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Giles commented about Hollywood actor boycotts IMAX version of Star Trek at AMC on Jun 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

‘Harry Potter’ had 3D added to select scenes, but was not filmed with IMAX cameras/film stock.

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Giles commented about Controversy about whether new screens meet IMAX expectations on Jun 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm

and so far, AMC has lost my money twice now since I went over to both Smithsonian IMAX screesn to see ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian’ on the LARGE screens and not over to Hoffman in Alexandria Virginia

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Giles commented about Controversy about whether new screens meet IMAX expectations on Jun 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I’m VERY mad, I’ve written them two letter (via the mail) regarding this. The relunctance and slowness of converting one of the screens at the promised Tysons Corner multiplex is beyond unacceptable. They could easily save face by converting auditorium #3 that is large enough to be IMAX worthy – I got a letter from one of the managers over at Tysons that I’ve been meaning to call and talk to regarding this, but AMC in my opinion has nothing been hypocrites.

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Giles commented about It's Official: Regal to go all 4k by Sony on May 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I thought NEC which is used at the Arclight and Ziegfeld were 4K ready?

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Giles commented about It's Official: Regal to go all 4k by Sony on May 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm

we’ll see who’s quicker in installing these Regal or AMC.

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Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on May 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

DLP “Digital Light Processing” is trademarked to Texas Instruments, Sony’s is LCoS “Liquid Crystals on Silcone”, wonder how Fandango will denote in the future to differentiate between the two.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Georgetown 14 on May 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Don’t be fooled by the Fandango listing for ‘Angels & Demons’ denoting 4 screens showing this in digital projection – such a listing led me to think AMC was on the ball and actually installed three new Sony 4K systems in time for this 4K release, alas it wasn’t meant to be.

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Giles commented about Georgetown Square Twin on May 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I remember I saw ‘The Elephant Man’ at this theatre.

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Giles commented about Hollywood actor boycotts IMAX version of Star Trek at AMC on May 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

thankfully ‘Star Trek’ will remain at Udvar Hazy.

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Giles commented about Hollywood actor boycotts IMAX version of Star Trek at AMC on May 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

yes at both museums on the Mall: Natural History and Air & Space

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on May 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Two Cinemascope musicals will also get shown this month: ‘Brigadoon’ and ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on May 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

‘Ben Hur’ in all it’s w-i-d-escreen goodness is screening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th)

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Giles commented about Marcus Majestic Cinema on May 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

question: supposedly one of the Ultrascreens is equipped for Sony 4K Digital projection – will ‘Angels and Demons’ be projected as such??

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Giles commented about Hollywood actor boycotts IMAX version of Star Trek at AMC on May 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

actually IMAX-lite aspect ratio is 1.76 I’d boycott them too, but not all the Smithsonian IMAX screens can’t or won’t book the Hollywood fare (i.e, Transformers 2) and Udvar Hazy the one that does book them, is not 3D equipped.

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Giles commented about President Obama Wants to Boldly Go on May 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

Jodar, Star Trek is over at the non-profit Avalon Theatre – what an honor if the President went to see Star Trek there!

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Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm

on the plus side, according to the Spring issue of Sony 4K Digital Cinema press release the following films have and will be released in 4K:

  • The Soloist
  • Angels and Demons
  • 2012
  • The Green Hornet
  • Samsara (35mm, 2K DLP, 4K LCoS, and 70mm !!)
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Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on May 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

what’s unfortunate about the conversion is that not all the studios, particularily the independents, have made a committment to releasing their film digitally – for example, AMC Shirlington just outside DC shows art films, not all those film and their respective studios release their films on harddrive form, it might be premature or even presumptuous thinking on AMC’s part that they’ll even have product (films) to present digitally.

Currently at Shirlington:
– American Violet
– Is Anybody There?
– Lymelife
– Sugar
– Sin Nombre
– Valentino: The Last Emperor
– Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning is the only film to be released both in 35mm and ‘digitally’.

I have yet to see to anything from even Sony Classics released digitally.

