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“The Doors”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors…”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “The Doors” in North America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“The Doors” was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1991 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Carolco presentation and TriStar release — directed by Oliver Stone (“Born on the Fourth of July”) and starring Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan— opened March 1st.

For the release of “The Doors,” TriStar 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 “The Doors” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby Stereo (Baby Boom format with a Split Surround playback option).

Historical footnote: Some of the 35mm prints of “The Doors” were in Cinema Digital Sound (CDS), which accelerated an industry trend of fewer titles released with 70mm prints and a generally-smaller 70mm print run on those titles selected to be printed in 70mm.

TriStar circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Hudson Hawk,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Toy Soldiers” during the release of “The Doors.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Doors” varied by venue and screening.

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

La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (8) [70mm from Week 6]
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (8)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (6)

Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (5) [HPS-4000]

Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s McClurg Court Triplex (9) [THX]
Skokie — Loews’ Old Orchard 4 (5)

Metairie — Cobb’s Lakeside 4 (10)

Boston — Loews’ Cinema 57 Twin (8)

New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (8)

Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5 (8)

Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (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.


1991-04-19 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (2)
1991-05-03 … Montreal, QC — Famous Players’ Palace 6 (3)
1991-05-24 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (5)
1991-09-06 … DeWitt, NY— Loews’ Shoppingtown 4 (1)
1991-10-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon [Fri-Sat lateshow]

1992-03-04 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (4 days) [70mm festival]

1993-07-31 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5 [Saturday Latenite]
1993-11-20 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6 [Saturday Latenite]

1996-01-13 … Montreal, QC — Imperial [70mm series; w/ “Star Trek VI”] (?)
1996-06-14 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza [Fri-Sat lateshow]
1996-10-04 … San Francisco, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Northpoint (1) [70mm festival; w/ “Tommy”]

2001-10-13 … Columbia Heights, MN — Heights [lateshow]

2006-08-18 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival]

2011-10-08 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [20th Anniversary screening + John Densmore 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. Special thanks to Bill Kallay and 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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