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just the clarify the iPic theaters are opening up at Mid Pike Plaza (where the Toys R Us is) for some reason I was thinking White Flint ‘mall’. I’ve seen NO construction on the complex where the Silverspot cinemas are supposed to be. In terms of the Arclight there will be 16 screens and hopefully like the La Jolla theater have a specialty ‘wide-screen’ auditorium with Dolby Atmos sound(fingers crossed). As of February this year, there’s this new story and web video simulation of how the theater and the new food court will look: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/montgomery-mall-unveils-video-simulation-of-new-cinema-food-court
so the theater space is up and running again – for live music this time. (wonder how long it will stay open?)
as far as I know the new iPic theaters are still on track for over at Mid Pike Plaza (where the Toys R Us is) and I still have no idea if the Silverspot Cinemas are still being constructed (and specifically where – supposedly by the DSW shoes/Hamburger Hamlet area of Old Georgetown Road) AND… the Arclight theaters over at Montgomery Mall. I wonder if AMC is willing to keep this open with eminent stiff competition of at least two of the theaters opening in 2014-15 – time will tell – these auditoriums are so antiquated, I’m surprised they have stayed open this long. The long standing rumor that While Flint Mall might be razed, this might not be around – maybe Cinemark will rise out of the ashes and construct a theater with a gargantuan ‘XD’ screen and obliterate the competition (har har)
and yet another Dolby Atmos mixed movie comes along and blows the last one out of the water – ‘Oblivion’ takes the cake with a sci-fi themed movie where the soundmixers place sound in some truly amazing areas of the auditorium – in this one the music score takes center stage. The Drones burst of energy and bass staccato sound pummels us the viewers to extraordinary effect. And since this isn’t a 3D film – there’s no ghosting flaws I’ve noted in past 3D presentations.
for the cost of their concession stand food – they are the one’s ripping off their customers, not their employees. Regal is being a cheap bastard.
I guess Sydney Australia isn’t happy about this..
well the El Cap and Dolby Theater have the upper hand in that they are both Dolby Atmos equipped, and in my opinion, sound better than standard IMAX 5.0 sound.
there’s rumour that this will be the flagship/debut of the new Barco/Kodak laser technology that IMAX plans on installing on 4:3 AR screens.
reserved seating is now available only for the IMAX screen. Saw ‘Jurassic Park’ on the IMAX screen last night and wow, what a stellar presentation; both the 3D and sound were incredible. Second to ‘Titanic’, this both looked and sounded top notch!
the theater closed on March 29th and will reopen May 3rd with “a new look” according to Landmark’s website.
^ and it has digital projection AND 7.1 – nice. Had stopped in town to go to my favourite cafe ‘Four and Twenty’ last week on my way to and from Iowa. (sadly did not have the time to check out a film at the theater).
on April 28th, the Avalon Double Anniversary Celebration is occurring with the screening of ‘Side by Side’ followed by a post film Q&A with the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday (and others) to support the theaters transition to digital projection.
any idea if any of the other auditoriums feature 7.1 surround sound? I know I’ve noted this before, but the only other theaters where the entire complexes are equipped as such are: Bow Tie Reston, Archlight Mosaic, and the upcoming Alamo Drafthouse Ashburn
well at least it wont be expensive in 2D, the price for the D-Box screenings are outrageous if you ask me.
the only way they could compete with the other spangly new theaters would be to have state of the art 4K DLP digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. Will the main theater feature 35mm/70mm/Digital projection?
so which facebook is which? there’s one listed as Senator theater and one as ‘True Friends of the Senator’
I remember going out here since it was one of the first complexes to feature Sony’s SDDS sound system – ‘Open Siege 2’s soundtrack rocked!
^ oh god I hope not Mike.
I agree, of the three films I’ve so far heard in Atmos, this by far was the best. While the image for the first screening of last Friday was decent and conveyed some great dimensionality, far off images still seemed blurry – I really hope at some point AMC would just uninstall the two projector system and replace it with a single projector ‘Solaria’ 4K system. ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’s audio was just painful, I told the manager after 'Oz’s screening this was just exemplory (and then a quick comment that 'Die Hard 5’ was just beyond loud, which she agreed).
^ correct ‘One Life’ was 1.85
and … ??
was the presentation of West Side Story the restored five front channel soundmix?
Jodar, in terms of the ETX screen not featuring ‘The Hobbit’ in HFR is baffling, since most specialty large screens have been upgraded to playback in 48fps – maybe AMC didn’t want to compete within it’s own theater/complex and give the IMAX presentation an upper hand – my guess is that the since the dual-projector is glitchy to begin with, updating to playback in HFR could be problematic. Fandango’s listing makes no mention that the ETX screen is HFR, it only applies to the IMAX-D presentation.
boring? oh well, to each his own… I’ve seen it twice now and I loved every minute of it. As for the ETX screening on their new ‘Dolby Atmos’ setup – (all 64 speakers) was mindblowing, if not a bit too loud at times. The use of multi speakers and panning of the sound was highly effective. Troll voices were placed above the Dwarves dialogue, suggesting height. Spiders attacking Radagast’s home had them audibly crawling over the audience’s heads – the ceiling speakers came also into heavy play during the city attack by Smaug and the huge chunks of boulder’s the Thunder Gods hurled at each other. In Gollum’s cave, his dis-attached voice echoing around (ours) and Bilbo’s head was amazing and placed . When the warg’s attacked one of their own orcs, his ‘loud’ demise literally behind the audiences' back was visceral and wide soundstage of carnage. Having heard the film prior in 7.1, the Atmos experience was heads (pardon the pun) above that mix.
As for ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ – my first choice would be to see this in 15/70 IMAX, as some of the scenes were shot similar to the two latter Dark Knight movies where full screen shots take up the entire wall/screen to maximum effect.
saw ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ this afternoon on the RPX screen, sitting in the middle was perfect in hearing the 7.1 audio mix and great peripheral eyesight lines – the ‘High Frame Rate’ was interesting – the ultra sharpness of the image was outstanding, but the lack of grain and the slight speed up, really did make it look video-esque.