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Giles commented about Reflections on the influence of "The Wizard of Oz" on Sep 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I would assume all the screenings including the New York Flm Festival showing are a beamed hidef transmission. I’ve never seen a Fanthom Event, but only two Hot Ticket events (Rent and Cirque Du Soleil) those two hidef presentations looked and sounded great – the one Fanthom event I saw, ‘Coachella’ looked inferior in picture quality.

Giles commented about Takoma Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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Giles commented about Takoma Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

here’s a link to the Takoma Theatre Conservatory – they are hoping to reopen the theatre for the arts:

“Once again community members are seeking to light-up the theatre. Unlike prior efforts, the Takoma Theatre Conservancy is seeking to acquire the theatre from the owner [Note: The Conservancy is not associated with its current operation or leasing.] The Conservancy will seek to renovate the theatre and revitalize it as a community resource — a community cultural arts and education center â€" a place once again for community events and activities, and a resource to help rejuve­nate the adjacent commercial area. The Conservancy will engage professional management and host a wide array of theatrical, film and musical programs; support a variety of theater and arts groups and local performers; provide classes for people of all ages, especially youth who lack access to arts in their schools; and offer vocational training and internships for high school students and young adults. (see Goals)

With the renaissance of DC and its neighborhoods, increased community and government support for the arts and education, and performer and audience demand (more …), the feasibility of these goals appears stronger than at anytime in the last thirty years. The Conservancy has received several planning grants to support these goals, most recently and notably a $100,000 grant from the DC City Council (News), and contributions from community organizations, and major donors.

The Theatre has always been ‘family’ to the Takoma community. It was opened in 1924 by a community group called the Takoma Theater Corp., led by the then Mayor of Takoma Park, MD. They brought first-run feature films to one of Washington’s first suburbs. Two blocks from the old Takoma railroad station, it became one of the major locations for community and family activities, including the starting point for the annual Takoma Fourth of July parade, and weekly yo-yo contests.

The once enormous appeal and attractivenss of local neighborhood theatres and downtown movie palaces were drained in the decades following 1950 by new suburban malls, multiplex theatres, and television. The Takoma and other DC theatres, such as the Strand, Howard, Colony, Congress and MacArthur, became dark, and many were converted to other retail uses (more …)

Subsequent efforts from the mid-1980’s to 2004 achieved some success in once again lighting-up the theatre and the adjacent commercial corridor — just two blocks from the Takoma Metro station. The non-profit community group, the Takoma Theatre Arts Project, ably demonstrated the promise of the theatre as a performing arts venue. (more …)

Community efforts to save the theatre from closure led to the first Takoma Park Folk Festival in 1978. Today this highly-popular event is still run by an all-volunteer community committee and showcases local performers — the legacy of its founder, activist Sammie Abbot (Mayor Takoma Park, 1980-1985).

“I remember Sammie calling several of us over to his house for a meeting… . He said, ‘We’ve got to save the Takoma Theatre, and here’s how we’re going to do it.’ ” [2]

Thirty years later. We’ve got to save the Takoma Theatre, and with your support we can do it. (The Takoma Theatre Conservancy is a 501©(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.)"

Giles commented about Revitalizing Foundry on Sep 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

and here’s the Takoma Theatre’s website:

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Giles commented about Revitalizing Foundry on Sep 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

the last I heard about Wisconsin 6 – the building and specifically the old theatre section is owned by Fannie Mae – I don’t think a reconversion to a theatre is at all possible.

the folk around the former MacArthur theatre are kicking themselves for not being more vocal and proactive in keeping it open (as the Avalon Theatre Project proved to be a success after it’s brief closing when Loews decided to stop running it) – I’d be the first in line to kick CVS out of there :)

I’d love to see the Cinema come back, yes the furniture store is gone and if someone had the money and the ability to book new and old films – all power to them.

