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“The Last Temptation of Christ”: The 70mm Engagements
“An extraordinary story based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 24.06.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “The Last Temptation of Christ” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience the best presentation of this motion picture.

“The Last Temptation of Christ” was among twelve confirmed first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Cineplex Odeon Films presentation and Universal release — directed by Martin Scorsese (”Taxi Driver,” “GoodFellas”) and starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie — opened August 12th.

For the release of “The Last Temptation of Christ,” 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 “The Last Temptation of Christ” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

Note the decision to release “The Last Temptation of Christ” with 70mm prints was made too late for the prints to be ready for an opening-day delivery and so the film opened in 35mm. Replacement 70mm prints were delivered mid-run as noted below next to each applicable booking.

Universal circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Moon Over Parador,” “Talk Radio” and “Twins” during the release of “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Last Temptation of Christ” varied by venue and screening.

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

Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (15) [70mm from Week 4]

New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (15) [70mm from Week 4]

Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s York Twin (8) [70mm from Week 4]

Montreal — Cineplex Odeon’s Place du Canada (12) [70mm from Week 10]

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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