AMC Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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HowardBHaas on April 14, 2018 at 8:06 am

I don’t understand a word Jeffpiatt wrote above. Digital projectors don’t project 35mm or 70mm film. 70mm Imax is great but is different than regular 70mm film (and projectors).

jeffpiatt on April 14, 2018 at 8:01 am the digital DLP projectors used currently are able to project in both 35 mm and 70 mm. IMAX is also a 70 MM film stock and both Dolby Cinema and Prime @ AMC are also projected in 70 mm. the former Carmike theaters have there internal 70mm large format auditoriums still branded as BigD.the way films are being sent out now are basically just the distributors shipping the film on a encrypted external Hard Disk that docks to the computer hooked up to the Projector.

HowardBHaas on April 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Of course, 70mm was great on the Uptown’s huge curved screen & yes, those 35mm blow up to 70mm films you cite (including the recent Phantom Thread, as “Music Box” is a historic Chicago movie theater that does show these 70mm films) could’ve been played on the old projectors.

JodarMovieFan on April 13, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Having not been inside the projection room, how difficult would have been to keep the older 35/70mm Norelco or whatever projection they had prior to the DP install? AMC could’ve kept them for classic revivals and not for just first run movies that would probably play better at the newer IMAX-lite venues. Even if they had, would the recent 70mm releases (Interstellar, Music Box (or whatever that dressmaker film was called, etc) have been able to be played with the older equipment?

This venue carries many memorable experiences as documented in this thread. The huge screen when properly used really adds to that immersive experience. To be honest, I’d rather see 70mm here than at the AFI..if I had a choice. :-D

jeffpiatt on April 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

Currently AMC has been sticking with putting there low screen count theaters under there AMC Classic banner and for now they are not getting the recliners. Currently the only other 1 screen AMC location left open post carmike merger is the AMC Navy Pier IMAX in CHICAGO IL that has the Reclining seats that IMAX is requireing at all current installs and reserve seating. the IMAX and DOLBY Cinema Recliners are different from the “AMC Signature Recliners” The Dolby seats have a speaker system built in to the seat itself and IMAX puts in the Black high back recliners in all there current install.

Giles on April 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

this theater most definitely does NOT need reclining seats, recliners while comfortable would cheapen it in my opinion. Laser projection is paramount in boosting both the illumination of the image, and having the colors better pop.

HowardBHaas on April 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

JodarMovieFan, 2001 will definitely this time not have the scenes cut after world premiere restored- they’d have announced such. There’s been discussion online that this print isn’t likely from original negative either, but it will likely still look awesome.

bigjoe59 on April 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm


I wish people would stop equating being able to reserve seats online with traditional roadshow engagements from the prime Sept. 1952 to Dec. 1972 period.

moviebuff82 on April 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

AMC should renovate this theater with reclining seats in the near future so it’s up to date with other DC area AMCs that have gone through the process. They should also use reserved seating just like it did when 2001 came out in that format.

stevenj on April 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

The (San Francisco) Castro Theatre’s website lists 2001 as also opening May 18 for 9 days with a 70mm print. 2001

JodarMovieFan on April 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

If they do show 2001 here, it will probably be in 4K. I haven’t been here since Dreamgirls, which I believe was 2K DP. One would think 4K would be better but my memory of the DP presentations here were that they tended to be darker.

In70mm reports a new 70mm print made from the original negative, so you know it doesn’t get much better than that. Although, I wonder if that means the cut scenes are also restored.. :)

On the other hand, if they did a IMAX version and showed it at one of the Smithsonian venues…now THAT would be quite immersive. I think I’d get motion sickness rewatching some the scenes that involved anti-grav or earth-orbit shots that go in circles.

HowardBHaas on April 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

Since I assist with both websites, I will note that 3 theaters have announced- in Chicago (Music Box), NYC (Village East), and Boston area (Sommerville). There are all great historic theaters though without Uptown’s huge curved screen. We look forward to updating the list when announcements are made. I’d expect AFI Silver to likely show this sometime.

peekytoe on April 12, 2018 at 5:20 am

I can’t find any officially announcements online with the schedule for the 50th Anniversary Screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey in May. Since this is where it all started, I’d love to make the pilgrimage to DC and see it here. I haven’t reached out to AMC directly…does anyone on this forum have any intel?

Giles on April 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

@ Howard: AMC for whatever reason removed the left/center, and right/center channels out from behind the screen, but retained the original center and left/right speakers, they’re still there, but the original cinerama configuration is gone.

@ veyoung52 – yes in the 90’s 6-track split stereo surround became the standard, but Sony also it’s 8-channel mixing, cinema presentation that brought back the five stage channels, and boy did it sound glorious.

if AMC were to ever consider integrating/renovating the Uptown’s sound system to feature Dolby Atmos, reinstalling the left/center and right/center is paramount as Atmos does recommend the two additional speakers for especially wide screen dimensions (Arclight Bethesda for example is five front [plus bass] on it’s Atmos,‘widescreen’ screen)

MSC77 on April 4, 2018 at 8:06 am

Here’s the link to a new article on roadshow and large format presentations in Washington, DC, which includes numerous mentions of the Uptown.

Showcase Presentations in Washington, DC

The piece is a work in progress, so please don’t hesitate to offer up any useful feedback.

MSC77 on April 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Just in time for the big anniversary, here’s a new retrospective article on Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Uptown and lots of other cinemas get mentioned in the piece.

Still the Ultimate Trip: Remembering “2001: A Space Odyssey” on its 50th Anniversary

cineramafan on April 2, 2018 at 8:10 am

Happy Birthday, “2001: A Space Odyssey!”

PeterApruzzese on April 1, 2018 at 9:25 am

Howard – 70mm used to have five backstage speakers: Left, Left/Center, Center, Center/Right, and Right. The mixers eventually used those channels on the prints for subwoofers, so many theatres took them out.

veyoung52 on April 1, 2018 at 7:05 am

Channels two and four in six-track mixes and their associated loudspeaker placements became obsolete in the nineties.

markp on April 1, 2018 at 6:54 am

Weinstein installed the 70MM equipment for Hateful 8. Warner Bros bought most of it when Dunkirk was coming out last summer. I highly doubt that any of the equipment would be removed from a theatre somewhere to be installed here.

HowardBHaas on April 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

Giles, are you saying there is only a center channel behind the screen? and, left and right speakers exist but to the actual left and right of the screen?

It would be cool if the curtain’s motor would be replaced or fixed so a curtain could be used again including classics like 2001 in 70mm…..the way I saw it the last time, in the year 2001.

Giles on March 31, 2018 at 7:23 pm

^^ while they’re at it put back the left/center, right/center speakers behind the screen that were removed years ago.

MarkDHite on March 30, 2018 at 9:29 pm

WB installed 70mm in several theatres to show The Hateful Eight. How cool if they would do that at the Uptown for 2001. Just dreaming.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 2, 2018 at 7:09 am

Thanks, JodarMovieFan. I should have realized the 70mm projectors would be gone. It would be so great to see it again on a real Cinerama screen – unless they got rid of that too?