“Predator 2”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Silent. Invisible. Invincible. He’s in town with a few days to kill.”
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Predator 2” in North America.
These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this film.
“Predator 2” was among twenty confirmed first-run films released in 1990
with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The 20th Century Fox release —
directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben
Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, and Robert Davi — opened
For the release of “Predator 2”, Fox 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 “Predator 2” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”-encoded
“baby boom” format) and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up
from spherical 35mm.
Fox circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Come See
the Paradise,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Five Heartbeats” and “Sleeping
with the Enemy” during the release of “Predator 2.” Other studios circulated
70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers
screened during 70mm presentations of “Predator 2” varied by venue and
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries
been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (3) [THX]
New York — Trans-Lux’s Gotham (5)
New York — UA/Moss’ Criterion Center 6 (10)
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 Bill Kallay
and Bill Kretzel.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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