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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.
when my neighborhood theatre – AMC Mazza Galleria get’s a 3D system I’ll be REAL happy – AMC get your butt in gear, Regal is fulfilling it’s promise… AMC’s committment and implementation is seriousily lagging.
in and around the DC area two new Sony 4K 3D systems just debuted at Gallery Place (screen 12) and Regal Bethesda 10 (screen 8) – now if AMC can get it’s butt in gear and give my neighborhood theatre, Mazza Galleria a 3D system – I’d be very very happy.
Theatre 12 got a Sony 4K 3D projector/unit.
link to the Howard Theatre restoration website:
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.