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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm

wait I’m confused did Paramount change their minds and are releasing Indy 4 in DLP.

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Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Apr 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

nevermind I should always remember to read the top intro of the theatre at the top of the webpage- there’s a “soundproof nursey” – ohhhh (my bad)

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Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Apr 29, 2008 at 8:10 pm

there’s a crying room ? I thought the Senator enforced a “no one under 5 years old admission”. I should go back at some point in the Summer, I saw “Immortal Beloved” in glorious Sony Dynamic Digital Sound – and it was an extremely impressive presentation.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 29, 2008 at 6:43 pm

but even the independent’s seem to have problems with the prints they get – Landmark E Street I’ve seen four movies there so far this year, where the 35mm prints are hideous looking, not to mention ‘There Will Be Blood’ being flipped upside down at one point, with a reel change – those are the times, when you know DP wouldn’t have problems like these.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I asked while I was there last Friday regarding ‘Blade Runner’ and the projectionist said it will be 35mm not DLP (which the main auditorium incidently does have)

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

the tick on the print there, but at least it’s only during the first part of the film and not the ones in space. The sound of the other hand – Wow, let me repeat theat Wow!

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:21 pm

sorry that last statement from me was referring to Jeff S' comment.

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:19 pm

hence why we’re seeing 4k transfers and digital projection screenings of not only these Bond films, but prior presentations like ‘Blade Runner’, ‘El Cid’, ‘Troy’ (DC) (Arclight Dome), ‘Dr. Strangelove’ (Landmark LA)

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm

I know for a fact the restoration and transfers were 4K, but I’m not sure if the Ziegfeld’s system can project 4K – anyone care to confirm. In what I’ve read, 4K not 2K can better replicate the look of film.

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Apr 22, 2008 at 9:13 pm

someone refresh my memory: I remember seeing a reissue of ‘2001’ at the Uptown that was part of a showcase of other classic films

the other two I remember seeing then were:

‘Alien'
'West Side Story’

does this ring a bell, were their other films. I assume there were (?) I think this was in the 90’s (I think).

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm

while I agree the Uptown is larger and more engulfing – I have a problem with the surround sound channels firing directly into the balcony area – if you’re on the first floor it’s fine, but the balcony sound configurement is not ideal. For the record, The AFI main theatre is also THX certified.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

even though I didn’t see ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ at Udvar Hazy – the DMR transfer to IMAX didn’t impress me in the slightest – for a conversion of 35mm to 65mm – the image looked way too soft and unremarkable. (for the record I saw this at Raleigh’s Marble’s Kid Museum – the screening of the 3D Grand Canyon feature on the other hand (which I saw the same day) looked far superior, since it was shot in native IMAX 65mm resolution.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

sorry…

I do know that the Udvar Hazy IMAX screen is getting the non-digital ‘film’ versions of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ since they are featured as such on the Smithsonian’s website.

http://www.si.edu/imax/shows.htm#hazy

I just don’t like the fact, that the screenings at times can and evidently will get cancelled at the drop of a hat.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

oh… :( if that’s true that’s really annoying… looking at AMC’s Tyson’s website, one theatre is not accounted for, suggesting that the conversion is happening… if it isn’t til November that bites – it just means trekking over to Hoffman. Do you have a link to IMAX’s news regarding Tysons Jodar? I’m not finding it on their website.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I am so itchin' for the July opening of the IMAX digital screen – I’m assuming it’s on one of the theatre’s largest screens. I saw ‘Zathura’ on Screen 3 (the one directly behind the concession stand/wall) and at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 – the image was jawdropping – wall to wall, ceiling to floor (the sound was also was amazing – it took on a pseudo IMAX experience)

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I must miss it by accident everytime. I know ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is a continual favourite. This engagement will be the first time I will have seen it at the Silver, the prior time I saw 2001 in 70mm was a mini-festival of 70mm films over at the Uptown.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm

‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ begins on the 2nd of May – no word yet if it’s 35mm or a DLP presentation.

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Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm

surprise, surprise

‘2001’ (in 70mm !!!)
April 25 – May 1

View link

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm

BLADE RUNNER and DR. STRANGELOVE were both projected in 4K on Landmark’s Sony system.

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Giles commented about Greenberg Theatre on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm

sorry, correction, I had forgotten that it was two initially and a third screen was added. In it’s current configuration, the space is now just one auditorium with raked seating. Too bad, no films are being presented for this year’s Filmfest at the Greenberg.

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Giles commented about Avalon Theatre on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Question: was it the release of SCHINDLER’S LIST that the Avalon’s sound system got converted to DTS? As I recall I remember seeing it opening weekend and the studio got the theatre not to sell concessions, due to the thematic and serious nature of the film.

The Avalon also saw the brief and only installation of Sony Dynamic Digital Sound for the release of the director’s cut of DAS BOOT in 1997.

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Giles commented about Greenberg Theatre on Apr 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm

The Tenley theatre had a 70mm system when LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Frank Oz remake) opened in December of 1986. Question: was the theatre always set up with three auditoriums? or was it just one theatre initially?

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:09 pm

are the Bond films being shown in 4K DLP since they were mastered that way – I know the Ziegfeld has a NEC system, but wasn’t sure if it was outfitted as such to playback 4K.

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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm

so NEC units can playback 4K files – correct? From the literature I’ve seen on the systems that’s my understanding.

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Giles commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on Apr 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

it’s no different than recent films getting DMR’d for IMAX, most of those films are 35mm to begin with and the masters then converted to IMAX specs, the audiomix might differ, but it’s the same process when films in the past received 70mm engagements that were'nt shot in 70mm.