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Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

mentioned in today’s Washington Post’s Weekend section as one of the top three places to see (“experience”) the new Star Wars movie – I agree!

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:28 am

the screens drops down vertically to facilitate the wider image (noted when I saw ‘Khartoum’ at the prior 70mm mini-fest) – it sadly doesn’t expand horizontally as the Uptown masking does – now that screen when I saw a reissue of ‘Ben-Hur’ was jaw dropping.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

oh you’re welcome Flix70. ‘Django’ is almost but not quite three hours, two hours and 45 minutes to exact

Jamie was in last year’s “Annie” (and “Dreamgirls” oh and “The Amazing Spider-Man”)– where have you been?

it’s on my bucklist to see a 70mm feature here.

question: does the screen for 2.76 features expand horizontally?

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Giles commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

has this been changed over to digial projection or do some of the auditoriums still project 35mm? I only ask since Sony Classic’s is releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Son of Saul’ as such (which opens in limited release tomorrow).

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

silver – there are at least three online stories (National SunTimes, Variety, Slash) regarding the news that Arclight installed the dual-head Christie 6P laser system on the Dome – but it’s odd that Arclight didn’t release an official press release story regarding this – maybe they have, but I’m not having luck finding anything online reporting this.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Flix70: $162,805,434 domestically to be exact. $30,122,888 (opening weekend). Mid January was the release of the movie internationally. It also had the big name draw of Leonardo DeCaprio and Jamie Foxx

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm

and yet ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ comes out first … wah-wah cry me a river Tarantino. It’s down to the buck and what brings in the masses (a three-hour western?), regardless of who’s the director.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Dec 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

I’m going to support the AFI, but when comparing the pricing of a ticket at Regal Gallery Place it’s $15 matinee / $17 night time.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

now I hope they can install a laser system over at Arclight’s Bethesda theater – they are having difficulties with the 3D system on it’s “widescreen” screen. [damn it!]

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Dec 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

audio is completely different though – depending on how it’s mixed: 70mm could be 5.1 (split surround) 3.2 (1) (baby boom / mono surround) 5.0 (1) (five front – mono surround). IMAX-laser can accommodate up to 12 channels of sound (four speakers in the ceiling).

Seeing a demo of IMAX-laser with 15/70 shot footage (‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’) though really was eye striking – inky black levels, highly detailed sharpness

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Dec 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

did you see the tix price for ‘The Hateful Eight’ for all screenings – $20 (!!) “whoah”

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Giles commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Dec 11, 2015 at 8:29 am

AMC could have rejigged the audio to 7.1 – but I’m sure they didn’t.

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Giles commented about Brenden Theatres Las Vegas 14 & IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Auditorium #3 has the DTS-X system and I heard it yesterday – for ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2’ – and it was incredibly impressive. The set up is similar to and could be best described as a hybrid of Auro 11.1 and Atmos – height channels above four of the four side speakers (both sides) / and non-mono ceiling speakers (six to be exact – two in the middle and four [front left ceiling, rear left ceiling, middle front, middle middle, front right ceiling, rear right ceiling]) and the back surround channels, as in 7.1 setups. DTS-X also places sound sourcing just outside of the screen with two additional speakers just to the left and right of the screen (as Dolby Atmos does too).

Now it’s just a waiting game to see what other studios, other than Lionsgate, will bite the DTS worm and release more movies mixed as such

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Nov 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

correct xbs2034 – the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy IMAX screen will be IMAX-laser / 3D / 12-channel. (Downtown Washington DC Smithsonian IMAX Lockheed screen is 2D / IMAX 15-70)

what I like about the laser 3D glasses, is that a lot more light goes through to the eye, than say Dolby 3D glasses.

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Giles commented about Brenden Theatres Las Vegas 14 & IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort on Oct 31, 2015 at 10:21 am

according to their website one of the auditorium’s features DTS' new DTS-X sound system.

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Giles commented about Loews Pentagon City 6 on Oct 27, 2015 at 10:09 am

I loved this theater,notably the largest screen – the audio system was killer. I think it was 8-channel SDDS sound – right?

