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“Lifeforce”: The 70mm Engagements
“In the blink of an eye, the terror begins.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 21.09.2017
The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Lifeforce” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“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 (“Poltergeist”) 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 Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Pre-release screenings included an invitational preview held June 19th at the Picwood in Los Angeles.

The 70mm prints of “Lifeforce” featured Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format) and full-frame imagery blown up from anamorphic 35mm.

TriStar circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Iron Eagle,” “The Legend of Billie Jean,” “Real Genius,” “Santa Claus” and “Volunteers” during the release of “Lifeforce.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period, as well. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “Lifeforce” varied by venue and screening.

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

Vancouver — Cineplex Odeon’s Oakridge Centre Triplex (3) [THX]

Los Angeles — Pacific’s Picwood (4)
San Francisco — UA’s Alexandria Triplex (4)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 22 Triplex (3)

Washington — Circle’s Ontario (3)

Evergreen Park — M&R’s Evergreen 4 (3)

New York — UA’s Gemini Twin (2)
New York — UA’s United Artists Twin (4) [HPS-4000]

Toronto — Cineplex Odeon’s Varsity Twin (4)

Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm 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.


1999-11-12 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival; w/ “The Road Warrior”]

2007-09-21 … San Francisco, CA — Castro [70mm festival; w/ “Ghostbusters”]

2009-05-09 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival; w/ “The Road Warrior”]

2011-07-09 … Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian [70mm festival; w/ “Flatliners”]
2011-08-26 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]

2012-12-08 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm festival]
2012-12-09 … Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz [70mm festival]

2013-02-20 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2013-02-24 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2013-07-19 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2013-07-20 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2013-07-21 … Silver Spring, MD — AFI Silver [70mm festival]
2013-08-30 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]

2016-04-23 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]
2016-04-24 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]
2016-04-25 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]
2016-09-15 … Seattle, WA — Cinerama [70mm festival]

2017-08-10 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival]

2018-09-21 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm & Widescreen festival]

2019-06-15 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]

2020-03-12 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2020-03-14 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]
2020-03-16 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [70mm festival]

2023-05-27 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]
2023-05-28 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm festival]

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.

The focus of this article was 70mm exhibition in North America. International 70mm presentations of this title have not been accounted for.

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
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