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“Inherent Vice”: The North American 70mm Engagements

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 16.04.2023
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Inherent Vice” in the United States and Canada.

“Inherent Vice” was among two first-run films released in 2014 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Warner Bros. release — directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”) and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short — opened December 12.

The 70mm prints of “Inherent Vice” featured Datasat audio and pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm.

During the release of “Inherent Vice,” Warner Bros. circulated 70mm coming-attraction trailers for “American Sniper” and “Jupiter Ascending.”

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is included in parenthesis following the cinema name.

Los Angeles — ArcLight Hollywood 14 (8)
Los Angeles — Cinerama Dome (2)

Toronto — Varsity & VIP 12 (2)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm or DCP during the latter week(s) of engagement due to contractual terms or 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 branded auditorium) has been included in the duration figure.


2015-01-09 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (1+)
2015-03-23 … San Francisco, CA — Castro
2015-03-24 … San Francisco, CA — Castro

2016-02-20 … Chicago, IL — Music Box
2016-02-24 … Chicago, IL — Music Box
2016-04-03 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [w/ “The Master”]
2016-09-03 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image
2016-09-04 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image
2016-09-12 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama

2017-01-08 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
2017-09-05 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama

2018-01-06 … San Francisco, CA — Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2018-01-07 … San Francisco, CA — Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
2018-01-25 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

2021-06-25 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero
2021-12-15 … Brookline, MA — Coolidge Corner

The information included in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications, regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Bill Kallay and Bill Kretzel.

International 70mm engagements of this title 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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