“Flatliners”: The North American 70mm Engagements
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter
presentations of “Flatliners” in North America. These were the best cinemas in
which to experience the film.
“Flatliners” was among twenty confirmed first-run films released in 1990 with
70mm prints for selected engagements. The Stonebridge Entertainment production
and Columbia release — directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Keifer
Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, and Oliver Platt —
opened August 10th.
For the release of “Flatliners”, Columbia 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 “Flatliners” featured full-frame imagery blown up from
anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”-encoded “baby boom” format).
(There were trade reports indicating “Flatliners” was to be released in Cinema
Digital Sound, but no evidence could be found that such a release occurred in
North America. It has been confirmed there were CDS prints of “Flatliners”, in
35mm, exhibited in Europe.)
Among the film’s pre-release screenings was the world premiere at the Chinese in
Los Angeles on August 6th.
Seventy-millimeter trailers for “Misery”, “Postcards from the Edge”, “Sibling
Rivalry”, and “Texasville” circulated during the “Flatliners” release and which
the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm
trailers from other distributors circulated during this period as well. Which
trailers, if any, were seen during the “Flatliners” presentations varied by
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has 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 non-70mm-equipped 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, any 35mm portion of the engagement (or movement out of a THX house)
has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — AMC’s Century 14-plex (9) [THX]
Los Angeles — Cineplex Odeon’s Odeon (8) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (5) [THX]
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Chelsea 9-plex (8) [THX]
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Ziegfeld (5)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
2011-07-09 … Los Angeles, CA — American Cinematheque’s Egyptian [w/ “Lifeforce”]
The information included in this article was principally referenced from film
industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, with thanks to
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please
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author or editor.
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