TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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markinthedark
markinthedark on August 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the update Escott. I really hope it all works out. I am just sorry my next trip down to LA will be before it reopens. Chris: if you are ever in Seattle, give me a shout. The Cinerama awaits you.

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Escott, I hope you’re not referring to me when you say someone will always find something to complain about. I’ve been a supporter of this plan since the tour in April pre-closing. I simply pointed out the differences in geometry between 1.43:1 and 1.90:1 and what that might mean in terms of traditional IMAX fare. That was oddly (and incorrectly) seen as bashing The Chinese by some in an argument that grew akin to someone denying it gets dark at night.

I’m excited to see The Chinese soar again and am even more excited by your first hand account. It sounds like they made all the right choices. Now let’s just hope they get all the IMAX bookings they can to keep that place packed week after week.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on August 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I was able to get inside the Chinese today, and it looks fantastic! This will be the premier place to see any movie, so of course they have moveable masking on sides and top and bottom as needed. The manager specifically talked to me about this, and said he has seen tests over the last few days of different movie formats and it looked great!

Existing Dolby speakers will be used, and additional IMAX speaker clusters have been added in the rear corners as well as a small read center speaker.

They are reusing the huge front curtain, and to extend it for the new height they have added a new section to the top.

The side curtains and silver murals on the side walls are still in place as before.

They are relighting the chandeliers so they will glow once again, using long-lasting LED bulbs. They were lowered to the seats when I was there.

The seats are luxurious red high backs, with a nice classical shape, not just a contemporary flat top.

The new carpet in the aisles is color matched to the original carpeting in the lobby. It is a nice pattern, featuring a lotus flower and swirls reminiscent of details in the lobby carpet, which has been carefully protected during construction.

As has been discussed, the stairs at the back of the house are removed so the last row is at lobby level as it was originally, and the slope goes down to the lowered floor in front of the screen, where they have replicated the Chinese dragon from the forecourt in the carpet, nice detail!

No matter what they do with the most famous movie palace in the world, SOMEONE will find something to complain about, but I think they have done a marvelous job, protecting all of the historic elements, and putting a lot of thought into new details! I am very much looking forward to next month’s opening!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Mark: Wizard of Oz looks like an IMAX only version, so 2D/3D for this one seems unlikely. We’ll know their plans for certain when Gravity opens in October.

markinthedark
markinthedark on August 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

What about the Chinese 6? Will it be playing the same titles in standard 2D or 3D that the Chinese will be playing in IMAX? Will the Arclight or El Capitan be sharing those titles like they did the last Terminator film? Are they doing anything to upgrade the Chinese 6? Have not been there in a couple years…

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hello-

I have to be frank and say i find much of the tech numbers mentioned a bit confusing. admittedly i’m no techno wiz. to which what I hope is a simple question- when the 3-D TWOO opens the end of Sept. will they be able to mask the screen so all we see is the movie? whatever the dimensions of a screen it drives me up a ****** wall when it is not properly masked and you see unused screen on the top, bottom or sides.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

Sorry Chris my comment didnt come out correctly.

Re wording it “My point is that Into Darkness despite being filmed in IMAX for specific scenes didn’t fill the entire screen on the “TRUE” IMAX screens at the Rave or Citywalk.

And even Dark Knight Rises didnt fill it either at Citywalk IMAX as there was several feet of screen on both top and bottom durring the IMAX scenes as well when i watched it at Citywalk. I saw it twice there (because the first time I saw it they had the lights behind the screen on ruining the presentation, so I was given a pass for it again.

But your right Chris time to drop this conversation, just be happy we are going to see the chinese get the great booksings again with IMAX

Cliffs, I am not going to agree with you and definately not going to say your correct, but you have the right to think what ever you want and until we actually see a movie on the screen I have the right to disagree with you.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

No, Robert. Saw TDKR at Rave 3 times. The IMAX camera scenes filled the entire screen. The 35MM scenes were the only ones with top & bottom blankage.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I suspect that the OZ screenings at the chinese will not be pillar boxed (and definately not cropped( As we allready know the chinese has top side and bottom masking for its IMAX screen so I suspect that the masking will be drawn in on the sides at the chinese for OZ

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

My point is that it didnt fill the entire screen on the “TRUE” IMAX screens at the Rave or Citywalk.

And even Dark Knight Rises didnt fill it either,there was several feet of screen both top and bottom that were blank durring the IMAX scenes for that as well.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Now that all is said and done and the screen is mounted, let us cease this great debate…until September 20th when OZ comes home to the Chinese!

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 28, 2013 at 2:32 am

Thank you Edward, that was the only point I was trying to make with regard to 1.43:1 on the new Chinese screen.

Robert, you are correct. Trek’s IMAX scenes were 1.66:1, still taller than the 1.90:1 ratio of the new digital screens, requiring either cropping top and bottom or pillarboxing on the sides (but in this particular case it was cropped top/bottom for digital). I don’t understand… does something start to burn if you simply say, “that’s correct?”

