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“Star Trek V: The final Frontier” : The North American 70mm Engagements
“This summer, adventure and imagination meet at the final frontier.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 14.03.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Star Trek V” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Forty 70mm prints were reportedly struck for distribution in North America and represented less than one percent of the film’s total initial bookings. The Paramount release — directed by William Shatner and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Laurence Luckinbill — opened June 9th.

For the release of “Star Trek V,” Paramount employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held June 6th at the Village in Los Angeles.

The 70mm prints of “Star Trek V” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby Stereo.

Paramount circulated 70mm trailers for “Black Rain,” “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan,” “Let it Ride” and “Shirley Valentine” during the release of “Star Trek V.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Star Trek V” varied by venue and screening.

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

Calgary — Famous Players’ Palace (4)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Southcentre 7-plex (7) [70mm from Week 5]
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount 4-plex (8)

Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (2)

Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (4)
La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (6)
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (2) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Paramount (5)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 8-plex (5)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Alhambra (7)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (2)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (2)
San Rafael — Marin’s Regency 6-plex (4)
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18-plex (4) [THX]

Denver — UA’s Continental (1+)

East Hartford — National Amusements’ Showcase 10-plex (4)
Greenwich — Trans-Lux’s Plaza Triplex (5)

Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Avenue 6-plex (5) [THX]

Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 14-plex (5)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s Bricktown Square 6-plex (4)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (4)

Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (1+)

Louisville — National Amusements’ Showcase 13-plex (11)

Boston — Loews’ Cinema 57 Twin (5)

Commack — National Amusements’ Commack 15-plex (4)
Garden City — Loews’ Roosevelt Field 8-plex (4)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 6-plex (4)
New York — Guild’s Embassy 1 (2)
New York — Guild’s Embassy Triplex (5) [70mm from Week 3]
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (4)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (5)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (4)
Valley Stream — National Amusements’ Sunrise 14-plex (4)

North York — Famous Players’ Yorkdale 6-plex (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (5)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (3)

Philadelphia — AMC’s Olde City Twin (5)

Montreal — Famous Players’ Loews 5-plex (8)

Dallas — AMC’s Glen Lakes 8-plex (1+)

Bellevue — Cineplex Odeon’s Factoria 8-plex (1+)
Lynnwood — Cineplex Odeon’s Grand Alderwood 8-plex (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.


1989-06-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Bruin (2)
1989-06-22 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (2)
1989-06-23 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre (6)
1989-06-30 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1989-06-30 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Sheraton Centre Twin (2)
1989-07-14 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (2)
1989-08-11 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4-plex (1) [THX]
1989-09-01 … Laguna Niguel, CA — Mann’s Rancho Niguel 8-plex* (4) [THX]
1989-09-01 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy Triplex* (9)
1989-09-22 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Alhambra* (2)
1989-10-06 … Apple Valley, MN — GTI’s Apple Valley 6-plex (2)
1989-10-06 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (1)

*Double feature with “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

1990-01-17 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1994-06-17 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX [Fri-Sat / “Star Trek” fest]
1994-07-29 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX [Fri-Sat / “Star Trek” fest]
1994-11-05 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex [Saturday Latenite] (70mm?)
1994-11-09 … Castle Rock, WA — Cinedome (5 days) [“Star Trek” fest]

2010-07-17 … Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA — Laemmle’s Royal [“Star Trek” series]

2011-03-26 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “Star Trek IV” + Walter Koenig Q&A]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records, with thanks to David Ayers and Bill Kretzel, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
More in 70mm reading:

70mm Cinemas in North America

Chronological premiere list of major 70mm films

Month by month premiere list of wide gauge and 3-strip films

70mm Engagements

70mm Blow Up List

Dolby Stereo


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