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“The Presidio”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter large-format presentations of “The Presidio” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“The Presidio” was among twelve confirmed first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Seventeen 70mm prints of the film were reportedly struck for distribution in North America. The Paramount release — directed by Peter Hyams (“Capricorn One,” “Outland,” “2010”) and starring Sean Connery and Mark Harmon — opened June 10th.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held June 8th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

For the release of “The Presidio,” 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 Presidio” 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 “Big Top Pee-wee,” “Coming to America,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and “U2: Rattle & Hum” during the release of “The Presidio.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Presidio” varied by venue and screening.

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

La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (6)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (4) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (3) [THX]
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8 (4)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (3)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (3)
Santa Ana — Edwards’ Hutton Centre 8 (7) [THX]

East Hartford — National Amusements’ Showcase 9 (4)

Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s Biograph Triplex (1)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4 (4)

New York — Guild’s Embassy 4 (6)
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (4)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (6)

Toronto — Famous Players’ Yorkdale 6 (6)

Montreal — Famous Players’ York (7)

Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 4 (5) [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.


1988-06-17 … Oak Brook, IL — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakbrook Center 4 (4)
1988-06-28 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (3)
1988-06-29 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Vogue (2)
1988-07-08 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Century City Center 4 (4)
1988-07-15 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (1) [HPS-4000]
1988-07-22 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (4)
1988-09-16 … Little Rock, AR — UA’s Cinema 150 (2)

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 Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.

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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