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“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” The North American 70mm Engagements
“Stardate: 1986. How on earth can they save the future?”

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 14.03.2022
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter large-format engagements of “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” in the United States and Canada. These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture.

“Star Trek IV” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1986 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. One-hundred thirty-five 70mm prints were reportedly struck for distribution in North America and represented about ten percent of the film’s total initial print run. The Paramount release — directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and Catherine Hicks — opened November 26th.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held November 20th at the Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.

For the release of “Star Trek IV,” Paramount 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 “Star Trek IV” featured full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm and a dual inventory of A- and SR-encoded Six-Track Dolby Stereo.

Paramount circulated 70mm trailers for “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Critical Condition,” “The Golden Child,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “The Untouchables” during the release of “Star Trek IV.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, the 70mm trailers, if any, seen during the 70mm presentations of “Star Trek IV” varied by venue and screening.

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

* = Six-Track Dolby Stereo (SR)
No asterisk = Six-Track Dolby Stereo (A)

ALBERTA
Calgary — Famous Players’ Palliser Square Twin (15)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Southcentre 7-plex (#1: 17)
Calgary — Famous Players’ Southcentre 7-plex (#2: 4) [interlock]
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Paramount (14)
Edmonton — Famous Players’ Westmall 5-plex (15)

ARIZONA
Mesa — Mann’s Superstition 5-plex (18) [70mm from Week 3]
Phoenix — Mann’s Chris-Town 5-plex (13) [THX]
Scottsdale — Harkins’ Kachina (7)
Tucson — Mann’s Buena Vista Twin (11) [70mm from Week 3]

ARKANSAS
Little Rock — UA’s Cinema City 7-plex (10) [THX]

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby — Famous Players’ Lougheed Mall Triplex (15)
Vancouver — Famous Players’ Stanley (27) [THX]
Victoria — Famous Players’ Coronet (12)

CALIFORNIA
Carlsbad — SoCal’s Plaza Camino Real 4-plex (10)
Corte Madera — Marin’s Cinema (13)
Costa Mesa — Edwards’ Town Center 4-plex (10)
El Toro — Edwards’ El Toro 5-plex (12) [70mm from Week 5]
Escondido — UA’s Del Norte Plaza 8-plex (32) [THX] (70mm from Week 8)
Glendale — Pacific’s Roxy (9)
La Mesa — Pacific’s Cinema Grossmont (9)
Lakewood — Pacific’s Lakewood Center 4-plex (9)
Long Beach — UA’s Marketplace 6-plex (12)
Los Angeles (Hollywood) — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome* (9)
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) — UA’s Valley Plaza 6-plex (9)
Los Angeles (Northridge) — Pacific’s Northridge 6-plex (13)
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (#1: 9)
Los Angeles (Tarzana) — Mann’s Valley West 6-plex (#2: 2) [interlock]
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) — Mann’s Village* (11) [THX]
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) — Pacific’s Topanga Twin (13)
Monrovia — Mann’s Huntington Oaks 6-plex (7) [70mm from Week 4]
Montclair — Pacific’s Montclair Triplex (14)
Mountain View — Syufy’s Century 10-plex (16)
Newport Beach — Edwards’ Newport Twin (9)
Orange — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (16)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Century 6-plex (17)
Sacramento — Syufy’s Cinedome 8-plex (15)
San Diego — Mann’s Loma (13)
San Diego — UA’s Horton Plaza 7-plex (9) [THX]
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency I (13)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (13)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)
South San Francisco — Syufy’s Century Plaza 8-plex (17)
Temple City — Edwards’ Temple 4-plex (11)
Torrance — Mann’s Old Towne 6-plex (13)
Ventura — Mann’s Buenaventura 6-plex (#1: 26)
Ventura — Mann’s Buenaventura 6-plex (#2: 1) [interlock]
West Covina — SoCal’s Eastland 5-plex (15) [70mm from Week 10]

COLORADO
Aurora — Commonwealth’s Cooper 5-plex (1+)

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford — Redstone’s Showcase 9-plex (12)
Stamford — Trans-Lux’s Ridgeway Twin (11)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — GCC’s Jenifer Twin (11)

FLORIDA
Kendall — Wometco’s Dadeland Triplex (10)
Winter Park — Wometco’s Winter Park Triplex (12)

GEORGIA
Atlanta — Columbia (11)
Atlanta — Plitt’s Phipps Plaza Triplex (11)
Kennesaw — Storey’s Town 8-plex (13)
Tucker — AMC’s Northlake Festival 8-plex (11)

