"Streets of Fire", The 70mm Engagements
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Compiled by: Michael Coate
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The following is a reference /
historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Streets of Fire” in
North America. The film’s 70mm prints consisted of pillarboxed imagery
(approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 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.
“Streets of Fire” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in
1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Hill-Gordon-Silver
production and Universal release — directed by Walter Hill and starring
Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis and Amy Madigan — opened June 1st.
For the release of “Streets of Fire”, Universal employed the services of
Lucasfilm’s Theater Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the
cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Trailers for “Conan the Destroyer” and “The Last Starfighter” circulated
with the “Streets of Fire” 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.
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Presentations in London, England 1958 - 2012
70mm Blow Up List
1984 - by in70mm.com
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Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (3)
Los Angeles — General Cinema’s Avco Center Triplex (3) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (6)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (3)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (3)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington — Circle’s Uptown (1)
Chicago — General Cinema’s Ford City 5-plex (2)
Chicago Ridge — Chicago Ridge Mall Triplex (2)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4-plex (2)
New York — RKO Century’s National Twin (6)
New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (2)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Palace Triplex (3)
Toronto — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex (3)
Montreal — United’s York (6)
Dallas – General Cinema’s Northpark West Twin (2) [THX]
70mm from "Streets of Fire"
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SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1984-06-22 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1)
1984-06-29 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1) [w/“Greystoke”]
1984-09-28 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)
1993-07-17 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5-plex [Saturday Latenite
2017-08-13 … Santa Monica, CA — American Cinematheque’s Aero [70mm series
w/“Last Action Hero”]
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 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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