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Giles commented about Movie theaters are doing boffo business on Apr 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm

at the six dollar matinee of ‘Observe and Report’ at Tysons (10am) there were a total of 4 people, me included…

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Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on Apr 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I think this article I found online suggests that Sony is asking studios to output/distribute 4K based product for their systems (according to Sony literature Warner Bros. is also included in the deal but not listed here):

Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions and Services (DCSS) group has entered into a non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreement with Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. The companies will work together to provide operational and financial resources to exhibitors that encourage them to feature Sony’s 4K SXRD™ projection technology in both 2D and 3D digital cinema-enabled screens across North America and Europe.

Sony’s digital cinema group has now signed digital cinema deployment agreements with four major studios: Walt Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Disney continues to be very excited about the possibilities of digital cinema, and has long supported new technologies that give moviegoers the best possible theatrical experience, and provide a wide range of benefits to our partners in exhibition,” said Anthony Marcoly, president, sales and distribution, for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. “We’re pleased to be working with Sony’s Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group in deploying this advanced technology and finding new ways to help theater owners upgrade their equipment economically and efficiently. Sony’s 4K projection system offers magnificent state-of-the-art technology, and gives theaters the flexibility for high-quality 2D playback as well as the increasingly important ability to display spectacular 3D productions.”

He added that, “With 17 3D feature films in the Disney pipeline, ranging from great animated fare to fantastic live-action epics, we believe that 3D exhibition and digital cinema are vitally important to the future of moviegoing."

The Sony DCSS group was formed to provide turn-key solutions for exhibitors, enabling them to efficiently convert their operations to digital technology. In addition to digital projection system deployment, the DCSS group will offer installation and maintenance services, customized solutions, delivery of alternative content programming, and high-level service support.

“Walt Disney Studios is known for its innovative and pioneering work throughout the history of cinema,” said Mike Fidler, senior vice president of Sony’s DCSS group. “It’s only natural that they are among the studios on the forefront of our industry’s move toward 4K digital technology, and we are truly excited to be working with them.”

Sony’s 4K SXRD projection technology will also support the deployment of alternative content â€" including gaming, sporting events and music concerts â€" in order to develop more revenue-generating opportunities for exhibitors. (LAS VEGAS (ShoWest)â€"Mar 31, 2009)

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

Last weekend “Stop Making Sense"
rocked The Senator!

It’s The Same as it Ever Was!

This Friday, April 17th & Saturday, April 18th it's
Back By Popular Demand For Encore Presentations
Friday & Saturday only at 9:00pm.

Relive The Senator’s legendary 1984 engagement on
the big screen, cranked up with state-of-the-art sound!

A Jonathan Demme Film

(1984)

“One of the greatest rock movies ever made."
Leonard Maltin

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5
Stay over for “Secret World Live” at no extra cost.

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.


Starts Friday, April 17th @ The Senator
Friday & Saturday 10:30pm

A Francois Girard Film
Peter Gabriel
Secret World Live
(1994)

Featuring:
Come Talk to Me | Steam | Across the River | Slow Marimbas
Shaking the Tree | Blood of Eden | San Jacinto | Red Raid
Kiss That Frog | Washing of the Water | Solsbury Hill
Digging in the Dirt | Sledgehammer | Big Time
Secret World | Don’t Give Up | In Your Eyes

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5


Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th
@ The Senator Theatre

The Senator Theatre
& The Belvedere Improvement Association
Present
The 14th Annual
Belvedere SpringFest
An Earth Day Celebration

Featuring
BARAKA
(90min)

BARAKA (an ancient Sufi word for the essence of life) took filmmakers
to 24 countries on a worldwide 14 month odyssey capturing breathtaking
images to tell the story of earth’s evolution, human culture
diversity,
and humankind’s ecological impact on the earth. BARAKA is a
stunning visual and auditory masterpiece when presented on
the big screen at “Baltimore’s Premiere Showplace.”

