The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Glory” in North America.
These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.
“Glory” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The TriStar release — directed by
Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
and Morgan Freeman — opened in limited release December 14th.
Pre-release screenings included invitational previews held November 28th
(Century 14, Los Angeles) and December 10th (Century Plaza, Los Angeles) and
the world premiere held December 10th (Ziegfeld, New York).
For the release of “Glory,” TriStar 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 “Glory” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”-encoded Baby
Boom format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from
TriStar circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Blind Fury,” “Family Business,” “I Love You to Death,” “Mountains of the
Moon,” “Music Box,” “Q&A,” “Side Out” and “Total Recall” during the release
of “Glory.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as
well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of
“Glory” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
1989-12-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (13) [THX]
1989-12-14 … New York, NY — UA’s Gemini Twin (16)
1989-12-14 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Eglinton (11) [THX]
1990-01-05 … Los Angeles, CA — UA’s Coronet Triplex (10) [THX]
1990-01-05 … Universal City, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (9)
1990-01-12 … Boston, MA — Loews’ Charles Triplex (9)
1990-01-12 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (7)
1990-01-12 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (8)
1990-01-12 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (8)
1990-01-12 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Coronet (8)
1990-01-12 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (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.
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1990-03-02 … La Mesa, CA — Pacific’s Grossmont Mall Triplex (1)
1990-03-02 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (5)
1990-03-09 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Galaxy 4 (4) [THX]
1990-04-06 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4 (3)
1990-04-20 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (2)
1990-05-17 … Baltimore, MD — Durkee’s Senator (1)
1990-06-06 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [w/ “Valmont”]
1990-06-09 … Los Angeles, CA — GCC’s Beverly Connection 6 [THX]
(grand-opening studio tribute)
1990-07-16 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [13th annual summer film festival]
1991-11-01 … Brookline, MA — Coolidge Corner Twin (2 days) [Freddie Francis
1995-02-20 … Boston, MA — Wang Center [Classic Film Series]
1999-02-05 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza [Fri-Sat-Sun midnight]
2011-06-11 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series]
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
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