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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Nov 17, 2007 at 6:22 pm

Wow its not that bad now with the new JBL sound system 56KW THX! I guess the laser show is a slight kick in the teeth because it doesn’t make a first impression like it did between 1989 and 1995 which was the last time I can remember the laser show, unless it was a few years before?

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Nov 16, 2007 at 11:38 pm

Just heard from a source a former Empire projectionist, that Empire is to transformer, there’s that word again transform! Yes, the foyer into Empire 4, has anyone seen any construction going on up there recently?

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andysummers commented about Odeon Bournemouth on Nov 10, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Last film I think I saw at this Odeon was the “Alice’s adventures in wonderland” 1972 yeah it’s nothing more than a bingo hall now and I’m not interested in playing bingo. Why can’t they just build new places for bingo and leave the cinemas alone.

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andysummers commented about Odeon Bournemouth on Nov 10, 2007 at 8:14 pm

So those are not Altec A-4 behind the screen. I’ve been going there since the early 1970’s and the upstairs screen does like very nice it’s a pity the sound doesn’t measure up with today’s digital demands because the last film I saw there was Batman Begins in dts, and it sounded dreadful it was too bright sounding close to 100dbA that’s too LOUD! Bass just distorted on one screen channel, “right” all the time since they installed Dolby CP-500 and QSC and a few dozen surrounds JBL 8330. but they paid no attention to removing those old loudspeakers that where installed in there back in the 1960’s.

No sub bass channel array behind the screen, and the last time I saw behind the screen the HF horns left and right where placed on the floor! The centre channel HF horn was where it was supposed to be. What was the chief projectionist thinking at that site by placing the HF horns on the floor! All the directional sounds where lost on raiders of the lost ark and the rest of the Indiana Jones films that where shown there around 2003 I think each week rather than back to back in one night, poor show that was.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Oct 14, 2007 at 5:48 am

I could ask around.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Aug 11, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Well I wouldn’t know I’ve only been attending the Empire since September 13th 1989.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 29, 2007 at 4:28 am

Transformers what a load of bollocks!

After getting of the shock of missing DIE HARD in THX and after sitting though another gruelling Michael Bay load of loud nonsense that made no sense to duologue intelligibility not when its spoken a fast paces where you’d need at least a few moments for it to settle down instead you end up listening to cacophony of dialogue that overlaps and overlaps into sheer load of loud Michael Armageddon bollocks Bay up there on the screen!

Yes this is the worse film I have even sat though since Pearl Harbor 2001, I’m never going to see anymore of his trash load of bollocks until he can really prove he can make a film that makes sense without fast dialogue, I mean really what is the rush if the film is 153minuts at least pace the dialogue slowly.

The sound system at the Empire was great 10/10 but would never do justice to Michael Bay, I feel sorry for Kevin O’Connell, as I don’t see him winning an award for this but sometime fate as a strange way of twisting things around for the better who knows he might, maybe?

I only have a few Michael Bay films on DVD The Rock Armageddon but that’s as far as it goes I might, might buy Transformers on DVD the very least rent it for sound test on my JBL THX sound system later in the year or when even it comes out, hell I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. Armageddon!

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 29, 2007 at 3:22 am

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andysummers commented about Vue West End on Jul 28, 2007 at 3:30 am

This was dominating two THX screens at the VUE cinema on Thursday well one actually it was (interlocked) and a few other substandard screens now that is taking the Mickey and I wanted to see Fantastic 4 in THX. So did I bother seeing The Simpson’s in THX no way in bugger that.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 27, 2007 at 9:31 am

The rest of the mighty Crown amplifiers are housed behind the THX baffle with cable runs travelling down from the booth so all the control is handled from there, booth surround amplifiers are housed in the booth.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 27, 2007 at 9:13 am

I was sat in the front row along with a new friend who overheard my name while calling on the intercom and was rather surprised to see me there has he’s only read a few posts on different forums sites where I have shown great interest in the Empire and the THX sound system program.

I measured nearly 120dbc on the SPL db metre towards the final battle with transformers transforming the streets into a battle zone, it was right at a point where the sound all the mid and highs where faded down and the mighty JBL 4645C cluster array of x16 dropped down mighty DEEP!!!

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 27, 2007 at 9:08 am

Yes I was hoping to see DIE HARD in THX yesterday, well I didn’t know ity was only on for three-weeks so does anyone have some rope? LOL just kidding I was given a brief tour of Empire screen ones booth yesterday morning before the first show started. The booth is mega and totally untouchable!

