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Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

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.

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Jan 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Jan 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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?

Giles commented about 5 Movies to watch for in IMAX 3-D on Jan 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

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

Giles commented about 5 Movies to watch for in IMAX 3-D on Jan 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

given all these movies are being also shown on standard 3D equipped theatres (sans Eclipse)why bother??

Giles commented about Ebert's take on Avatar on Jan 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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 … ;)

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Dec 16, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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

Giles commented about Regal Bethesda 10 on Nov 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

oh sorry I forgot to denote the screening I saw of ‘Disney’s Christmas Carol’ was the 3D version.

Giles commented about Regal Bethesda 10 on Nov 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm

“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.

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Oct 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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!

Giles commented about Kentucky and DC each lose a multiplex on Oct 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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.

Giles commented about Up to 15,000 additional screens slated to get digital 3-D on Oct 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Oct 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm

a Sony 4K digital system was installed in Auditorium 2 for ‘Saw VI’

Giles commented about Reflections on the fate of the independent exhibitor on Oct 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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.

Giles commented about Up to 15,000 additional screens slated to get digital 3-D on Oct 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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.

Giles commented about More digital projectors, coming to a theater near you on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

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.

Giles commented about Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:45 am

Theatre 12 got a Sony 4K 3D projector/unit.

Giles commented about Howard Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

link to the Howard Theatre restoration website:

Giles commented about Reflections on the influence of "The Wizard of Oz" on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

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 11:03 am

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Giles commented about Takoma Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:02 am

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 10:45 am

and here’s the Takoma Theatre’s website:

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Giles commented about Revitalizing Foundry on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

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 10:26 am

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 7:17 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).