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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

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?

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm

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.

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

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…

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Dec 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

also IMAX-laser has no ghosting unlike IMAX 15/70 which is sporadic but does happen time to time.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

^ 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!

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

that extra 21 feet was supposed to be for ‘Hateful 8’ [sarcasm face]

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:40 am

does the new projector properly fill the whole screen – curve and all?

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:37 am

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.

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Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:29 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 7:28 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 10:30 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 10:16 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 2:47 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 2:23 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 11:43 am

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 10:09 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 8:50 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 12:39 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 12:28 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 7:29 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 8:15 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 7:40 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 9:21 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 9:09 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 8:20 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 …