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I watched the Channel 50 doc over the weekend – and I was impressed with the planned renovation, question though: it’d seem though like the dinner theatre aspect could change depending on the show – like at the State Theatre in Arlington – half seating, and open floor nearer to the stage – right? And with a black tie event already planned for it’s August 2010 opening – wow, that’s kind of quick – I didn’t think the renovation was that far in it’s process. It’s great to see music venues beginning to preliforate in and around the DC area, with the Howard and Fillmore (in Silver Spring)opening in Summer 2011 (the planned ‘new’ date)
a shout out that PLAYTIME in 70mm will be presented twice next month – the 20th (7pm) and the 21st (5pm)
actually I forgot to mention that with the addition of the IMAX-Digital screen, the complex will now have four 3D screens, one DLP screen (#6) two Sony LCoS 4K systems (10 & 12) and Texas Instruments IMAX digital setup (3)
I’ve never been to the Columbia IMAX screen, but when to compared to Hoffman’s – yes, it’s alot larger (in height), by alot. Supposedly the two auditoriums behind the concession stand mirror each other, but in my mind, the one to the left(and immediately to the right) (#3) seems larger to me. Of the movies I’ve seen there: ‘Casino Royale’ ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and the aforementioned ‘Zathura’ – all the presentations have been stellar, 5.1 soundmixes have been thunderous and agressive, and the sheer size of the screen is uttely amazing and immersive.
and… drum roll please… the auditorim that got the upgrade … [oh I’m so excited to state this] … #3..
refer to my post, fourth one down from the top. This screen is massive, for once AMC does something right (after my numerous letters to them over this matter). Oh I can’t WAIT to see ‘Alice in Wonderland’!
but the million dollar question is which auditorium it is – if it’s not one of the largest screens – AMC is truly truly stupid.
ah….. 1977, I remember seeing ‘Star Wars’ at least 7 times during it’s run at the Uptown – good times!
well yes it was on the first floor with an entrance direct to the outside. Now to explain where it was – if you were to be standing in the open air parking lot that was inbetween the mall and the Circuit City (which is no longer there) the theatres were right there, it’s now a Thai restaurant (or has been) the long hall way that was close to Lords and Taylors.
I haven’t seen a THX trailer before a movie in any of the auditoriums as of lately. Yes, before ‘Avatar’ – the brief Sony logo was displayed. Auditorium #2 is the one directly behind the concession stand – the screen is comparible to both 1 and 4, there might be more seats in 4, but it’s equally a “large” auditorium – the screen is closer which is helpful when viewing a 3D movie.
Sidemasking screens are auditoriums 1,2 and 4. 3,5,6,7 are not
Question: how long DID ‘Caligula’ play at the Georgetown?? – it seemed at least a couple of years
as I saw ‘Avatar’ 3D here today, I can say the screen features side masking – in that when projecting 2.35 widescreen films the screen’s sides extend horizonately – something alot of Regal theatres and AMC’s Tyson’s screen are not configured to do. Since Sony 4K systems tout more luminence over 2K DLP, this film benefitted greatly, the glasses didn’t darken the image and the digital sound was thunderous and intense – this was definately the superior presentation than the first time I saw the film at Regal Carousel Mall in Syracuse New York.
really? that’s really wide – however, how would a 1.85 film look? I’m definately going to see ‘Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland’ at the Majestic since it’s a non-scope film and it would take up more of the whole wall (with no screen ‘top and bottom’ decreasing)
CinemarkFan – you asked about theatres that do side masking – i.e, extending the screen’s sides – I saw ‘Avatar 3D’ again at Mazza and the screens opens horizontally to reveal a scope (2.35) film
question what is the aspect ratio of ‘Avatar’ on the XD screen, some have noted it’s similiar to IMAX’s 1.78:1
what is the dimension of the XD screen anyway?
is XD 2K digital projection or 4K?
MPol: uh, ‘The Dark Knight’ was not shot or projected in 3D – it was though shot in IMAX for select scenes but I assume you know that fact
given all these movies are being also shown on standard 3D equipped theatres (sans Eclipse)why bother??
well at least let’s give some credit to Cameron for reframing the IMAX version to 1.85 and give more height and use more of the screen instead of it’s 2.35 aspect ratio – those black borders can be so gosh darn annoying … ;)
sure the closest 3D Digital screen to my home is at Mazza, but I was hoping AMC could pony up the time and money to at least insatll Sony’s 4K digital system on the Uptown’s massive screen – the Arclight dome did (curved screen and all) for AVATAR
oh sorry I forgot to denote the screening I saw of ‘Disney’s Christmas Carol’ was the 3D version.
“Disney’s Chrstimas Carol” looked great … BUT… the full 2.35 image was not displayed the right/left masking cut off the edges, noticeably so – I told management, they didn’t solve it… Another major problem is the ‘red’ exit sign that is just right of the screen, it so bright and visually distracting – it more than intrusive. Other auditoriums at this same Regal have the same problem – the simple change over to the less bright ‘green’ exit signs would easily solve this flaw.
and even though ‘Saw VI’ was shot on film and then transferred back to digital for digital projection, Sony 4K’s system was very very impressive – it retained film’s intended grain and the lossless 5.1 soundmix was gut rattling – thumbs up!
to bad about the Union Station theatres, it was kind of fun to see a movie at a train station – but depending on the film, the audience’s behaviour could be a deterent.
well… a Sony 4K systme DID debut this week at Mazza for ‘Saw VI’ – it is rumoured that Auditorium 4 will get a 3D system up and running come mid-November
a Sony 4K digital system was installed in Auditorium 2 for ‘Saw VI’
honestly I don’t see the independent studios actually releasing “digital” films, it’s still all 35mm, why upgrade to digital when product isn’t there? Foreign and indie films still get released on film, the Landmark Theatre chain is smart – they might install one digital projector system, but to go all digital is, and wont happen when not all are onboard for the ‘digital conversion’ that the industry so thinks and wants the distributors/theatres wants it to believe.