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Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

I never noticed this but with the laser changeover – trailers are presented before the feature … and the theater does have concessions: sodas, popcorn; two things the description of this theater states otherwise.

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Giles commented about West End Cinema on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

re(re)opening tomorrow April 1st – showtimes are up on the theater’s website.

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Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Mar 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

while this is my favourite newer theater in the DC metro area – I do have to say they are the worst when it comes to the number of 3D movies shown as such during the day.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

it’s on the top banner of AMC Tyson’s webpage

https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/washington-d-c/amc-tysons-corner-16

“Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime – Opening Soon”

I actually stopped by the theater last week and noted that auditorium 11 is boarded up, obviously for the construction going on behind it.

the manager on hand though was the least helpful that I’ve talked to in the past – he really was clueless and monosyllabic.

in terms of the seating I assume they will look something like this:

http://cdn.highdefdigest.com/uploads/2015/10/08/660/Dolby_Cinema_at_AMC_Prime_Interior_.JPG

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Giles commented about Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema on Mar 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm

question – so what are the technical aspects of this theater – can it show 35mm? what projector’s are being used (brand, 4K? or standard 2K?)

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

I’m surprised ‘The Jungle Book’ advance tix aren’t up for the Dolby Cinema screen, but ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is; for it’s May 5th 7:30pm and 11pm screenings.

While I’m sure the seat number was reduced, looking at the seating chart for ‘Civil War’ what was done doesn’t look as severe.

Prime time ticket price is $20.19

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Giles commented about West End Cinema on Mar 17, 2016 at 8:35 am

looks like Landmark is closing the theater until April – “We’re renovating to enhance your experience! With New Screens, Supple Leather seats, & more!”

I was over here for the Oscar Doc Shorts showcase on screen 1, and personally it didn’t look like they did anything to the screen or the seats

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 16, 2016 at 6:56 am

it helps tremendously BobbyS, that 70mm can also sound great with the five channels of sound behind the screen – something that DCP applications has yet to achieve, Dolby Atmos can do it, but no one has hard encoded five front sound since the release of 8-channel SDDS movies.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

waterguy56 – I’ll be very curious what your thoughts are on IMAX’s new 12-channel sound system (if and when the system debuts with the conversion to laser), while it’s not as great as Dolby Atmos, it’s a definite improvement in terms of competing with Atmos and standard 7.1 surround sound.

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Giles commented about Old Greenbelt Theatre on Mar 7, 2016 at 7:35 pm

apparently my comments made on April 25th of last year – was sort of pointless – thankfully OGTDan’s comments on February 6th of this year here on Cinema Treasures and on Facebook corrected and described ‘Phase 2’ – I’m curious what the “upgrading … of the screen” actually means – larger?

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

it also takes a few days if not a week or so to add the ceiling speakers in the IMAX-laser speaker configurement

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Mar 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

annoyingly ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wont be playing here [damn it]

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Giles commented about Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market on Mar 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

technically it’s three screens / auditoriums, not one.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm

^ 5 perf and 15 perf 70mm systems have nothing in common – the latter takes a huge amount of room, something I highly doubt the projection room at the Ziegfeld could accommodate.

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Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Feb 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm

I’m not sure why the AMC Prime experience would be better than the IMAX version, considering for BvS around three scenes were shot in 4:3 IMAX full screen

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

the Chinese is a legit IMAX system and install, the Seattle Cinerama which yes a custom installation: features a Christie 6P laser projector and Dolby Atmos. I got an email today stating the theater is up and running as of today. After the brief run of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Fri-Sun) a return engagement the Lockheed will:

“Beginning in March, the theater will have “Sci-Fi Sundays” in which fan-favorites such as The Martian will play at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Experience The Martian in IMAX 3D March 6, 13, 20, and 27.”

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

according to the Air & Space’s theater website the theater is reopening on February 25th and will be showcasing the new laser system with ‘The Force Awakens’ (beginning on Friday) til Sunday night.

