“Valmont”: The North American 70mm
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Valmont” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience this motion picture.
“Valmont” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Orion release — directed by Milos
Forman and starring Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, Sian
Phillips, Jeffrey Jones and Henry Thomas — opened in exclusive 70mm limited
release November 17th.
Pre-release screenings included the world premiere held in New York on November
13th (cinema undetermined).
For the release of “Valmont,” Orion employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre
Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a
The 70mm prints of “Valmont” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby
boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.
Orion circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Madhouse,”
“Miami Blues,” “RoboCop 2” and “She-Devil” during the release of “Valmont.” As
well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the
70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Valmont” varied by
venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Los Angeles — UA’s Coronet (6) [THX]
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 N. Michigan Twin (8)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency (5)
New York — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (4)
New York — Loews’ 19th Street East 6-plex (6)
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (9) [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
1989-12-22 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Metro (3)
1990-01-12 … Houston, TX — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9-plex (2) [THX]
1990-06-06 … Ottawa, ON — ByTowne [70mm festival; w/ “Glory”]
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 engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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author or editor.
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