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Very nice pictures. I am wondering what it is like to watch a movie from one of the ‘opera boxes.’ Do they charge more for those seats? Are there additional amenities for those who sit on those seats? Individualized speakers maybe?
I wanted to go this weekend but with the snow, couldn’t get out of the house. The roads are just too jammed to go to the mall even today, Monday. If work is slow, I may just hit a matinee before Christmas.
How ‘bout posting some pictures. I’d like to see your layout.
I don’t think its fare to compare Avatar to Titanic. Titanic didn’t open huge either but it built its audience and sustained and sustained and sustained. I hope to see this movie this weekend but with the blizzard we’re having in MD, that remains to be seen. I’m keeping an open mind and hope the movie is good at the AMC IMAX-lite I’m going to. :)
The reason why I bring up the 70mm print subject is that I remember how clear, colorful and full of rich sound the movie seemed to have in 35mm. I read how scenes with the spfx were filmed in 65mm and Doug Trumbull was a fan of and utilized 65mm in his earlier fx work.
Now when Star Trek II came out, the MacArthur here in DC did get a 70mm print and, yes, the presentation was equally Trektacular BUT the movie seemed grainy. I later read that 70mm blow ups do present this problem, but the 6-track stereo soundtrack was something else. :)
You know IMDB reports there were 70mm prints made, but I’ve never seen/heard of them showing anywhere. I’m suspecting if there were 70mm, they were made after the release date. I know they never hit the DC market. I guess if there were any struck, they were on the west coast/LA/Hollywood.
Howard, I do not mind supporting my local theater but come on, $8.50 for ONE measly hot dog?? Even at Regal, you can combos for about that or slightly more. As I stated on the other news item about concessions, I wouldn’t pay $8.50 for a hotdog even if it were freshly killed, ground up, kosher blessed and certified organic. (Yes, I know to call an organic hot dog is a misnomer given what it is made of..I was going for a chuckle there.)
If I’m going to an independent and the concession offerings are decent, then I will spend money there to support them.
Tonight, I went to Cinemark’s Egyptian 24, in Hanover, MD and saw that most of their concession items are above $5. A hotdog is $8.50! I would NEVER pay $8.50 for a hotdog even if they killed the animal and ground it up fresh and had it Kosher blessed and certified it as organic. How ridiculous is that? If I were to frequent this place, I would hide my food in my jacket and sneak it in. Heck, I’ll bring an entire Chinese buffet with me, with egg rolls and soup in my jacket.
This evening I saw 2012 in digital projection in Auditorium 11. The presentation was decent but the picture seemed to not be as bright as I am used to and the sound seemed muffled even though the surrounds were present. I did see the entrance to the XD auditorium as it is next to DP’s 11. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to peek inside.
What I really want to blog and complain about are the outrageous concession prices. It appears that most of the items are above $5. A hot dog is $8.50! Thats more than even Regal! I had mistakenly thought that the matinee I saw, the 5:50pm show would be matineed priced but it was not. I paid the full $10.25 price! It seems the matinees cut off before 4pm.
Given the above; the higher admission prices and higher concession prices, I will think carefully before coming here again, after I experience their XD theater presentation :) I still prefer Annapolis Mall’s THX cert #1 auditorium. The sound just blows you away. If only they had DLP in there. Sizewise, its comparable to #11 here at the Egyptian, which supposedly has a seating cap of 475.
Since I frequent the BowTie Annapolis MD plex with regularity, I have to say that I knew they would return to on screen ads sometime in the future. That future is here now. You can’t depend on the infrequent plex sell outs like the current Twilight movie to generate the big bucks desired.
When BowTie’s Annapolis theaters were Crown, they had decent presentations with live introductions to the shows. BowTie stopped that shortly after they took over. Now with the return of preshow ads, I suppose the loss of that personal touch they used to pride themselves on is forever lost. I’m just thinking why don’t they just put up more of those large plasma screen tvs in the lobby and foyer with those ads. People will still see them as they go into the theater and not have to be bothered once they are settled in their seats.
I thought I read somewhere about John Cusack’s (the Senator’s competitor and owner of The Charles 5 screener) screen expansion that would gut the Senator’s main auditorium. I may be wrong or am paraphrasing incorrectly, but unless you add the screens upstairs and they would be tiny little screening room boxes, you would have to widen the main auditorium somehow but wouldn’t that violate its landmark building status? Then again, if you twinned the inside, that would also be unacceptable as well. Whatever they decide to do and it should be to show first run movies, again, they should do it soon.
Can’t believe its been 30 years. I was too young to go into downtown but thoroughly enjoyed a sold out opening presentation in Langley Park, MD’s KB Langley. What an event film it was for the time, but I don’t think the movie had 70mm engagements in the DC area since the film was so rushed into theaters. I don’t think they had time to make 70mm prints in order to meet the Dec. 7 release.
My friend and I saw A Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D. It seems strange to me that its also playing in Digital 3D. If you’re going to go for the 3D experience, why not go to the more immersive experience of the large format showing? When we got tickets at the kiosk, it was interesting to note that they advertise the IMAX lite theater as THX. Unfortunately, the THX website does not list this venue as THX certified, yet. The movie was masked in what seemed to be 2:35, yet IMDB has the IMAX version at 1:44. Hmmm. The IMAX Digital trailer is all new and does show off the format’s immersive and colorful display. The previews for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland were truly amazing and, yes, even in the IMAX lite theater was quite good. Then again, we sat in the seats up front reserved for the elderly and handicapped.
