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RobertAlex commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What does this mean, “AMC will add a surcharge for non-movie showing?” This doesn’t make sense to me.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

Zookeeper is opening tomorrow at the Chinese for one week only. Not that I will rush out to see that one, but its nice to see new product there!

RobertAlex commented about Village Theatre on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

This looks amazing, I think I need to road trip to Coronado soon.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Chris, that was too funny. There were no set # of tickets per show. Anyone with a pass could wait in line and enter the auditoriums 30 minutes before the show. At 15 minutes before the show, they counted the empty seats and then let in the stand by line.

For Carousel, it was in the 177 seat theatre, and I was #1 in stand by line, getting there an hour early. I was told not to hold my breath and that I might not get in. Then at 10 min before the show, they let us all buy tickets.

For the shows at Grauman’s it was the same, with the stand by line way over on Orange St. They let us in close to 20 minutes before both shows I saw since it seats so many. I heard the evening shows were much more occupied but I didn’t try for any of them.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I was not able to see Spartacus, only That’s Entertainment and Goldfinger in 4K, Carousel was a gorgeous 35mm print in the upstairs cinemas. The festival was very expensive! The passes, which sold out, where like $600. All stand by tickets were $20 each film, so I only went to the three movies I had not seen.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 2, 2011 at 1:28 am

Came back from the TCM festival at the Chinese. Yesterday was a great 35mm print of Carousel at the 6 plex in one of the smaller theatres. They did an awesome job.

This morning I waited for That’s Entertainment playing in Grauman’s. It was so much fun being there with a large enthusiastic crowd. After that, my buddy met me and we saw Goldfinger at 12:30. Nothing like seeing James Bond at the Chinese!

I cannot get over the projection of both films with that Barco 4K DLP projector. It was unreal, truly a game changer for larger screens.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for sharing that link Brad, pretty scary to think that could happen. I am hoping for the best as we all are I am sure.

RobertAlex commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The article says :“ person familiar with the matter said the theater will continue to screen movies and host premieres and that the new owners plan to upgrade food and beverage services.”

I pray that they can save the Chinese, the last few years has been dreadful for this gem.

On a side note, Barco announced today they are installing their new 4K DLP projector, DP4K-32B for the TCM Festival. I cannot wait to see Goldfinger on Sunday afternoon on that screen in 4K DLP!!

RobertAlex commented about Seattle Cinerama on Mar 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

The Ten Commandments was not a Cinerama picture, it was filmed in VistaVision.

However, it did play the London Casino Cinerama (It is now the Prince Edward Theater) in 1972. You can find that information here:
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Also, for more information on the London Casino you can visit:

RobertAlex commented about Imax, Cinemark settle issues regarding big-screen formats on Jan 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

Talk about spinning a bunch of baloney, my goodness. “upgrade” to digital from 15/70mm?? There is so much wrong with that statement I do not even know where to begin.

RobertAlex commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jan 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Parts of Born to Be Wild was shot using the new IMAX ‘prototype’ 4 k 3D camera. I cannot find out if the entire production used this camera, or if it was mixed with their normal IMAX 65mm. I have heard that the next digital upgrade for IMAX must take into account their larger screen theaters, as their mission is to (unfortunetaly) eliminate film altogether. There might be a few IMAX theaters here and there (Los Angeles) that will continue to show 65mm film, but I doubt for very long.

If you think that a copy of Tron 3D IMAX film with both reels weighs
over 1000 lbs, and costs close to 60K. If the digital version costs less then a grand..and weigh two pounds max, you can see the allure for exhibitors.

This link hints they are looking to move to Laser projection for their
next upgrade. ….. “The company says that if its use of Laser Light is successful, the larger IMAX screens should switch to digital in the next couple of years. The hope is that the entire system will not have to be replaced and instead, they will be able to integrate the new light source into existing projectors.”

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RobertAlex commented about Uptown Theater on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I sincerely hope that AMC will NOT install a Sony 4K on at the Uptown, the screen is too large and curved for that projector to be effective.
Hopefully they will use a Barco, as Regal did with their large auditoriums out here such as the Ontario Palace, and the Big Newport. Those screens are about 75 foot and 80 feet wide, and although I hate to admit it, both screens now look way better then they did when they used 35mm. Let’s hope the same for this theatre.