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Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Feb 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

screen 2 is the only auditorium to feature 4K digital projection. I am liking the ‘Wednesday Rewind’ (Classic) Film showcase with a showing in the afternoon and evening – most of the screenings have been shown in auditorium #5.

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Giles commented about Harbor East Cinema on Feb 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

^ it took them four years to replace those screens with Barco projector’s as the first indication/news that Landmark was implementing said DLP projectors was in 2012 – better late than never.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

holy @#$% !! – I just noticed the tix pricing for the LA / NYC ‘Prime’ theaters which the manager speculated Tyson’s theater could be comparable to (which for prime time evening will range from $20 – $21.59 (Ipic Rockville takes the cake for the most expensive ticket pricing in the DC metro area – it helps to be a member which bumps down the price considerably), ouch! – you can expect me to be at the matinee screenings. ($20 for the AFI’s 70mm engagement of ‘Hateful Eight’ was the exception and worth it), but $20 on a continual basis – yeah, I don’t see that happening on my income.

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Giles commented about Atlantic Plumbing Cinema on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I haven’t yet been hear to see a movie, but wouldn’t the drop down projector’s create an audible (annoying) noise during the movie?

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

the ETX auditorium is now closed and will begin it’s conversion makeover to a Dolby Cinema / ‘Prime’ screen – the manager I talked with today noted the reopening is undetermined but she stated mid-March to early April at the earliest.

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Giles commented about Showplace ICON at Roosevelt Collection on Jan 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

question: is the Icon-X screen the only auditorium that features Dolby Atmos sound or there additional auditoriums that also feature the sound format?

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

waterguy56: the current conversion of the Smithsonian’s Lockheed Martin IMAX screen in downtown DC is longer than the typical month duration – January 11th to a non-date specific ‘March 2016’ – it’s an older theater setup and the Smithsonian’s response when comparing it to Udvar Hazy’s Airbus theater:

“It was a shorter turnaround, but it was also a newer theater. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater turns 40 this year! The process to renovate it is a bit more involved.”

given the vast size of the IMAX screen here at LS13 and the height to the ceiling – I’m sure it’s conversion to laser might also be on the complex side – time will tell.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm

sorry for the digression here:

“AMC Theatres® is proud to introduce AMC Prime, a revolutionary movie-going experience.

AMC Prime brings together a unique blend of enhanced sensory technology and premium comfort that allows our guests to feel every turn, takeoff and awe-inspiring explosion while reclining in a custom-fitted chair.

How is AMC Prime different? We’re glad you asked…

  • Recliner chairs that have subwoofers integrated into them so guests can “feel” the action they see on-screen
  • Dolby Atmos sound technology and JBL speakers surround guests on all sides for a world-class, immersive audio experience
  • A specialized screen that enhances the visual beauty of every film seen in an AMC Prime auditorium"

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Dolby Cinema is merging it’s technology to select ‘Prime’ theaters:

“What is Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime? In the broadest sense, it’s a premium movie-going experience designed to transport audiences into a film’s universe using three components:

1) Dolby Vision — a new dual-4K Christie laser projection system designed for films that have been color graded for Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range), giving content 500-times the contrast ratio of conventional projection systems. Pure black levels, expanded color gamut capabilities, and twice the brightness (up to 31fL).

2) Dolby Atmos — a reference quality sound system capable of decoding object-based surround mixing. In Burbank’s case, that’s five in-screen speakers plus 48 surrounds, 4 ceiling-mounted subwoofers, and in-seat transducers for extra rumble.

3) Comfort & Aesthetics — not only does the auditorium boast leather recliners facing a large screen, but the entire space has been painted matte black to control ambient light, color lights have been used to highlight the numerous speakers, and there’s the Signature Entrance, an audio-visual pathway meant to evoke a journey into the mindset of watching a particular film."

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[I now return you to your regular scheduled AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater discussion … already in progress]