“The Lost Boys”: The 70mm Engagements
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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 “The Lost Boys” 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*).|
“The Lost Boys” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1987 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Richard Donner production and Warner Bros. release — directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Jami Gertz and Kiefer Sutherland — opened July 31st.
For the release of “The Lost Boys”, Warner Bros. employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the theaters selected to book a 70mm print.
Trailers for “Nuts” and “Disorderlies” circulated with the “The Lost Boys” 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.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (4) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Vogue (4)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21
Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 8-plex (7)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Coronet
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1990-08-05 … Los Angeles, CA — Cineplex Odeon’s Fairfax Triplex* [w/“Wolfen”]
1992-04-26 … Los Angeles, CA — Mann’s Plaza**
1997-10-31 … Long Beach, CA — CSULB’s Carpenter Center***
*Screened during the Classic Film Festival
**Screened during the Sunday Night Late Shows series
***Screened during the annual Wide Screen Festival
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to Bobby Henderson and Bill Kretzel.
Additional 70mm prints were screened internationally but 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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