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“Top Gun”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 26.10.2019
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Top Gun” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Top Gun” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. Approximately one-hundred twenty-five 70mm prints of the film were struck for distribution in North America and represented about 12% of the film’s total initial print run. The Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production and Paramount release — directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis — opened May 16th.

Pre-release screenings included a sneak preview held May 10th (many of which were a double feature with Paramount’s 35mm “Blue City”). Benefit premieres and invitational previews were held in numerous locales May 11th-15th.

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

The 70mm prints of “Top Gun” featured full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35 and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom” format with a Split-Surround playback option).

Seventy-millimeter trailers for Paramount’s “‘Children of a Lesser God,” “Critical Condition,” “‘Crocodile’ Dundee,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives,” “The Golden Child,” “Heartburn,” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” circulated during the release of “Top Gun” 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, seen during the presentations of “Top Gun” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in parenthesis following the applicable 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 an expensive 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 a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (22)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Sunridge 5-plex (21)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (9)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmall 5-plex (32)

ARIZONA
Tucson — Mann’s Buena Vista Twin (19) [unconfirmed]

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema 150 (30)

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (9)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (28) [THX]
Victoria — Famous Players’ Coronet (9)

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley — Cinerama’s Berkeley (10)
Burlingame — Syufy’s Hyatt Triplex (20)
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (11)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ South Coast Plaza Triplex (22)
Daly City — Plitt’s Plaza Twin (20) [THX]
Fremont — Syufy’s Cinedome East 8-plex (35)
Glendora — Mann’s Glendora 6-plex (31) [70mm from Week 16]
Laguna Hills — Edwards/SoCal’s Laguna Hills Mall Triplex (32) [70mm from Week 22]
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (25)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (6) [THX]
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (20) [70mm from Week 14]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s National (7) [THX]
Monrovia — Mann’s Huntington Oaks 6-plex (23) [70mm from Week 22]
Montclair — Pacific’s Montclair Triplex (25)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (10)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 6-plex (20)
Pinole — Syufy’s Century 9-plex (27) [70mm from Week 13]
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (22)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (30)
San Diego — Mann’s Loma (28)
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama (20)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (10)
San Jose — Syufy’s Town & Country (22)
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (20) [70mm from Week 14]
Torrance — Mann’s Old Towne 6-plex (30)
Ventura — Mann’s Buenaventura 6-plex (28) [70mm from Week 16]
West Covina — SoCal’s Eastland 5-plex (21) [70mm from Week 17]

COLORADO
Denver — Mann’s Century 21 (11) [THX]

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (25)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — K-B’s Cinema (10)

FLORIDA
Kendall — AMC’s Town & Country 10-plex (25)
North Miami Beach — Wometco’s 163rd Street Triplex (25)
Tampa — Plitt’s University Collection 6-plex (25) [unconfirmed]
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex (21)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — GTC’s Lenox Square 6-plex (26)
Kennesaw — Storey’s Town Center 8-plex (24) [opened May 23rd]
Savannah — Litchfield’s Tara 4-plex (8+)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex (25)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (21) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Belleville — BAC’s Cinema 4-plex (9)
Calumet City — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (8)
Chicago — Plitt’s Carnegie (7)
Lombard — GCC’s Yorktown 6-plex (27) [THX]
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex (25)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (11)

INDIANA
Fort Wayne — Mallers-Spirou’s Holiday Twin (8+)

IOWA
Des Moines — Dubinsky’s River Hills (31) [70mm from Week 8]

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (23)

KENTUCKY
Louisville — Redstone’s Showcase 11-plex (32)

LOUISIANA
Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4-plex (22)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (9)

MARYLAND
Baltimore — Durkee’s Senator (20)
Greenbelt — AMC’s Academy 14-plex (#1: 20+)
Greenbelt — AMC’s Academy 14-plex (#2: 3)
Timonium — Loews’ Timonium Triplex (May 10th sneak preview only)
Woodlawn — GCC’s Security Square Mall 4-plex (13)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — USA’s Charles Triplex (8)

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor — UA’s Fox Village 4-plex (8+)
Bloomfield — Redstone’s Showcase 10-plex (25)
Burton — Redstone’s Showcase 6-plex (8+)
Cascade — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (8+)
Dearborn — UA’s The Movies at Fairlane 10-plex (32)
Farmington Hills — SDT’s Old Orchard Triplex (9) [70mm from Week 3]
Harper Woods — SDT’s Eastland 7-plex (25)
Southfield — SDT’s Northland Twin (5)
Sterling Heights — Redstone’s Showcase 11-plex (24)

MINNESOTA
Maplewood — UA’s The Movies at Maplewood II 6-plex (8+)

