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“Edward Scissorhands”: The 70mm and CDS Presentations
“The story of an uncommonly gentle man. Innocence is what he knows. Beauty is what she sees.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 07.12.2015
The following is a list of the special 70mm and Cinema Digital Sound presentations of “Edward Scissorhands” in North America. The 70mm prints were pillarboxed blow-ups (approximately 1.85:1) sourced from spherical 35mm. The audio (noted after each listing) was either Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded) or Cinema Digital Sound. The channel layout for these presentations was Left-Center-Right-Surround. (No .1 LFE/Baby Boom content was present in the mix.) The 20th Century Fox release was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.

A note about the Los Angeles run: The Los Angeles engagement was Cinema Digital Sound on 35mm, the first time in the United States digital sound was showcased from a 35mm print. (All previous digital sound presentations were either double-system experiments or 70mm.) This engagement was originally scheduled to have been a 70mm-CDS print, but at the filmmaker’s request a 35mm “show print” was used instead, and the 70mm print was sent to San Francisco. The Los Angeles area newspaper advertisements promoted the originally-scheduled 70mm presentation in advance and for the first few days of the engagement until revised ads appeared that accurately reflected the 35mm presentation.

* 35mm Cinema Digital Sound
** 70mm Cinema Digital Sound
*** 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo

1990-12-07 … Los Angeles, CA — General Cinema Corporation’s Avco Center Triplex* <THX>
1990-12-07 … New York, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld**

1990-12-14 … Boston, MA — Loews’ Cheri 4-Plex***
1990-12-14 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex*** <THX>
1990-12-14 … Dallas, TX — United Artists’ Plaza 8-Plex** <THX>
1990-12-14 … Houston, TX — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9-Plex*** <THX>
1990-12-14 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Place Alexis Nihon Triplex***
1990-12-14 … San Francisco, CA — United Artists’ Coronet**
1990-12-14 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex***
1990-12-14 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin***
1990-12-14 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Granville 7-Plex*** <THX>
1990-12-14 … Washington, DC — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Avenue 6-Plex*** <THX>

This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion. Any move-over, subsequent-run, re-release, and international engagements have not been accounted for in this article.
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