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“The Cotton Club”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Where deals were made, lives were traded and the legends of jazz lit up the night.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 26.02.2020
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Cotton Club” in the United States and Canada. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“The Cotton Club” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Robert Evans/Zoetrope Studios presentation and Orion release — directed by Francis Coppola and starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, and Lonette McKee — opened December 14th.

Pre-release screenings included the film’s world premiere held December 2nd at the Palace in Albany, New York; and an invitational preview/regional premiere held December 10th at Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills; December 10th in New York (venue undetermined); December 13th at Hollywood Pacific in Los Angeles; and December 13th at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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

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

Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Code of Silence,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “The Mean Season,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Secret Admirer” circulated during the release of “The Cotton Club” 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 presentations of “The Cotton Club” varied by venue and screening.

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

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print. 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.

Berkeley — Cinerama’s California Triplex (9)
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (5)
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (7)
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (#1: 12) [THX]
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet 4-plex (#2: 6) [THX]
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (9)

New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (9)
New York — Loews’ 83rd Street 4-plex (8)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (7)
New York — Loews’ State Twin (7)

Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (8)


1985-01-18 … San Rafael, CA — Marin’s Regency 6-plex (4)
1985-02-01 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Egyptian Triplex (2)
1985-03-01 … Chicago, IL — Center’s McClurg Court (2)
1985-05-17 … San Francisco, CA — Plitt’s Northpoint (1)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to 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.
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