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on August 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

1.90:1 IMAX digital presentations of 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 shot movies would either be cropped to fit the screen or letterboxed. 1.90:1 IMAX digital presentations of 1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 shot movies or 1.33:1 Academy Ratio shot movies, such as the upcoming Wizard of Oz presentation, would either be cropped to fit the screen or windowboxed.

1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 presentations of 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 shot movies would either be cropped to fit the screen or letterboxed. 1.43:1 IMAX 15/70 presentations of 1.33:1 Academy Ratio shot movies, such as the upcoming Wizard of Oz presentation, would either be cropped to fit the screen or windowboxed.

It’ll be the same argument no matter which way you go. But of course, had IMAX not decided to go digital years ago, we likely wouldn’t be having this discussion today, since they were on the fast track to going under before the rebranding.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

The IMAX scenes* sorry typo on my phone.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Cliffs your sarcassim at the end of your last post, doesnt sell home your opinon. I personally dont think you are 100 percent accurate in your guess, and I will use Universal and the Rave as my examples why I don’t agree.

When I went to universal to watch Star Trek Into Darknes the IMAX scenes did not completely fill up the screen top to bottom there was a good number of feet both upper and lower that was black. Others who went and saw it at the Rave said the same thing.

I called the Booth Manager of Citywalk tody and he said yes that when Star Trek played in IMAX, the IMAX screens did not completely fill their screen.

If you think I am wrong thats fine, but I wont be lacing my comment wih sarcasim.

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Sorry all. My frustration grew from the fact that the single and irrefutable fact I was trying to point out (that anything that continued to be shot with IMAX cameras – in the traditional 1.43:1 IMAX ratio – would not be able to be fully presented at the Chinese) was somehow still being refuted and that I was somehow attacking the Chinese and the new screen. I’m excited for the new Chinese and have been saying so since the last Historical Society tour this past April. I was simply pointing out that, while 1.90:1 might be the digital future and the future of IMAX, any IMAX titles, past or future, still shot on film at 1.43 (like Catching Fire or Interstellar) would have to be cropped at the Chinese. Whether that number of films is 20% or .5%, it’s still true. The size of the screen or it’s ranking in the world or whether it’s digital projection or 15/70 is irrelevant. I’m not saying that to bag on the Chinese, I’ve just been trying to point something out for the instances (however rare) it might be relevant.

If that still doesn’t make sense… How about this: The Chinese Theater screen is fantastic and NOTHING (past or present) EVER will have to be cropped on that screen until the end of time.

That should cover it.

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

And i will seeing this beautiful cinema next year when I.visit the USA

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Cliffs to answer your question, I reply with this its the 3rd biggest IMAX screen in North America period. Second only Lincoln Sq and the Metreon.

IMAX has evolved and changed with the times, just as the chinese is now. Its not your or my place to say something isn’t full IMAX, as its IMAX that sets that determination.

In anycase the ticket price has not increased with the chinese theatres switch to IMAX, its 19.00 2D or 3D IMAX, which was the same price as a 3D regular film on a weeknight and weekend.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Howard exactly right, and like Escott has said, if IMAX truly felt that the 70ft to 80ft tall screens were Full IMAX, pretty sure that they and the management of the CHinese could have dug even further into the ground than they did. My understanding is the aspect ratio of the IMAX Digital cameras is 1.9 as well, which is the aspect ratio of the new screen, so not really sure how the Chinese won’t get the full IMAX effect.

I also am of the mindset peopl should experience something first before starting to complain.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Whoa whoa friend no need to shout, nothing wrong with a friendly debate Cliffs.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Exciting debate but everybody calm down a bit. Cliffs, Robert has already replied that this will be the 1.9 aspect ratio screen that is the future of IMAX, not its past (i.e. your “full, traditional IMAX screen). Apparently, IMAX is changing with the times just as the Chinese is doing.

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT OR THOUGHT THEY WOULD INSTALL A 15/70 PROJECTOR!!!!

Robert, just answer this… Is the screen at the Chinese a full, traditional IMAX screen? Yes or No?

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 26, 2013 at 5:49 am

It seems to me that IMAX is making the same mistake that Cinerama made when it switched from 3 camera to 70mm. With all the not IMAX systems now such as AMC ETX and Regal’s RPX. I will wait to see how the Laser system is and if it has as bright a picture as the 17/70 system.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on August 26, 2013 at 12:03 am

I hate to dive into the whole IMAX debate because frankly it bores me, but it seems to me IMAX knows what the future of IMAX is, and since the Chinese was digging down into the basement to make the screen taller they could possibly have dug even deeper if they needed to. There was a decision made somewhere along the line, and I’m guessing IMAX execs were part of it, That this screen ratio would be the standard from here on out (until the next time someone invents a new projection technology!)