“Short Cuts”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Short Cuts” in North America.
These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.
“Short Cuts” was among eight confirmed first-run films released in 1993 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Spelling Films International/Cary
Brokaw/Avenue Pictures production and Fine Line (New Line) release was
directed by Robert Altman (“Brewster McCloud”) and based upon the writings
of Raymond Carver and featured an all-star cast.
The film’s 70mm prints featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby
boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35.
For the release of “Short Cuts,” Fine Line employed the services of
Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the
cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
New Line circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“House Party 3” and “Man’s Best Friend” during the release of “Short Cuts.”
Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well.
Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Short
Cuts” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is included in
parenthesis following the cinema name.
Premiere/Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … City — Cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]
1993-10-01 … New York, NY — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 [New York Film Festival
1993-10-03 … New York, NY — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (6)
1993-10-05 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Goldwyn [west coast premiere]
1993-10-08 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (6) [THX]
1993-10-08 … Montreal, QC — Cineplex Odeon’s Le Faubourg 4 (7) [THX]
1993-10-08 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (5) [THX]
1993-10-08 … Vancouver, BC — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (8)
1993-10-22 … Atlanta, GA — AMC’s Phipps Plaza 12 (10)
1993-10-22 … Boston, MA — Loews’ Cheri 4 (5)
1993-10-22 … Chicago, IL — Loews’ Pipers Alley 4 (20)
1993-10-22 … Dallas, TX — UA’s The United Artists 8 (7) [THX]
1993-10-22 … Detroit (Royal Oak), MI — Landmark’s Main Art Triplex (9)
1993-10-22 … San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Cinema 21 (9) [THX]
1993-10-22 … Seattle, WA — Landmark’s Guild 45th Twin (1+)
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
1993-11-12 … New York, NY — Loews’ Village 7 (6) [THX]
1993-11-19 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Regent (3)
1993-12-10 … Hinsdale, IL — Hinsdale (2)
1993-12-24 … Dayton, OH — New Neon Movies (6)
1993-12-25 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Alexandria Triplex (14)
1994-02-18 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Caprice (2)
1994-03-09 … Hartford, CT — Cinestudio (4 days)
2017-07-09 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [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 Bill Kallay,
Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer and Brad Miller.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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author or editor.
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