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RobertAlex commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

Finally made it to see Interstellar last night in 70mm at the Dome. I had seen it on opening day at the Universal IMAX and wanted to see it here as well.

The previews were in digital and they looked a bit distorted as usual as the picture didn’t go near the bottom corners of the screen ( I have bitched about that here before). During the Age of Ultron preview my friend turned to me to complain how crappy the picture looked. When the film started and it took up the entire screen he leaned in again and said, that’s better. To my delight, they used the full masking including the bits at the bottom corners. The screen looked as it should, grand and large with a nice curve to it with the picture using the full height and depth of the screen.

It was nice to see the theater about ¾’s full, and (except for the 5 year old behind me asking his dad a question every 2 minutes) the presentation was outstanding. I enjoyed the sound mix here much better then at IMAX and I actually enjoyed the movie more the second time too. Perhaps it was the Dome, or perhaps it was that this time I understood the plot a bit more.

RobertAlex commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

I love this site….hopefully a hiatus is just that and you will be back really soon!

RobertAlex commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I few summers ago (2010 or 2011?) i went to the Star Trek 70mm festival at the Royal, in West Los Angeles before it got chopped up and was still one single screen. They showed the movies on Saturday nights at midnight for a few weeks in a row.

From what I recall, they could not even find a 35mm print of the original Star TreK, The Motion Picture. I think they started the festival with ST2: Wrath of Kahn, which was a horrible 70mm print that was faded and looked all green. It was still a blast, and the sound was fantastic.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 6 on Sep 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

This theatre has always been a favorite of mine in the Valley. 2 huge auditoriums with 60 foot screens (one with Barco Auro 3d sound) and 4 nice size medium auditoriums with large screens as well. This past year I noticed every time I came here it was nearly empty. Turns out the remodeled AMC Fallbrook a few miles away with auto recliners and reserved seating has killed their business.

They are in the middle of a major renovation, adding reclining seats in all six auditoriums, reducing seating by 50%. It should be completed by November and hopefully create more traffic here. They will also have reserved seating as well. Cannot wait to check it out when done. Next time I got I will try and add pictures.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

So from what I read from this thread they are turning the Big N into an IMAX?? wow, although i welcome dual projection and hopefully the new Laser 4K Projector, I feel they can do this without the IMAX brand.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 12, 2014 at 10:04 am

OCRon, thanks for the update! Personally i am not sure how I feel about changing the Big N, although whenever I go it is usually the 7ish showings on a Saturday for the big event movies, since no one is ever there. There have been opening weekends when we were sitting with maybe 50 other people in that huge auditorium. I guess a remodel is the better option to it being chopped up or worse, closed. Did they tell you if they were going to serve food? The part about the swivel tables make me nervous.

As far as the layout, it seems they are going to make it look like the Ziegfeld with both slopped and stadium, that doesnt sound too bad. Hopefully they will go the distance and add in Dolby Atmos and one of the new Laser Projectors, but doubt it.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

When they switched to digital in the big auditorium I called and asked the Manager. I think that post is still on this thread. I was told it was a Barco2K 32B. They also told me it was upgradable to 4K as they installed before the 4K projectors (non sony) were available. The Sony 4K cannot properly light up that size screen. Many AMC’s and Regals who all have Sony 4K deals outfit their largest screens with DLP projectors from NEC or Christie or Barco.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Big Newport 6 on Sep 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

I believe all engagements of Ghostbusters had to be presented in 4K for the re release. The Big Newport has a Barco 2K projector.

RobertAlex commented about Rancho Mirage 16 & IMAX on Jun 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

name should be changed to Rancho Mirage 16 and IMAX, as they opened a digital IMAX in one of their existing auditoriums last month.

RobertAlex commented about Desert IMAX Theatre on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

IMAX is gone! UltraStar has stopped showing IMAX films and will convert this to their “UltraMax” brand. I have seen Non-Imax movies on this screen 4 times with the 4K Christie Projectors (when they dont get 70mm prints they show movies via DCP on their non imax projector they installed in 2011) and it is a dark picture..nothing like true Imax. Sad. Here is the article:

CATHEDRAL CITY – Change is coming to the Coachella Valley’s IMAX theater that officials say will mean more first-run movies on the large screen, but not in IMAX format.

The theater is transitioning to UltraMax, a product of UltraStar Cinemas, which manages the Desert IMAX and neighboring 14-screen Mary Pickford Theatre for Cathedral City.