HAWAII
Honolulu — Consolidated’s Cinerama (13) [HPS-4000]

ILLINOIS
Belleville — BAC’s Cinema 4-plex (11)
Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s River Oaks 8-plex (10)
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4-plex (7)
Norridge — M&R’s Norridge 7-plex (7)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 9-plex (11)
Skokie — M&R’s Old Orchard 4-plex (11)

INDIANA
Fort Wayne — MSM’s Holiday Twin (1+)

KENTUCKY
Florence — USA’s Florence 6-plex (16) [70mm from Week 8]

LOUISIANA
New Orleans — Gulf States’ Eastlake 8-plex (10)

MANITOBA
Winnipeg — Famous Players’ Metropolitan (13)

MARYLAND
Bethesda — K-B’s Montgomery Mall Triplex (9)

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston — USA’s Cinema 57 Twin (11)

MICHIGAN
Harper Woods — AMC’s Eastland 7-plex (10) [70mm from Week 6]
Southfield — AMC’s Americana 8-plex (9)

MISSOURI
Shrewsbury — Wehrenberg’s Kenrick 8-plex (15)

NEVADA
Las Vegas — Syufy’s Parkway Triplex (33)

NEW JERSEY
Edison — GCC’s Menlo Park Twin (11)
Paramus — RKO Century’s Route Four 10-plex (11)
Sayreville — Redstone’s Amboy 12-plex (9)
Secaucus — Loews’ Meadow 6-plex (15)
Wayne — Loews’ Wayne 6-plex (10)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque — Commonwealth’s Winrock 6-plex (15) [THX]

NEW YORK
Amherst — GCC’s University 8
Henrietta — Loews’ Towne 4-plex (13)
Levittown — Loews’ Nassau 6-plex (13)
Massapequa — UA’s Pequa (9)
Medford — Redstone’s Brookhaven 12-plex (10) [THX]
New York (Bronx) — Redstone’s Whitestone 12-plex (9)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 34th Street Showplace Triplex (10)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ 84th Street 6-plex (10)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ Orpheum Twin (7)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ State Twin (#1: 7)
New York (Manhattan) — Loews’ State Twin (#2: 2)
Patchogue — UA’s The Movies at Patchogue 13-plex (10)
Valley Stream — Redstone’s Sunrise 12-plex (12)
Yonkers — GCC’s Central Plaza 4-plex (16)

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax — Famous Players’ Scotia Square (1+)

OHIO
Cincinnati — USA’s Carousel Twin (7)
Columbus — GCC’s Northland 8-plex (19) [THX]
North Olmsted — NTC’s Great Northern 7-plex (12) [THX]
South Euclid — Loews’ Cedar Center Twin (15)
Toledo — Redstone’s Showcase 5-plex (18)

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City — Commonwealth’s Quail Twin (9)

ONTARIO
Hamilton — Famous Players’ Tivoli (1+)
London — Famous Players’ Park (1+)
Newmarket — Famous Players’ Glenway 5-plex (11)
North York — Famous Players’ Town & Countrye Twin (3)
Ottawa — Famous Players’ Nelson (18)
Scarborough — Famous Players’ Cedarbrae 8-plex (13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Runnymede Twin (13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Sheraton Centre Twin (#1: 13)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Sheraton Centre Twin (#2: 11)

PENNSYLVANIA
Montgomeryville — Budco’s 309 9-plex (15)
Philadelphia — Budco’s Orleans 8-plex (12)
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Mark I (9)

QUEBEC
Dorval — United’s Dorval Triplex (12)
Laval — United’s Laval 5-plex (2)
Montreal — United’s Imperial (13) [THX]

TEXAS
Addison — UA’s Prestonwood Creek 5-plex (1+) [THX]
Austin — AMC’s Americana (7)
Austin — Presidio’s Arbor 4-plex (11) [THX]
Dallas — Loews’ Park Central 4-plex (1+)
Dallas — UA’s Medallion Triplex (1+)
Fort Worth — AMC’s Hulen 10-plex (13)
Houston — Plitt’s West Oaks 7-plex (13)
Mesquite — UA’s Town East 6-plex (1+) [THX]
San Antonio — Santikos’ Galaxy 10-plex (11) [THX]

UTAH
South Salt Lake — Syufy’s Century 5-plex (13)