I see a big, very blatant problem here, that no one in the industry is addressing. What IS the price difference in terms of studios releasing films in 35mm versus harddrive form? Will this change if and when all the AMC theatres start the conversion and begin removing all their 35mm projectors? It would be counterintuitive for some theatres to even go all digial when not everything is released as such – the AFI Silver and I’m sure other theatres are smart in having multiple sources, in particular, the Silver theatre auditorium #1 is outfitted to playback video, 35mm, 70mm and (2k)DLP (ironically they can’t project polarized 3D films) – I think (and hope) they have their bases covered

Reading a magazine such as Box Office – one gets the sense that the industry believes digital is the way to go, it might be, but not everyone is on the same page or feasibly can or willing for that matter.

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Giles commented about Fairfax Corner 14 + Extreme on May 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

of the 14 screens only 7 of the screens are DLP equppied, why they ALL aren’t is a mystery. While all auditoriums 6 – 9 have roughly the same screen size: 68 feet in width – they are the largest DLP’s screens in the DC/MD/VA area. Auditorium 7 has it’s problems since the light output of the 3D-DLP unit is set too low, the screen though is comprised of strips so any further illumination reveals this flaw – this however I can confirm is being fixed in the near future with the installation of a new solid screen, so the image can in fact now be set brighter. Unfortunately because the theatre is too close to the Regal, some films don’t get shown at the Cinema because of it’s proximity to one another [case in point, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens 3D’ was only at the Regal (personally, I don’t care for the Regal), on the plus side because of this the Cinema De Lux was the only area theatre to play ‘Battle of Terra’ exclusively in 3D]

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Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on May 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

comparing Mazza to the relatively newer Tysons Corner cineplex I figured out what I can’t stand about the former – the drink holder part of the seat is too close to one’s fore arm, and it’s not comfortable (at all) in my opinion.

Either it’s the movies or it seems like the sound levels in Auditorium #1 are raised – both ‘The Soloist’ and ‘Wolverine’ sounded great with both effective 5.1 soundmixes. Unfortunately the 35mm (mass produced) print of ‘Wolverine’ had problems – there were waves in the print, not that the projector could have fixed this, but I’m looking forward to this not being the case when Sony intalls it’s proposed Sony 4K systems nationally (of course I could have trekked down to Georgetown where the only DC engagement of ‘Wolverine’ is presented digitally)

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Giles commented about AMC to build 100 digital IMAX screens on May 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

what’s the deal here, I get the sense that the IMAX-Digital conversion has come to a stall – the Tysons' location is now in doubt and I gather isn’t going to happen, has the recession affected other AMC theatres that were part of the overall national installation plan?

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on May 4, 2009 at 9:45 am

while I was there for a Saturday screening of ‘Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past’ I enquired about the IMAX-Digital screen – well I got an even more vague answer as if to suggest the installation plan is now dead in the water.

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Giles commented about "American Theatres of Today" special reprint edition update on Apr 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

just itchin' for my copy to arrive

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Giles commented about AMC and Cinemark might merge on Apr 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

AMC and Cinemark? oh please no…

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Giles commented about Avalon Theatre on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

I was at the Avalon last Saturday night for a film at the annual FilmFest DC International Film Festival and it was great to see the side store (formerly a Ben & Jerry’s) now the concession stand and another bathroom, but… they didn’t make it handicap accessible, which I thought was very odd, since I know they want to add an elevator to screen 2 for that reason. Secondly, the ceiling paint job is getting worse, when the side beam lights illuminate it, it’s highly embarrassing, more paint is chipping at an alarming rate and there appears to be a hole in the border rim. This might be to entice people to donate to the Avalon Legacy Campaign which I hope address' the ceiling/roof problem, but at the moment it’s painful to see the ceiling becoming worse than better

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Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:42 am

not to digress regarding the Rockaway, but I believe all the pre-release festival showing of ‘Battle for Terra’ (originally just ‘Terra’) were not 3D, I saw this at last Fall’s Virginia Film Festival, and enjoyed it.