confirmed first-run films released in 1993 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Carolco presentation and TriStar release — directed by Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”) and starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon Paul Winfield and Ralph Waite — opened May 28th.

Pre-release screenings include a screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20th and the film’s world premiere held May 26th at the Village in Los Angeles.

The 70mm prints of “Cliffhanger” 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).

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

TriStar circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “So I Married an Axe Murderer,” “Weekend at Bernie’s II” and “Wilder Napalm” during the release of “Cliffhanger.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Cliffhanger” varied by venue and screening.

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

Cerritos — UA’s Cerritos Mall Twin (6) [70mm during Week 6]
La Mesa — Pacific’s Grossmont Mall Triplex (6) [70mm from Week 4]
Los Angeles — AMC’s Century 14 (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Beverly Connection 6 (7) [THX] (70mm from Week 5)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Galaxy 6 (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (3) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (3)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 11 (9)
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (10)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (2)
San Rafael — Pacific’s Regency 6 (7)
Torrance — UA’s Del Amo 6 (11) [70mm from Week 6]
Universal City — Cinplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (9) [THX]

Denver — UA’s Cooper Twin (1+)

Atlanta — AMC’S Phipps Plaza 12 (8)

Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (5) [HPS-4000]

Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (2) [THX]
Norridge — Loews’ Norridge 10 (5)

New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (6)
New York — Loews’ Village 7 (7) [THX]
New York — UA’s Criterion Center 7 (10)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (10)

Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin (6)

Dallas — UA’s The United Artists 8 (10) [THX]
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9 (6) [THX]

Tukwila — Cineplex Odeon’s Lewis & Clark 7 (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.


1993-06-10 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 N. Michigan Twin (2)
1993-06-11 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (5)
1993-06-15 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s National (2) [THX]
1993-06-30 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Cinerama (3) [HPS-4000]
1993-06-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Regent (1)
1993-07-02 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (5) [THX]
1993-07-16 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (2)
1993-07-30 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (3)
1993-08-13 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (1)
1993-09-10 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]

1994-02-02 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]

1995-02-01 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm festival]

2011-12-11 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series; w/ “Last Action Hero” + Renny Harlin introduction]

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, Bill Kretzel and Cliff Stephenson.

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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