I come out to DC two to three times a year for work, and I always make a trip to this gem. By far the best theatre in DC and perhaps the mid Atlantic.

RobertAlex commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

I know this might not be the right thread…but since many here are interested in West Side Story, here is the link to the restoration at The Egyptian in Hollywood last month.

It was a blast…my review of the evening is in the comments.

RobertAlex commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:14 am

I have seen the Sound of Music more times then I can remember, in both 70mm and 35mm. The Fathom Events showing, as much as I hate to admit it, was brilliant. I was told during intermission it was an actual drive of the movie, not a satellite feed as Fathom normally does. They ran the movie from their Sony 4k’s and it was great. One of the best showings I have ever seen of it. Once they adjusted the volume, it was too low, it was great. The resolution was wonderful, I saw things I never noticed before. Whoever did the restoration really did a great job.

American Cinematheque is showing it in 35mm here next weekend…might catch it again.

Would give just about anything to see Sound of Music at the Zigfeld!

RobertAlex commented about 70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! "West Side Story" on Nov 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I was able to make it last night to see WSS. It was a fun night. The theater was about 75% full, George Chakiris was the special guest. There was about a 15 min question and answer with him. Who knew that he originated the role of Riff in the London West End production before being cast as Bernardo in the film?

There was an explanation of what we were about to hear with slides. It was explained that the original track with the 5 channels behind the screen was lost, and all new prints had just a L R and C channel. This soundtrack had the additional two channels behind the screen. I am not that technical, but I have never heard this movie sound so good. There were things that I never noticed before…the shoes during dance scenes, certain instruments in the sound track were more prevalent, and during the rumble scene, I never heard the cars on the highway above so clearly. It was great. (with the exception of those uncomfortable worn out seats).

The picture was wonderful and it had the overture with the lines turning into nyc, as well as the intermission. There were some glitches in the picture here and there, but overall…it was brilliant. Everyone had an awesome time.

RobertAlex commented about Edwards Big Newport on Nov 13, 2010 at 1:15 am

Wanted to see Unstoppable today so I called the theater to ensure it was in the big house. I asked if they had switched to Digital projectors and that this was the first week. They are using Sony 4K in all auditoriums except for the Big Newport auditorium, where they are using a Barco projector (I think Cinemark’s XD uses the same). I was told the screen was replaced with a silver one that was the exact same size. So I headed out to check it out.

The preshow was annoying, but after wards the curtains actually closed! Lights came down and they opened up and there was a slide on the screen that said Edwards Big Newport that stayed on till the curtains were opened and the masking went wide. It was a great presentation. The show as awesome. I have been here a few times and was never that impressed with the picture, it always seemed dark. That issue is gone. The image quality was great, now I have never seen a 70mm film here so I cant compare it to that. Compared to the 35mm films I have seen here, this was far more impressive.

The sound was something else. It was so loud, but clear and clean. The bass made your shirt move and the surround was quite noticeable. This was by far the best show I have seen at this fantastic theater. There were about 40 people maybe in that large house for the 10:20 show on opening weekend Saturday night.

RobertAlex commented about Cinema City Stadium Theatres on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

I was passing this area yesterday and swung by to catch a matinee of Red. The first three theatres are themed on the outside entrances, The Palace, Grand and Egyptian. I was in #2, The Grand. The other theatres are moderate size with nice screens and a nice seats. The Grand Theatre was great. It wasnt huge, maybe 300 seats max, but it was the detail that really set it apart. The huge wide red seats with leg room, the shooting stars on the ceiling, the nice and dim red stairway lighting.

Also, the people were so courteous. More then once did I see people ASKING if they wanted them to move so late comers would have two seats together.

The Screen was about 50 feet wide, side masked and curved. The presentation was great and the sound was fantastic. Overall a great experience, and for the price it is about the best deal one can find. ( I swear I only saw 11 auditoriums, but I guess there are 13.)

