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Most of the films I have seen in DP have been fine. However, there were a few screenings that were not perfect. When I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D” this past October, there were flickering and refresh rate issues throughout the screening. Also, the 3D had very little depth compared to the screening I saw last year.
There were several issues during a screening of “Bolt in Disney Digital 3D”. There was a pink hue when the theater snipes were shown at the start of the screening, which prompted the projectionist to stop and replay it. When the snipes were replayed, they still suffered from the problem. Most of the film previews shown afterward were scoped. Only two or three were made to fit the entire screen. The auditorium lights came back up when the movie started. When the lights were switched back off, the pink hue returned for several seconds and then the projector was shut off with sound still running. After about 30 seconds, the projector was turned back on and the rest of the presentation was fine.
The total number of seats in #18 is 285. The seat totals are posted at the entrances to the auditoriums.
I forgot to mention in my previous post that there was sound leakage from “Saw V” in the adjacent auditorium. It was only noticeable during the Screenvision pre-show, not during the movie.
I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D” in auditorium #18 today and the 3D presentation was not that great. I also saw the movie last year at AMC Columbia 14 and 3D projection looked a lot better. Although the sound was better than last year’s viewing (especially the surround channels), I did not enjoy the visual experience as much. The 3D didn’t seem to pop off the screen as it did at AMC Columbia last year.
This was also the case when I saw “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” in the same auditorium earlier this year. I also noticed that an additional charge was not added as it was when I saw “Journey 3D.” This time, I was charged standard matinee pricing ($8) instead of the 3D matinee pricing ($11).
The other digital auditorium (#7) is currently showing “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” in DLP.
When I saw the movie last weekend, there were a few people who were sitting in the back that walked out before the movie started. I’m guessing they didn’t think it was worth the price. This was before a matinee show, which is $11 for IMAX admission compared to $8 for regular admission.
I also noticed that almost all the people in the auditorium sat close to the front. Sitting in the back doesn’t give you the “big screen” feel that you get with traditional IMAX theaters since you can see the edges of the screen.
Jodar where did you see it? I saw “Eagle Eye” at the AMC Columbia IMAX. Only the speaker system and screen were changed. The seating is exactly the same.
Here is a picture of the projector: IMAX Digital Projector
Here is an article on the history of the theater: commercialappeal.com
Gary, there are Egyptian murals on the side walls at the front of the auditoriums. They’re exactly the same on both walls (mirrored on opposite walls). Not sure if they’ve been placed in all of the auditoriums though.
Giles, the closest Muvico theatres to the DC area are planned for Fredericksburg, VA (Spotsylvania Towne Centre) and East Rutherford, NJ (Meadowlands Xanadu).
This megaplex is split into two halves. The left side houses auditoriums #1-12 and the right side houses auditoriums #13-24.
I have only been in two of the four largest auditoriums, #13 and #14, which are on the right side of the plex and adjacent to each other. The screen in #23 is quite small for the auditorium’s size and will require you to sit closer to the front for best sightlines. Also, the screen in #18 is not a wall to wall screen. So if you are seeing a 3D movie, be sure to get a seat closer to the front for best viewing experience.
Valet parking is available on weekends and holidays. However, I do not how much it costs, as I’ve never used the service before.
Jodar, I believe only the upcoming Muvico theaters will be getting the Sony 4K projectors—at least initially.
This theater debuted one of the first RealD digital 3D systems in Maryland (along with Bow Tie Annapolis Mall 11, which was owned by Crown Theatres at the time) when they showed Chicken Little in 2005.
AMC IMAX theaters opening on September 5: AMC Loews White Marsh 16 (Baltimore, MD), AMC Orange Park 24 (Orange Park, FL), AMC Aventura 24 (Aventura, FL), AMC Empire 25 (New York, NY), AMC Veterans 24 (Tampa, FL)
AMC Neshaminy 24, AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 and AMC Hamilton 24 will open their IMAX theaters on Friday, August 15 (this Friday). Kung Fu Panda & Space Station 3D will be shown in IMAX format at all theaters.
The IMAX Theater Locator has been updated with all upcoming IMAX theaters. The list now includes international theaters and Regal Entertainment Group theaters opening this Fall.
IMAX showtimes have been added for AMC Columbia 14 at MovieTickets.com. IMAX admission for all three theaters is $3 more than regular admission.
Forgot to mention that showtimes for the IMAX movies are listed on MovieTickets.com (change the date to Friday)
Two IMAX movies, Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience and Space Station 3D, will be shown starting on Friday.
According to MovieTickets.com, AMC Hoffman Center 22 and AMC Potomac Mills 18 will begin showing IMAX movies this weekend. Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience and Space Station 3D will be shown at both theaters starting this Friday.
Correction on AMC Columbia 14: theater #1 is still closed/under construction. My previous post was based on assumption. It is still blocked off by a large Hancock cardboard display with an IMAX banner hanging above the theater. Any news on Hoffman Center and Potomac Mills?
This theater closed yesterday (July 6) and is no longer listed on the Muvico web site.
The IMAX theater (Theater #1) at AMC Columbia appears to be finished. However, no IMAX films are currently being shown.
MovieTickets.com shows Kung Fu Panda being shown in DP (again after WALL-E replaced it last week) today and tomorrow. Afterwards, it will be shown in standard 35 mm. The digital key probably expires after tomorrow, so they ended up having to use the film format for future dates. WALL-E continues to be shown in DP with the old DLP projector in #14.
The installations are IMAX Digital Projection (using DLP projectors). I wonder why White Marsh is opening in October, while the other local AMC Theatres are opening in July. Like Jodar, I’d rather go there than Columbia.
Originally opened by General Cinema Corporation – formerly known as GCC Security Square 8. Now run by AMC Theatres as AMC Security Square 8.
Maybe I should have just gone there in the first place. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a movie there. After dinner, the last two DLP shows were no longer grayed out on MovieTickets.com – not like they were before I left this morning. So it appears they have fixed the projector.
Theatre #1 is now blocked off/closed and under construction for IMAX. Planned to see WALL-E in DLP but was told that the projector was broken. Ended up seeing WALL-E in #2 (one of the large theaters), which was packed.
There was no construction and all screens were being used. I did notice that they added 2 back surrounds in #14 where the DLP digital cinema system is installed. The speakers are larger than the side surrounds and were used during Kung Fu Panda. When I saw Iron Man in DLP format a month ago, they were not there. Since the digital IMAX system utilizes DLP projection, I’m guessing it will be in that auditorium.
Here is a picture of the IMAX poster
And an article about the IMAX digital projection system: Film Journal International