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I saw The Twilight Saga: New Moon in the Cinemark XD auditorium this weekend.
Auditorium 12 was completely redesigned to be distinguishable from the other auditoriums within the theater. Like most IMAX MPX systems, the auditorium features a ceiling to floor, wall to wall screen. However, the screen is noticeably larger than most IMAX MPX screens (at least compared the local IMAX MPX Digital theaters) as it appeared to fill more of my field of view from the center of the auditorium, which I thought was more immersive. The picture is masked but does fill the width of the screen. The picture quality is similar to any DP system though on a larger screen. What I thought stood out about XD was the sound system – i.e. feeling the rumble of the bass during the action scenes.
Other aspects of the auditorium were also changed. The red seats were replaced with new black leather seats, the walls have new lighting fixtures and red curtains. XD signs have also been added to the outside of the theater and the XD auditorium entrance.
XD pricing is not based on surcharges (like AMC’s 3D and IMAX surcharges) but fixed XD admission that applies throughout the day – similar to Regal’s IMAX admission, except Regal doesn’t charge extra for 3D. Also, like Regal’s IMAX admission, Cinemark’s XD prices differ by theater. In comparison, AMC has fixed surcharges for Digital 3D and IMAX, which adds on to the applicable AMC admission price (A.M. Cinema, Matinee, Evening, Child, Senior, etc.). Like Regal, AMC does not charge extra for IMAX 3D.
According to the Cinemark web site and Fandango, the large-format Cinemark XD auditorium (#12) opens Thursday at midnight with The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Good digital presentation of 2012 in auditorium #11 over the weekend. The screen in #11 has side masking, which expanded the screen width to match the film’s aspect ratio after the NCM FirstLook pre-show.
Large-format Cinemark XD is in auditorium #12 and has not yet opened.
As JJD said, the glasses for Digital IMAX 3D are polarized like the RealD glasses but are slightly larger and have the IMAX logo on the ear clips, which are not retractable like the RealD glasses. The glasses are not as large as the passive “goggles” that I’ve used for giant screen IMAX 3D.
Unlike the RealD presentations, they usually have someone standing at the IMAX auditorium entrance who gives out the glasses before the show. However, when I saw Monsters vs. Aliens in IMAX 3D Digital, they just had the glasses sitting out on a table for patrons to take in with them. They are not disposable like RealD glasses and must be returned after each screening and cleaned on a machine like regular IMAX and Dolby 3D glasses.
Saw Astro Boy in #23 (one of the smaller auditoriums), which I enjoyed both presentation and plot-wise.
Cinemark appears to be refurbishing the theatre, as I noticed that the carpeting throughout the theatre seems to have been replaced recently. The carpeting in the auditorium was also replaced. Lower lighting was moved from the top of the steps to the bottom quarter of the side walls.
Jodar, that’s precisely the reason why I didn’t see it in IMAX DLP. I had originally planned to but my relatives didn’t want to pay the extra evening surcharge for IMAX and didn’t want to see a film that late. Most theatres are showing the IMAX DLP version once in the early afternoon between Where The Wild Things Are IMAX screenings and also during the evening – this theater is not.
I may see this again in DP at another area theatre if this one does not add earlier showtimes for IMAX DLP. As you said, Bow Tie Annapolis Mall 11 is showing it in DLP; Cinemark Egyptian 24 also has DLP screenings and Landmark Harbor East is showing the film in 4K.
I saw Michael Jackson’s This Is It in auditorium #2 tonight. The 35 mm presentation was quite good, especially for a concert film. Due to the aspect ratio of the film, the large screen in #2 was utilized at full height with no top down masking. It’s a shame the director decided against a 3D release since the scenes were still shown, though in 2D.
I did have one minor gripe: during an interview scene near the beginning of the film, the dialogue of the person skipped due to a reel change.
The theater website needs to be updated to
According to the official site, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Avatar will be the first two movies shown in 3D.
Jodar, I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say “older movie with a new system”. When I went there on October 22, they were still working on the 4K system. Hence, why I said auditorium #6 was closed.
I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” in auditorium #2, which was a 35 mm film presentation. On the same day, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was shown in #14 but in 35 mm film and not DLP 3D as in previous weeks. The movie appears to be showing in 3D now, so they may have been working on the DLP projector again.
Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough in my last post.
Jodar, was the movie shown in auditorium #6? When I went to see “Where the Wild Things Are” yesterday (in auditorium #2), it was closed. So I’m assuming the 4K system is in that auditorium.
According to MovieTickets.com and Fandango, the documentary film, “Amelia”, will be shown in Sony 4K at this theater and AMC Loews White Marsh 16 starting on Friday (October 23).
Online ticketing has been moved from the Muvico web site to Cinemark.com and Fandango
Cinemark is now showing live and prerecorded events at this theatre via NCM Fathom. The first event shown was “Mayweather vs. Marquez Live in HD”.
Correction on previous comment: this theater is now an independently owned and operated theatre. Regal Entertainment Group no longer operates this theatre.
This theater appears to be closed. Its listing on Fandango still exists but online ticketing has been removed. Also, it’s showtime listings were not shown in the local newspaper (Baltimore Sun) this weekend.
Auditorium #17 was reopened last week as an IMAX Digital theatre: IMAX Entrance
One of the largest auditoriums is to be converted to large-format Cinemark XD by the end of the year. It seems that Cinemark is trying to compete with the IMAX Digital theatres in the area.
More info and other planned XD locations: Cinemark XD
The standard length trailer will be released online at apple.com/trailers on Thursday, which will likely include some footage from the extended 16-minute trailer.
According to IMDB, the movie will actually be shown in two different aspect ratios depending on the format. The standard 2D version will be shown in 2.35:1 and 3D will be shown in 1.85:1
Looks like this theatre will not be getting the IMAX Digital conversion. According to AMC’s IMAX page, this theatre is no longer listed under the Coming Soon tab.
All Muvico signage has been removed (except for the logo above the automated ticketing kiosks) and replaced with Cinemark branding. According to the official ticketing web site (View link), Muvico passes and gift cards will be accepted until September 18.
Here is a more complete article from the same site (registration not required): View link
Cinemark XD (Extreme Digital Cinema, formerly XD3):
Cinemark Press Release
Cinemark has installed a DLP system with RealD 3D in auditorium #11. I saw Up 3D in this auditorium, which looked much better than my previous 3D viewings in #18. Like the other large auditoriums in this theater, the sound was good. Auditorium #11 has 483 seats. I have yet to see a 3D film in #7. All three digital auditoriums are currently showing Up 3D.
There is a sign in the box office window notifying patrons about the operator change from Muvico to Cinemark. Another sign tells patrons that the theater will be accepting Muvico passes and gift certificates until May 31 (tomorrow).
It’s official: like AMC, Regal will convert all of its theaters to 4K in the next 3 to 5 years.
Source (Regal Press Release): View link
This hasn’t been officially confirmed yet but apparently Regal has also signed a deal with Sony.
Source: View link
According to the Sony Digital Cinema site and Fandango, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 currently has 4K in all auditoriums.
The patrons at this theater can be a mixed bag. At a sold out IMAX screening of Watchmen, the patrons were actually quite friendly and well-behaved. They moved to the center to make more room and some even helped save seats if someone had to step out.
On the other hand, at a regular 35 mm screening of Watchmen, a woman in the back of the auditorium laughed loudly during scenes that were not that funny and the woman sitting directly behind me kept talking to herself during the movie. These people were not teenagers/young adults either, they were middle-aged people.