The reason why Visions (the former Embassy theatre) didn’t succeed was the fact that it wasn’t well run – the owner could run a coffee shop, but a movie theatre – no. The folk who worked there too, were inexperienced and on a few occassions were quite rude and unacommodating. It’s too bad it didn’t survive since it booked films that Landmark didn’t book – in the right hands it could easily mirror theatre programming similiar to NYC’s Film Forum and Chicago’s Facets theatre. It’s real unfortunate that the Dupont area of DC, once a film magnet is no more – that’s why I think the reopening of the Embassy theatre would work now.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Sep 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

yes, 6 and 12 have 3D Digital Projection – I was never a fan of 6 because one, with 3D films the light output is on the dark side – Gallery Place’s DLP system has the best brightest output of light and the surround sound is alot punchier and dynamic. However Hot Ticket’s presentation of ‘Rent: On Broadway’ and ‘Cirque Du Soleil’ on auditorium 6’s system was very impressive – I’ll more than likely try to see the HiDef presentation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ there instead of Mazza Gallerie (which is closer, well … walking distance from my house) – since their digital projection system is neither DLP or Sony LCoS (if tix are still available). From what the lady at AMC told me on the phone this morning her impression of the new system is that it’s superior to the older system – I’ll personally give my two cents after I see ‘Final Destination 3D tomorrow morning. As I mentioned before, a 3D system would have been most ideal and amazing on the massive Screen 3 – Sony’s systems are meant to be installed on the largest screens possible – oh well, AMC should have realized that after reniging and deciding not to install a IMAX-lite screen at Tysons, Screen 3 should have been the obvious second screen to get a digital 3D projection unit – alas that would have been asking too much from them…

Giles commented about Revitalizing Foundry on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:17 am

oh and why is this called ‘Revitalizing Foundry’ when it should technically be ‘Revitalizing Visions’ and also, it would have been helpful if you’d provided an email – sorry (I’m being nitpicky).

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:13 am

A new Sony 4K 3D system debuted on screen 12

Giles commented about Revitalizing Foundry on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

I don’t have a business background, but I’d like to help in one way or the other. To answer your question yes I have an interest.

Giles commented about 3-D starting to look flat on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:07 am

The AFI Silver doesn’t have a curved screen – 70mm still looks great, regardless if it doesn’t slightly wrap around. If 70mm were to make a comeback wouldn’t it be similiar to when 35mm are DMR’d to IMAX specs – it will look significantly better than standard 35mm – it’s too bad so few films are mixed nowadays in 8-channel sound – five front channels of sound, and split surrounds – that’d sound fantastic!

Giles commented about Paris & Beekman projectionist pickets on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm

and WHY are they picketing?

Giles commented about "Alien" 30th Anniversary on Aug 24, 2009 at 9:42 am

in honor of the 30th Anniversary, the Film Forum in NYC had screened a new 35mm print of the ‘director’s cut’ in July and the DC engagement of it will occur Sept 11-17th at the AFI Silver.

Giles commented about "MAD, MAD WORLD" screening at Cinerama Dome on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

AFI Silver more than likely had the wrong running time listed in it’s Dec 12-Jan 22, 2003 film schedule guide (Vol. 1, issue 7)at 183 minutes, but seeing this in 70mm then was a ton of fun.

Giles commented about "MAD, MAD WORLD" screening at Cinerama Dome on Aug 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm

wasn’t the longest cut of the fim on home video a VHS version of the film, whereas a cut version wound up on DVD with extra footage being incorporated on the disc’s supplement material section?

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:34 am

oh well their loss, I expect them to install a Sony 4K 3D system on Screen 3 then to compensate for the promised IMAX screen – something that’d Regal would do at a heartbeat, but AMC corporate is being slow on the uptake on digital conversion.

Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

but remember Texas Instruments has 4K in the cards as well, so I’d assume theatres that have TI systems can and will be able to upgrade when 4K projectors/processors come out at the end of the year.

Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 13, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Sony and RealD to Provide Complete 3D Digital Cinema System for Exhibitors

“Solution Uses Single Sony 4K Projector and RealD Technology”

Sony Electronics and RealD are working together to provide exhibitors with 3D digital cinema systems that combine a single Sony 4K projector and its new 3D dual lens adapter with RealD technology, including a specially designed optical filter tuned for the projector, resulting in the ability to deliver crisp 3D images to screens up to 55 feet in width.

Sony and RealD have also entered into a separate agreement that gives RealD the exclusive right to purchase and distribute Sony’s 3D lens technology for use with polarized filter systems in Sony digital cinema projection system 3D deployments in the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to the Sony 3D adapter, RealD will provide hardware and software, including its Cinema System and 3D EQ “Ghostbuster” technology, for 3D playback on Sony 4K digital cinema systems worldwide.

