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Giles commented about AMC to build 100 digital IMAX screens on Jan 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

of the theatres in the DC area, it appears the IMAX systems can also be used to playback standard DLP movies. With ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ underperforming, those screens are definately adding non-IMAX features to said screen.

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Giles commented about Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 on Jan 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

I just noted this when I saw ‘My Bloody Valentine 3D’ yesterday, but the ceiling lights in their sole DLP auditorium never go fully out, they remain on (faint, but still there – they also create a glare on the glasses themselves). To say the least they are very distracting when an essentially dark film (and in 3D) can, and should be the only visual source. I kind of subtly complained and asked if the lights could be manually turned all the way off, the answer was no. I shot a complaint to corporate over this, since I wasn’t too pleased with how management handled the situation.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jan 5, 2009 at 7:04 am

I’m really looking forward to the David Fincher showcase and seeing “Moulin Rouge!” on the big screen again

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jan 5, 2009 at 6:35 am

(psst… I bring in Panera stuff in all the time.) I do like the beer the Silver has on tap. Their popcorn though is waaay oversalted. Compared to Landmark’s popcorn their corn is vastly inferior.

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Giles commented about 70mm "West Side Story" in Chicago on Dec 30, 2008 at 9:54 am

‘West Side Story’ is currently in play form is having it’s pre-Broadway run here in Washington DC before moving on to New York City. I hope to see it since it’s been getting decent reviews.

as for the rollout of the film’s is becoming apparent it’s making the rounds, San Francisco, LA, Chicago … it’s the East Coast theatres I’m interested in knowing where it’s going to get booked.

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Giles commented about 70mm "West Side Story" in Chicago on Dec 30, 2008 at 7:28 am

oh, no denying ‘West Side Story’ on the big screen is the definite place to see and experience this film, but as film preservation, who ever did the film transfer should be commended. I’ve already sent my email to the Silver Theatre, after the 70mm Castro theatre’s website advertised it’s engagement, now it’s just a waiting game to see if (or when) the AFI Silver can showcase ‘West Side Story’ on the big screen (it’s like twisting arms to request films). The last time I saw the film in 70mm was at the Uptown theatre when they did a mini 70mm film festival, the other highlight was “Alien” (wow! that was out of this world) – but I’m digressing.

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Giles commented about 70mm "West Side Story" in Chicago on Dec 29, 2008 at 7:25 am

slightly off the topic of the Chicago “theatrical engagement” – HDNet Movie’s airing of WSS in hidef is absolutely gorgeous, another spectacular 65mm to video transfer that I can’t wait to own on bluray. I hope some East Coast dates of WSS are in the cards (ahem, AFI Silver)

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Giles commented about AMC to build 100 digital IMAX screens on Dec 29, 2008 at 7:21 am

and yet the promised IMAX screen at Tyson’s Corner has still not been finalized :( what the !@#$ AMC?
And even the few AMC theatres here in Washington that can’t be outfitted to “mini” IMAX specs, you’d think AMC could pony up the cash and outfit more auditoriums with Sony’s 4K LCoS digital systems or even standard 2K 3D units. Mazza Galleria SHOULD at this point have a 3D system, but it doesn’t – with the slew of 3D movies slated this year (that aren’t being DMR’d for IMAX presentation), AMC’s rollout and installation of standard DLP units to theatres is simply pathetic.

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:40 am

[runs over to the Ridgewood Theater listing]

I assume ‘Che’ will be digitally projected at the Ziegfeld.

are the Harry Potter films digital or 35mm. I saw the first two films at the AFI Silver last year, and while they were in 35mm and looked great. I had forgotten how intense the soundmixes notably for ‘Chamber of Secrets’ is, the Quidditch scenes are quite a ride.

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

or to continue the topic on hand, maybe Soderbergh could film ‘Cleopatra’ in 70mm and showcase them as such at theatres like the Ziegfeld that CAN project 70mm features.

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 10, 2008 at 9:18 am

drat! Howard beat me to posting the info by five minutes :)

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 10, 2008 at 9:16 am

according to the Ziegfeld’s website its:

Harry Potter Marathon: Dec 19-24

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Dec 25-30

The Defiance: Dec 31

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Giles commented about Digital Projection Not Always Perfect on Dec 5, 2008 at 5:24 am

to further expand on what I said in my prior posting , its also very interesting how different theatre’s systems deliver different results. ‘Meet the Robinsons’ at Regal Rockville the 3D effects were inferior than when I saw it Tysons. ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ was too dark at Tysons, Gallery Place the image was brighter resulting in a better image (the 5.1 sound was also superior). The IMAX digital presentation of ‘Madagascar 2’ trounced the 35mm print by a landslide, wiht consistent solid bright colours. While DLP presentation of ‘300’, ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘3:10 to Yuma’ at Cinema De Lux were excellent, ‘Bolt’ in 3D was disappointing, the image was too dark a result of the glasses and possibly not enough light from the projector but the few instances of brightness revealed the screen’s creases, this wasn’t apparent when ‘300’ was viewed on the same screen, but for ‘Bolt’ they were very apparent and a major deterence.

