“Shoot to Kill”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical
listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Shoot to Kill” in North
America. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion
“Shoot to Kill” was among twelve first-run films released in 1988 with 70mm
prints for selected engagements. The Philip Rogers/Silver Screen Partners
III production and Touchstone (Buena Vista) release — directed by Roger
Spottiswoode (“Air America”) and starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger and
Kirstie Alley — opened February 12th.
Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview on February 1st at
the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles and a sneak preview on February 6th at the
Crest in Los Angeles.
For the release of “Shoot to Kill,” Buena Vista 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 “Shoot to Kill” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”
encoded “baby boom” format) and full-frame imagery blown up from Super-35.
Buena Vista circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for
“Big Business,” “D.O.A.” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” during the release of
“Shoot to Kill.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period,
as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of
“Shoot to Kill” varied by venue and screening.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has been included for
some entries in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Carlsbad — SoCal’s Plaza Camino Real 4 (3) [Showscan Stereo Acoustics]
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Century Plaza 4 (6) [HPS-4000]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Crest (7) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Paramount (5)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Regency (7) [THX]
New York — Guild’s Embassy 1 (8)
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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