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no I don’t think the AFI/Silver is non-profit. The Avalon theatre in DC is a non-profit. Even though the trend is directed toward’s digital projection, I think it’s beneficial for theatres, like the AFI Silver that is equipped to playback 35mm, 70mm and DLP (or Sony 4K LCoS digital projection – which is essential for very large screen theatres)
^ But films like UP! and AVATAR will be the stand-out 3D films of the year.
question: how much is the current price of converting a theatre to 3D Digital projection. I thought there was some sort of consortium formed to bring down the price to smaller, independent theatres interested in making the transition.
^ yeah hooray! – overpriced coffee flavoured milk
‘some’ shots were shot with 4K cameras for QUANTUM, I know of only movie that was shot completely in 4K and that was LeVar Burton’s REACH FOR ME.
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.
the now speculated IMAX-Digital installation date is a vague: ‘sometime in the Summer’
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.
“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.
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.
the only two studios so far that are releasing 4K ‘films’ are Warner Bros. and of course select films from Sony.
oops the Uptown screen is 70ft for scope films, not 75 (maybe for 2.55 AR films)
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.
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.
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.
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)
maybe now they could restart that promised nationwide DLP conversion of more theatres in their chain.
“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.
personally I think people should sue the video companies that don’t add Closed Captioning on DVD’s
according to Fandango, the theatre’s debuting it’s 3D system this Friday with the Jonas Brother’s Concert film.
“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.
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.
as I recall I think I saw ‘Robocop’ there as well.
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’
I really wish the Embassy WOULD reopen, I rarely go to Dupont any longer, since the movies have all left that neighborhood.