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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

the Chinese is a legit IMAX system and install, the Seattle Cinerama which yes a custom installation: features a Christie 6P laser projector and Dolby Atmos. I got an email today stating the theater is up and running as of today. After the brief run of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Fri-Sun) a return engagement the Lockheed will:

“Beginning in March, the theater will have “Sci-Fi Sundays” in which fan-favorites such as The Martian will play at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Experience The Martian in IMAX 3D March 6, 13, 20, and 27.”

Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

according to the Air & Space’s theater website the theater is reopening on February 25th and will be showcasing the new laser system with ‘The Force Awakens’ (beginning on Friday) til Sunday night.

Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Feb 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

screen 2 is the only auditorium to feature 4K digital projection. I am liking the ‘Wednesday Rewind’ (Classic) Film showcase with a showing in the afternoon and evening – most of the screenings have been shown in auditorium #5.

Giles commented about Harbor East Cinema on Feb 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

^ it took them four years to replace those screens with Barco projector’s as the first indication/news that Landmark was implementing said DLP projectors was in 2012 – better late than never.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

holy @#$% !! – I just noticed the tix pricing for the LA / NYC ‘Prime’ theaters which the manager speculated Tyson’s theater could be comparable to (which for prime time evening will range from $20 – $21.59 (Ipic Rockville takes the cake for the most expensive ticket pricing in the DC metro area – it helps to be a member which bumps down the price considerably), ouch! – you can expect me to be at the matinee screenings. ($20 for the AFI’s 70mm engagement of ‘Hateful Eight’ was the exception and worth it), but $20 on a continual basis – yeah, I don’t see that happening on my income.

Giles commented about Atlantic Plumbing Cinema on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I haven’t yet been hear to see a movie, but wouldn’t the drop down projector’s create an audible (annoying) noise during the movie?

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

the ETX auditorium is now closed and will begin it’s conversion makeover to a Dolby Cinema / ‘Prime’ screen – the manager I talked with today noted the reopening is undetermined but she stated mid-March to early April at the earliest.

Giles commented about Showplace ICON at Roosevelt Collection on Jan 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

question: is the Icon-X screen the only auditorium that features Dolby Atmos sound or there additional auditoriums that also feature the sound format?

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

waterguy56: the current conversion of the Smithsonian’s Lockheed Martin IMAX screen in downtown DC is longer than the typical month duration – January 11th to a non-date specific ‘March 2016’ – it’s an older theater setup and the Smithsonian’s response when comparing it to Udvar Hazy’s Airbus theater:

“It was a shorter turnaround, but it was also a newer theater. Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater turns 40 this year! The process to renovate it is a bit more involved.”

given the vast size of the IMAX screen here at LS13 and the height to the ceiling – I’m sure it’s conversion to laser might also be on the complex side – time will tell.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm

sorry for the digression here:

“AMC Theatres® is proud to introduce AMC Prime, a revolutionary movie-going experience.

AMC Prime brings together a unique blend of enhanced sensory technology and premium comfort that allows our guests to feel every turn, takeoff and awe-inspiring explosion while reclining in a custom-fitted chair.

How is AMC Prime different? We’re glad you asked…

  • Recliner chairs that have subwoofers integrated into them so guests can “feel” the action they see on-screen
  • Dolby Atmos sound technology and JBL speakers surround guests on all sides for a world-class, immersive audio experience
  • A specialized screen that enhances the visual beauty of every film seen in an AMC Prime auditorium"


Dolby Cinema is merging it’s technology to select ‘Prime’ theaters:

“What is Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime? In the broadest sense, it’s a premium movie-going experience designed to transport audiences into a film’s universe using three components:

1) Dolby Vision — a new dual-4K Christie laser projection system designed for films that have been color graded for Dolby Vision HDR (high dynamic range), giving content 500-times the contrast ratio of conventional projection systems. Pure black levels, expanded color gamut capabilities, and twice the brightness (up to 31fL).

2) Dolby Atmos — a reference quality sound system capable of decoding object-based surround mixing. In Burbank’s case, that’s five in-screen speakers plus 48 surrounds, 4 ceiling-mounted subwoofers, and in-seat transducers for extra rumble.

