“In Country”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “In Country” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience this film.
“In Country” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released during 1989
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release — directed
by Norman Jewison and starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd — opened September
The film’s world premiere was held September 7th at the Toronto International
Film Festival. The New York premiere was held September 12th (cinema unknown)
and the Los Angeles premiere was held September 14th at the Samuel Goldwyn.
The 70mm prints of “In Country” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately
1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded
“baby boom” format).
For the release of “In Country,” Warner Bros. employed the services of
Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas
selected to book a 70mm print.
Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Christmas Vacation,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Second Sight” and “Tango & Cash”
during the release of “In Country.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm
trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during
the 70mm presentations of “In Country” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Plaza (2)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Ave. 6-plex (2) [THX]
New York — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (4)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (6) [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
1989-09-29 … Los Angeles, CA — AMC’s Century 14 (3) [THX]
1990-01-24 … Toronto, ON — Cinespehere (3 days) [70mm festival]
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
International 70mm presentations of this title have not been accounted for in
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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