“The relationship between Sony and RealD will make it easy to install a 2D Sony projection system that then can be easily upgraded to 3D, with RealD’s award-winning technology,” said Gary Johns, vice president of Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Systems Division. “By working with RealD, we’ll be able to provide both a practical and an elegant 3D solution.”

“Combining Sony’s phenomenal 4K projector with RealD’s market-leading 3D technology simply made sense,” said Joe Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema at RealD. “With RealD having the world’s largest 3D cinema network, and more and more 3D content hitting theaters, we’re excited to be working with Sony to help exhibitors implement this high-quality 3D experience in an easy and cost-effective way.”

The Sony 3D lens adapter maximizes the exclusive technology of the 4K SXRD® imaging device, which displays four times as many pixels as conventional 2K projectors for digital cinema. This allows full 2K resolution for the left and right eye simultaneously, resulting in a high-luminance, full-resolution stereoscopic cinema presentation and is designed to enable more faithful reproduction of motion in 3D.

The 3D capability is provided through hardware on a lens mount that attaches onto the projector and is compatible with all current Sony 4K digital cinema projectors. Installation is seamless and can be done within minutes. It is designed to meet DCI specifications for 3D digital projection.

RealD’s 3D EQ technology enhances the separation of the left and right eye images. In the past, this process was incorporated into the master by the studios; RealD’s new approach incorporates the technology into the digital cinema server and therefore simplifies the distribution process without sacrificing the optimal 3D visual experience.

The Sony and RealD solution, which includes the Sony 3D dual lens adapter, will be competitively priced in the marketplace and is expected to be available in March.


read the last paragraph, it’s been implemented since March of this year.

Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm

that’s not true SlimShady – 3D add ons, for 4K Sony systems ARE available currently. That’s why Regal jumped on the Sony 4K bandwagon and begun installing systems more quickly than AMC, Regal has 3D Sony DP’s at Ballson (Virginia), and the Majestic (Silver Spring Maryland) theatres. Sony advertises this very distinctly in Box Office magazine.

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

side masking – ummm I don’t think so. For Ice Age 3 which has a 1.85 aspect ratio, the image took up most of the massive wall (i.e, the screen). I’d think that with a scope 2.35 film the masking would come down from the top and bottom.

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm

in terms of screen size on Auditorium #1, it appears to be one of the largest in the immediate DC/MD/VA area – although Cinema De Lux in Fairfax and AMC Georgetown screens are also in the running in that respect. The presentation of ‘Ice Age 3’ (3D) looked and sounded fantastic

Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jul 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

from AMC’s website:

AMC Entertainment Inc.
P.O. Box 725489
Atlanta, GA 31139-9923

“AMC will research and respond to your letter in a timely manner.
AMC chooses these forms of communication with our guests because they have proven to be the most meaningful and effective.”

yes folks, they like snail mail – send them a letter. I had bugged them continually about the IMAX-Digital system over at Tysons Corner, that corporate eventually succumbed in having the manager at Tysons to send me a letter in response: a phone number and time to talk with him about my concerns.

Giles commented about Cinemark makes deal with T.I. on Jul 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I wonder if this means future IMAX-Digital systems will have 4K technology and not the now out of date 2K capabilities.

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jul 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

as of July 1st (2009) there are now two 3D systems, a brand new one for ‘Ice Age 3D’ (a Sony 4K unit) in auditorium #1, the prior system which is not a Sony system.

Giles commented about It's Official: Regal to go all 4k by Sony on Jun 26, 2009 at 12:13 am

had a chance to see ‘The Proposal’ over at Ballston this afternoon, and while I think the initial filming was a little on the drab side, the colour didn’t really pop, the digital projection was quite impressive this is the first time I’ve seen a Hollywood feature on a Sony 4K system. Prior to that, I had seen the Oscar Animated Films Nominees Showcase (2008) and the ‘Peter and the Wolf’ short, when viewed on a Sony projector, was like watching a 3D film without the glasses.

Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Jun 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

…and then rush out of the theatre to find the closest restroom. “bladder don’t fail me now!'