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But Bill did the guy who saw ‘El Cid’ say it was a 35mm print or a DLP projection – the latter was presented as such for the AFI/Silver Theatre showing which proved to be disasterous.
from a couple of online friends that did go to the ‘El Cid’ screening, a number of people left in utter disgust – supposedly this is the beginning of a AFI/Weinstein film showcase – if they can’t provide actual film and not hard drive masters – they are going to have similiar problems down the line.
Did anyone attend the January 28 presentation of ‘El Cid’ – I gather it wasn’t in the Dome. Was this a 35mm print or HiDef Digital projection – the latter was shown the same night at the AFI’s Silver Theatre – and it was from what I read a terrible presentation.
Did anyone go to January 28th screening of ‘El Cid’ I heard from a couple of people it was one of the worst screenings due to several factors – however the Weinstein company distributed this film in tape or hard drive form – the entire left side of the screen was fuzzy. I’ve seen digital projection a couple of times on the main screen – ‘Sharkwater’ and ‘Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream’ (Silverdocs) and they were excellent – here, for ‘El Cid’ it sounded like it was an utter travesty.
I’ll believe it when I see it. Regal just installed a Digital 3D system at Gallery Place (for Beowulf) and they’ve only shown 3D features – nothing in standard DLP – what a joke… I still have to trek out over to Cinema De Lux to see other DLP ‘films’. National Amusement’s installed DLP units on the cineplex' largest screens and they’ve (generally) looked great. ‘Golden Compass’ though flickered throughout the entire feature. Regal needs to outfit their largest screens in the Washington DC area – Rockville’s small screen is a severly lacklustre. I’m still waiting for Landmark Bethesda to install a Sony 4K LCoS system at it’s cash cow location, there’s no reason why the newer Baltimore theatre can feature a digital system and not for Bethesda.
“Dupont closed because the downtown Landmark (E Street) shows the arthouse films.”
you can make that broad overall comment but that’s not always the case. They pick and choose their films carefully and in one case promised a film ‘Brand Upon the Brain!’ and then cancelled it’s engagement for no apparent reason. Bethesda’s films rotate so infrequently it’s a joke. Dupont had the occasional indie film that Landmark never showed, so it’s going to be interesting if and how Landmark will show more films on a weekly basis. Perusing other cities and those films that don’t have DC engagements is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many indie/foreign films that will now, never get seen on a theatre screen – many Washingtonians will have to try to see more films at their one off museum showings (at the generally terrible mid-afternoon weekend showings) or just wait for the eventual home video release.
I think once the MacArthur was split into three theatres, it somewhat lost it’s charm, mind you it was good for the turn around and more shows, the size was obviousily diminished. It’s water under the bridge at this point, but having seen how the Avalon Theatre Project was created to saving the Avalon, the Palisades community had wished they had been more vocal and supportive of keeping the MacArthur alive, even when Cineplex Loews eventually closed it.
I think AMC is only interested in it’s Hoffman and Tyson’s theatres since those are getting the IMAX conversion (and yes I know AMC is fronting up the cash for that, not AMC). They even shorthand Mazza Galleria – a theatre that seems like it’s on the downhill.
so… what’s the resolution of the upcoming IMAX Digital systems: 8K?
since the closing of the intown DC Dupont Theatre I thought AMC would follow with the closing of Shirlington – what’s the story at this point?
is there any new news about the future of Uptown? I thought the end of lease for AMC was looming?
sad really, since I make an effort to trek on over to Cinema De Lux to see a feature in Digital projection – a loss to Regal, and Consolidated for that matter, since the two are more accesible on Metro. I’m surprised that Landmark hasn’t pony'ed up the cash and time to convert one of the theatres at their cashcow location – Bethesda Row, since their newest theatre in Baltimore East Harbour has digital projection (a Sony 4K LCoS system).
sadly the AFI doesn’t really feature much in DLP at all – since they move around movies in the three theatres at a heartbeat.