VIRGINIA
Alexandria — Redstone’s Mt. Vernon 10-plex (13) [THX]
Fairfax — UA’s The Movies at Fair Oaks 8-plex (10)
McLean — NTI’s Tysons Center 4-plex (9)
Richmond — NTI’s Ridge 7-plex (1+)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue — SRO’s Factoria 5-plex (1+)
Lynnwood — SRO’s Grand Alderwood 8-plex (1+)
Seattle — SRO’s Cinerama (7)
Seattle — SRO’s Oak Tree 6-plex (1+) [THX]
Spokane — SRO’s Lyons Avenue 4-plex (13)
Tukwila — SRO’s Lewis & Clark 7-plex (1+)

WISCONSIN
Greenfield — Capitol’s Spring Mall 4-plex (11)
Madison — Marcus’ Eastgate 6-plex (13)

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 smaller, non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse scenario 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 such cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement (or movement out of a branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.

SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS AND SCREENINGS

1986-12-04 … Beverly Hills, CA — AMPAS’ Goldwyn [benefit hosted by William Shatner]
1986-12-12 … Montreal, QC — United’s Versailles 6-plex (10)
1986-12-19 … Hawthorne, NY — Redstone’s All Westchester Saw Mill 10-plex (7) [THX]
1986-12-19 … North York, ON — Famous Players’ Yorkdale 6-plex (#1: 17)
1986-12-19 … North York, ON — Famous Players’ Yorkdale 6-plex (#2: 1) [interlock]

1987-01-16 … New York, NY — Guild’s Embassy 1 (5)
1987-01-16 … New York, NY — Loews’ New York Twin (2)
1987-01-16 … Oak Brook, IL — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Oakbrook Triplex (4)
1987-01-30 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (3)
1987-02-06 … Homewood, IL — Cineplex Odeon/Plitt’s Diana 4-plex (3)
1987-02-13 … Edmonton, AB — Famous Players’ Londonderry Twin (2)
1987-02-13 … Los Angeles (Westwood Village), CA — Mann’s Plaza (2)
1987-02-27 … Montreal, QC — United’s Palace 6-plex (6)
1987-02-27 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (1)
1987-02-27 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Cumberland 4-plex (1)
1987-03-06 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (2)
1987-03-13 … Carmel, IN — Heaston’s Woodland Twin (2)
1987-03-11 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli* (format bake-off + preview)
1987-03-13 … Downers Grove, IL — Classic Cinemas’ Tivoli* (3) [HPS-4000]
1987-03-13 … Indianapolis, IN — Heaston’s Eastwood (2)
1987-04-17 … Winnipeg, MB — Cineplex Odeon’s Towne 8-plex (2)
1987-06-03 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Denman Place (1)
1987-08-10 … Atlanta, GA — Fox [10th annual summer film festival]
1987-08-27 … Ottawa, ON — National Arts Centre’s Opera

1988-01-06 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (5 days) [70mm festival]
1988-05-13 … Edmonton, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Meadowlark (1)
1988-11-04 … Los Angeles, CA — Pacific’s Cinerama Dome [venue 25th anniversary fest]

1992-02-25 … New York, NY — Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade [ILM tribute]

1993-02-27 … Toronto, ON — Cinesphere (2 days) [70mm festival; w/ “Star Trek VI”]

1994-06-10 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (Fri/Sat) [“Star Trek” festival]
1994-07-22 … Vancouver, BC — CN IMAX (Fri/Sat) [“Star Trek” festival]
1994-10-29 … Montreal, QC — Famous Players’ Imperial [70mm?]
1994-10-29 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex [fest]
1994-10-29 … Vancouver, BC — Famous Players’ Capitol 6-plex [Sat Latenite]
1994-11-09 … Castle Rock, WA — Cinedome (5 days) [“Star Trek” festival]

1996-01-06 … Montreal, QC — Famous Players’ Imperial [70mm?]
1996-06-15 … Calgary, AB — Cineplex Odeon’s Eau Claire Market 6-plex [midnight]

2010-07-10 … Los Angeles (West Los Angeles), CA — Laemmle’s Royal [“Star Trek” series]

2011-03-26 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “Star Trek V” + Walter Koenig Q&A]

2016-09-16 … Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “Star Trek VI” + Q&A]
2016-09-23 … Somerville, MA — Frame One’s Somerville 6-plex [70mm & Widescreen fest]

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records, with thanks to David Ayers, Don Beelik, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, W.R. Miller, and an extra special thank-you to all of the librarians who assisted with the research for this project.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
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