Admission is FREE
(Donations appreciated)

12:00 – 1:00pm (SATURDAY ONLY) :
We’re “Drumming up Support” for The Senator with a one-hour drum jam.
(Bring your own drums and shakers, or use ours!)

1:00 – 2:45pm (SATURDAY & SUNDAY):
BARAKA showtime for Saturday & Sunday is 1:00pm.


Monterey Pop
Saturday & Sunday only at 2:45pm

Filmed at the Monterey International Pop Festival

A D.A. Pennebaker Film
(1968)

Performances by:
Scott McKenzie, The Mamas & The Papas, Canned Heat,
Simon & Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, The Who,
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish,
Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar & Janis Joplin

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5
Stay over to see “HELP!” at no extra cost

A documentary of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, focusing on the
audience as
well as performances by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin &
The Who.


HELP!
Stop worrying! HELP! is on the way!

Saturday & Sunday only at 4:15pm

A Richard Lester Film
(1965)

Featuring: The Beatles

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

~

they aint first run, but wow, what a selection of movies! Anyone know if ‘Baraka’ will be 35mm or 70mm?

Giles
Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on Apr 2, 2009 at 6:30 am

I actually loved the Sony Hot Ticket presentations: Cirque De Soleil and ‘Rent’ – will they be doing any thing in the near future??

I think the fact that Sony added their own 3D systems (as of last month)sealed the deal – REAL-D (3D) was 2k technology, Sony with 4k resolution and 3D was the obvious superior choice.

Giles
Giles commented about Sony to install digital projectors in all AMC theaters on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:10 am

this sounds too good to be true… now let’s see what studios will actually distribute 4K based content/movies. So far only Sony and Warners Bros. have committed to release actual 4K harddrives of certain movies. Converting to “all digital” seems a bit premature, considering not all the studios are releasing everything digitally (i.e, the independent studios).

Giles
Giles commented about AMC to upgrade several screens for RealD on Apr 1, 2009 at 6:44 am

well let’s see if AMC can hook up Sony’s digital system and display an image on the curved 70 foot screen at the Uptown Theatre here in Washington DC – that will be the real test.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Apr 1, 2009 at 6:24 am

Hah! AMC are a bunch of boneheads – great to hear the latest news with Sony and it’s 4K system rollout, but talk about flip flopping, DLP, IMAX-Digital, REAL-D and now Sony… jeesh make up your flippin' minds (?!)

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

Kansas?

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I’m sorry I’m a broken record regarding this topic, but everytime I read some new news blurb about AMC and it’s scatterbrained plans on digital conversion of it’s theatres, it always doesn’t include Tysons or really any of the other DC/VA/Maryland theatres in it’s chain.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

“According to the LF Examiner website (LF=Large Format), Rockaway 16 is now scheduled for a flat screen IMAX 3D system for June 30, 2009. We’re listed as a future theater which may not open on time or at all. Here we go again! Check it out…
http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaUSA.htm#NY
Rockaway 16 is listed under NY, not NJ.
posted by JJD on Mar 25, 2009 at 6:22pm” (FROM AMC ROCKAWAY 16)

well, according to ‘that’ list Tyson’s should have it’s IMAX-Digital up and running by now… there’s no reason why AMC hasn’t made it mind up or not if Tysons is getting such a system. I’m really livid at AMC for not making a definitive decision on this matter. They are losing my money considering I’ve been running over to Hoffman everytime a movie debuts on their IMAX-Digital screen.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm

“According to the LF Examiner website (LF=Large Format), Rockaway 16 is now scheduled for a flat screen IMAX 3D system for June 30, 2009. We’re listed as a future theater which may not open on time or at all. Here we go again! Check it out…
http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaUSA.htm#NY
Rockaway 16 is listed under NY, not NJ.
posted by JJD on Mar 25, 2009 at 6:22pm”

and yet that list also mentions AMC Tysons Corner has having it’s IMAX screen up and running as of last month – that never happened. AMC is being vague on when or even if Tyson’s is getting it’s promised IMAX-Digital screen, a response of ‘sometime in the summer’ is a chincy way of AMC being non-committed/hypocritical of what they promise theatregoers.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm

but also IMAX-Digital screens can also project 2K DLP ‘films’ – but yes, REAL-D systems are much cheaper than IMAX-Digital 3D, it just seems that AMC can’t seem to think straight or figure out what they want to do in regards to the digital conversion of their theatres. Pick a system and stick with it.

