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“Patriot Games”: The North American 70mm Engagements
”Let the games begin.”

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

“Patriot Games,” the follow-up to “The Hunt for Red October”, was among ten confirmed first-run films released in 1992 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Paramount release — directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Harrison Ford— opened June 5th.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held June 3rd at Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

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

On June 3, Harrison Ford, in connection with the release of “Patriot Games,” immortalized his hand and footprints in the Chinese Theatre courtyard.

The 70mm prints of “Patriot Games” 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).

Paramount circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “1492: Conquest of Paradise,” “Bebe’s Kids,” “Boomerang,” “Cool World,” “Pet Sematary Two” and “Whispers in the Dark” during the release of “Patriot Games.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Patriot Games” varied by venue and screening.

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

Calgary — Famous Players’ Southcentre 7 (10)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmount Centre 4 (9)

Vancouver — Famous Players’ Vancouver Centre Twin (11)

Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Beverly Center 13 (11) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s National (4) [THX]
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10 (10)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Triplex (5)
Orange — Syufy’s Century Cinedome 11 (9)
Redwood City — Syufy’s Century Park 12 (16)
San Diego — Mann’s Valley Circle (6)
San Francisco — UA’s Metro (9)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (2)

Washington — K-B’s Cinema (9)

Boca Raton — Wometco’s Shadowood 12 (14) [THX]

Honolulu — Consolidated’s Waikiki Twin (9) [HPS-4000]

Skokie — Loews’ Old Orchard 4 (9)

New York — City Cinemas’ Village East 7 (11) [THX]
New York — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (5)
New York — Loews’ 84th Street 6 (8)
New York — Loews’ Astor Plaza (5)
New York — Loews’ New York Twin (9)
New York — UA’s East 85th Street (8)

Mississauga — Famous Players’ Sussex Centre 4 (6) [THX]
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Elgin Twin (15)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Eglinton (6) [THX]
Toronto — Famous Players’ Victoria Terrace 6 (5)

Montreal — Famous Players’ Imperial (6) [THX]
Pointe-Claire — Famous Players’ Pointe-Claire 8 (9)

Dallas — AMC’s Glen Lakes 8 (13) [70mm?]

Tukwila — Cineplex Odeon’s Southcenter (1+)

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.


1992-06-19 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 23 Twin (1+)
1992-07-01 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Regent (1)
1992-07-10 … San Antonio, TX — Rivercenter IMAX (10)
1992-07-17 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Capitol (4)
1992-08-07 … San Francisco, CA — UA’s Galaxy 4 (2) [THX]
1992-09-04 … Casper, WY — Movie Palaces’ America (2) [w/ “Lethal Weapon 3”]
1992-09-04 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli (2) [HPS-4000]
1992-09-18 … Cleveland Heights, OH — Centrum at Coventry Triplex [Fri-Sat midnight]
1992-11-06 … Cleveland, OH — CWRU’s Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]

1992-01-27 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1993-03-19 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX at Canada Place (2 days) [70mm series]
1993-05-07 … Springfield, MO — Dickinson’s Dickinson 8 (1) [70mm series]
1993-10-23 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6 [Saturday latenite]

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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