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Giles commented about AMC to build 100 digital IMAX screens on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

AMC are hypocrites in my opinion, news that there promised Tysons Corner IMAX Digital screen is now pushed back some 8 months and given the vague TBD date: ‘sometime in the summer’ – get your priorities sorted out here AMC. I know I’m a broken record on this topic, but AMC’s cred is seriousily lacking.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

the now speculated IMAX-Digital installation date is a vague: ‘sometime in the Summer’

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm

nope, another IMAX (Digital) film to not be presented as such (‘Watchmen’), this is ridiculous. Wow – unreal, what a loss, they aren’t getting my money cause I’ll be trekking over to Hoffman instead. We may be in a recession at the moment and an IMAX-Digital installation might not be high priority at the moment for AMC, but this dragging out of a promised screen seems like a broken promise.

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Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

“Regal doesn’t seem to be having difficulty upgrading to digital at a very quick pace. Regal has some all digital complexes and are upgrading one or two screens in most remodels. No mater what your opinions about DLP it is going to happen.” – mhvbear

aside from a coupld new 3D DLP units Regals in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, the rollout of standard non-3D systems is a snail pace. The industry want’s to think theatres will upgrade to Digital, but with the recession, theatres aren’t actually letting the floodgates open to this national installation.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I’d love to see a 70mm print of ‘The Muppet Movie’ the 35mm print I saw last year at the AFI Silver was a cropped grainey looking one.

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Giles commented about Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 Opens Today on Mar 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm

the only two studios so far that are releasing 4K ‘films’ are Warner Bros. and of course select films from Sony.

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Giles commented about Sony and RealD to provide 3D digital cinema system on Mar 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

oops the Uptown screen is 70ft for scope films, not 75 (maybe for 2.55 AR films)

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Giles commented about Sony and RealD to provide 3D digital cinema system on Mar 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm

and that’s the one aspect where 4K is supposed to excel at, non-pixelation on very large screens – they should be at this point be making systems that can be implemented onto screens between 55 – 80 feet. If a digital system can ever be utilized or installed on DC’s Uptown’s 75ft screen, a 4K Sony system would be the most ideal.

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Giles commented about Will the recession change movies? on Mar 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm

for the 11am show (on Friday the 27th) there were five people (including me) and mind you there was a 9am before that. I don’t know the numbers but I’d be curious to know how the AMC pre-noon cheapest tix are selling – I’d think more would want to be the least amount of money on movies now.

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Giles commented about Will the recession change movies? on Mar 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I’m curious to see the numbers for the Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience film – I don’t think alot of folk are willing to pony up to the Disney tix price of 15 bucks.

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Giles commented about Sony and RealD to provide 3D digital cinema system on Mar 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

this was to defray the need to purchase Texas Instruments 3D DLP units at the theatres that featured all Sony units (i.e, Muvico Rosemont)

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Giles commented about Business up for Regal on Feb 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

maybe now they could restart that promised nationwide DLP conversion of more theatres in their chain.

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

“The DVD of the Todd-AO version of "Oklahoma” came out all blurry for some reason. I’M SURPRISED THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN ORGANIZATION LET THAT GET RELEASED. I’m hoping for a corrected Blu-Ray edition sometime in the future.“ – Bill Huelbig

yes it’s appalling bad. I can’t wait to see the bluray release of ‘South Pacific’ Would also love to see how the Cinemascope 55 films, ‘The King and I’ and ‘Carousel’ will look in hidef.

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Giles commented about Theaters sued for not providing captioned Films on Feb 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm

personally I think people should sue the video companies that don’t add Closed Captioning on DVD’s

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Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Feb 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

according to Fandango, the theatre’s debuting it’s 3D system this Friday with the Jonas Brother’s Concert film.

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

“One thing about current advertising that I absolutely detest is the way they will have an ad for a movie but no longer list where the movie is showing. You have to call a number or check the internet. I remember back, in the day, when they had format listings; Dolby Digital, DTS, DLP and even a 70mm marqueed box to denote those extra special presentations.”

