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“The Hunt for Red October”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Join the hunt.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 26.02.2020
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Hunt for Red October” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“The Hunt for Red October” was among twenty confirmed first-run films released in 1990 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin — opened March 2nd.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held February 22nd at the National in Los Angeles and the world premiere held February 27th at the Uptown in Washington, DC.

For the release of “The Hunt for Red October,” Paramount 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 Hunt for Red October” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”-encoded Baby Boom format with a Split Surround playback option).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Paramount’s “Another 48 HRS.,” “Crazy People,” “Days of Thunder,” “Flight of the Intruder,” “Ghost,” “A Show of Force” and “Tales from the Darkside: The Movie” circulated during the release of “The Hunt for Red October” 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 “Red October” presentations varied by venue and screening.

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

Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (15)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (13) [THX]

Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (17) [THX]

La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (14)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (10)
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (17) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (11)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (11)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8-plex (17)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (15)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (4+)
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18-plex (11) [THX]

Denver — Mann’s Century 21 (4+) [THX]

Washington — K-B’s Cinema (14)

Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (17) [THX]

New York — Loews’ 19th Street East 6-plex (14)
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (6)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (12)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (9)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (10)

Ottawa — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin (15)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (13) [THX]

Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (13) [THX]

Dallas ?

Seattle — Cineplex Odeon’s Cinerama (4+)

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.


1990-05-04 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy Triplex (7)
1990-05-11 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (19)
1990-05-16 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5) [THX]
1990-06-15 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (3)
1990-06-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairfax Triplex (2)
1990-06-29 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (3)
1990-06-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (2) [HPS-4000]
1990-08-16 … Atlanta, GA — Fox (13th Annual Summer Film Festival)

1991-02-06 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1991-02-08 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (2) [Action Film Festival]
1991-09-06 … Madison, WI — Marcus’ Eastgate 10-plex (1) [70mm fest]

1992-03-23 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX at Canada Place (4 days) [70mm fest]
1992-11-19 … Atlanta, GA — AMC’s Phipps Plaza 12-plex [Pre-Grand Opening fest]

1997-01-31 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Navy Pier IMAX (late night series)
1997-05-30 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza (3 days; midnight)

1999-12-10 … Addison, TX — Granada Prestonwood 5-plex (3 days; midnight)

2000-07-19 … Austin, TX — Paramount (70mm fest)
2000-09-21 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights (2) [70mm fest]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to David Ayers, Bill Kretzel and Brad Miller.

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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