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Giles commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Oct 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

AMC website states:

“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”

hmmm …

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Giles commented about Vinegar Hill Theatre on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

a few movies will be shown here for next month’s Virginia Film Festival – but not reopening as a full on theater (as far as I can tell).

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Giles commented about Violet Crown Charlottesville on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

reopening as a new theater for this Fall’s Virginia Film Festival

“Regal Cinema’s movie theater monopoly in Charlottesville has ended, and the new kid on the block is planning to serve up something sure to have local cinephiles salivating: a Downtown theater that offers upscale food and cocktails along with indie film fare.

William S. Banowsky, Jr., owner of Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, is partnering with Downtown Regal building owner Dorothy Batten to open the next in what Banowsky hopes will be a successful chain of arthouse-cum-bar-and-restaurant theaters across the country (another is in the works in Santa Fe)."

official reopening Friday Oct. 30th

http://charlottesville.violetcrowncinemas.com/

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Giles commented about Dos Lagos Stadium 15 on Oct 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm

from Barco online news:

“Rancho Cordova, Calif. — 22 October 2015 — Barco, the worldwide market share leader in cinema projection, continues to rapidly grow its industry-leading laser projection footprint with an installation at Starlight Cinemas in Southern California at its Dos Lagos 15 theater. With numerous Barco xenon projectors deployed across its circuit, Starlight Cinemas has enjoyed delivering the finest image quality to its loyal audiences for many years. Now, the exhibitor has made the move to install a Barco Flagship laser projector to offer customers a premium moviegoing experience. Cinema integration partner Moving iMage Technologies (MiT) secured and installed the project, which is targeted to “go live” in late October.

“As the region’s premier theater chain, we are committed to offering our guests the ultimate in cinema entertainment,” comments Gary Wallace, chief of Projection and Sound for Starlight Cinemas. “Barco’s laser projection elevates the caliber of our movie showings and allows us to maintain our competitive edge in the market. We look forward to promoting this quality advantage to our guests.”

Starlight Cinemas selected the Barco DP4K-45L ultra-bright, Flagship Laser projector to illuminate its 68-foot screen in an extra-large auditorium suited to deliver premium movie experiences. The projector was selected for its ability to deliver a radically improved 3D movie experience, which relies on extreme brightness levels to ensure superior image quality visible for every moviegoer.

“Barco’s integrated Flagship Laser projectors offer the brightness needed to show movies in their best light,” comments Bevan Wright, executive vice president of operations at Moving iMage Technologies. “It’s the only way to achieve the brightness levels needed for high-quality 3D movie presentation.”

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Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

^ I would think the Arclight is showing the 6 FL version since the system uses Dolby 3D glasses – and the 3D looked fantastic.

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Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Oct 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm

^ I saw ‘The Martian’ once at Arclight Bethesda (‘widescreen’ 3D/Dolby Atmos) and AMC Uptown (3D) – in both instances all the conference/meeting room scenes look unnaturally dark and drab – two different DLP systems shared the same darkness levels, it seemed very odd as cinematographer decision. Were those scenes brighter at all in ‘Ultra 3D’? The best use of 3D were the last thirty minutes of the movie.

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Giles commented about El Capitan Theatre on Oct 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I see that ‘The Black Cauldron’ is being shown Oct 15-18! wow – could a bluray materialize in 2016 – anyone planning on seeing this? I’d assume this is a DCP.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 10, 2015 at 7:37 pm

^ sorry for stating this, but it’s been on most exhibitor’s minds that ‘Hateful Eight’s 70mm release is the dumbest timing of the year, when most said large (and/or) 70mm screens will be playing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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Giles commented about Kerasotes Showplace 14 on Oct 10, 2015 at 4:58 pm

I just read about the DC metro area theater planned for the Tyson’s ‘Greensboro’ location (as a non ‘Icon’ complex)– I am surprised how close this will be to AMC’s Tysons' mall theater but with the amenities that this location offers it sounds like a much better theater setting. 7.1 surround sound in all it’s auditoriums is a plus, and with Arclight Bethesda proving that Dolby Atmos can be installed in smaller auditoriums there might be an incentive for Kersotes to pony up and prove it’s worth in delivering “ALL Cutting-Edge Digital Projection & Digital Sound”.

question: what projector’s are used here? are they 2K or 4K?