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while visiting the theatre today to see ‘The Karate Kid’ (in XD) I enquired about the XD presentation of the upcoming ‘Toy Story 3’ and was told the sound system has been upgraded to 7.1 Discrete sound.
any news if the RPX system/auditorium has been upgraded for 7.1 sound for ‘Toy Story 3’?
okay… another question: has the EXT screen been upgraded to 7.1 sound for Friday’s opening of ‘Toy Story 3’??
yeah I was very surprised to see that the restored ‘Metropolis’ bagan last Friday.
which one is auditorium #2 – I’m drawing a blank? I keep on waiting til the really large screens the ones behind the front concession stand get the digital conversion, since digital projection is key/ideal for the largest screens.
wonder if any of the two 3D screesn will be upgraded to 7.1 sound for the ‘Toy Story 3’ engagement??
personally if I were a theatre owner, I’d just install a Christie Solaria 4K DLP on my largest screen and Dolby 7.1 sound processing and call it a day – screw IMAX. Personally I don’t have a problem with Cinemark’s XD (Barco projector) system – the sound is vastly better than the IMAX-lite screen.
well… um…. even converted to showcase ‘live’ plays/musicals – this theatre is not surviving. I’m not sure where the fault lies, but it’s not able to operate under current management (or lack there of). Personally I’d book concerts and comedy acts/comedians – or even, (shock!] put a screen back up and show movies! Even in it’s current configurement, which I must admit isn’t well suited to live performances – the stage is set way too back.
word is that ALL 14 screens will be converted to digital projection by as early as October of this year (Barco 4K upgradeable)
special martini drinks are on sale at the concession/bar in with the theme of ‘Sex and the City 2’
For $18.50 I expect them to have cell block technology so that NO one can call/receive/text – at all.
on a different topic, the restored ‘Metropolis’ will be shown a week starting July 9th – woohoo!!
oh I know they don’t give a crap about the Avalon – and given that my money always goes to the non-profit independent theatre – AMC can suck it.
Oh I donâ€™t doubt â€˜Sex and the City 2â€™ wonâ€™t be a megahit, I just think itâ€™s rather assholish on AMCâ€™s part to book this at the Uptown and at Mazza (DC/Marylandâ€™s â€˜Rodeo Driveâ€™) when the Avalon wants the piece of the pie as well â€" and they should, since they deserve the money more so, in my opinion. Sure AMC has the clout and power to book anything it wants but they continually screw the Avalon over when it comes to the summer Hollywood fare. Iâ€™m really surprised that the closeness and proximity between the Avalon and Mazza is not being compromised, Iâ€™m sure though AMC would supercede the Avalonâ€™s booking ability
in a selfish move on AMC’s part (and to undermine the Avalon) they booked ‘Sex and the City 2’ at both the Uptown and Mazza – my money is going to the non-profit Avalon – not the corporate leech.
in a completely asinine move on AMC’s part: AMC has booked â€˜Sex and the City 2â€™ at the Uptown (and Mazza for that matter) I was hoping for â€˜Prince of Persiaâ€™ – but no luck.
I also noted that Fotokem did a relatively new hidef transfer of the movie which has recentely been shown on MGM-HD
I assume the soundsystem will be upgraded to 7.1 discrete digital sound for ‘Toy Story 3’s 3D engagement?
“Regal Entertainment Group Launches New Giant Screen Format RPX: Regal Premium Experience(SM)
Theatres to offer an enhanced experience in sight and sound
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Apr 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Regal Entertainment Group a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced the launch of a new giant screen all-digital format called the Regal Premium Experience(SM) (“RPX”). The RPX is a custom-built premium environment featuring elegant and luxurious seats with high-back headrests, a giant immersive screen illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system for the best picture you’ve ever heard!
“Regal patrons have shown a strong preference for viewing films in premium environments,” stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. “Each RPX location will be individually designed and tailored by our technicians and will feature high-quality digital projectors and screens complemented by a custom surround sound system. The addition of the RPX locations to Regal’s already successful IMAX® strategy will complement and extend the number of Regal theatres featuring premium movie-going experiences.”
Regal Entertainment Group currently operates 43 IMAX® Theatres. The company expects to add The IMAX Experience® to additional locations while also launching additional RPX locations in 2010.
The first RPX location will open on May 7 at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 on 42nd Street in New York. The Regal Premium Experience at E-Walk will include a massive screen stretching more than 60 feet wide to present bright, eye-popping movies in RealD 3D and 2D. The brightest, clearest images possible are delivered to the screen by dual 30,000 lumen digital projectors. The 100,000 watt digital audio system will surround moviegoers in a specially designed 9.1 speaker array providing pinpoint sound. This powerful sound system incorporates 273 loudspeaker components including eight 21" subwoofers for deep resonating bass.
Tickets for Iron Man 2 in RPX at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 will be on-sale this Friday, April 9th, 2010."
the price for the RPX experience a whopping $18.50 – ouch!
can someone find out and post back which audiotirum is getting the conversion. Thanks.
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.
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
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!
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.
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… :)
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
well… looking at the chains website:
CineBistro’s look pretty swanky.