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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.
Kirk, I’m curious to know why it was Cinerama theaters did not sell popcorn. Enlighten us, please.
Once in awhile, I’ll have popcorn at the theater but after a few bites, I get thirsty and need a drink, so there’s another $10 spent at the theater, unless I plan ahead and sneak either a snack or drink in. :)
A fascinating article, Howard. Thanks for finding it and sharing it with us. Its too bad DC never got a 70mm engagement for this film at any time since its release in ‘82. I’ve been a fan of Ridley Scott’s work since Alien and also the Visual Effects Director, Douglas Trumbull since Close Encounters. Let’s say the combination of Ridley Scott’s attention to detail and Doug Trumbull’s flair for technical detail and brilliance with his choice of 65mm film for visual fx make Blade Runner a unique theatrical experience.
As I posted on the Ziegfeld Theater site, I believe the special engagement print refers to film and not a digital presentation. As I write this, I’m virtually drooling at the thought that they did 8K scans of the visual effects and high scans of the film from the original 65mm negatives. If the master remains at such a high level and gets transferred to film, it should play very well, better than anything done natively on 35mm film stock for sure, even if you’re dealing with reduced elements.
I forget the website but there was a comparison of true 70mm to 20K or 21K digital based on some mathematical formulation of digital projection and film. The only true 70mm film I can recall seeing is 2001 and probably the remastered and reissued Vertigo several years ago. Those presentations, as you know, were spectacular and probably something we will never see again except for those periodic limited-run special re-releases.
Whatever ends up at the Ziegfeld, let’s hope we can get it over here to DC. If its film, the Uptown would be good to have it as long as its properly run. Or heck, send it to AFI. At least it will be in one of their THX certified theaters.
65mm scanned at 8K? I’m drooling. Too bad there aren’t 8K Digital projectors, heck 4K seems like a dream. If they went to all that trouble and had the original 65mm visual effect negatives, why not strike a 65mm master and make a few good prints and let it be re-released for a limited special road show-type engagement? LA, NY, DC/Baltimore, Seattle and Houston.
I’ve followed and read about Doug Trumbull’s preference for working with 65mm given its greater visual/color clarity and it does make a difference..just look at his body of visual fx work, to me, it stands superior to anything ILM has done pre-CGI, heck probably post-CGI, too.
As for the Clearview ad, it just states “special print” and I take print to mean film and not digital. Even if it turns out to be 35mm film, it will have those high value elements (65mm this, 8K scanned that, digital 5.1 track made from the original 6-track mag masters, etc) that will most likely exceed anything we have seen before, in a new cut never experienced before. Sounds like its worth the trip to NYC for me. :)
This is great news. I thought the front was just a facade leftover from what was the theater and that if you were to go past the doors, you’d be in the apartment complex! I guess I was wrong! I’m looking foward to checking out this place when it does open.
Tonight, I had the privilege of attending a sneak peak of a new indie film called “I Do & I Don’t” which is basically a romantic comedy about a couple who seek mandatory ‘counselling’ from a married couple while all kinds of strange events unfold. The film was okay, not a roll-in-the-aisle mainstream kind of comedy, that will probably have a very short theatrical run, if anyone is interested in it.
Theater 1 has a nice pre-show bit probably done in PowerPoint about current and future bookings, that was probably cheaply made but very effective and well done and informative as to the programming diversity at this wonderful independent theater. There’s something for the kids, families and adult moviegoers here.
The theater seems to have gone through more refurbishing as the lobby has reportedly been restored to its “original” appearance, which is a luxurious, deep reddish in paint carpet and reinstated mouldings…a far cry from the purple and gray colors of my memories of the old Cineplex Odeon, KB days. And lastly, the mens room has been fixed with the sink pipe having been installed! Hooray!