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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.
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?
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.
question: is the Icon-X screen the only auditorium that features Dolby Atmos sound or there additional auditoriums that also feature the sound format?
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.
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…
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."
[I now return you to your regular scheduled AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater discussion … already in progress]
waterguy56: I was under the impression that IMAX creates two different DCP’s – one for it’s 4:3 screens (IMAX-laser) and 1.78 for it’s IMAX-Digital screens.
moviebuff82 – do you know if all three screens have 4K projector’s (and what brand)?
AMC Prime is also 7.1/Dolby Atmos sound; far superior to IMAX 6.0 sound.
is this reserved seating now? or is it still first come first seating.
as of a July article from an online story from the Washington Sun:
“After remaining dark for more than a year because of the ongoing renovations in the East Building, the Gallery’s Auditorium—one of Washington’s finest theater spaces—will open again this Saturday for free public screenings on weekends only.”
of the two laser installs, this is going to be the longest, with a stated ‘March 2016’ reopening time frame. As it’s the oldest IMAX screen of the Smithsonian’s the conversion will be more complex than Udvar Hazy’s.
It’s always been ETX – but changing over to a ‘Prime’ theater was quietly murmured to me (which is completely different: mainly laser projection, different seats) – that conversion may or might not happen at a future date, but it didn’t in the time frame mentioned to me – because for a largely sold out show last night, AMC might think otherwise in reducing the seat number in it’s second largest auditorium at this location.
^ well that didn’t happen (thankfully)
just saw ‘The Revenant’ – didn’t know it was on the ETX screen here. Visually and aurally it was amazing, from the music to the overall sound design – this was a top notch Atmos mix and stunning presentation.
oh sorry Coate – I remember seeing ‘Quest for Fire’, was very impressionable for a young age.
I had no idea that ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ was here, since I distinctly remember seeing it over at 4000 Wisconsin Ave.
I remember the ads for ‘The Last Emperor’ – it played at Jenifer? The Post ads definitely were touting 70mm at the Uptown for that release.
I saw ‘Hateful Eight’ here yesterday midday and I thought the presentation was outstanding – typical for AFI Silver in my opinion ~wow!~
Morricone’s score at times was so powerful and suitably loud.
my only gripe is that Tarantino should have had some entre' act music at the beginning of the second part of the movie – it abruptly jumps back into the movie without much of a breather.
as a teen in the late 80’s I started to keep the Movie Section of the Weekend part of the Post – they unfortunately got chucked… [sad face] So how would I research this? got any tips – I know that the Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the DC library used to keep the Post on microfilm – do they still do that?
I haven’t yet Jodar – I’m eyeing seeing ‘The Force Awakens’ this coming Saturday here
I was under the impression that the aspect ratio “1.43 : 1 (some scenes: IMAX 70mm)” [as indicated on IMDB] meant full screen – right?
“IMAX 70mm” also pertains to the IMAX-laser systems that are projected on 4:3 screens.
from the Smithsonian’s Facebook page:
“Last chance to experience 15/70mm film at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater!
#TheForceAwakens will be our final show in film on January 10th. On January 11th we close our doors to upgrade our facility to the state-of-the-art IMAX with Laser digital projection system!"
sign of the times…
also IMAX-laser has no ghosting unlike IMAX 15/70 which is sporadic but does happen time to time.
^ I’m just curious in knowing what disappointments you’ve noted are?
I got word from Arclight – that they fixed the image in filling the entire curved screen. For some reason this has never been corrected at Washington DC’s Uptown theater screen which displays this very odd fish-eye anomaly at the bowed corners – never a problem with the 70mm/35mm projector, but once digital came around … eck!
that extra 21 feet was supposed to be for ‘Hateful 8’ [sarcasm face]
does the new projector properly fill the whole screen – curve and all?
I highly doubt that AMC is going to pony up for a laser system – it could use it (in my opinion) but the theater was listed as one of the top three places to see the new Star Wars movie as mentioned in today’s Washington Post’s Weekend section.
mentioned in today’s Washington Post’s Weekend section as one of the top three places to see (“experience”) the new Star Wars movie – I agree!