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out of curiosity how large are the screens in the two ‘Grand Auditoriums’?
anyone care to post some pics of the place?
Recently saw in the Washington Post that the theatre has switched hands over to being a Regal now. Maybe now we’ll see some of the larger screens there being converted to digital projection.
oops that meant to say January 2004
The Silver has also shown in 70mm:
okay, someone has to report back here and their impressions on the upcoming 70mm presentations of THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES (May 29), and PATTON (May 30) and STAR! (May 31)
a mini 70mm Film Fest is happening in August showing: BARAKA, VERTIGO, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and 2001.
wonder what tix prices will be like?
DLP hasn’t released the specs for it’s IMAX Digital system, but it would have to exceed 4K at least. Early talks involved Sony and their LCoS systems, two in fact to increase the resolution up to 8K – how DLP accomplishes this, I have no idea.
no that’s just excessive.
technical question – how were 35mm prints actually blown up for their 70mm incarnations? Is it somewhat akin to the new trend of films being DMR’d to IMAX/70mm? Is the intermediate negative sourced? I know that for the recent engagments of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Jumper’ on DC’s Uptown’s curved screens, the image wasn’t distorted, it was the near decolorization of the 35mm prints that were the issue.
that would make sense Robert P. – I’m just glad to finally see that AMC installed a DLP unit at Mazza Galleria – a hop and a jump from my home.
yeah more movies should be shot in 2.55:1, bring back Cinemascope!
from what I’ve seen it’s too large to move.
I know it’s more than a year off, but I hope Ron Fricke’s sequel to Baraka – Samsara can play (premier?) at the AFI Silver as part of the annual DC Environmental Film Festival in all it’s 70mm goodness – I was watching portions of Baraka the other night upconverted to 1080p, this is one title I’d love to see released on blu-ray.
unfortunate really, since I wanted to see ‘Iron Man’ again, but in DLP – the 35mm print I saw was attrocious, but almost all the Regal DLP screens in the DC area are changing over to ‘Prince Caspian’ this weekend.
as for Indy 4 – DLP’s website does now denote the film being digitally released – so much for the rumour that Lucas/Spielberg were releasing this 35mm only.
what totally off the wall films for the 70mm Fest – oh it’s more enticing now.
have the film’s for July’s 70mm film fest been announced yet?
those scenes shot for ‘The Dark Knight’ were shot with IMAX (70mm horizontal) cameras/film stock.
yes, Ron Fricke’s next film ‘Samsara’ is/has been shot in 70mm, and according to imdb, will get released in 70mm (2.20 aspect ratio), 35mm and digital projection (2.35).
I saw the PDF up on the Cannes website and they make no mention of the rumoured 70mm premier there [insert sad face]
In regards to the Castro Theatre 70mm film festival depending on the film’s you might see me there as well :) Any excuse to go to San Francisco is a good excuse.
do you believe AMC would have enough pull to make studios restart the trend? Are we talking about true 65mm shot productions or would 70mm blowups also work?
don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen stellar 35mm prints at the Uptown, DREAMGIRLS and V FOR VENDETTA near the end of their runs and they were very impressive, here though, the print looked like it was run through with coffee. I can’t believe Disney would go through the whole process of installing a DP system only for the premier of ‘The Guardian’ and then just UN-install it, if it can be done, why do it for a one off premier, NEC systems tout they can install DLP systems on large screens (up to 100 feet) well…. come on AMC. I think I was jaded by the recent 70mm run of ‘2001’ at the Silver which while not perfect still WAS an event.
I have to admit, I wasn’t pleased with the print the Uptown got for IRON MAN, it seemed washed out. The sound was fantastic, but for a first swipe of it’s run (Friday: 1pm showing) it seemed devoid of color and brightness and the cigarette burns were really apparent and distracting – why are they so large? For the studios opting to go digital thus elimanating imperfections like these: cigarette bursn, the white lines that randomly pop up, theatre ‘red dot’ indicators, all seem just to be added, to mar the perfect ‘film’ experience. It’s sad when three screenings at the Avalon as part of Filmfest DC, trump the projection at the Uptown.
you’re right Jodar – Tysons doesn’t get the IMAX digital system til November, the other theatres in and around the DC/VA/Baltimore area to get the upgrade:
Hoffman, Columbia Mall, Potomac Mills in July
White Marsh in October
Tysons in November.
the monthly/theatre rollout of IMAX Digital screen in AMC theatres is as follows:
COMING JULY 2008
Columbia 14 10300 Patuxent Parkway Columbia MD
Hoffman 22 206 Swamp Fox Road Alexandria VA
Potomac Mills 18 2700 Potomac Mills Circle Woodbridge VA
CCOMING AUGUST 2008
Cherry Hill 24 2121 Route 38 Cherry Hill NJ
Hamilton 24 325 Sloan Avenue Hamilton NJ
Neshaminy 24 3900 Rockhill Drive Bensalem PA
COMING OCTOBER 2008
Empire 25 234 West 42nd Street New York NY
Boston Common 19 175 Tremont Street Boston MA
Veterans 24 9302 Anderson Road Tampa FL
Altamonte Mall 18 433 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte FL
White Marsh 16 8141 Honeygo Blvd. Baltimore MD
Concord Mills 24 8421 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord NC
Orange Park 24 1910 Wells Road Orange Park FL
Regency 24 9451 Regency Square Blvd. Jacksonville FL
Aventura Mall 24 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura FL
Sunset Place 24 5701 Sunset Drive South Miami FL
COMING NOVEMBER 2008
First Colony 24 3301 Town Centre Blvd. S Sugar Land TX
Gulf Pointe 30 11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston TX
Kips Bay 15 570 Second Avenue New York NY
Loews 34th Street 14 312 W 34th Street New York NY
Tyson Corner 16 7850 Tysons Corner Center McLean VA
Burbank 16 125 E Palm Avenue Burbank CA
Century City 15 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles CA
Bay Street 16 5614 Shellmound St. Emeryville CA
East Ridge Mall 15 2190 Eastridge Loop San Jose CA
Mercado 20 3111 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara CA
The first IMAX digital systems in the AMC chain opening this July include the Hoffman, Columbia Mall and Potomac Mills.
“As far as I know Paramount did change their minds on digital distribution of Indiana Jones but the Arclight will only be getting film prints as of now (thankfully). We didn’t get any hard drives for Iron Man either so all of our shows are 35mm.”
posted by Rizzo on May 1, 2008 at 12:07am
can anyone else confirm this reverse decision from Paramount?