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Giles commented about Plan for Regal, AMC, Cinemark to go all digital on May 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm

unfortunate really, since I wanted to see ‘Iron Man’ again, but in DLP – the 35mm print I saw was attrocious, but almost all the Regal DLP screens in the DC area are changing over to ‘Prince Caspian’ this weekend.

as for Indy 4 – DLP’s website does now denote the film being digitally released – so much for the rumour that Lucas/Spielberg were releasing this 35mm only.

Giles
Giles commented about Castro Theatre on May 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm

what totally off the wall films for the 70mm Fest – oh it’s more enticing now.

Giles
Giles commented about Castro Theatre on May 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm

have the film’s for July’s 70mm film fest been announced yet?

Giles
Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 5, 2008 at 8:27 pm

those scenes shot for ‘The Dark Knight’ were shot with IMAX (70mm horizontal) cameras/film stock.

yes, Ron Fricke’s next film ‘Samsara’ is/has been shot in 70mm, and according to imdb, will get released in 70mm (2.20 aspect ratio), 35mm and digital projection (2.35).

I saw the PDF up on the Cannes website and they make no mention of the rumoured 70mm premier there [insert sad face]

In regards to the Castro Theatre 70mm film festival depending on the film’s you might see me there as well :) Any excuse to go to San Francisco is a good excuse.

Giles
Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 5, 2008 at 7:13 pm

do you believe AMC would have enough pull to make studios restart the trend? Are we talking about true 65mm shot productions or would 70mm blowups also work?

Giles
Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm

don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen stellar 35mm prints at the Uptown, DREAMGIRLS and V FOR VENDETTA near the end of their runs and they were very impressive, here though, the print looked like it was run through with coffee. I can’t believe Disney would go through the whole process of installing a DP system only for the premier of ‘The Guardian’ and then just UN-install it, if it can be done, why do it for a one off premier, NEC systems tout they can install DLP systems on large screens (up to 100 feet) well…. come on AMC. I think I was jaded by the recent 70mm run of ‘2001’ at the Silver which while not perfect still WAS an event.

Giles
Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 5, 2008 at 8:40 am

I have to admit, I wasn’t pleased with the print the Uptown got for IRON MAN, it seemed washed out. The sound was fantastic, but for a first swipe of it’s run (Friday: 1pm showing) it seemed devoid of color and brightness and the cigarette burns were really apparent and distracting – why are they so large? For the studios opting to go digital thus elimanating imperfections like these: cigarette bursn, the white lines that randomly pop up, theatre ‘red dot’ indicators, all seem just to be added, to mar the perfect ‘film’ experience. It’s sad when three screenings at the Avalon as part of Filmfest DC, trump the projection at the Uptown.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on May 1, 2008 at 10:21 am

you’re right Jodar – Tysons doesn’t get the IMAX digital system til November, the other theatres in and around the DC/VA/Baltimore area to get the upgrade:

Hoffman, Columbia Mall, Potomac Mills in July
White Marsh in October
Tysons in November.

Giles
Giles commented about IMAX will expand into AMC theaters on May 1, 2008 at 10:10 am

the monthly/theatre rollout of IMAX Digital screen in AMC theatres is as follows:

COMING JULY 2008

Columbia 14 10300 Patuxent Parkway Columbia MD
Hoffman 22 206 Swamp Fox Road Alexandria VA
Potomac Mills 18 2700 Potomac Mills Circle Woodbridge VA

CCOMING AUGUST 2008

Cherry Hill 24 2121 Route 38 Cherry Hill NJ
Hamilton 24 325 Sloan Avenue Hamilton NJ
Neshaminy 24 3900 Rockhill Drive Bensalem PA

COMING OCTOBER 2008

Empire 25 234 West 42nd Street New York NY
Boston Common 19 175 Tremont Street Boston MA
Veterans 24 9302 Anderson Road Tampa FL
Altamonte Mall 18 433 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte FL
White Marsh 16 8141 Honeygo Blvd. Baltimore MD
Concord Mills 24 8421 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord NC
Orange Park 24 1910 Wells Road Orange Park FL
Regency 24 9451 Regency Square Blvd. Jacksonville FL
Aventura Mall 24 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura FL
Sunset Place 24 5701 Sunset Drive South Miami FL

COMING NOVEMBER 2008

First Colony 24 3301 Town Centre Blvd. S Sugar Land TX
Gulf Pointe 30 11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy E Houston TX
Kips Bay 15 570 Second Avenue New York NY
Loews 34th Street 14 312 W 34th Street New York NY
Tyson Corner 16 7850 Tysons Corner Center McLean VA
Burbank 16 125 E Palm Avenue Burbank CA
Century City 15 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles CA
Bay Street 16 5614 Shellmound St. Emeryville CA
East Ridge Mall 15 2190 Eastridge Loop San Jose CA
Mercado 20 3111 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara CA

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Hoffman Center 22 on May 1, 2008 at 10:05 am

The first IMAX digital systems in the AMC chain opening this July include the Hoffman, Columbia Mall and Potomac Mills.

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Giles commented about Plan for Regal, AMC, Cinemark to go all digital on May 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

“As far as I know Paramount did change their minds on digital distribution of Indiana Jones but the Arclight will only be getting film prints as of now (thankfully). We didn’t get any hard drives for Iron Man either so all of our shows are 35mm.”

posted by Rizzo on May 1, 2008 at 12:07am

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can anyone else confirm this reverse decision from Paramount?

Giles
Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 30, 2008 at 6:28 am

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

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

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Apr 29, 2008 at 12:10 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.

Giles
Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:43 am

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.

Giles
Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 28, 2008 at 6:30 am

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)

Giles
Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 26, 2008 at 7:43 am

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!

Giles
Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

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

Giles
Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 8:19 am

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)

Giles
Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2008 at 6:35 am

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.

Giles
Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Apr 22, 2008 at 1:13 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).

Giles
Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:53 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.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:49 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 12:43 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.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:38 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.