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Giles commented about Disney resigns with IMAX on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I just hope these films will be shot in 1.85 or less so they can take up most of the IMAX screens, scope (2.35) films on IMAX are such a waste, the black borders above and below the image are beyond annoying. Disney should be remastering some of their classic film via 4K technology and DM'Red so IMAX screenings could be more common place.

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Giles commented about IMAX will expand into AMC theaters on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I complained about this over on AMC Tyson’s theatre listing, but the official opening is still ‘to be determined’. The preposed November opening didn’t happen, it’s not happening for ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ and it’s all generally up in the air… come on AMC either commit or not – this is driving me crazy.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Dec 2, 2008 at 12:03 pm

strike two: the IMAX screen wont be up for ‘The Day Earth Stood Still’ I really wonder what the hold up is, because any sort of confirmation on when or if Tysons will be outfitted to IMAX seems to be in debate.

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Giles commented about Digital Projection Not Always Perfect on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

As for the idea and actual implementation of digital systems in and around the Washington DC area – it’s STILL all 35mm. Hollywood wants to think that digital is the future, but seeing how few chains and studios are not converting, seems to be a major contradiction. AMC and Regal at one point were talking about mass conversions of their theatres nationally, but that appears to have come to a complete standstill – going digital is not all about the “money”.

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Giles commented about Digital Projection Not Always Perfect on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:48 am

I’ve seen some pretty bad DLP screenings. Nearly the entire ‘Golden Compass’ in DLP had a very distinct and annoying flicker. ‘30 Days for Night’ shut time several times and the audio dropped out at the beginning, resulting in silence for nearly ten minutes. It eventually had to be stopped and restarted from the beginning. Audio dropout during ‘Nightmare Before Christmas 3D’

question: how are these problems occuring, I thought these ‘films’ were on harddrive discs – is it the fault of how the disc was mastered? Or is the system somehow reading it wrong?

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Giles commented about Parent company of Technicolor Digital to install more digital systems at theaters worldwide on Nov 24, 2008 at 6:41 am

getting back to a comment I made nearly a year ago, and since Regal has since merged with Consolidated Theatres, I would have thought Regal would have at least added a digital screen to the Silver Spring cineplex for the release of ‘Bolt’. AMC is also slagging as well, no new DLP/3D units in their DC area theatres.

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Giles commented about Paramount Theater on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:30 am

I don’t remember the theatre to be outfitted for surround sound, the screening of ‘Terra’ at this year’s Virginia Film Festival was impressive both visually and aurally.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

strange, I checked AMC’s website today and it doesn’t look like the IMAX screen will open for Madgascar 2 – it’s simply denoted as “TBD” I would assume it will be up and running for ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

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Giles commented about Muvico signs up with Sony on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:27 am

I’m all for Muvico to go all 4K digital, but AMC is also going the Sony route as well – a few of their select theatre/screens that have Sony’s system showed ‘Hancock’ in true 4K. The next such feature is supposed to be ‘Quantum of Solace’ – the idea and actual conversion to digital seems more of promises than actual installation.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:20 am

is the scheduled November 7th conversion/opening of the IMAX screen still happening? As of the 10th of October, nothing was happening. It must not take that long to convert a theatre to IMAX specs. I would have thought they were aiming for the ‘Madagascar 2’ opening but according to AMC website, only the DLP screening is posted

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Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Oct 27, 2008 at 9:41 am

a side comment regard MovieTix86’s comment on ‘Nightmare’ of the two presentations I saw last year at AMC Tyson’s and Regal Gallery Place, the latter was by far the best presentation I’ve seen of the 3D version – the imagery was bright, resulting in details I’ve never noted before, and the 5.1 sound was enveloping and more aggressive than Tyson’s presentation, which oddly at one point an audio dropout occured.

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Giles commented about Big-screen giant Imax eyes digital future on Oct 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm

a brand new 70mm print of ‘West Side Story’ was recently shown at the Castro in San Francisco, I’m hoping the AFT Silver can show it here in the DC area for an East Coast presentation. A new stage production of ‘West Side Story’ is having it’s pre-Broadway engagement at the National Theatre beginning in mid-December.