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Reclining seats are the LAST thing this theater needs – what a way to cheapen the theaters grandeur – all it needs is a carbon copy of what was done at Seattle’s Cinerama theatre
I have no idea how much it is to showcase Fathom Event satellite feed content or how it’s physically set up as such, but if the few times when it’s actual 4K hard drive DCP – would it kill AMC to present those one off screenings on the big screen ?? Will and would they present the 40th anniversary screening of ‘Close Encounters’ next month ? No, they won’t, but to see these at the Uptown would be more than ideal … (sigh) oh well
if they did that they’d have to remove the curved screen to eliminate the inverted fisheye lens flaw, maybe take away the front two rows and add ceiling speakers – go full on twelve channel. If anything AMC really needs to do in order to add bling and attraction is go the ‘laser’ and immersive audio route, this theater deserves state of the art amenities.
sadly there are a number of premium large format screens in and around DC that offer laser projection and/or Dolby Atmos sound which when compared to the Uptown ‘experience’ are superior
Having seen what I saw with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” the Uptown has a potential to equal or even better what those screens offer.
well those plans were quickly dismissed:
‘AMC Nixes Plan to Replace Iconic Uptown Theater Sign’
One would think and hope this is the case but the public / neighborhood outcry has begun -the public meeting is scheduled for the latter end of September
I recently went to see a 3D screening of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and it was by the most underwhelming presentation, visually. Even with the glasses slightly diminishing the colors and brightness I was rather surprised the dimensionality was retained. Outside of the drained colors, the image had this murky graininess hampering the image – if this were laser projection this wouldn’t be an issue. The very top of the image was ever so cropped but wasn’t too visually distracting. The 5.1 sound was great probably the best part of the experience, but this is one theater that AMC seriously needs to consider installing a Dolby Atmos sound system, why they are being so bullheaded over this is beyond me. Lastly speaking of AMC, they are in the process of removing the iconic vintage lighted ‘Uptown’ sign from off of the building – ?!? (why?) They way they have been treating this theater I’m surprised they want to install a tacky AMC on the front …. unreal.
what’s the deal with this theater – is it making money or not? Seeing and knowing of the proposed plans of raising the adjacent strip mall/parking lot as well as the theater itself – the future plans don’t make any mention if the theater will be implemented in the new design – has anyone heard, read or know what Alexandria has in the cards for the new ‘North Potomac Yards’ area – in terms if Regal is coming back or not?
obviously this reporter forgot about this prior location being a movie theater, but on the plus side looks like the ‘live’ Synetic theater' will have a new ‘movie’ theater neighbor.
^ I remember Gore Vidal as ‘Captain 20’ too
anyone know if the AFI fixed that ugly blemish on screen 2, most everything lately I’ve seen at the Silver has been on screen 1 or 3.
the Tyson’s screen was flat even in it’s prior ETX form – however when Dolby added more lighting, that’s when the problem with the light bouncing back onto the screen occurred.
the Tyson’s screen is significantly taller and wider, so yes, the DC screen here is smaller; on the plus side the audio is much better calibrated and not as inconsistent as it is at Tysons.
I haven’t been here in awhile, but what’s going on at this theater complex? I thought there were two prior ‘Xtreme’ screens, are they both XD now or has one gone back to just being a standard large screen. Also it seems odd that as of this posting they appear to be only six screens in use – are there upgrades/renovations going on? Cinemark could in my opinion upgrade the seats, make all sound systems to be 7.1. Shame Cinemark sealed the deal with Barco and Auro, the latter being crushed by more movies being mixed and released in Dolby Atmos.
I remember going here since my friend used to work here.
well on the positive side – the DCP of ‘The Dark Crystal’ is the best it’s looked and sounded since, well … it’s 70mm engagement
guess with one off showings for it’s Sci-Fi Sundays – the Smithsonian relaxed it’s “no R-rated movies” policy – they’ve shown “Alien” “Aliens” “Blade Runner” “The Matrix”
and oh, check out the new Greg MacGillivray movie: ‘Dream Big’ – who knew that ‘engineering’ was a topic ripe for the ultra big screen & 3D.
^ maybe that’s why there were so few 3D screenings of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at Udvar Hazy … [shrugs] … I’ve never noticed the reflective glasses issue and any other flaws over at either of the Smithsonian IMAX-laser setups.
I noticed this while down at Charlottesville, at the Regal Stonefield Stadium 14, that the new screens are what the industry refers to as ‘floating screens’ and sadly are fixed at 1.85, thus any scope movie is nestled in the middle of the screen and essentially letterboxed – one word: yuck!
As of last Friday (the 13th) the brand new auditorium with 222 seats and a full blown 5 stage channels, and 43 surround Dolby Atmos sound system opened up here.
Hoffman’s Dolby Cinema auditorium opened with the premier of ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ last month
it also sounds that ALL the auditoriums are outfitted to playback in Dolby Atmos as well
who knows maybe the new building will have Regal coming back if the managing director for Carr is correct in that Regal have dibs for space within the new complex.
I like how the screens float off the wall with blue light illuminating the wall behind the screen – for the feature it’s turned off. Saw ‘Inferno’ the overly bombastic 5.1 soundmix sounded amazing if not a bit overdone at points.
went over today to check it out, it’s a fixed ‘floating’ scope framed screen, therefore any flat (1.85) movie will be centered and have black borders on the side of the image. It’s a medium sized auditorium and unlike Tyson’s the walls separating the rows are not set too high, thus allowing you to hear the rear center channels of sound. While ‘The Accountant’ is neither a Dolby Vision movie nor mixed in Atmos, it really didn’t provide what ‘Vision’ promotes, the dark levels look grey and not inky black. The sound though has considerable punch, notably with the guttural ‘gun’ shoots – sound in my mind is set too high for the size of the auditorium, voices sounded pushed way too forward and the action scenes can be slightly punishing, but unlike Tyson’s which has serious audio calibration issues, volume level here at Georgetown seems to be the only problem.
well that took forever, but the Dolby Cinema screen has opened as of this week with ‘The Accountant’ – shame that it’s not an official Dolby color graded movie.