MISSOURI
Chesterfield — Wehrenberg’s Clarkson 6-plex (23)
Independence — Mid-America’s Blue Ridge East 5-plex (7)
Kansas City — Commonwealth’s Bannister Mall 5-plex (22)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Parkway Triplex (42)

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (6)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (7)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (7)
New York — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (7)
New York — Loews’ State Twin (May 10th sneak preview only)

NORTH CAROLINA
Raleigh — Litchfield’s Mission Valley 5-plex (28)

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square (8+)

OHIO
Columbus — GCC’s Northland 8-plex (8+) [THX]
Dayton — Chakeres’ Dayton Mall 8-plex (35)
Mentor — NTC’s Great Lakes Mall 5-plex (28)
North Olmsted — NTC’s Great Northern 7-plex (28) [70mm from Week 20] [THX]
Springdale — Redstone’s Showcase 8-plex (38)
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (31)
Whitehall — Chakeres’ Cinema East (19) [70mm from Week 8]

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Quail Twin (22)
Tulsa — UA’s Boman Twin (8+)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (8+)
London — Famous Players’ Park (8+)
Mississauga — Famous Players’ Square One 4-plex (8)
North York — Famous Players’ Town & Countrye Twin (9)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin (22)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 6-plex (9)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (4) [La Reserve]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (7) [THX]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (9)
Toronto — Famous Players’ University (9)

OREGON
Portland — Moyer’s Bagdad Triplex (28) [HPS-4000]
Wilsonville — Moyer’s Grand Parkway 5-plex (30) [70mm from Week 12] [HPS-4000]

PENNSYLVANIA
Montgomeryville — Budco’s 309 4-plex (25)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Orleans 8-plex (25)
Philadelphia — Sameric’s Sam’s Place Twin (6)

QUEBEC
Dorval — United’s Dorval Triplex (7)
Laval — United’s Laval 5-plex (7)
Montreal — United’s Imperial (9) [THX]

TENNESSEE
Knoxville — Simpson’s Capri 4-plex (31)
Nashville — Carmike’s Belle Meade (25)

TEXAS
Addison — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex (28) [THX]
Arlington — Loews’ Lincoln Square 6-plex (22)
Austin — AMC’s Americana (10)
Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex (25) [THX]
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (12+)
Dallas — UA’s Cine Twin (8+)
Dallas — UA’s Walnut Hill 6-plex (21)
Fort Worth — UA’s Hulen 6-plex (31) [THX] [expansion to 10-plex during Week 2]
Houston — Plitt’s West Oaks 7-plex (28)
Houston — Plitt’s Woodlake Triplex (22)
Hurst — UA’s North East 6-plex (24) [THX]
Mesquite — AMC’s Towne Crossing 8-plex (8+)
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 10-plex (8+) [THX]
San Antonio — Santikos’ Northwest 10-plex (8+) [THX]

UTAH
Salt Lake City — Mann’s Villa (20)
Salt Lake City — Plitt’s Centre (20)

VIRGINIA
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 7-plex (31)
Springfield — GCC’s Springfield Mall 6-plex (20+) [THX]

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (8+)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 8-plex (8+)
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (8+)
Seattle — SRO’s Oak Tree 6-plex (8+) [THX]
Spokane — SRO’s Lyons Avenue 4-plex (31)
Tacoma — SRO’s Tacoma Mall Twin (20)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (8+)

WISCONSIN
Brookfield — GCC’s Brookfield Square Twin (12)
Greenfield — Capitol’s Spring Mall 4-plex (27) [70mm from Week 13]
Madison — Marcus’ Eastgate 6-plex (28) [70mm from Week 16]

