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Presentations here are generally good in terms of projection, though the sound is almost always too quiet. Bass output during Pacific Rim was very underwhelming compared to subsequent viewings at other theatres. The largest auditoriums are a bit better but still too quiet for their size.
All auditoriums are full stadium seating with no lower floor seating (flat) section.
The smaller auditoriums are practically shoeboxes being much longer than they are wide, which means if you don’t sit near the front quarter of those auditoriums, the screens will look small. Leg room is cramped compared to the largest auditoriums.
The largest auditoriums have wider row spacing (more legroom) and wider screens with side masking.
According to the cinema locator on Barco’s website, two of the largest auditoriums (7 and 8) have their 2K DLP projectors installed. Auditorium 6 is also large but I’m assuming a Sony projector is installed for that house.
I saw Oz the Great and Powerful during its run in IMAX 3D and the IMAX sound was very weak. Bass output was practically non-existent and the sound overall was not loud at all for IMAX. Projection was good, though not as bright as the projectors at Cinemark Egyptian.
Star Trek: Into Darkness in IMAX 3D was the complete opposite with brighter projection and much louder sound, though the mid and high frequency audio seemed to be louder than the bass at times.
I thought the Man of Steel (standard 2D) presentation in auditorium 7 over the weekend was better than both of those projection wise. The IMAX projectors seem to have higher contrast with more saturated color compared to the DLP projector in #7. Like the Into Darkness presentation in IMAX 3D, sound in Man of Steel was loud but emphasized the mid and high frequencies with even less low-frequency/bass output.
Like most AMC locations that were built before digital cinema became standard, this theater still uses their old, low-resolution video projectors for pre-shows (AMC locations in Owings Mills and White Marsh do the same as well). Local Cinemark and Regal megaplexes that were built with film projectors (Arundel Mills and Snowden Square, respectively) are using their digital cinema projectors for all presentations, including pre-shows.
For those who enjoy watching trailers: this specific theater frequently shows old trailers (not the most recent trailers) and sometimes does not show new teaser trailers that are included with new film releases.
Giles, I expected the IMAX screen to at least be as large as the XD screen at Cinemark Egyptian 24. That is not the case. It looked similar in size to most of the other IMAX retrofits in the area, except the IMAX screens at the Regal Majestic 20 and AMC Tysons Corner, which are most likely larger.
Regal’s Press Release:
Crofton Patch (includes a photo of the theatre):
This theatre is part of the ongoing development of Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. As a result, the theatre’s exact location does not appear on any digital maps as of this writing.
I saw The Hunger Games in IMAX during one of the preview days. The IMAX screen size is a bit underwhelming for a purpose-built IMAX auditorium (auditorium 6). The stadium seating in this auditorium was built at a steeper rake and on a raised platform. I have not seen the other standard auditoriums in the theatre so I do not know if they were also built this way. Seating capacities are posted at auditorium entrances.
The Godfather Part II will be shown in large-format XD auditoriums on Thursday, April 19
Cinemark has shown trailers for these classic film screenings before some recently released films, usually ones of the same or similar genres.
One of the former THX houses, auditorium 10, has been retrofitted with digital IMAX. Fandango indicates that the first IMAX film will be Journey 2 in IMAX 3D, which starts February 10.
A movie poster outside the theatre indicates that The Godfather will be shown on the XD screen on Thursday, March 1.
Watched Beauty and the Beast 3D in auditorium 7 this past week. The depth of the 3D seemed to be better than The Lion King 3D, which I also saw at this theatre in auditorium 2.
I looked up into the booth window for both screenings and it appears that both auditoriums have DLP projectors due to their larger screens. They only had a single lens with a RealD filter in front, unlike Sony projectors that have a dual lens adapter for 3D features. The 3D DLP presentations also appear to be brighter than the Sony 3D presentations I have seen in the smaller auditoriums.
There has been a slight price bump to the XD prices.
Also visited the IMAX-lite auditorium at AMC Loews White Marsh 16 a while ago, which is similar in size (both seating capacity & auditorium size) to the XD at this theatre. However, the IMAX screen at White Marsh is not wall to wall due to emergency exits located on the left and right sides, behind the screen.
Previously operated by General Cinema
This theatre opened with five THX certified auditoriums: 10, 11, Premium 1, Premium 2, Premium 3 (15-17). I believe the THX signs are still posted outside their respective auditoriums. General Cinema showed THX and Dolby trailers when they operated the theatre.
The Premium auditoriums were the former dine-in screens, which still have their cocktail tables and plush seating.
All 24 screens were sold out for the midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
According to the AMC website & MovieTickets.com, most of the auditoriums now have digital projection.
The building that formerly housed this theater now encloses a Big Lots department store: View link
The majority of the standard auditoriums had new Barco DLP projectors installed this week. I’m assuming these are the new DLP Enhanced 4K-ready models but I didn’t have time to ask anyone.
The digital presentation of Unstoppable in auditorium 19 looked very bright and detailed with the new projector and had good sound levels to accompany it. I also enjoyed the film a lot.
The entrance to the XD auditorium has been updated as well with red neon lighting, a larger XD sign above the entrance and a redesigned XD poster case across from the auditorium entrance.
The new owners of the Senator have set up a new web site here: http://www.thesenatortheatre.com/
There is also a PDF document in the Renovations Blog outlining the proposed updates and renovations planned for this historic theatre.
I recently saw Inception in digital IMAX and enjoyed the film and digital presentation for the most part.
