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it helps tremendously BobbyS, that 70mm can also sound great with the five channels of sound behind the screen – something that DCP applications has yet to achieve, Dolby Atmos can do it, but no one has hard encoded five front sound since the release of 8-channel SDDS movies.
waterguy56 – I’ll be very curious what your thoughts are on IMAX’s new 12-channel sound system (if and when the system debuts with the conversion to laser), while it’s not as great as Dolby Atmos, it’s a definite improvement in terms of competing with Atmos and standard 7.1 surround sound.
apparently my comments made on April 25th of last year – was sort of pointless – thankfully OGTDan’s comments on February 6th of this year here on Cinema Treasures and on Facebook corrected and described ‘Phase 2’ – I’m curious what the “upgrading … of the screen” actually means – larger?
it also takes a few days if not a week or so to add the ceiling speakers in the IMAX-laser speaker configurement
annoyingly ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wont be playing here [damn it]
technically it’s three screens / auditoriums, not one.
^ 5 perf and 15 perf 70mm systems have nothing in common – the latter takes a huge amount of room, something I highly doubt the projection room at the Ziegfeld could accommodate.
I’m not sure why the AMC Prime experience would be better than the IMAX version, considering for BvS around three scenes were shot in 4:3 IMAX full screen
the Chinese is a legit IMAX system and install, the Seattle Cinerama which yes a custom installation: features a Christie 6P laser projector and Dolby Atmos. I got an email today stating the theater is up and running as of today. After the brief run of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Fri-Sun) a return engagement the Lockheed will:
“Beginning in March, the theater will have “Sci-Fi Sundays” in which fan-favorites such as The Martian will play at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Experience The Martian in IMAX 3D March 6, 13, 20, and 27.”
according to the Air & Space’s theater website the theater is reopening on February 25th and will be showcasing the new laser system with ‘The Force Awakens’ (beginning on Friday) til Sunday night.
screen 2 is the only auditorium to feature 4K digital projection. I am liking the ‘Wednesday Rewind’ (Classic) Film showcase with a showing in the afternoon and evening – most of the screenings have been shown in auditorium #5.
^ it took them four years to replace those screens with Barco projector’s as the first indication/news that Landmark was implementing said DLP projectors was in 2012 – better late than never.
holy @#$% !! – I just noticed the tix pricing for the LA / NYC ‘Prime’ theaters which the manager speculated Tyson’s theater could be comparable to (which for prime time evening will range from $20 – $21.59 (Ipic Rockville takes the cake for the most expensive ticket pricing in the DC metro area – it helps to be a member which bumps down the price considerably), ouch! – you can expect me to be at the matinee screenings. ($20 for the AFI’s 70mm engagement of ‘Hateful Eight’ was the exception and worth it), but $20 on a continual basis – yeah, I don’t see that happening on my income.
I haven’t yet been hear to see a movie, but wouldn’t the drop down projector’s create an audible (annoying) noise during the movie?
the ETX auditorium is now closed and will begin it’s conversion makeover to a Dolby Cinema / ‘Prime’ screen – the manager I talked with today noted the reopening is undetermined but she stated mid-March to early April at the earliest.
question: is the Icon-X screen the only auditorium that features Dolby Atmos sound or there additional auditoriums that also feature the sound format?
waterguy56: the current conversion of the Smithsonian’s Lockheed Martin IMAX screen in downtown DC is longer than the typical month duration – January 11th to a non-date specific ‘March 2016’ – it’s an older theater setup and the Smithsonian’s response when comparing it to Udvar Hazy’s Airbus theater:
“It was a shorter turnaround, but it was also a newer theater. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater turns 40 this year! The process to renovate it is a bit more involved.”
given the vast size of the IMAX screen here at LS13 and the height to the ceiling – I’m sure it’s conversion to laser might also be on the complex side – time will tell.
sorry for the digression here:
“AMC Theatres® is proud to introduce AMC Prime, a revolutionary movie-going experience.
AMC Prime brings together a unique blend of enhanced sensory technology and premium comfort that allows our guests to feel every turn, takeoff and awe-inspiring explosion while reclining in a custom-fitted chair.
How is AMC Prime different? We’re glad you asked…
Dolby Cinema is merging it’s technology to select ‘Prime’ theaters:
“What is Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime?
In the broadest sense, it’s a premium movie-going experience designed to transport audiences into a film’s universe using three components:
1) Dolby Vision — a new dual-4K Christie laser projection system designed for films that have been color graded for Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range), giving content 500-times the contrast ratio of conventional projection systems. Pure black levels, expanded color gamut capabilities, and twice the brightness (up to 31fL).
2) Dolby Atmos — a reference quality sound system capable of decoding object-based surround mixing. In Burbank’s case, that’s five in-screen speakers plus 48 surrounds, 4 ceiling-mounted subwoofers, and in-seat transducers for extra rumble.
3) Comfort & Aesthetics — not only does the auditorium boast leather recliners facing a large screen, but the entire space has been painted matte black to control ambient light, color lights have been used to highlight the numerous speakers, and there’s the Signature Entrance, an audio-visual pathway meant to evoke a journey into the mindset of watching a particular film."
[I now return you to your regular scheduled AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater discussion … already in progress]
waterguy56: I was under the impression that IMAX creates two different DCP’s – one for it’s 4:3 screens (IMAX-laser) and 1.78 for it’s IMAX-Digital screens.
moviebuff82 – do you know if all three screens have 4K projector’s (and what brand)?
AMC Prime is also 7.1/Dolby Atmos sound; far superior to IMAX 6.0 sound.
is this reserved seating now? or is it still first come first seating.
as of a July article from an online story from the Washington Sun:
“After remaining dark for more than a year because of the ongoing renovations in the East Building, the Gallery’s Auditorium—one of Washington’s finest theater spaces—will open again this Saturday for free public screenings on weekends only.”
of the two laser installs, this is going to be the longest, with a stated ‘March 2016’ reopening time frame. As it’s the oldest IMAX screen of the Smithsonian’s the conversion will be more complex than Udvar Hazy’s.
It’s always been ETX – but changing over to a ‘Prime’ theater was quietly murmured to me (which is completely different: mainly laser projection, different seats) – that conversion may or might not happen at a future date, but it didn’t in the time frame mentioned to me – because for a largely sold out show last night, AMC might think otherwise in reducing the seat number in it’s second largest auditorium at this location.