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1986-07-02 … Indianapolis, IN — Y&W’s Eastwood (6)
1986-07-02 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Regent (5)
1986-07-02 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (4)
1986-07-17 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (20)
1986-07-18 … Montreal, QC — United’s Palace 6-plex (20)
1986-07-18 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Denman Place (5)
1986-07-25 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (10)
1986-07-25 … Washington, DC — GCC’s Jenifer Twin (4)
1986-08-01 … San Rafael, CA — Marin’s Regency 6-plex (15)
1986-08-08 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s National (7) [THX]
1986-08-29 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Goldwyn (Dolby “Split Surround” demo)
1986-08-29 … Fort Worth, TX — Cinemark’s Ridglea (8)
1986-08-29 … Newmarket, ON — Famous Players’ Glenway 5-plex (5)
1986-08-29 … Scarborough, ON — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 8-plex (14)
1986-08-29 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (4)
1986-08-29 … Victoria, BC — Famous Players’ Coronet (6)
1986-08-29 … Winnipeg, MB — Famous Players’ Northstar Twin (8)
1986-09-05 … Calumet City, IL — Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (6)
1986-09-05 … Chicago, IL — M&R’s Hyde Park Triplex (1) [unconfirmed]
1986-09-05 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (5)
1986-09-12 … Skokie, IL — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (3)
1986-09-26 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Bruin (1) [THX]
1986-10-03 … Albuquerque, NM — Commonwealth’s Winrock 6-plex (14) [THX]
1986-10-03 … Orange, CA — Syufy’s City Center 4-plex (6)
1986-10-03 … South Salt Lake, UT — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (4)
1986-10-03 … South San Francisco, CA — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex (8)
1986-10-08 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (2)
1986-10-17 … Sacramento, CA — Syufy’s Capitol 4-plex (6)
1986-10-17 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (6)
1986-10-24 … Homewood, IL —Plitt’s Diana 4-plex (1)
1986-10-31 … Winnipeg, MB — Cineplex Odeon’s Towne 8-plex (23)
1986-11-21 … Bedford, TX — UA’s Bedford 10-plex (4) [THX]
1986-11-21 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (3)
1986-11-21 … Newport Beach, CA — Edwards’ Newport Twin (1)
1986-11-26 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (1)
1986-11-26 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (2)
1986-12-05 … City of Industry, CA — Mann’s Puente Hills 6-plex (1) [THX]
1986-12-05 … San Diego, CA — Mann’s Cinema 21 (1)
1986-12-05 … San Francisco, CA — Plitt’s Northpoint (2)
1986-12-05 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 25 Twin (4+)
1986-12-19 … Colorado Springs, CO — Commonwealth’s Cooper Triplex (8)
1986-12-19 … Los Angeles (Studio City), CA — Mann’s Studio (1) [w/ “The Color of Money”]

1987-03-04 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (12 days) [70mm fest]
1987-06-09 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [10th annual summer film fest]

1988-01-20 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (12 days) [70mm fest]
1988-03-25 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark (1) [70mm fest]
1988-11-13 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome [25th anniversary fest]
1988-12-10 … Los Angeles (West Hills), CA — GCC’s Fallbrook 7-plex (2 days) [THX]
1989-02-15 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1990-01-10 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1990-03-31 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm fest]

1991-03-06 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1992-01-29 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (11 days) [70mm fest]
1992-03-30 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (4 days) [70mm fest]
1992-10-18 … Los Angeles (Century City), CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]
1992-10-22 … Los Angeles (Century City), CA — AMC’s Century 14-plex [retro fest]

1993-02-13 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm fest]
1993-02-19 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [weekend 70mm series]
1993-02-26 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (2 days) [weekend 70mm series]
1993-10-02 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Paramount (midnight) [THX]
1993-10-09 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex [latenight 70mm series]

1994-03-05 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm fest]
1994-03-19 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Paramount (midnight) [THX]

1995-02-25 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm fest]

1996-05-15 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]
1996-07-11 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm fest]
1996-09-06 … Chicago, IL — Navy Pier IMAX (2 days) [latenight series]
1996-12-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1997-02-21 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (3 days; midnight)
1997-08-22 … Chicago, IL — Navy Pier IMAX (1) [latenight series]
1997-10-08 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [70mm fest]

1998-05-22 … Chicago, IL — Navy Pier IMAX (1) [latenight series]
1998-08-21 … Chicago, IL — Navy Pier IMAX (1) [latenight series]
1998-09-04 … Indianapolis, IN — White River State Park IMAX (3 days) [70mm series]
1998-09-11 … Indianapolis, IN — White River State Park IMAX (3 days) [70mm series]
1998-12-26 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

1999-04-02 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (3 days; midnight)
1999-12-?? … Addison, TX — Granada Prestonwood 5-plex [70mm series]

2000-07-15 … Austin, TX — Paramount (2 days)

2002-03-01 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights [70mm series]

2007-05-05 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — AMPAS’ Linwood Dunn*
2007-10-07 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2007-10-09 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]

2008-12-21 … Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA — Laemmle’s Royal [70th anniversary fest]

2011-07-28 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series]

2012-10-25 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [Tony Scott tribute; w/ “Days of Thunder”]

2016-05-27 … Columbus, OH — Gateway Film Center 8-plex

2017-07-01 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian (canceled)
2017-07-05 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian
2017-07-07 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2017-07-12 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm fest]
2017-08-30 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2017-09-04 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm fest]
2017-09-27 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen fest]

2018-12-08 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm series]

* Screened in 35mm with interlocked six-track audio during the Sound Behind the Image series

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Don Beelik, Mark Campbell, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Joe Oenthal, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who helped with this project. This article is based upon a previously-published article at TheDigitalBits.com (https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy--showmanship/mighty-wings-remembering-top-gun-30th).

International 70mm presentations 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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