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“The Lost Boys”: The 70mm Engagements
“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”

The 70mm Newsletter
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. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this film.

“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.

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

For the release of “The Lost Boys,” Warner Bros. employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

Warner Bros. circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby coming-attraction trailers for “Disorderlies,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Nuts” and “Who’s That Girl” during the release of “The Lost Boys.” As well, other studios circulated 70mm trailers during this period. Ultimately, any 70mm trailers screened during 70mm presentations of “The Lost Boys” varied by venue and screening.

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

Los Angeles — Mann’s Bruin (4) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Vogue (4)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 21 (2)

Calumet City — Cineplex Odeon’s River Oaks 8-plex (7)

New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Coronet (4)
New York — Moss’ Criterion Center 6-plex (7)

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.


1987-08-14 … San Jose, CA — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (6)

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 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 presentations 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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