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“Cry Freedom”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“From the Academy Award winning director of ‘Gandhi’.”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Cry Freedom” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Cry Freedom” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1987 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Universal release — directed by Richard Attenborough (“A Bridge Too Far,” “Gandhi”) and starring Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton and Denzel Washington — opened in limited release November 6th, and expanded during the weeks and months that followed.

For the release of “Cry Freedom,” Universal 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 “Cry Freedom” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35.

Universal circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Batteries Not Included,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Casual Sex?,” “The Great Outdoors,” “The Milagro Beanfield War” and “The Serpent and the Rainbow” during the release of “Cry Freedom.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Cry Freedom” varied by venue and screening.

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

CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (#1: 17) [THX]
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (#2: 2) [HPS-4000]
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase (6)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5 (6) [THX]
Oakland — Renaissance Rialto’s Grand Lake 4 (6)
San Francisco — AMC’s Kabuki 8 (17) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)
Santa Ana — AMC’s MainPlace 6 (11) [THX]
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (#1: 6) [THX]
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (#2: 2) [THX]

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (7)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Lefont’s Tara 4 (11)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Esquire (2)
Oak Brook — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Oakbrook Triplex (2)
Schaumburg — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Woodfield 9 (2)

NEW YORK
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (10)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (6)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (6)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (6) [THX]

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

1987-11-20 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Chestnut Station 5 (4)
1987-11-20 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Place du Canada (4)
1987-11-20 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (18) [THX]
1987-11-25 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (5)
1987-12-16 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Canada Square 8 (11) [THX]
1987-12-18 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Le Faubourg 4 (7) [THX]
1987-12-25 … Washington, DC — GCC’s Jenifer Twin (12)

1988-01-08 … Austin, TX — Presidio’s Arbor 4 (2) [THX]

1988-02-19 … Calgary, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s North Hill (5)
1988-02-19 … Creve Coeur, MO — Wehrenberg’s Creve Coeur Triplex (5)
1988-02-19 … Dallas, TX — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (1) [THX]
1988-02-19 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Westmount 4 (5) [THX]
1988-02-19 … Phoenix, AZ — Cinemark’s Cine Capri (3)
1988-02-19 … Winnipeg, MB — Cineplex Odeon’s Grant Park (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 David Ayers, 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.
 
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