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“Havana”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“A gambler who trusted no one. A woman who risked everything. And a passion that brought them together in the most dangerous city in the world.”

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

“Havana” was among twenty confirmed first-run films released in 1990 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Mirage production and Universal release — directed by Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”) and starring Robert Redford, Lena Olin and Alan Arkin — opened December 12th.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview December 7th (Samuel Goldwyn, Beverly Hills) and the world premiere December 10th (Ziegfeld, New York).

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

Universal circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Backdraft,” “Career Opportunities,” “The Hard Way,” “Jungle Fever,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “King Ralph,” “A Kiss Before Dying,” “Lionheart” and “Once Around” during the release of “Havana.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Havana” varied by venue and screening.

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

Tucson — AMC’s Campbell Plaza Triplex (9) [70mm from Week 3]

Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4 (3)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (5)
Los Angeles — GCC’s Beverly Connection 6 (5) [THX]
San Francisco — AMC’s Kabuki 8 (5) [THX]
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (1+)
Santa Ana — AMC’s MainPlace 6 (4) [THX]
Universal City — Cineplex Odeon’s Universal City 18 (4) [THX]

Washington — Cineplex Odeon’s Wisconsin Avenue 6 (3) [THX]

Fort Lauderdale — GCC’s Galleria 4 (5)
Kendall — AMC’s Town & Country 10 (5)
Miami — GCC’s Miracle Center 10 (6) [THX]

Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 N. Michigan Twin (#1: 5)
Chicago — Cineplex Odeon’s 900 N. Michigan Twin (#2: 1)

Boston — Loews’ Cheri 4 (1)

New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Beekman (5)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Chelsea 9 (5) [THX]
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency (5)

Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (5)

Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (1) [THX]
Houston — Cineplex Odeon’s Spectrum 9 (5) [THX]

Seattle — GCC’s King (4)

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.

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 David Ayers, 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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