Giles
Giles commented about Sony and RealD to provide 3D digital cinema system on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

“Breaking news…apparently AMC is going to add RealD in some of its theaters….
View link
posted by Justin Fencsak on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:28am”

so which is it AMC?: their objectives seem to change with the wind, national rollout of DLP digital projection (hmm that stalled)… AMC installing IMAX-Digital to more theatres, uh…strike two… AMC and RealD, it comes full circle… well which? Get your priorities sorted AMC, what a cluster[expletive].

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I remember reading the time when AMC were all gun ho and going to do a massive National roll out of DLP units, that never happened and with the current state of the recession, I’m surprised that AMC is all excited about RealD – I’ll believe it when I see it, my neighborhood AMC should be among the next wave of AMC theatres to be upgraded [‘I’m waiting’ taps fingers on desk]

Giles
Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 23, 2009 at 9:48 am

actually I’m answering my own question – I found out it’s Hagerstown Maryland.

Giles
Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:33 am

where’s the new Costo?

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Mar 21, 2009 at 7:52 am

back on a tech question, what movies where shown in 8-channel Sony Dynamic Digital Sound when the Senator had that system for a while, as I recall (since I saw these there):

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Immortal Beloved

what others? I think

  • Godzilla (remake) (didn’t extra bass speakers were added for this engagement?)

it’s too bad, the system came and went since that’s what really drew me to make treks up to Baltimore from DC. It would have made sense to keep it since it used the five channel front speakers in 70mm prints. Who ever submitted the info to Wikipedia about the Senator missed this technical sound aspect.

Giles
Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 21, 2009 at 7:04 am

Jodar is there a ‘new’ Muvico opening in soutthern, Maryland, where? I know there’s one opening in Virginia in late spring/early summer

Giles
Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 20, 2009 at 4:50 am

when did that happen? and why?

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:41 am

personally I think the Rotunda’s screenings of Shrek 2/Ice Age 2 shouldn’t be “free” but “pay what you can” and not just expect people to donate as suggested on the Senator/Rotunda’s website. One would hope they’d donate, but … free is technically free.

Giles
Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 19, 2009 at 10:59 am

it went up and closed like the Senator …

kidding.

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Mar 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

it’s would be interesting to compare Senator Community Trust, to say The Avalon Theatre Project here in DC and see why and how the latter can currently raise over 1.25 Million dollars for planned future renovations and yet the Baltimore community is being less coroperative, where they burned by the last plea for donations, only to find out $900,000 was still owed?

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Mar 19, 2009 at 7:47 am

did anyone attend the Monday Town Meeting?

Giles
Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Mar 12, 2009 at 7:19 am

“For those of you on the Senator’s email list, they’ve sent out the word that they are about to shut down and be auctioned off. I sent the news link to this site but it has yet to post. Now, it makes sense as to why they put up the donation link. Today, in an even stranger turn of events, they took down the donation link! Are they resigning themselves to the inevitability of closure and being sold?
posted by JodarMovieFan on Mar 12, 2009 am31 6:56am”

is the Senator really throwing the towell this quickly… that’s a shame. Auctioning off seems rather severe, it’s a shame there’s no community support, such as the Avalon Theatre Project that was created here in the District in order to save that theatre.

Giles
Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:57 am

instead of the promised IMAX screen (AMC has stalled some theatres that were originally planned for conversion), maybe AMC should just invest in the less costly Sony LCoS 4K systems (which now can playback 3D films).