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I think i just threw up a little while reading this……
I am with Chris on this. They should market the Large Single Screen Experience here. I actually remember the screen advertised as being 73 feet in the LA Times when Clash of the Titans opened. They could get it to 80 feet or so I bet…and maybe get a few good films to show on it. If they get the product, market it as something unique…people will come.
The Chinese is still part of the TCM Film Fest 2012, both the main house and the 6 plex will show films (and the Egyptian) like the last few years. I went last year and it was amazing, will try and do standby again this year. It is the weekend of April 12th. If you ever wanted to see a classic on the big screen, this is an amazing opportunity, and hopefully not the last.
UltraStar Cinemas has taken over management from SR Entertainment of both the Desert IMAX and the Mary Pickford 14 across the parking lot.
TCM announced today that the 2012 Turner Classic Film Festival will again be held at the Chinese and Chinese 6 (along with the Egyptian)! It was a blast last year to see some classic films here just walking up and waiting for will call, and I am so thrilled that the new owners will continue this tradition. It will be April 12th – 15th, 2012.
Danny, according to the website the Dome uses a NEC-2500 for digital features. I also read that they are using NEC’s for all their 3D showings in the multiplex, so you have to assume they are going with all NEC’s.
They have installed the two Christie 2K digital machines on top of the SR 15/70 film projectors.
They are keeping both formats.
What does this mean, “AMC will add a surcharge for non-movie showing?” This doesn’t make sense to me.
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!
This looks amazing, I think I need to road trip to Coronado soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The article says :“..one 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!!
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:
Also, for more information on the London Casino you can visit:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)