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“White Nights”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Two men. Not soldiers. Not heroes. Just dancers. Willing to risk their lives for freedom—and each other.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 01.03.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “White Nights” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“White Nights” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Columbia release — directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines — opened in limited release on November 22nd.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview on November 7th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

For the release of “White Nights”, Columbia 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 “White Nights” featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for “A Chorus Line”, “Crossroads”, “Murphy’s Romance” and “Quicksilver” circulated during the release of “White Nights” and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm trailers from other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, were seen during the presentations of “White Nights” varied by venue and screening.)

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

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex or due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print. 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 an HPS-4000 or THX-certified auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

1985-11-22 … Chicago, IL — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Esquire (4)
1985-11-22 … Commack, NY — Redstone’s Commack 10-plex (10)
1985-11-22 … Costa Mesa, CA — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (10)
1985-11-22 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Century Plaza Twin (18) [HPS-4000]
1985-11-22 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 6-plex (4)
1985-11-22 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Ziegfeld (10)
1985-11-22 … Paramus, NJ — RKO Century’s Route Four 10-plex (10)
1985-11-22 … Sayreville, NJ — Redstone’s Amboy 12-plex (9)
1985-11-22 … Secaucus, NJ — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex (10)
1985-11-22 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Hyland Twin (12)
1985-11-22 … Valley Stream, NY — Redstone’s Sunrise 11-plex (10)
1985-11-22 … Woodbury, NY — UA’s Cinema 150 (9)

1985-11-27 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Showcase (10)

1985-12-06 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Valley Circle (8)
1985-12-06 … San Francisco, CA — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Northpoint (8)
1985-12-06 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (?)
1985-12-06 … Washington, DC — Circle’s MacArthur Triplex (8)


1985-12-20 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s Century City Center 4-plex (6)

1986-01-03 … New York, NY — Walter Reade’s Coronet (4)
1986-01-31 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy I (7)
1986-02-14 … Toronto, ON — Cineplex Odeon’s Canada Square 8-plex (1) [THX]
1986-02-28 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (2)

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to 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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