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 24, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Found this Youtube Video of the famous Empire Leicester Square screen 1 yeah this is where I’ll be popping up to sometime soon for DIE HARD JBL 56KW THX sound power!
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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 20, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Now this did catch the eyes attention it was glittery dazzling like the stars that are placed above the screen in Empire #1.
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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 20, 2007 at 7:02 pm

I don’t like the typeface that the designer used as anyone got a bullet please! Bring back the late 1980’s look that rocked.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 20, 2007 at 4:25 am

Here’s a nice but rather rare occasion to see the director and stars from of Apollo 13 at the CIC Empire Leicester square.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnLpZcX-5ms

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 17, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Also I heard from the (Team Leader) at the EMPIRE, who I was speaking to on the phone last Friday night that the new look outside looks fantastic!

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 17, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Well I’m looking forwards to travailing up to London on 11th July for DIE HARD LIVE FREE in THX and 56KW of JBL sound power sounds too tempting, see you there in the early hours of the morning.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 10, 2007 at 9:01 am

I see, well I think it should be left alone why change perfection.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 6, 2007 at 7:30 am

By the way is there any pictures of this conversion? I know that Fred, who once projected at the EMPIRE does some really neat looking videos on Youtube, I wonder if he’s covering this issue?

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 6, 2007 at 7:27 am

I don’t know about changing the auditorium I think it should be left as it is it looks fantastic I mean out of this WORLD!
I liked the look of the outside during the late 1980’s with the word EMPIRE all lit up it looked the part and the advertisement of 70mm Dolby films in THX made it all so very tempting to step inside.
I seem to remember when the Warner West End was all knocked down except the front that remained that was a nice touch, so I hope they don’t go too far over the top with the front of the EMPIRE.

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jan 15, 2007 at 12:08 pm

What’s the cubic volume size of the Empire?

What is the lowest frequency the sub bass array can possibly generate and highest sound pressure level?

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andysummers commented about Vue West End on Jan 9, 2007 at 8:41 am

Saw “Maverick” there in Dolby Stereo SR type THX sound system. One thing that I remember was the projectionist “Andy Symes” chief projectionists was on the ball when! Pop Berrr Blerrrrr sounds where coming out of all the loudspeakers, sounded like when you remove an RCA or phone lead where the negative end of the lead isn’t making contact with the audio component.

Still it was quite an impressive Dolby Stereo SR THX presentation, not as impacting as the Empire or High Wycombe. I did manage to get to talk to Andy, that day. He was kind enough to show me around the THX booth, very impressive.

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andysummers commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Jan 9, 2007 at 7:51 am

Saw “Lawrence of Arabia” there back in 1988 WOW stunning performance on that huge screen! The interior decoration was very nice, I like deep curved screen and the lighting above it, also the sides of the walls was also very appalling to me.

The mighty sound system when it first started up was top even for a sub standard approach without “THX” it was great sounding with six-track Dolby Stereo SR type.

Bass thundered around me with a deep rumbling, “No Prisoners, No Prisoners.”

I would be gutted to see it as it is now, a shoebox you say I don’t believe that, thou I have seen Odeon do this to one of its largest screens at the Odeon Westover Road. Someone should kick them in the a££ for doing that. Clearly the word multiplex has gone to there heads!

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andysummers commented about Empire Cinema on Jan 9, 2007 at 7:33 am

Wow didn’t see this screen here! Well I remember seeing “Arachnophobia” at the THX screen back in 1990 WOW what a sound presentation it had “it literally pressed” on your body without any colourisation of the sub bass and bass frequencies.

Midrange sounds where easy to pin point across the screen along with excellent surround coverage made me look around to my sides and rear during the “THX Broadway” trailer fantastic.

The opening credits of “Arachnophobia” was very deep but before I get there I do however remember just popping into see what it sound like as a friend and I drove up to High Wycombe during the weekend. After buying our tickets we had to wait nearly two hours before the next showing. But that didn’t stop me for just standing at the back of the auditorium.

The scene that was playing was a low level scene with quite music dialogue and sound effects level. Having already seen the film once at the poorly, Odeon Westover Road! The sound at the back of the cinema was all over my body, it was pressing with such tightness, where it just wowed me.

Stepping out quietly we waited until the next showing.

The opening credits of “Arachnophobia.”

I have heard a few films at the Empire Leicester square that delighted me such pleasurable surprise, but this one was in my face from the moment “Trevor Jones” score started it just grew louder and louder not too loud but right on the money of THX specifications standards. Each octave just hit me in the stomach and chest!

The opening score must have lasted 8 or 10 minutes until it faded down in the mix. Anyway one of the best THX sound system presentations I’ve seen there. Sadly the site no longer has THX sound thou I’m sure it still sounds fairly good but without the delights of THX I guess it would be lacking power and performance.