I thought it was seven as well, but the other day it seemed like there were only 6 systems, the number for some odd reason seems to change. As for DLP at Cinema De Lux' the unit on Screen 8 has alot of bugs (the theatre just right of the concession stand) – “30 Days of Night” had audio problems and the power cut off at least twice, “The Golden Compass” last Friday had a brightness flicker that was through the entire film and the prefilm trailers. It’s one of the largest DLP equipped screens in the area, I just wish they’d get it up snuff.
the problem though is that usually that one DP unit in said one auditorium is a 3D one, thus I have to run over to Cinema De Lux to see say something like ‘Across the Universe’ ‘3:10 to Yuma" in DLP, it’s going to be interesting when IMAX’s digital systems debut at the area AMC theatres how competitive and distribution works out – two 3D screens one IMAX one not playing the same movie seems a tad redundant.
sorry that’s National Amusement’s Cinema De Lux’s multiplex with the six systems (one of which is a 3D unit)
I just find it odd that the rollout is non-existent with certain chains – Consolidated Theatres seems really to ignore the digital projection trend. In the DC area, National Amusement’s is the only theatre to feature 6 DLP units. Regal or AMC for that matter have installed 3D DLP units at varying theatres, but the move to upgrade a few more auditoriums in non-3D form hasn’t happened. Until Muvico retrofits the Egyptian (and the supposed future DC theatre) – the ability to see films in digital projection is very limited.
actually Justin I’ve seen DLP theatrical presentations that aren’t even up to 35mm standards – High Def doesn’t hold a candle to the best 70mm films I’ve seen (until I’ve seen a true 4K presentation – I might think otherwise)
AMC Barrett Commons 24
AMC Southlake Pavilion 24
AMC Columbia Mall 14
AMC Loews White Marsh 16
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
AMC Concord Mills 24
AMC South Barrington 30
AMC Loews Crestwood 18
AMC Newport on the Levee 20
AMC Mesquite 30
AMC Highlands Ranch 24
AMC Orchards 12
AMC Westminister Promenade 24
AMC First Colony 24
AMC Gulf Pointe 30
AMC Orange Park 24
AMC Regency Square 24
AMC BarryWoods 24
AMC Independence Commons 20
AMC Burbank 16
AMC Century City 15
AMC Del Amo 18
AMC Promenade 16
AMC Puente Hills 20
AMC Santa Anita 16
AMC Aventura 24
AMC Sunset Place 24
AMC Elmwood Place 20
AMC Loews 34Th Street 14
AMC Empire 25
AMC Loews Kips Bay 15
AMC Rockaway 16
AMC Loews Stony Brook 17
AMC Loews Monmouth Mall 15
AMC Lynnhaven 18
AMC Altamonte Mall 18
AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
AMC Hamilton 24
AMC Neshaminy 24
AMC Loews Waterfront 22
AMC Palm Promenade 24
AMC Bay Street 16
AMC Eastridge 15
AMC Mercado 20
AMC Loews Alderwood 16
AMC Southcenter 16
AMC Veterans Expressway 24
AMC Hoffman Center 22
AMC Potomac Mills 18
AMC Tysons Corner 16
post back here when you’ve seen a 70mm feature …. ;)
here in DC – the AFI Silver has shown a few: Lawrence of Arabia being the favourite
I honestly can’t wait to see how this looks, the systems are definately out of the prototype faze since they’ll debut next Spring/Summer. Since IMAX is 65mm resolution – the imagery for IMAX Digital must be equqlly stunning – it’s 8K, right?
For the DC area, Audtiorium 4 at Tyson’s seems like the most obvious upgrade – ‘Zathura’ there was amazing in terms of both size and sound. What exactly is the IMAX transformation of these theatres really mean – more speakers? more box like screen – since the DM'R’d films retain their original aspect ratios (1.85 to 2.35). The next Batman film will actually switch between 2.35 and IMAX' full screen size.
I thought I had read that Warners, Paramount, Fox and Sony were providing 4K content for 4K systems. How is this implemented, or not, for such theatres like Landmark-Muvico. I don’t belive 4K resolution is integrated into REAL-D digital systems or is it?
I see that ‘Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas 3D’ is there – how is that done with 4K systems? Or is it standard 2K?
finally a REAL-D 3D DLP system is up! and it’s on a rather large screen not like what Regal did over at their Rockville multiplex. ‘Nightmare Before Christmas 3D’ looked and sounded fantastic – the best version of the film I’ve seen – trouncing the 3D engagement over at Tyson’s Corner.
idlewild, what is your source for this information about the opening(s) at the Uptown (and Senator) – I know that the Senator has the info up on their website, but AMC or even the folks at the Uptown have no clue this is opening this coming Friday. I would feel like an utter fool if this isn’t happening, since I’ve been posting your info on a few websites.
what? no one wants to comment on the presentation of ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’?
looks like ‘Blade Runner’ at Landmark (Los Angeles) is 4K while the Ziegfeld engagement is standard 2K.