“Lifeforce”: The 70mm Engagements
“In the blink of an eye, the terror begins.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 21.09.2017|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Lifeforce” in North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format). These were arguably the best cinemas in which to experience this film.|
“Lifeforce” was among twenty-three confirmed first-run films released in 1985 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Golan-Globus production and TriStar release — directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay and Mathilda May — opened June 21st.
For the release of “Lifeforce”, TriStar employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Trailers for “Real Genius” and “Volunteers” circulated with the “Lifeforce” prints and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation.
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a smaller, 35mm-only 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, the 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (3) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Picwood (4)
San Francisco — UA’s Alexandria Triplex
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Ontario (3)
Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4-plex (3)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin
New York — UA’s United Artists Twin [HPS-4000]
Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (4)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1999-11-12 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/“The Road Warrior”]
2007-09-21 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [w/“Ghostbusters”]
2009-05-09 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/“The Road Warrior”]
2011-07-09 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/“Flatliners”]
2011-08-26 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver
2012-12-08 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz
2012-12-12 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse’s Ritz
2013-02-20 … Chicago, IL — Music Box
2013-02-24 … Chicago, IL — Music Box
2013-07-19 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver (3 days)
2013-08-30 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero
2016-04-23 … Portland, OR — Hollywood
2016-09-15 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama
2017-08-10 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bill Kretzel.
Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but they 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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