3) Comfort & Aesthetics — not only does the auditorium boast leather recliners facing a large screen, but the entire space has been painted matte black to control ambient light, color lights have been used to highlight the numerous speakers, and there’s the Signature Entrance, an audio-visual pathway meant to evoke a journey into the mindset of watching a particular film."


[I now return you to your regular scheduled AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater discussion … already in progress]

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

waterguy56: I was under the impression that IMAX creates two different DCP’s – one for it’s 4:3 screens (IMAX-laser) and 1.78 for it’s IMAX-Digital screens.

Giles commented about Film Forum on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

moviebuff82 – do you know if all three screens have 4K projector’s (and what brand)?

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 17, 2016 at 7:54 am

AMC Prime is also 7.1/Dolby Atmos sound; far superior to IMAX 6.0 sound.

Giles commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Jan 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

is this reserved seating now? or is it still first come first seating.

Giles commented about East Building Auditorium on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

as of a July article from an online story from the Washington Sun:

“After remaining dark for more than a year because of the ongoing renovations in the East Building, the Gallery’s Auditorium—one of Washington’s finest theater spaces—will open again this Saturday for free public screenings on weekends only.”

Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

of the two laser installs, this is going to be the longest, with a stated ‘March 2016’ reopening time frame. As it’s the oldest IMAX screen of the Smithsonian’s the conversion will be more complex than Udvar Hazy’s.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 10, 2016 at 10:22 am

It’s always been ETX – but changing over to a ‘Prime’ theater was quietly murmured to me (which is completely different: mainly laser projection, different seats) – that conversion may or might not happen at a future date, but it didn’t in the time frame mentioned to me – because for a largely sold out show last night, AMC might think otherwise in reducing the seat number in it’s second largest auditorium at this location.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

^ well that didn’t happen (thankfully)

just saw ‘The Revenant’ – didn’t know it was on the ETX screen here. Visually and aurally it was amazing, from the music to the overall sound design – this was a top notch Atmos mix and stunning presentation.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm

oh sorry Coate – I remember seeing ‘Quest for Fire’, was very impressionable for a young age.

I had no idea that ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ was here, since I distinctly remember seeing it over at 4000 Wisconsin Ave.

I remember the ads for ‘The Last Emperor’ – it played at Jenifer? The Post ads definitely were touting 70mm at the Uptown for that release.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jan 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

I saw ‘Hateful Eight’ here yesterday midday and I thought the presentation was outstanding – typical for AFI Silver in my opinion ~wow!~

Morricone’s score at times was so powerful and suitably loud.

my only gripe is that Tarantino should have had some entre' act music at the beginning of the second part of the movie – it abruptly jumps back into the movie without much of a breather.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

as a teen in the late 80’s I started to keep the Movie Section of the Weekend part of the Post – they unfortunately got chucked… [sad face] So how would I research this? got any tips – I know that the Martin Luther King Jr. branch of the DC library used to keep the Post on microfilm – do they still do that?

Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:16 pm

I haven’t yet Jodar – I’m eyeing seeing ‘The Force Awakens’ this coming Saturday here

I was under the impression that the aspect ratio “1.43 : 1 (some scenes: IMAX 70mm)” [as indicated on IMDB] meant full screen – right?

“IMAX 70mm” also pertains to the IMAX-laser systems that are projected on 4:3 screens.

Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

from the Smithsonian’s Facebook page:

“Last chance to experience 15/70mm film at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater!

‪#‎TheForceAwakens‬ will be our final show in film on January 10th. On January 11th we close our doors to upgrade our facility to the state-of-the-art IMAX with Laser digital projection system!"

sign of the times…

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Dec 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm

also IMAX-laser has no ghosting unlike IMAX 15/70 which is sporadic but does happen time to time.

Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

^ I’m just curious in knowing what disappointments you’ve noted are?

I got word from Arclight – that they fixed the image in filling the entire curved screen. For some reason this has never been corrected at Washington DC’s Uptown theater screen which displays this very odd fish-eye anomaly at the bowed corners – never a problem with the 70mm/35mm projector, but once digital came around … eck!