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the auditoriums that were untwinned were 1 & 2, and 3 & 4 (the latter which is now screen 2, is the largest screen). All the screens are now ‘digital’ featuring Christie 4K upgradeable projectors and can/will playback 7.1 audio
holy batman! The presentation of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ really demonstrated the loudness levels the speakers could handle here at the Avalon – even though the Dolby Digital 5.1 is not lossless audio when compared to sound from digital projection – the bass was powerful and relentless.
so I saw ‘The Watch’ on screen 4 and the Sony image looked fantastic! great clarity, sharpness and color – the blue of the ‘Neighborhood Watch’ jackets just jumped out. Considering there is significant throw from the projection booth to the screen, I guess AMC figured out that Sony could and can do the job – and it does.
Oddly on the audio side, there’s a slight buzz that is emitting out of one (or possibly more) of the speakers from behind the screen – in the quiet moments, which isn’t many in the movie, it becomes quite apparent and distracting – management said he’d look into the problem.
so I talked with the manager this evening and she said that all the systems are Sony 4K projector’s including the new installations on screens 1 and 4 – really? it took THAT long?!?
I find it out that the Seattle Cinerama isn’t listed – the fact that it able to playback digital 2K and 4K projection, 70mm and Cinerama prints is a major plus
to answer your question thebrat: supposedly all the screens are digital, although the last time I asked when ‘Ted’ got released and was being shown on screen 1 (the largest screen) it was still 35mm. I’m sure there are other screens in the DC area that are showing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 35mm, but I definitely know that the Avalon over in Chevy Chase, literally maybe a 10 minute walk east from Mazza is showing it in 35mm.
oh hellz yeah! we have a date or thereabouts for the opening of the Angelika, since the website for Ron Fricke’s ‘Samsara’ will be shown there in 4K digital projection (!) starting September 21st … oh the anticipation!!!!!
is this the same theater that in70mm.com is stating that is getting an exclusive 70mm engagement of P.T Anderson’s latest film ‘The Master’ (come this October)?
“The classic Village Theatre, in the Westwood Village/west Los Angeles area of L.A. is reported to be in view as a site for a 70mm run of the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson (PT Anderson), "The Master”. Although the Village hasn’t run a 70mm print for many years, a 70mm conversion kit for their venerable Norelco/Philips DP70 has been tracked down, and, pending final decisions and arrangements, it seems likely that L.A. will have its first commercial engagement of a new movie, presented “in the splendor of 70mm” in many years (last known previous one was “Hamlet”, back in December 1996)."
which auditorium has the Atmos system?
I love the ice cream here at the Egyptian.
As for ‘Spiderman’ the only extra scene came early on during the credit crawl.
I thought the 7.1 mix on the XD screen for ‘Prometheus’ was beyond stellar.
personally I’m all for the theaters themselves creating specialty big screens – it means that other non-IMAX films get the deluxe treatment, it also helps that these screens have at least 7.1 surround sound capabilities, while IMAX is the traditional 5.0 audio setup.
… and AMC’s ETX, Marcus' Ultrascreens, Galaxy Theater’s DFX (Digital Fusion Experience, and Carmike’s Big-D screens
I know this is a problem also at the Arclight Dome, but is it as severe? I don’t know if this true, but supposedly this can be rectified on the Christie projector lense but at a significant cost – I would rather AMC talk with Chrisite and see if something can’t be done and not go down the path of removing the curved screen.
can’t wait to see what the programming will be like. Also curious if the projection will be 35mm and/or digital
Recently all the screens have been converted to digital projection (Barco) and three auditoriums can playback 7.1 surround sound.
interesting/great article – my only question: is the projection going to be 35mm and digital projection?, or just the latter?
well the theater is reverting back a movie theater as a recent Washington Post article noted:
““We hope to be able to start showing movies . . . in late November or December,” Mark Batterson, National Community Church’s lead pastor, wrote in an e-mail. “It’s always been our desire to share it with the community,” he added.
The new theater will not compete with local megaplexes, of course.
“The Miracle will be a sub-run theater that will show a variety of films,” Batterson said. “In addition, for the many families on Capitol Hill, we plan to feature a heavy dose of children’s programming, mixing family films and live performances by children’s entertainers.”
The hall will also be available for community meetings, school productions and other neighborhood events."
ugh – I hate the picture quality of Fathom Events.
the screening of this at the recent LA TCM Film Festival was 4K DCP – and from what I’ve read was pretty stunning looking.
as for the Cinemark screenings, thankfully they book and present the films from higher encoded DCP hard drives.
I agree with Cliff, it’s the last place I want to see a movie at, it’s simply too large. So ‘Brave’ is here … and… the El Capitan down the block, interesting that the booking allowed this.
I thought DTS 70mm prints retained the five front channel configurement? I agree about wanting to seeing the few 70mm animated films on the big screen: ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘The Black Cauldron’. As for the rare screening of ‘Porgy and Bess’ … two screenings on the Labor Day weekend Sunday and Monday in the afternoon … really?… again (I refer back to ‘Patton’ on Memorial Day weekend)… I have to sacrifice one of the weekend days – crap! A Tuesday evening would have been more ideal – hell, any evening screening is more ideal than the 1pm and 4pm screenings that seem to be the norm for this premier festival – what sucky times.
It’s a shame that ‘Cleopatra’ wasn’t available – the new UK bluray of the film is pretty spectacular looking though.
^ that New Jersey theater that is getting the Atmos auditorium for ‘Brave’ is AMC Garden State 16 by the way.
the new end of June to September program guide is up online – and oh what a summer! Another round of Totally Awesome 80’s – AND… drum roll please, the first 70mm film fest with ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’ ‘Spartacus’ ‘2001’ ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ ‘Khartoum’ ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ ‘West Side Story’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ ‘Baraka’ ‘Tron’ ‘Lord Jim’ and ‘South Pacific’
no, I mean when the new Arclight theaters open in 2014, is it replacing these auditoriums or will they exist in tandem of each other.
the link states: “ Two new speakers will be installed to provide a much better auditory experience” I’m curious where? behind the screen? in the surrounds??
saw ‘Madagascar 3’ on the ETX screen the other day, and my mouth was on the floor – the colors were eye-assaulting – for once the projector was properly calibrated and no double imaging – outside of being wowed by the color intensity of the bluray of ‘Speed Racer’ – this movie was not only fun, but it was by far the best in color reproduction and clarity that digital projection can (and should) offer. On the flipside though, the 7.1 soundmix was practically non-existent, not a fault of the ETX soundsystem, but the folk actually created the mix – it was no where as creative or impressive as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ 7.1 mix I had seen the week prior. (or even ‘Prometheus’ at the Egyptian for that matter)