The film played for two hours, until the intermission, and nothing changed. For the entire thing, that maddening focus issue continued. When the lights came up, I heard several people talking about it, puzzled why no one seemed to be doing anything about it. Eventually, someone announced that they would be showing the second half of the film via digital projection because the 70MM was no longer working.
How embarrassing is that?
The Hateful Eight had a bad press screening in the 70mm format here in LA, so bad it switch to digital.