The movie itself began much like we all know about the classic Dickens tale. The motion capture technique used on Jim Carrey doesn’t show his features in the beginning. His voice isn’t recognizable either at first. Unfortunately, given the fact that this is a familiar tale and I woke up very early, I found myself snoozing during the middle part of the movie. Overall, I did enjoy the movie and the format better this time around. I may want to watch it again during a matinee before Avatar comes out.
I don’t know if it was just me but the sound system seemed to have more ooomph and deeper bass than before and the surrounds good accompanying the 3D effects. Its still not up to par with the best THX venues yet, even though they are touting it as THX at the kiosk.
Now if only more theaters were this ornate! I did take a peak at their admission prices..WHOA!
I wanted to see Twilight here in XD, but opted for A Christmas Carol at AMC Colombia 14’s IMAX-lite theater. The XD seems to be Xtra Large Digital Projection. I hope to catch it there this holiday weekend.
Since I’m neither a historic theater expert or non-profit professional I cannot help. I’m sad that the Senator isn’t showing first run movies anymore. For me, its basically a closing chapter of driving in to a wonderful place to experience event blockbuster movies for the last decade with other cinephile enthusiasts. While I do get their emails that promote their current programming of live shows and niche movies, they do not appeal to me. I wish you all the best. Farewell.
Kat/Virg, if you are lucky enough you could park in front of the theater or a block away. There’s a pay parking garage a block away, too. Since the last two times I visited the Ziegfeld were on Sunday, I was able to park for free on the street in front of the Ziegfeld and the last time, a block away. I did not feel like paying $20 for the parking in addition to the already high Manhattan price for seeing a movie there.
An old fashioned ghost story set in an aged multiplex? That sounds like a misnomer..ghost story and multiplex? What could be scary about a multiplex other than bad food, awful sound and projection? :) Those are common everyday experiences of normal moviegoers today at your local Regal and AMC.
I drove by this place yesterday and there is still a for rent sign in the window.
MovieTix, how could you resist NOT seeing it in the IMAX digital version?? I am curious as to why they limit the IMAX screenings to just one show a day. They are showing it in DLP in Annapolis in THX but I think I may splurge and go the IMAX-lite route at this venue.
75 foot wide screen? Thats wider than our Uptown in DC! I wonder if its curved. You’d think LA/Hollywood would have enough venue choices and state-of-the-art ones at that being in the film capital of the world. I’m drooling and envious :P The IMAX-lite screens that our AMCs have don’t cut it as being truly IMAX and IMAX immersive as far as film presentation goes. Screen size is one thing..I’m a soundphile, too. If it doesn’t sound right and is THX cert, its not good.
I was just going by what you were saying. In the previous years, I forgot which auditorium was already DLP equipped. I do not recall the auditorium’s number but placement wise, it reminded me of Tysons. What I was saying before was that going by your assumption that 6 had the new install, it would make sense to have them book the new movie Amelia there as opposed to just putting back the older movie, which I’m assuming is the Meatballs 3D movie.
If you go and see Amelia there on time, let us know if there’s a new trailer for the digital system. I don’t think the next big digital movie will come until the movie 2012 is released in a few weeks. That one deserves the IMAX treatment given the size and scale of the destruction fx. Or, the Jim Carrey Disney Christmas Scrooge movie.
Yes, it was 6. If thats the case, why would they show an older movie with the new system? I’d think they would use the new system with the new movie. I should’ve asked. :) Besides, it was the only movie that I recall that specifically had the DP by the title. Also, Movietickets.com has just Wild Things in IMAX and regular film since there’s no DP designation.
I saw Amelia here at the 11am matinee (and perfect price of $6) but arrived late because I had to drop some folks off at a wedding in Pasadena. The film, itself, was good but not great. Its good to see Hillary Swank play a character who doesn’t die horribly…which probably means she won’t get another Oscar for portraying Amelia Earhart. I must say one does believe she captures what Amelia may have been at the time; a little reserved, but having an inner strength to continue despite the odds and obstacles.
Since I arrived late, I could not observe any pre-show ads for the auditorium’s new format. I’m hoping next time I will. The picture itself is as good as digital touts itself to be, bright, flicker and scratch free. The best colors to come out are blues and reds. One could count the freckles on Amelia though they varied throughout the film. At one point, her makeup made her look as if she had chicken pox. Maybe such crystal clarity is not such a good thing. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between 2K and 4K Digital. You’d think 4K would be twice as sharp. Perhaps a CGI heavy film like a Star Trek would show better. Let’s hope one of the Christmas fx-heavy releases makes it to this venue and in the 4K format to say for sure. I want another try at it.
YIPPY! More power to you. Since a few of the theaters I go to are patronized by shall I say a more ‘urban’ crowd, the need for off-duty police officers would necessitate implementing a policy of kicking out cell phone users during a show. The kids that are employed are no match brawn-wise for many of the offenders.
Other than the much often discussed lousy projection/sound issues, nothing is worse than having to watch a movie and see that annoying backlight of a cell phone in use.