Over the weekend, IMAX lettering was removed from the theater’s exterior. Above the marquee, a banner announcing “Desert Cinema Large Screen Experience” was hung over the former lettering.

“We believe this is better,” Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa said Sunday. “We had trouble getting first-run movies through IMAX, and the catalog of movies was limited.”

UltraMax will primarily show newly released movies in digital 3-D on the 70-foot-wide by 52-foot-high screen, she said.

The City Council approved the transition more than a month ago, said DeRosa. She said costs would be reduced for the city but couldn’t recall offhand the exact savings.

UltraStar Cinemas took over management of the 14-screen Pickford and 270-seat Desert IMAX theaters in November 2011 under a five-year contract with the city.

A nearly $500,000 digital film projector was installed in the IMAX in July 2011, allowing for more flexibility in the types of movies that can be shown and more revenue for the theater, at 68-510 E. Palm Canyon Drive, officials then said.

Theater and UltraStar officials couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

According to its website, UltraStar has at least one other UltraMax theater at the Garden Walk in Anaheim with a 65-foot wide screen “developed to provide an amazing large screen experience similar to those provided by other branded formats.”

RobertAlex commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 14, 2014 at 12:07 am

Roger, I agree with you 100% which is why I was so disappointed. The problem is not the screen but rather what arclight has done to diminish the affects of the curve. The issue is the masking on the bottom corners of the screen.

RobertAlex commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Jason, I know. I stood there with my mouth open knowing this dude had no clue to what he was speaking of and just walked away. I emailed Arclight, lets see if I get a response. Yes, it was Days of Future Past…or as I will call it now, the movie that smiled at me for 2 hours.:)

RobertAlex commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

I finally made it back to the Dome last night after spending most movie weekends since last fall/summer at the Chinese or the Village (or the new Prime AMC Burbank). They finally were showing something I wanted to see that was not in 3D, X-Men FC. Wow, how depressing it was. The masking that they “fixed” the screen with last summer is even worse now. It is as if the screen looks like it is smiling, with the bottom right and left sides of the masking pulled up about 5 feet on either end. The screen looks small and distorted. It is as if you walked into a carved up theater from the 80’s where the screens didn’t really fit the space but they jammed them in.

It wasn’t that crowded so I walked around trying to find the sweet spot and couldn’t find it. From every part of the theater you can see how distorted the screen is. I guess they are trying to diminish the curve, but isnt that why we come to the Dome, to see a giant curved screen? It was hard to tell, but I cannot imagine it to be bigger then 70 feet now. I know it is supposed to be 86 feet wide, but that has got to be used only for 70mm showings such as when I saw IAMMMMW in fall ‘12. It is so bad (IMO) that the screen they used for Evita (when they put a flat screen in front of the curved screen) looked way better then what I saw last night.

I went out and complained and the manager told me that they had to do that since they “no longer show 3 projector movies anymore as they used to when they opened”. I sighed and walked away.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

Sorry Mark, the Chinese is not listed under Pacific Theaters/Arclight section this week, it is only listed under “Independent Theaters” section. I have not seen it listed under Pacific Theaters for a few weeks now.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I too miss the old Calendar section that listed all the theaters including AMC which no longer uses print. Which made me think of the below….

BTW – Geek Alert that a few of us might like. If you use the Fandango IPad App (this doesnt work on the website or the iphone app)when you select your Theater and movie time it will tell you the Auditorium number the movie will play in. For me, this is a huge geek gadget. I can now pick any theater and I do not have to call them to ask what is playing in what Auditorium, i just look on Fandango and it is there. Finally a way to find out what auditorium is showing what movie.

Back to The Chinese, Does everyone know that the Chinese 6 (upstairs multiplex) appears to have Dolby Atmos installed in Auditorium #1? I saw it listed when they played Gravity, I called and they said it was only for this engagement. Now I see that Capt America is advertised in ATMOS. Great news, as I have fallen hard for ATMOS.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hey Mark They have not been consistent with the LA Times ads. More days then not it is not listed. But then on some days it is. I will try and snap a shot and post here next time I see it. I get the paper every day so I will look.

RobertAlex commented about Regency Village Theatre on Apr 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

This is great news! The Village installed Dolby Atmos. From their Facebook page. Now we dont have to spend $19 dollars to hear Atmos at the other theaters in LA.

Regency Village and Bruin Theatres – Westwood, CA April 11 · Edited We are happy to announce that Dolby Atmos sound system has been installed at the Regency Village Theatre!

