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as a teen in the late 80’s I started to keep the Movie Section of the Weekend part of the Post – they unfortunately got chucked… [sad face] So how would I research this? got any tips – I know that the Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the DC library used to keep the Post on microfilm – do they still do that?
I haven’t yet Jodar – I’m eyeing seeing ‘The Force Awakens’ this coming Saturday here
I was under the impression that the aspect ratio “1.43 : 1 (some scenes: IMAX 70mm)” [as indicated on IMDB] meant full screen – right?
“IMAX 70mm” also pertains to the IMAX-laser systems that are projected on 4:3 screens.
from the Smithsonian’s Facebook page:
“Last chance to experience 15/70mm film at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater!
#TheForceAwakens will be our final show in film on January 10th. On January 11th we close our doors to upgrade our facility to the state-of-the-art IMAX with Laser digital projection system!"
sign of the times…
also IMAX-laser has no ghosting unlike IMAX 15/70 which is sporadic but does happen time to time.
^ I’m just curious in knowing what disappointments you’ve noted are?
I got word from Arclight – that they fixed the image in filling the entire curved screen. For some reason this has never been corrected at Washington DC’s Uptown theater screen which displays this very odd fish-eye anomaly at the bowed corners – never a problem with the 70mm/35mm projector, but once digital came around … eck!
that extra 21 feet was supposed to be for ‘Hateful 8’ [sarcasm face]
does the new projector properly fill the whole screen – curve and all?
I highly doubt that AMC is going to pony up for a laser system – it could use it (in my opinion) but the theater was listed as one of the top three places to see the new Star Wars movie as mentioned in today’s Washington Post’s Weekend section.
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!
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.
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?
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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!]
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
did you see the tix price for ‘The Hateful Eight’ for all screenings – $20 (!!) “whoah”
AMC could have rejigged the audio to 7.1 – but I’m sure they didn’t.
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
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.
according to their website one of the auditorium’s features DTS' new DTS-X sound system.
I loved this theater,notably the largest screen – the audio system was killer. I think it was 8-channel SDDS sound – right?
AMC website states:
“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”