"Dead Poets Society": The North American 70mm
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Dead Poets Society” in North
America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion
“Dead Poets Society” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released
in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Silver Screen
Partners IV/Walt Disney Pictures production and Buena Vista release —
directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams — opened in limited
release June 2nd.
For the release of “Dead Poets Society,” Buena Vista 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 May 25th at the Avco
in Los Angeles. Sneak preview screenings were held (some in 70mm) in some
locales June 3rd including Cinema 21 in San Diego.
The 70mm prints of “Dead Poets Society” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”
encoded “baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1)
blown up from spherical 35mm.
Buena Vista circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Gross Anatomy,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “An Innocent Man,” “The Little
Mermaid” and “Turner and Hooch” during the release of “Dead Poets Society.”
Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well.
Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Dead
Poets Society” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included in
parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4 (10) [opened June 9th]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (11) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (8)
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (7) [opened June 9th]
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Royal (20)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (1+) [opened June 9th]
New York — City Cinemas’ Cinema 1 (3)
New York — City Cinemas’ Gramercy (8)
New York — Guild’s 50th Street (16)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (6)
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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
1989-07-14 … New York, NY — Loews’ Paramount (7)
1989-07-28 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Paramount (3)
1989-12-01 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]
1990-02-28 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (3 days) [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
and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
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