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From prior listings, I believe have at least two auditoriums equipped for digital projection. Whether or not they are of the new Sony 4K variety is not known. I’ve had the privilege of attending many free screenings here as a part of their E Movie Club. The screens, seats and auditorium sizes are decent enough and expectations aren’t really that high given the type of programming they have here. You aren’t going to see Lawrence of Arabia or 2001 here in 70mm. My only complaint with the place is the fact that the restrooms are far away from the auditoriums to where you enter the downstairs entrance.
Less competition is NOT good. While I’ve never visited Cinema Arts, I do see their showtimes in the paper and have visited their website. By the number of shows they have 5-6, they MUST be doing well in comparison to the rest given the fact that 4 showings is the norm for many movies.
One of the theatres was 70mm capable.
I know I posted a comment about this a few years ago, but I’ll repost it again.
My first experience with the IMAX 3D was with this dinosaur film back in 1997. There was a brief intro about the special glasses that are cleaned their in house. The film, itself, reminded me a little of Jurassic Park, of course, but I don’t recall that it was a dino chaser-type of movie. I believe it was more of a National Geographic-type historical look at them in the museum and back in the day.
The next time I was here was to see later that year (or was it ‘98) to watch “Meet Joe Black” which we were late to see because we could not decide what to see. Trivial, yes, but what I do remember of that showing was that we got split up and I had to sit by myself way in the front next to two guys making out with a rose stem sticking out of the cup holder next to me.
Nooooooooo! I hope not. Shirlington, at least to me, seems like its better situated. They just built a whole new living complex of apartments, condos and shops. I haven’t been to Shirlington since Jan but the place was rather packed then. It would be a shame if they closed it, but the fact is there isn’t much competition for that type of programming within 10-15 miles.
Since the other closed venues are retail outlets, at least the Embassy has a chance of coming back. If they had programming like San Francisco’s Castro, I’m sure this would have been more successful.
At least the Embassy is still there (for now) with a possibility of coming back as a theater. I thought the Visions Bistro was a good idea even though I visited the place once or twice.
With the two nearby Landmarks and the Shirlington across the river, I think there’s enough screen coverage for independent films. Besides, the screens at Dupont weren’t special to begin with anyway.
What happened to the other comments that were on this page? I know I wrote at least ONE here.
To be honest, I never enjoyed coming to this place as the theaters were probably the smallest anywhere. The first time I saw a film here was to see one or Margaret Cho’s concert movies, which drew a sold out crowd and was enjoyed by all. The theater had stereo speakers around the auditorium but there was no sense of the filmed theater’s ambience or echo reproduced for the movie. It wasn’t much more enjoyable than watching it at home. The last time I saw a movie was when Jerry Seinfeld did a movie of his stand-up routines back in ‘02 or '03.
While it is always sad to lose a theater that has been around, I don’t think I’ll be missing this one when it goes but I do feel for the surrounding community that regularly patronized it.
I’m a little lost about how websites earn money with the clicks but can you enlighten us as to how the ads will benefit CT? I’m guessing you get paid Â¢ per click. If that’s the case, then for those of us who can’t contribute a lot, can just click on all the hyperlinks to generate more $ for the site.
I don’t think so. The Crown Theater website still has showtimes listed for today. From the looks of it, they have state-of-the art projection, THX cert and sound. If the theater has been close “for a year” then who is operating it then?
This is great news. Now is this the old 2K projection or a will they employ the newer 4K one? Either way, it looks I’ll be trekking up to NYC sometime during its run.
Not to go off topic, again, but we should clarify that THX isn’t a sound system, per se, but standards set to ensure that a theater reproduces sound heard by patrons the way the original film’s sound engineer intended them to be heard. These include things like speaker placement, air conditioning duct placement, wiring standards and so on and so forth.
