TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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BradE41
BradE41 on June 9, 2009 at 8:59 am

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in D-Box

Our completely new D-BOX Motion Codeâ„¢ system, conceived for use within commercial theatres, adds a new dimension to your experience. It allows moviegoers to Live the Action onscreen with an unmatched realism. In other terms, the D-BOX Motion Codeâ„¢ system creates movements: pitch, roll, heave, and intelligent vibrations â€" perfectly synchronized with the onscreen action.
Opens July 15 at the Chinese 6

wurl240
wurl240 on June 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

Wasn’t the last part of “Singin' in the Rain” filmed on the Chinese
stage..? And it looks like a lit-up Wurlitzer console is in the pit.
Or it this my fading eyesight and wishful thinking?

BradE41
BradE41 on June 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm

So is Harry Potter pretty much the only blockbuster the Chinese is getting this Summer?

segask
segask on May 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

does anyone have any technical specs of the projection/sound equipment? They have detailed specs on the page for the Empire Leicester Square in London.

/theaters/912/

Andy Summers reminds us in every one of his posts on that page that that famous theatre has a 56Kw THX sound system, LOL.

Another forum member, LJ Claydon posted detailed specs for the Empire theatre in London:

5x Crown CTs2000 amplifiers feed HF and Upper Mid sections of 5x JBL 4-way Custom ScreenArray stage loudspeakers
5x Crown CTs3000 amplifiers feed LF and Lower Mid sections of 5x JBL 4-way Custom ScreenArray stage loudspeakers
8x Crown CTs3000 amplifiers feed 16x JBL 4645C SVG Subwoofers
6x Crown CTs8200 8-channel amplifiers feed 42x JBL 8340A surround loudspeakers arranged as 22 (left/right side) delayed in four banks, 8 (left/right lower rear, concealed), 12 (left/right long-throw upper rear) delayed to match position and curvature of lower bank.

For the watt-counters,

Stage Channels (each) 5,000w (25,000w total)
Sub Bass Channels (total) 24,000w
Surround Channels (total) 10,500w

Total system power, 59,500w


Anyone here have any specs like this for Graumans?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Segask, I was at the same show. Keep in mind that “barely half-full” still amounts to 600-700 patrons at the show. Hardly anything to sneeze at.

I do agree…THX/Dolby Digital was extra crispy that night. Reminded me of the “good old days” of the 90’s when even cheeseball junk like “Independence Day” & Ahnuld’s “Eraser” sprung to life on that sound system.

KramSacul
KramSacul on May 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I wonder what NEC projectors the regular Arclight theaters have. Look pretty good as far as 2k goes.

segask
segask on May 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

“…I think the Dome has the same NEC 2k projector as Grauman’s and the Village…” — Kram Sacul

I found this press release:
http://www.dcinematoday.com/dc/PR.aspx?newsID=656

its the NEC STARUS NC2500S. I’ve read elsewhere that the Sony 4k projectors aren’t as bright as the best 2k projectors.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

“went to the saturday 8:00PM show of Terminator Salvation in Graumans. It was barely half full. Maybe the Laker NBA Finals game going on at the same time diluted the audience, or maybe people were going to the D-Box show instead, or maybe more people were going to Arclight.”

I would say half full in a 1200 seat auditorium is pretty good, considering it was on 2 more screens at the Chinese 6 and 3 more at Arclight, not to mention several more theatres with in a 5 mile radius. I don’t think D-Box would suck too many patrons away form Graumans as there are only a handful of those seats installed at the Chinese 6.

segask
segask on May 24, 2009 at 2:25 am

“As long as Grauman’s shows some movies worth going to I’m happy. Has their presentation quality gone downhill though? The sound has been iffy in the past like with the Village in Westwood. They really need to crank it.” — posted by Kram Sacul

the Saturday 8:00PM show was cranked up loud. Awesome subwoofer effects from the mushrooms during the THX Amazing Life trailer.

http://www.thx.com/cinema/trailers.html

segask
segask on May 24, 2009 at 2:12 am

went to the saturday 8:00PM show of Terminator Salvation in Graumans. It was barely half full. Maybe the Laker NBA Finals game going on at the same time diluted the audience, or maybe people were going to the D-Box show instead, or maybe more people were going to Arclight.

The trailers I remember were HP6, District 9, and Sherlock Holmes.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

D-Box is a system for moving seats in sync with a movie, game, etc.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

Thanks for the “Auntie Mame” ad, Ken. I’d read a description of it in one of the Oscar reference books, but had never actually seen it.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 22, 2009 at 10:59 am

What’s a D-Box?

BradE41
BradE41 on May 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

I think so also. It may go that direction if this Terminator booking is succesful.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

I think Mann and Arclight should sort out some agreement – Films that open at the Chinese don’t play the Dome but can be at Arclight screens, films that Open at the Dome can’t play Chinese but can play Chinese 6. Win-win for the Studios – great exposure for a film to be on Hollywood Blvd. at the Graumann’s Chinese and Chinese 6 which will overflow with tourists on foot who might not make it to the Arclight. Great for the locals and industry people who would rather go to the Arclight and not deal with tourists.

That and I think Mann should install a few more D-Box seats in different auditoriums including the Grauman’s, that way as a film winds down they can still offer D-Box in a smaller auditorium.

BradE41
BradE41 on May 22, 2009 at 9:57 am

If the numbers are decent for both Chinese and Arclight this weekend for Terminator, I am sure there will be consideration of bookings at the same time in the future. They are probably going to study the figures over the next couple of weeks. I still think Warner will let Harry Potter be booked at Arclight also. What is the next D BOX movie?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Here is a January 1959 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/p7lxy2

segask
segask on May 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Maybe its like you pointed out earlier. Maybe it’s only because the Chinese 6 has D-Box and Arclight doesn’t.

BradE41
BradE41 on May 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I’m wondering if this may be a new booking patern (at least for blockbuster titles) to have Chinese and Arclight bookings at the same opening day. HARRY POTTER perhaps next?

segask
segask on May 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I’m as excited as everyone else to see Grauman’s get a movie guaranteed to have a monster opening weekend. Unfortunately it looks like Terminator Salvation won’t be packing ‘em in much beyond the opening weekend. Right now (tuesday night) its only 5 for 20 at rottentomatoes.com. For some reason Warner Bros hired some guy named McG (best known for Charlies Angels and The Pussycat Dolls) to direct.

Business for this movie will probably nosedive after opening weekend.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I’m going to Chinese.

BradE41
BradE41 on May 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm

The Main Chinese and 2 of the smaller screens are showing TERMINATOR SALVATION. While the Archlight will showing it on 3 non-Dome screens. Begining May 21. So they are sharing but not with the CHINESE and DOME at the same time. I guess they may be doing this with the understanding that the CHINESE will have the BIG screen.

KramSacul
KramSacul on May 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm

As long as Grauman’s shows some movies worth going to I’m happy. Has their presentation quality gone downhill though? The sound has been iffy in the past like with the Village in Westwood. They really need to crank it.

markinthedark
markinthedark on May 19, 2009 at 10:26 am

Mann should install some D-Box seats in the Grauman’s itself. If that’s what it takes to keep getting bookings. I wonder if this is the beginning of the Chinese Theatres and Arclight sharing the same booking just like Mann and Pacific do in Glendale, Mann and Muvico do in Thousand Oaks, AMC and Cinemark in Longbeach, and AMC and Regal in Irvine. Book everything everywhere and let the public decide. I am sure there are some who would rather not pay the Arclight premium for reserved seating, or even deal with reserved seating.