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Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

the 3D wasn’t that great, nor the whole color scheme of the movie but it was the soundmix of ‘Clash of the Titans’ on the XD screen that took center stage… again. The music score was unmemorable but the sound effects had a tremendous amount of auditory power. Notably during the end Kraken destruction scene and inside Medusa’s lair.

Giles commented about AMC Dine-In Disney Springs 24 on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

so… can someone here check out ‘Kick Ass’ on the EXT screen and report back with their thoughts on the system? I’d really like know what other theatres in the AMC chain, corporate wants to convert

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

saw ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ today in XD and when compared to the Sony 4K presentation I saw last Saturday – it blew it out of the water. The image was brighter, which the manager stated happens when they show 3D movies in XD – to compensate for the glasses darkening the image they readjust and boost the light output. Not only was the picture a marvel (in 2K no less) – I could see a ton of visual information like scales on Toothless and individual hairs on the neck and arms of Hiccups’s father, but the sound was amazing – I heard sound effects I hadn’t initially heard (apparently there are six speakers behind the screen). The sound is superior to the IMAX setup clearly from the fact that there are 16 speakers along the sides and back of the auditorium, as compared to only two speakers in IMAX configured auditoriums. On the whole, the XD presentation of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ had a lot of ‘wow’ moments that the Sony 4K did not effectively convey. Definately worth my time and 14 bucks – major thumbs up!

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

the screen is most definately NOT the same size as Hoffman’s – it’s larger.

As for the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ color scheme – I’m sure it was the fact that the film’s many sequences come of as monochromatic as designated by the film’s Director of Photography and director Tim Burton, hence why the colours don’t really have a pop, it’s sharp, but not as a dynamic colour range.

From what I’ve read about ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ – the IMAX versions have been reframed to 1.44 and 1.78 for IMAX Digital thus utlizing the whole screen.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

yeah this needs another opinion on the matter, I don’t want to be touting something that aint so… you know what I’m saying… :)

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm

so I made it out to the theate this morning, and wow, I was very, VERY impressed. The first trailer ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ (3D) was stunning – I uttered an audible “whoah!”. ‘Alice in Wonderland’s image filled all the of the 1.78 framed screen. The sound on the other hand seemed too bombastic at times, very very aggressive and alot of bass, I’d be curious to know if any of the adjoining theatres blocks out the sound. I’ve only been to Hoffman’s IMAX-lite screen and Tysons easily blows that theatre out of the water. I’d say it’s the same size or even larger than King of Prussia’s (PA) IMAX screen

Giles commented about New cinemas coming to Leesburg, VA and Pigeon Forge, TN on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

well… looking at the chains website:

CineBistro’s look pretty swanky.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Georgetown 14 on Mar 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Screen 12 recently upgraded to Digital 3D projection (Sony 4K) with the recent opening of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Giles commented about Regal Bethesda 10 on Mar 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

again, I don’t know why I attend this theatre – I had a free tix and it was the closest Regal near home. ‘Shutter Island’, the movie, was good, but the sound was not being processed in digital 5.1 but analog 4-channel sound – ugh and again… the exit signs which I awear were made for the visually impaired ruined all the dark scenes in the movie – this a major problem.

Screen 2 and 10 are “side masked” and display scope (2.35) films to great effect.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

apparently, the IMAX system was not working on Friday morning, all the screenings were cancelled in order to fix the problem.

Giles commented about Howard Theatre on Mar 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

I watched the Channel 50 doc over the weekend – and I was impressed with the planned renovation, question though: it’d seem though like the dinner theatre aspect could change depending on the show – like at the State Theatre in Arlington – half seating, and open floor nearer to the stage – right? And with a black tie event already planned for it’s August 2010 opening – wow, that’s kind of quick – I didn’t think the renovation was that far in it’s process. It’s great to see music venues beginning to preliforate in and around the DC area, with the Howard and Fillmore (in Silver Spring)opening in Summer 2011 (the planned ‘new’ date)

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Feb 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

a shout out that PLAYTIME in 70mm will be presented twice next month – the 20th (7pm) and the 21st (5pm)

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

actually I forgot to mention that with the addition of the IMAX-Digital screen, the complex will now have four 3D screens, one DLP screen (#6) two Sony LCoS 4K systems (10 & 12) and Texas Instruments IMAX digital setup (3)

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I’ve never been to the Columbia IMAX screen, but when to compared to Hoffman’s – yes, it’s alot larger (in height), by alot. Supposedly the two auditoriums behind the concession stand mirror each other, but in my mind, the one to the left(and immediately to the right) (#3) seems larger to me. Of the movies I’ve seen there: ‘Casino Royale’ ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and the aforementioned ‘Zathura’ – all the presentations have been stellar, 5.1 soundmixes have been thunderous and agressive, and the sheer size of the screen is uttely amazing and immersive.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

and… drum roll please… the auditorim that got the upgrade … [oh I’m so excited to state this] … #3..


refer to my post, fourth one down from the top. This screen is massive, for once AMC does something right (after my numerous letters to them over this matter). Oh I can’t WAIT to see ‘Alice in Wonderland’!

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

but the million dollar question is which auditorium it is – if it’s not one of the largest screens – AMC is truly truly stupid.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Feb 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

ah….. 1977, I remember seeing ‘Star Wars’ at least 7 times during it’s run at the Uptown – good times!

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Feb 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

well yes it was on the first floor with an entrance direct to the outside. Now to explain where it was – if you were to be standing in the open air parking lot that was inbetween the mall and the Circuit City (which is no longer there) the theatres were right there, it’s now a Thai restaurant (or has been) the long hall way that was close to Lords and Taylors.

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Feb 2, 2010 at 6:08 am

I haven’t seen a THX trailer before a movie in any of the auditoriums as of lately. Yes, before ‘Avatar’ – the brief Sony logo was displayed. Auditorium #2 is the one directly behind the concession stand – the screen is comparible to both 1 and 4, there might be more seats in 4, but it’s equally a “large” auditorium – the screen is closer which is helpful when viewing a 3D movie.

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Feb 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Sidemasking screens are auditoriums 1,2 and 4. 3,5,6,7 are not

Giles commented about Georgetown Theatre on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

Question: how long DID ‘Caligula’ play at the Georgetown?? – it seemed at least a couple of years

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

as I saw ‘Avatar’ 3D here today, I can say the screen features side masking – in that when projecting 2.35 widescreen films the screen’s sides extend horizonately – something alot of Regal theatres and AMC’s Tyson’s screen are not configured to do. Since Sony 4K systems tout more luminence over 2K DLP, this film benefitted greatly, the glasses didn’t darken the image and the digital sound was thunderous and intense – this was definately the superior presentation than the first time I saw the film at Regal Carousel Mall in Syracuse New York.

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

really? that’s really wide – however, how would a 1.85 film look? I’m definately going to see ‘Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland’ at the Majestic since it’s a non-scope film and it would take up more of the whole wall (with no screen ‘top and bottom’ decreasing)

CinemarkFan – you asked about theatres that do side masking – i.e, extending the screen’s sides – I saw ‘Avatar 3D’ again at Mazza and the screens opens horizontally to reveal a scope (2.35) film

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Jan 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

question what is the aspect ratio of ‘Avatar’ on the XD screen, some have noted it’s similiar to IMAX’s 1.78:1

what is the dimension of the XD screen anyway?

is XD 2K digital projection or 4K?

Giles commented about 5 Movies to watch for in IMAX 3-D on Jan 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

MPol: uh, ‘The Dark Knight’ was not shot or projected in 3D – it was though shot in IMAX for select scenes but I assume you know that fact