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“Good Morning, Vietnam”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The wrong man. In the wrong place. At the right time.”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 07.02.2022
"Good Morning, Vietnam" advance advert, Los Angeles Times, 20th December 1987

The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Good Morning, Vietnam” in the United States and Canada. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Good Morning, Vietnam” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1987 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Touchstone (Buena Vista) release — directed by Barry Levinson (“Young Sherlock Holmes”) and starring Robin Williams — opened exclusively in 70mm in limited release December 23rd and 25th and expanded in 70mm and 35mm three weeks later.

Pre-release screenings include the film’s world premiere held December 22nd at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.

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

Buena Vista circulated 70mm trailers for “Big Business,” “D.O.A.,” “Shoot to Kill” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” during the release of “Good Morning, Vietnam.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers, as well, during this period. The 70mm trailers, if any, ultimately seen during 70mm presentations of “Good Morning, Vietnam” varied by venue and screening.

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

Opened Wednesday, December 23rd, 1987…

NEW YORK
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (11)

ONTARIO
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (20)

Opened Friday, December 25th, 1987…

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome (12)

Opened Friday, January 15th, 1988…

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex (22)

CALIFORNIA
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (11)
Huntington Beach — Edwards’ Charter Centre 5-plex (11)
La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (13)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (16)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (10) [THX]
Mission Viejo — Edwards’ Crown Valley 5-plex (12)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (8)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (19)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (10)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (19)
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 5-plex (9)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Tenley Triplex (13)
Washington — K-B’s Fine Arts (10)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki 3 (16) [HPS-4000]

KANSAS
Overland Park — Dickinson’s Glenwood 4-plex (19)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — USA’s Cheri Triplex (9)

MINNESOTA
Bloomington — GCC’s Southtown Twin (20)
Minnetonka — Plitt’s Ridge Square Triplex (15)

NEW YORK
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (9)

QUEBEC
Montreal — United’s Loews 5-plex (21)

TEXAS
Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (10) [THX]
Houston — Loews’ Saks Center Twin (10)

Note that some of the presentations included in this work may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of their 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 a 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In such cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS

1988-03-18 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Paramount (2)
1988-03-25 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (7)
1988-05-06 … Honolulu, HI — Consolidated’s Kahala 5-plex (3)
1988-05-13 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (2)
1988-05-13 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Hollywood Twin (2)
1988-05-25 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Royal (2)
1988-06-03 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (2) [HPS-4000]
1988-11-08 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome [venue 25th anniversary fest]

1989-02-22 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm fest]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel and Brad Miller.

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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