I cant stand that either, but even info at the actual theatres have become a tad non-informative. I was at Reston yesterday and I noted that the Reston theatre marquee denoted everything as being Dolby Digital, is nothing being released in 6.1 Dolby Digital EX anymore (I saw/heard ‘Toy Story 2 there as such, wow!) DC’s only 8-channel SDDS system was only at Union Station – I assume it’s no longer there. SDDS was briefly at the Avalon for 'Das Boot’. Gallery Place I thought had at least one auditorium with Dolby Digital EX sound (?). For some of us, who want this type of information on choosing which theatre to see/hear a movie, becomes near difficult at times.

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

what’s unfortunate about the DC film scene, was that DC was one of only a few cities, that was featured in Variety, and got foreign/independent films listed alongside New York City and Los Angeles. DC was one of THE top film markets in the 70/80’s when it came to film releasing. As of now, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco have all superceded DC as a key market for movie distribution.

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

as I recall I think I saw ‘Robocop’ there as well.

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm

question: when it was a single screen how large was the screen? I remember being quite impressed, not only with ‘Baraka’, but with Disney’s ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I really wish the Embassy WOULD reopen, I rarely go to Dupont any longer, since the movies have all left that neighborhood.

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm

just a question – no intended harm. I used to keep all the Weekend Post film Sections back from the mid eighties, and clipped all the horror movie ads, sadly I clipped off the theatre info, of the one’s I saved, it’s also interesting to see the theatre guide and what played where on the back of what I clipped out.

Since I have lived in the Tenleytown area most of my life, it was the best since alot of the theatres were in walking distance, The Tenley, The Jenifer, Outer Circle, KB Studio, 4000 Wisconsin, Mazza, The Cinema, sadly, Mazza the only one’s that left now. :(

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Giles commented about Emerging Pictures has Hitchcock films available on Feb 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

“Haven’t all those titles been shown on HDNet? I would also take newly struck 35mm prints over old HD transfers.

posted by Kram Sacul on Feb 13, 2009 pm28 4:00pm"

yes they were, but why do you think they are ‘old’ HD transfers?

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

but was the Jenifer Cinema engagement in 70mm?

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Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:41 am

I could have sworn I saw Superman in 70mm at the Uptown but according to this post it’s 70mm engagement was at the Embassy:
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Rich37…
I’m not sure. I only have a partial list of where the “Superman” 70mm prints were booked.

Belleville, IL â€" BAC CINEMA
Bloomington, MN â€" SOUTHTOWN
Boston, MA â€" CINEMA 57
Chicago, IL â€" ESQUIRE
Costa Mesa, CA â€" SOUTH COAST PLAZA
Los Angeles, CA â€" CHINESE
Los Angeles, CA â€" NATIONAL
Los Angeles, CA â€" WARNER CENTER
New York, NY â€" ASTOR PLAZA
New York, NY â€" MURRAY HILL
New York, NY â€" ORPHEUM
Northbrook, IL â€" EDENS
Oak Brook, IL â€" OAKBROOK
San Diego, CA â€" CINEMA 21
San Francisco, CA â€" NORTHPOINT
San Jose, CA â€" TOWN & COUNTRY
Schaumburg, IL â€" WOODFIELD
Washington, DC â€" EMBASSY CIRCLE

posted by Michael Coate on Dec 15, 2008 am31 11:14am

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wow, my memory is going, I know that I saw ‘Baraka’ at the Embassy and I assume it was likewise in it’s native 70mm resolution. Would be very curious to know what else was presented in 70mm at the Embassy.

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Giles commented about AMC to build 100 digital IMAX screens on Feb 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I just read that Warner Bros. will actually begin releasing all their movies in 4K for the few Sony digital projection systems that are in the market, if this is the case, and as I mentioned before, maybe AMC should redirect their effort, time and money to Sony’s 4K systems for technology that is superior to IMAX-“2K”-Digital.