Although the sound system seemed to be more powerful than previous IMAX screenings (especially the bass output), there were times when the sound seemed like it was not equalized. At some points, the bass would drown out the mid and higher end audio, such as spoken dialogue, which is important in this particular film.
Otherwise, the presentation was fine. The digital projection was brighter than most standard digital presentations, which helped bring out some details in the picture.
Digital Projection Update:
Auditorium 1 – Multiplex IMAX digital (DLP x 2)
Auditorium 4 – Sony 4K digital (RealD 3D capable)
Auditorium 6 – Sony 4K digital (RealD 3D capable)
Auditorium 14 – DLP digital (RealD 3D capable)
Auditoriums 1 & 6 appear to be the largest digital auditoriums, with auditorium 4 being the smallest digital screen and 14 somewhere in between in terms of size.
Forgive me, it seems I overlooked the fact about the glasses darkening the image in my last comment. I also saw ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ twice: in Cinemark XD and digital IMAX and the XD presentation was brighter and fine details in the picture were more apparent.
As Giles said, the increased brightness is most noticeable without the glasses on. After seeing ‘Twilight New Moon’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ in XD 2D, the picture is definitely brighter and more detailed than standard presentations.
This past weekend, I saw Despicable Me in XD 3D with some friends. The 3D aspect in this film was more noticeable than Toy Story 3, though it was not nearly as gimmicky as the Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D remake. The movie itself doesn’t live up to the high Pixar standards of Toy Story 3 but was better than most animated films and I would still recommend seeing it.
As always, the sound and projection quality was superior. However, as Jodar mentioned, the projection does not seem to be as bright — when I saw Twilight New Moon last year and How to Train Your Dragon 3D earlier this year, those films seemed brighter than my recent 3D viewings of Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me.
Auditoriums #6 and #13 now have digital projection. Auditorium #13 has RealD 3D and is showing Toy Story 3 in 3D, not sure about #6 though. I saw “The Karate Kid” in #6, which had better surround effects but a lower sound level than previous 35 mm viewings. I previously saw “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (35 mm) in the same auditorium and the sound level was much higher.
And yes, the theater has switched to Cinemark-style ticket taking, meaning the main area of the theater is open (consisting mostly of the concession area, though the arcade room is also open to the public now). Each of the hallways leading to the auditoriums has a ticket taker. I also experienced this at the Century San Francisco Centre 9, which is also run by Cinemark.
Here is an article about the theater closing: View link
This theater should be listed as 9 screens.
Under Regal ownership, the theater was known as UA Westview Mall 9 and its online ticketing page still exists on Fandango: View link
The theater was recently gutted and the back end demolished. Steel beams remain in the interior of the building, possibly to support the stores built adjacent to the theater.
AMC Press Release: View link
According to the press release, this ETX auditorium appears to be using a 2K projector instead of the 4K projector used at Yonge & Dundas in Toronto. Auditorium 1 at AMC Pleasure Island was retrofitted with ETX.
I’m a bit surprised that IMAX has no issues with AMC ETX, since it is similar to Cinemark’s XD auditoriums.
I saw Alice in Wonderland in the XD auditorium (#12) this weekend. The size and seating layout of the auditorium is similar to the adjacent auditorium (#11), so the seat count should be roughly the same. The seating capacity sign was removed after the conversion to XD due to the installation of new seats. I sat a few rows from the center aisle this time, so I was able to see the entire screen. The screen takes up the majority of a patron’s field of vision, even towards the rear of the auditorium. It is noticeably larger than the digital IMAX at Columbia (both height and width wise) and the sound system is equally bigger in terms of bass output. You will definitely notice a difference when the pre-show ends and the previews/trailers start. The bass was most noticable during the Tron Legacy trailer, when the auditorium received a nice shaking throughout the trailer. There were also some scenes in Alice when the bass made its presence known.
I also noticed that digital artifacts such as motion blur and ghosting were more subtle and much less frequent than digital IMAX. The picture was not dark as most other RealD 3D presentations I’ve seen. It was just as bright and vivid as digital IMAX. The picture of Alice in Wonderland filled the majority of the screen, with thin vertical masking lines on the side edges of the screen (similar to Avatar in digital IMAX).
Cinemark has a trailer for XD, which is shown before the movie starts. The Disney Digital 3D trailer was also shown after the XD trailer since this particular film is distributed by Disney and presented in 3D.
Giles, according to Cinemark’s press releases regarding XD, all XD auditoriums use a Barco DP-3000 DLP 2K projector. All XD auditoriums also have plush leather seating and custom JBL sound systems with at least 30 speakers.
One last side note: the area behind the information/customer service counter is walled off on both sides due to renovations of the concession stand. An area of the right side of the concession stand was open but I did not visit that area since the XD auditorium is on the left side of the building.
Apparently, the IMAX (Digital MPX) auditorium will be opened to the public on March 5 with the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Preview screenings of “Under The Sea 3D” are reported to occur this week.
This is the last week to see Avatar in Cinemark XD (RealD 3D) – up until Thursday, February 11. Just a heads up if you’re interested in seeing it in XD. I was originally interested in seeing it in XD but I don’t think I can make it by this week.
Cinemark has also changed the promotional tag lines for XD, possibly due to the IMAX lawsuit, as seen on their XD page.
Former: Crisp, Clear Digital Projection / Mega-sized screen / Custom Sound System
Updated: 2D & 3D Digital Projection / Wall-to-Wall screen / Custom sound system