A theater with Digital Sound (DTS, Dolby Digital, EX, SDDS) with THX certification is the superior and preferred venue for me and cinephiles alike. Bleh. Cinephiles..almost sounds dirty doesn’t it? Like pedophile. Movie connesuer? I don’t know, but you understand what I’m saying. :)
Now why can’t AFI on the East Coast do something similar? You West Coasters have all the fun! WAAAAAAA! Something isn’t right here. :)
When I saw “Underdog” at the AMC Hoffman in Alexandria, VA, they have a wonderful and very bright DLP set up there and they played the trailer there. Its probably the brightest picture I’ve seen so far in the DC Metro area, but I have yet to experience some of the new DP installs in a few other places.
Lorenzo, if you’re the Manager of a theater, why not turn down the volume then? Then you’d have people like me complaining that its not loud enough. :) I suppose its a never ending situation. Not sure what to say. Sorry.
$25 is on its way. :) Sorry, I can’t do more but hey, that’s like 2 movie tickets and a soda!
Okay okay. Come to think of it, the floor space that is there now could well have massive storage space behind and beyond it to where the actual seats and screen were. Much like the KB MacArthur/CVS layout is today.
I’m wondering if this theater had a second level that was large enough to have a small balcony like the MacArthur eventually had when it was triplexed in ‘83.
There are bad neighborhoods everywhere. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be one here.
Lorenzo, out of curiosity, have you approached management about your issue with the trailer/movie loudness? If so, what has been their response? And how frequently do you actually go see movies in a theater?
I go to at least one movie a week, if not more, depending on what is out there, who goes with me and where and the time of the year. To be honest, I look forward to previews more so than sometimes the very movie I paid money to see. For the most part, I think trailers are themselves an art form because you have to sell your movie by condensing the final product into a minute or sometimes less depending on what stage the movie is in production.
As far as your hearing loss, I’m sorry to hear that you chose to go almost deaf by playing loud music during your youth. If the sound levels in movies are bothering you now, may I suggest ear plugs be worn so that other patrons, like myself and TheaterBuff can enjoy our loud previews, the loud but tonal varied and superb THX Sound trailer, the equally loud DLP and Qualcomm trailers and, finally, the featured movie presentation.
“Loud” is subjective. For some it may be just right especially to getting those chatterbugs to be quiet before the movie starts. You know to whom I refer to and there’s almost at least one in every theater and at every showing. With the proliferation of pre-show ads, they can play them softly since most patrons may not pay attention to them anyway. Then when the previews start, crank it up. If the theater is state-of-the-art with DP and/or THX, let them crank it up to show off the theater’s capabilities.
Cinematour may have pictures but the way they lay them out just plain sucks. I prefer the clean look of Cinema Treasures with the comments centered and if there is a picture, keep it at the top. But if the upgrade will allow for pictures, please maintain the current layout but have the pictures on either side to maintain the site’s current look. If a viewer wants to enlarge the picture on the side, he just has to click on it. Or maybe have a beta/preview of the new enhanced site with pictures and video to allow for comments and feedback before the whole site is overhauled.
Drove by what was the theater and it’s totally vacant with a “for lease” sign. Its hard to visualize what was the theater but the adjacent 2 or 3 store, to the right, would be where the seats and screens were. How time has passed.
I saw “Death at a Funeral” here to a large and very enthusiastic crowd of mostly seniors. The film was great but was rather subdued in presentation by an annoying clatter from the back. Since I sat in the back, I couldn’t make it out but its either the projector, which is doubtful, or a very loud water heater or other building appliance. Its great to visit this place and look at the large photographs of local movie theater gems either close or demolished.
Simon, you must be joking when you state they have tours during movie shows. That’s so inconsiderate and annoying. I know in some theaters even the popcorn machine popping can be annoying to those places that still pop their own corn.
I haven’t been to LA since ‘01 and am sure the place is a lot different now because they were still building the surrounding shopping center and six new theaters.
I did happen to watch a forgettable Angelina Jolie movie that I put me to sleep ;) They had closed the upper part of the theater for remodeling at the time.
Interesting, Roadshow. So what did “legit theaters” sell for refreshment if anything? Candy would be a mess with wrappers on the floor or partially eaten pieces attached under a seat. Any drink could be spilled and you know how sodas love to stick to floors.