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I don’t know if this true or not, but I thought I read somewhere that the theatres in the LA area, in general, set the noise level a tad higher than other national chain theatres?
I think though the theatres that were chosen were not for the overall presentation factor but the programming. I gather these theatres make a consertive effort in bucking the trend and offer films that not the mainstream or the most current batch from Hollywood. That’s why it kind of surprised me that the AFI Silver theatre didn’t make it considering the old theatre was pretty much retained, but also added two other auditoriums AND features one of the nation’s premier Documentary Film Festivals: Silverdocs (and the annual European Union Film Festival – which gets better every year). The inclusion of the Zeigfeld and Arclight reflect that both mainstream and classic co-exist (something that the Uptown doesn’t and haven’t done in quite some time)
one thing the Avalon did, as well as the AFI, was have people purchase a seat and their name placked onto the seat, I have one at the Avalon (that was a birthday gift), maybe something like that would be beneficial to the Senator and guaranteed a set amount per person who contributed to the Senator.
personally I’d like to see someone other than AMC run the Uptown here in DC, there really needs to be way to book and present classic films on the big screen for the Uptown ‘experience’
oh that was me regarding the AFI Silver – sorry for the wrong info.
“Strange that Radio City Music Hall in New York City didn’t make the list. I realize that it’s now classified as a performing arts center, but so is the Oakland Paramount, which did get listed.”
Similiarily, the Paramount in Charlottesville, Virginia, is also a performing arts center but is also set up for film presentation (complete with surround sound speaker setup). Films during the annual Virginia Film Festival look and sound great… and the theatre is really beautiful.
$1 for popcorn! oh I’m SOOOOOOO there. I can’t remember if it’s Regal or AMC but one day of the week, certain concession items are at a reduced price for ‘members’
what the dimensions of the screen?
despite the fact that there are no special engagements, the projector bulb is dimming and recent 35mm prints looked like $#%@, movies on the the massive 70 foot screen at DC’s Uptown Theatre still packs a wallop.
Too bad that the AFI Silver didn’t make the list considering many filmmakers SAY it’s one of the best in the country.
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.