“Hurricane”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
engagements of “Hurricane” in North America. These were the cinemas worth
seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.
“Hurricane” was among nine confirmed first-run films released in 1979 with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. The DeLaurentiis presentation and Paramount
release was directed by Jan Troell (“The Emigrants”) and starred Jason Robards,
Mia Farrow, Max Von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Timothy Bottoms and Dayton Ka’ne.
The world premiere of “Hurricane” was held April 12th at the Chinese in Los
Angeles. Event doubled as the grand opening of the Chinese’s
expansion/renovation from a single-screener to a triplex.
The 70mm prints of “Hurricane” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.
Paramount circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Escape
from Alcatraz,” “Prophecy” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” during the
release of “Hurricane.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this
period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm
presentations of “Hurricane” varied by venue and screening.
Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … city — venue (duration in weeks) [notes]
1979-03-23 … San Francisco, CA — Royal (sneak preview)
1979-03-23 … Toronto, ON — University (sneak preview)
1979-04-12 … Los Angeles, CA — Chinese Triplex (5)
1979-04-12 … New York, NY — Bay (3)
1979-04-12 … New York, NY — Orpheum Twin (3)
1979-04-12 … New York, NY — State Twin (3)
1979-04-13 … Los Angeles, CA — National (3)
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, and
Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
consider emailing the
author or editor.
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