RobertAlex commented about Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9 on Oct 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Last month, Regal installed Sony 4K projectors in theatres #4, #5 (large house), and #6. I have seen one 3D movie and a regular movie with the new projectors on the large screen (50 feet, side masking). Although I am still not totally sold on digital projection, especially in a house like this that always had rock solid 35mm presentation with no scratches or splices, I did notice the sound was demonstratively better.

If you ever get to Palm Springs, this is the place to see a film (along with the Camelot)!

RobertAlex commented about Camelot Theatres on Oct 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

In September 2010, The Camelot Theatres added digital projection in their main house on the large screen, and one of the smaller auditoriums. Theater #3 is still 35mm.

RobertAlex commented about UA Emery Bay Theater on Oct 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I lived in Oakland in 1990-1995 and went to this theater all the time(when a film wasn’t at the Grand Lake of course). It was not stadium seating, but old school decent sloped auditoriums. I must have gone here every other week for 4 years or so.

There were two auditoriums that were THX certified (I think #3 and #4), and both sat about 400. The screens were decent sized, and at the time there were all side masking. There were a few smaller auditoriums, but none that were horrible. This was always a great place to catch a movie during the day, weekend nights it could get crazy busy and kind of rowdy.

They showed 70mm films here! Saw the re-release of Lawrence of Arabia here and another 70mm french film called The Bear. The rest were mostly blow ups from 35mm.

The presentation was good, but the sound was always the fantastic. Would love to see how they changed it to Stadium seating.

RobertAlex commented about Oakland's Grand Lake owner vows to keep going on Jul 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

I lived 4 blocks from the amazing Grand Lake from 89-97. This was the only place to go see a movie in the Bay Area. Although at the time most of the single screens in the City were still alive (Metro, Cinema 21, Alhambra, Coronet, etc), The Grand Lake stood above them all, and for a good film all my friends would come out from the City to see a movie here. They were the first theatre in the area that installed Digital Cinema Sound for the run of Dick Tracy. They then installed DTS soon after.

Every weekend night there were lines to see movies here. There was an excitement to seeing a film in that magnificent auditorium, usually close to being sold out. I heard that the curtain in the main house was from the original Fox San Francisco. The two smaller add on houses were small and narrow, yet with the incredible themes and the small balconies, even these were fun to see a film in. It was always a great show at the Grand Lake.

RobertAlex commented about Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 on Jul 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I did notice the top masking, but there was side masking as well. I was watching quite closely for that and when the curtain went up after the pre-show, it seemed a bit wider. Agreed, it is not only side masking as the Dome. Heck, after seeing Cinemarks XD and IMAX, I am happy to see any masking must less curtains.

RobertAlex commented about Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 on Jul 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Finally made it here last night to see Inception in the Premier Theatre. I saw it at the 15/70 true Imax in Cathedral City the night before. The sound at the Regal was amazing, truly one of the best theatrical sound systems I have ever heard. However, the picture was not that impressive. Maybe because I saw the same movie less then 24 hours earlier in real IMAX, but there is no comparison. It was not nearly as sharp or clear, and the images were quite muted compared to IMAX. The theatre was fantastic, great seats, amazing side masked large screen, lots of legroom and wonderful service. A great place to see a movie, yet if you have a choice, real 15/70 IMAX is far superior to this digital presentation. BTW, it is true what was said above. The other theatres here are crap. Top masking, small screen shoeboxes.

RobertAlex commented about Century Stadium Promenade 25 on Jun 26, 2010 at 4:26 am

I came here today to see Toy Story #D in the new XD. $15 for a mat, and still had to sit through a preshow, and commercials. The screen was about 60 feet or so, but there was no masking at all, and it was sized for a flat film. The previews in scope were in the middle of the screen.

The sound was impressive, but the picture was amazing. The clarity and brightness was the best I have seen for a 3D show, more so then the 15/70 IMAX in Cathedral City. However, the RealD 3d didnt really amaze me. No images really popped, and the effects were quite muted. Not nearly as dramatic as aIMAX 3d.

The seats were nice, but no new configuration and the leg room was lacking. Its worth a trip, but not sure ill go back.

RobertAlex commented about AMC Criterion 6 on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

It is listed under AMC in the LA Times Calendar section today. AMC Criterion 6, all three Cinemas on the Promenade are listed under AMC.