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"Streets of Fire", The 70mm Engagements
“Tonight is what it means to be young.”

The 70mm Newsletter
Compiled by: Michael CoateDate: 01.06.2014
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The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter engagements of “Streets of Fire” in the United States and Canada. These were the cinemas worth seeking out to experience this motion picture.

“Streets of Fire” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Universal release — directed by Walter Hill (“The Warriors,” “Geronimo: An American Legend”) 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 Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.

The film’s 70mm prints featured pillarboxed imagery (approximately 1.85:1) blown up from spherical 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded Baby Boom format).

Universal circulated 70mm Six-Track Dolby trailers for “All of Me,” “Cloak and Dagger,” “Conan the Destroyer,” “Dune” and “The Last Starfighter” during the release of “Streets of Fire.” Other studios circulated 70mm trailers, as well, during this period. The 70mm trailers, if any, ultimately seen during 70mm presentations of “Streets of Fire” varied by venue and screening.

The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) is included in parenthesis following the applicable cinema name.
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Vancouver — Famous Players’ Denman Place (3)

Los Angeles — GCC’s Avco Center Triplex (3) [THX]
Los Angeles — Pacific’s Hollywood Pacific Triplex (6)
Oakland — Cinerama’s Piedmont (2)
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II (3)
San Jose — Syufy’s Century 24 Twin (3)

Washington — Circle’s Uptown (1)

Chicago — GCC’s Ford City 5 (2)
Chicago Ridge — Chicago Ridge Mall Triplex (2)
Schaumburg — Plitt’s Woodfield 4 (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 (3)

Montreal — United’s York (6)

Dallas — GCC’s Northpark West Twin (2) [THX]
Fort Worth — GCC’s Opera House (2)

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.
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1984-06-22 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1)
1984-06-29 … San Francisco, CA — Blumenfeld’s Regency III (1) [w/ “Greystoke”]
1984-09-14 … Norfolk, VA — Naro [Fri-Sat late show]
1984-09-28 … Cleveland, OH — Colony (1)

1993-07-17 … Toronto, ON — Famous Players’ Uptown 5 [Saturday Latenite]

2017-08-13 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm series w/ “Last Action Hero”]
2017-11-17 … Chicago, IL — Music Box [Fri/Sat midnight]

2018-02-27 … Portland, OR — Hollywood [70mm series]

2020-02-19 … San Francisco, CA — Alamo Drafthouse New Mission [Weird Wednesday]
2020-02-20 … San Francisco, CA — Alamo Drafthouse New Mission [Weird Wednesday]
2020-05-29 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm series] (canceled)

2022-06-24 … Somerville, MA — Somerville [70mm series; w/ “Last Action Hero”]
2022-07-15 … Santa Monica, CA — Aero [70mm festival; w/ “Geronimo”]
2022-08-27 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm series]
2022-09-02 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm series]
2022-09-04 … New York, NY — Museum of the Moving Image [70mm series]
2022-12-03 … Cleveland, OH — Strosacker [CWRU Film Society series]

The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion, print enclosures, TAP records, and Dolby records. Special thanks to Brecht Andersch, Don Beelik, Ana Gomes, Ian Judge, Bill Kallay, Bill Kretzel, Mark Lensenmayer, Stan Malone, Tim O’Neill, and Joe Odenthal.

International 70mm presentations of this title have not been accounted for in this work.

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