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“In the Line of Fire”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 05.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “In the Line of Fire” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“In the Line of Fire” was among eight confirmed first-run films released in 1993 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Castle Rock presentation and Columbia release — directed by Wolfgang Petersen (“Das Boot,” “The NeverEnding Story”) and starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo — opened July 9th.

Pre-release screenings included sneak previews in some locales July 2nd.

The 70mm prints of “In the Line of Fire” 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 this film’s 35mm prints featured Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS), an audio format which accelerated an industry trend of fewer titles released with 70mm prints.

For the release of “In the Line of Fire,” Columbia employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Columbia circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Malice,” “My Life,” “Needful Things,” “Poetic Justice,” “The Remains of the Day” and “Striking Distance” during the release of “In the Line of Fire.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “In the Line of Fire” varied by venue and screening.

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

CALIFORNIA
Cerritos — UA’s Cerritos Mall Twin (13) [70mm from Week 7]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Beverly Connection 6 (10) [THX]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Galaxy 6 (7) [THX]
Los Angeles — GCC’s Sherman Oaks 5 (11) [THX]
Los Angeles — UA’s Westwood Triplex (#1: 12) [THX]
Los Angeles — UA’s Westwood Triplex (#2: 6) [THX]
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (4)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 11 (10)
San Francisco — Cineplex Odeon’s Northpoint (11)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (4)
Torrance — UA’s Del Amo 6 (13)

ILLINOIS
Skokie — Loews’ Old Orchard 4 (10)

NEW YORK
New York — Guild’s 50th Street (11)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (9)

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

1993-08-06 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)
1993-08-27 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (5)
1993-11-05 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (3)

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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