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the worst renovation aspect that Landmark enacted was the adding of the lighting on the walls of the auditoriums – they don’t go fully off during the feature and thus ruins any and all scenes in the movies where it is darkly lit or a night scene. (‘Love is Strange’ looked like crap) It’s blatant and really REALLY visually distracting – it’s made me rethink of seeing movies here. I’m curious in knowing since the Arclight and Ipic theater (which opens this week) will factor in if Landmark might book one of the screens here with more eclectic programming (such as ‘week long run’ features, as they do with E Street; “Force Majeure” run here at Bethesda suggests that they are). Landmark seriously needs to bring more movies to the DC area closer to their New York City/L.A release dates, we use to in the 1970-80’s – we’ve slipped somehow.
Secondly the new seats maybe more comfortable and larger, but there’s not a lot of room from your knees to the seat in front of you, letting people get around you is a major pain in the ___.
from the video you provided thebrat it sounds that there are two auditoriums that can showcase 35mm presentations. I also like the fact that the representative states that the lighting is up to spec and in my opinion will supercede the crappy renovations that Landmark did to their downtown Bethesda location, which throws so much light from off the walls during the actual movie thus diminishing the pop and light from the screen itself.
AMC Shirlington is the closet theater that only features foreign/indie fare. I doubt that any of these theaters feature start of the art 7.1 sound … do they?
maybe whomever buys Regal can get it’s act together and improve theaters in the chain to state of the art standards. 7.1 surround sound for starters; make every RPX screen feature Dolby Atmos sound.
as for this site – do this mean that no updates or ‘new’ theaters can be added???
there are TWO Atmos systems – when the manager told me that – I think he noticed my jaw had dropped to the floor.
question: I’m not seeing a listing for the Roth Seven Lock’s twin theater on Tuckerman Lane – in the strip mall that has the Giant. Is it not listed here?
I remember seeing the 1989 version of ‘Ten Little Indians’ here with my high school friends.
from what I can see on their website both a DLP presentation on the ‘Wide Screen’ and the 35mm print are happening. The 35mm print is opening two days prior on the 5th of November.
I thought the Bow Tie Reston’s BTX screen was a set 2.35 screen with no side masking. The best thing about the Cinemark Xtreme screens are that they are two of the tallest screens in the DC area including the IMAX-D and ETX screen at Tysons and the Uptown.
six auditoriums are set up to playback 3D features as well.
I’ll try and make it! I have a signed book of his that I got when I worked at Olsson’s Books and Records (Georgetown).
correction: the screen will get the conversion but it will not be in the claimed January – March 2015 timeline. The museum is slated for renovations in the next couple of years and at that time (or possibly sooner) the IMAX screen will then be upgraded.
the article is not entirely accurate – this screen and the Udvar Hazy theater will get the upgrade but the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater will get the conversion later. Here though the lazer system will require a new screen, but it will retain the full the 66ft by 90ft dimensions.
so the premier of ‘Star Trek – The Motion Picture’ played here, but didn’t actually play here, right? or am I wrong? I thought I remembered seeing it over at the Uptown.
‘Sound of Music’ has been confirmed to be the 4K DCP
‘West Side Story’ – a 70mm print? – oh I’ll be there!
HDCam looks like a Betamax/VHS cassette – I’m not sure why it’s encoded, delivered, presented as such since I thought it can only feature a movie no longer than 124 minutes in length (‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ is 132 minutes)
there was a United Artists theater here in Rockville in the same general area, but not in the exact location – I remember it because that’s where I saw ‘Robocop 2’ in 1990.
from an article regarding the conversion from 15/70 to digital projection on the IMAX screen:
“All three of Smithsonian’s IMAX theaters will close from January to March 2015 to convert from film to digital.”
from this online article:
from my understanding the conversion means that with the upgrade, this location will finally be able to showcase IMAX 3D features.
so ‘Star Trek II’ 70mm/6-track mix was a baby boom mix then – right? or was it five across/mono surround?
Is there a master list online of what films were baby boom 6-track mixes?
it’s opening date is actually October 17th.
I was too young to fully appreciate 70mm at the time, but I remember seeing ‘The Dark Crystal’ here.
my fond memory of the Key theater was a Sunday morning pre-release screening of ‘The Crying Game’ (Key Sunday Cinema Club) – someone accidentally dropped their coffee on my back … and the movie itself was great.
I’m honestly not sure why Paul Thomas Anderson chose 70mm to film ‘The Master’ in – some of the photography looked great, but the subject matter and plot was so off kilter – I didn’t think it enhanced it.
Nor did I find the 5.1 sound that remarkable or memorable.
Blu-ray.com states that even the blu-ray disc “The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track reproduces Greenwood’s score with a forceful presence that takes full advantage of the surround array. .
Major effects such as the ocean or the interior of a naval vessel are noteworthy, but in general The Master’s mix goes for subtle environmental ambiance that doesn’t draw attention away from the visuals."
Howard: ‘Gone Girl’ is actually mixed in 7.1, so even though I haven’t seen it yet, I’d assume the mix would be much more prevalent and aggressive than ‘The Master’s’
question: is the digital projection system still the NEC projector or did it change when Bow Tie took over?