Beginning with Transcendence on April 17th @ 8pm, our theatre will feature the new system for select films. The most significant development in audio since the arrival of surround sound is here. Dolby Atmos delivers audiences a more natural and realistic soundfield, transporting them into the story with a lifelike sensory experience. Developed with input from professionals throughout the movie industry, Dolby Atmos represents a dynamic shift in audio, reinventing the traditional surround sound methodology and offering a complete platform for sound now and well into the future.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

The Chinese and the Chinese 6 movie times are listed under Pacific Theaters in the LA Times now.

RobertAlex commented about Cinemark 18 and XD Los Angeles on Apr 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

The new XD screen in the old IMAX auditorium opens tomorrow according to a huge ad in today’s LA Times. It states the new name of the theater is Cinemark 18 and XD Los Angeles.

What gets me is they list in the ad “State of the art Digital Sound!” What the heck does that mean, is this 1995 or something, is it Barco Auro, is it Dolby Atmos, is it Dolby 7.1 or 5.1?? They also state “Oversized Screen!!” Again, what does that mean…is it a 70 foot screen or a 60 foot screen, how does that differ from the other screens. I just think this is bad marketing. Maybe its just me, but Cinemark should give us a reason to visit the theatre where they ripped out the best IMAX in LA.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Ontario Palace 22 & IMAX on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

Oh Man. Theater 11, “The Grand Palace” is closed for conversion into an RPX screen. That is a shame, it was one of the best auditoriums as it was, now they will charge double, and all showings no doubt will be in 3D as this was the last large auditorium that only showed 2D as they couldn’t get enough light on the screen for 3D. Let’s hope that they install Dolby Atmos at least and a duel projector set up so we can actually see a proper image on that 80 foot screen.

RobertAlex commented about AMC Burbank 16 on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

ETX auditorium is still closed, but I guess they are making this into one of their “PRIME” auditoriums from this post from Buttkicker seats on Instagram.

Sub-woofers in the seats?? Sounds like this could go either way…:) I thought they would add a PRIME auditorium to another smaller auditorium like they did elsewhere but at least they are trying to make the room different then IMAX with superior seating and sound.

RobertAlex commented about AMC Burbank 16 on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

The ETX auditorium is closed this week for the installation of new seats. I was told they are putting in the red recliners in the ETX auditorium only and will evaluate how it goes and perhaps install them in all. I guess they will add reserved seating as well, but I forgot to ask. I find it interesting they are reducing seat count, but now one can pay for a premium experience and actually have one.

RobertAlex commented about AMC Santa Monica 7 on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

I think they just need to change the seats to recliners like they did with the Fallbrook location. That alone turned Fallbrook 7 into a destination theater for the West Valley. Every time I go there it is so crowded, you have to get your seats at least a day early for popular films. Not every tourist will want to pay $16 for a matinee.

Will this be Arclight’s first built from the ground up theater since the first one in Hollywood?? I think it will be. I wonder if they will still leave the same footage as the screen height between the front row of seats and the screen as they have in Hollywood?

RobertAlex commented about Regency Granada Hills 9 on Jan 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I visited the Regency 9 this week to catch Saving Mr. Banks. It’s been years since I had been here and I wanted to see how Regency has kept it up. The last time I visited it looked tacky but had great THX sound in some auditoriums and very spotty hit and miss projection that usually was dim. It was built right before stadium seating but the slope on the floor is very steep, so having someone in front of you doesn’t obstruct your sight lines too much.

I am happy to say that the place is still tacky as they have really done nothing to to decor, the sound (which I am sure is no longer THX although the THX website still lists it as such) is still terrific; very well calibrated auditoriums, with enough bass to make me happy. This time however i noticed the picture has improved. For this cinema, the switch to digital is a welcome improvement.

They have recently replaced the seats in all 9 auditoriums, 4 of which are of a nice big size with 50 or so feet screens (top masked) and 2 medium ones and 3 smaller ones, all with nice size screens. All auditoriums still have two aisles which I always have liked. The seats are a bit too stiff and not that comfortable, but for a 6.75 matinee price, I think I found my new go to theater in this area.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I just discovered that the Chinese 6 installed Dolby Atmos in Theater 1. I called to confirm as it is not on the Dolby website yet and was told they do indeed have Atmos. I was able to get to the IMAX to see The new Hobbit movie on Sat (epic) and when i see it again, I will definitely try to check it out it Atmos. If I remember, Theater 1 of the multiplex is the larger one to the left when you walk in. I haven’t been to that screen in years and I am curious to see how the Atmos sounds.