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“Hook”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“What if Peter Pan grew up?”

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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 “Hook” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Hook” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1991 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Amblin Entertainment production and TriStar release — directed by Steven Spielberg (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.”) and starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins — opened December 11th.

Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held December 8th at Century Plaza in Los Angeles and “one day early” sneak previews in selected locales December 10th.

For the release of “Hook,” 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 “Hook” featured letterboxed imagery (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby Stereo (Baby Boom with a Split Surround playback option).

TriStar circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Bugsy,” “City of Joy” and “Thunderheart” during the release of “Hook.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Hook” varied by venue and screening.

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

CALIFORNIA
Corte Madera — Pacific’s Cinema (11)
Los Angeles — AMC’s Century 14 (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (8)
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet Triplex (13) [THX]
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10 (10)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (5)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (13) [venue renovated to 11-plex during run]
San Francisco — UA’s Coronet (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (9)
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (8) [THX]

COLORADO
Denver — UA’s Continental (1+)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Fine Arts (4)

ILLINOIS
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (4) [THX]
Norridge — Loews’ Norridge 10 (12)
Northbrook — Cineplex Odeon’s Edens Twin (6) [70mm from Week 5]
Oak Brook — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakbrook 7 (9) [70mm from Week 7]

MASSACHUSETS
Boston — Loews’ Cheri 4 (4)

NEW YORK
Commack — National Amusements’ Commack 15 (11) [70mm from Week 3]
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Baronet (2)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Coronet (7)
New York — Loews’ 19th Street East 6 (14)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (7)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum 7 (10) [THX]
New York — UA’s Criterion Center 7 (13)
Woodbury — UA’s The Syosset (7)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia — UA’s Riverview Plaza 11 (#1: 13)
Philadelphia — UA’s Riverview Plaza 11 (#2: 4)

TEXAS
Dallas — UA’s The United Artists 8 (12) [THX]
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9 (9) [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

1992-01-17 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Fashion Island 7 (2) [THX]
1992-01-31 … New York, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s First & 62nd 6 (3)
1992-01-31 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Alexandria Triplex (6)
1992-02-07 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (4)
1992-02-14 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s 23 Twin (2)
1992-02-28 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s 24 Twin (1)
1992-03-18 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm festival]
1992-03-27 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (3)
1992-04-10 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (2) [HPS-4000]
1992-07-16 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [15th Annual Summer Film Festival]

1993-05-?? … Chula Vista, CA — Nickelodeon’s Chula Vista Center 10 [grand opening]

2017-07-01 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2017-07-02 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2017-08-18 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm series w/ “Back to the Future Part II”]
2017-09-24 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen festival]
2017-12-10 … Tucson, AZ — The Loft

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, Mark Campbell, Mike Hensley, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Gabriel Neeb, Cliff Stephenson, and Julie Thompson (Washington State Library).

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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