“Lifeforce”: The 70mm Engagements
“In the blink of an eye, the terror begins.”
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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
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
2007-09-21 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [w/“Ghostbusters”]
2009-05-09 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/“The Road
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
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
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author or editor.
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