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sadly a news story in today’s Washington Post Weekend section regarding the closing at the end of this month
“Josh Levin noted that the exhibition landscape has radically changed since the West End opened just before Halloween in 2010. The Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema opened an outpost in Ashburn, the Angelika opened its Mosaic theater in Fairfax and a pop-up theater at Union Market, and the high-end ArcLight and iPic theaters opened in Montgomery County. With more theaters planned in the area, including a permanent home for the Angelika pop-up and two new Landmark theaters near 14th and U and in NoMa, Levin noted that “we simply won’t be able to compete for the same quality of films that we’ve been showing. So the only rational decision, as much as I hate to have to come to this conclusion, is to close.”
Levin, who also produces documentaries, said he has a new film coming out this summer, but has no long-term plans past that. “I have loved doing this,” he said. “And I will take some small comfort in the fact that the rationale we had in opening the West End, which was that so many theaters in D.C. had gone out of business that we felt there was room in the marketplace, that that trend has reversed and we have wonderful new theaters. As a film fan and somebody who believes in the importance of having that experience in a darkened room with other people on a screen that’s larger than your cell phone, I’m excited for the future of exhibition in D.C.”
Although regular programming at the West End will cease on March 26, Levin said he hopes to “do something fun” at the theater the following weekend, before it closes for good on March 31.
from what I read only one scene was shot in IMAX for ‘Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens’
According to IMAX: “Lincoln Square is signed on, however we have not announced additional information at this point.”
The IMAX install for the new laser system also involves adding additional speakers (side wall plus four in the ceiling).
what are the dimensions of the IMAX screen?
does anyone know what the dimensions of the IMAX-D screen IS?
actually with Tyson’s prime time ticket pricing at $12.99 – with Arclight membership you’re saving yourself 24 cents (With the dollar off), and on Monday and Tuesday with the member discount it’s $10.75 at night. And because the ‘widescreen’ Dolby Atmos equipped auditorium is not a ‘speciality screen’ there’s no extra fee as AMC does with it’s ETX screen at Tysons. Of course, the flat up-charge price for 3D screenings is $3.50.
I didn’t expect the DCP of ‘2001’ to look as good as a 70mm print – HAH … I’m not that clueless. But really, Warner’s should be embarrassed how bad the DCP looks – the DCP should at least be encoded/created from the 4K workflow, but it isn’t, thrown up onto the 65 foot wide screen via a 4K projector, it looked (excuse my language) shitty. Close ups looked fine, but edge enhancements on the models was very apparent – the image judders in a couple of instances when the camera isn’t even moving. Did no one at Warner’s cross-check what the DCP looked like?? [ugh- face palm] Warner needs to stop being cheap bastards and pony up to encoding classic movies in 4K on their DCP’s – Sony does.
screen dimensions is 85ft by 62ft
screen dimensions is 74ft by 48ft
new press release:
Over the next few months the IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will be undergoing renovations to upgrade to the first major technological innovation since the advent of digital projection-the new laser digital projection system! The IMAX GT (Grand Theater) Laser Digital Projection System is designed to replace IMAX film projection systems, which have long been the most advanced theater projection systems in use. 3D content will fill the six-story IMAX screen with stunning brightness, clarity, and contrast, and will also contain more brilliant colors than have been possible to date with any theater projection system. Complementing the projection system will be a brand new, multi-channel and multi-dimensional sound system that will allow viewers to hear sounds at specific points in the theater space. During this transition to the laser digital projection the Airbus IMAX Theater is expected to close towards the end of February with completion and re-opening slated for April. The Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum and the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History will be fully operational during this time frame.
the 7.1 surround sound presentation of ‘Into the Woods’ here at Bethesda was superior to what I had heard in December at Syracuse’s (New York) Regal Destiny USA’s RPX screen. I was hearing more instruments and movement of sound to better effect.
I’m loving the ‘Arclight Presents’ film series, although whoever over at Warner’s did the 2K DCP of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ should have been kicked in the knees there were so many flaws, you wouldn’t have believed the movie was shot on 70mm film stock in the first place (it looked like a projected DVD) – the 2K bluray is far and away the better transfer (creating a new 4K DCP should be paramount). The 5.1 sound though was the highlight.
did a double feature of ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (HFR-3D) today on the ‘widescreen’ screen (auditorium 6) and my impression was cemented that it’s in my top five favorite screens in the DC area. The screen is impressively wide at 65 feet and the auditorium is tall. Dolby Atmos sound is staggering as it’s not played back to obscene high volume levels as it is on AMC Tysons' ETX screen. The pinpointing of sound is enveloping and extends the aural imaging around the image as well as the standard side and rear surround channels. Numerous music cues and sound effects, notably in ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ achieved this illusion to astonishing nuanced soundscaping.
not real recent comment but I have say, ‘Gone Girl’s immersive 7.1 surround soundmix really showed off auditorium 1’s sound system to fantastic effect.
My fingers are crossed that the acclaimed Russian film ‘Leviathan’ which is opening later in the month will be shown on screen 1, since Sony is releasing the DCP’s of this in 4K.
just recently saw ‘Into the Woods’ here on the RPX screen – the 7.1 sound was decent not great – for a musical, that’s expected. As to the theater, not to keen with the huge RPX lettering just to the left and right of the screen (on the adjacent walls). The biggest flaw I noted was that some light from below the screen either from the wall or stair lighting is being projected back onto the screen which causes reflection thus ruining any scene in the movie that is dark or low lit. [Side comment: I wanted to belt the teenagers behind me during the movie who were making some really rude highly explicit comments during the movie – not cool]
why DID ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Grease’ start their runs in 35mm – when 70mm had already been in place to begin with?
This in my mind is a good thing – theaters with IMAX screens get stuck with IMAX ‘films’ – good or bad, if it’s an underperformer, their stuck with it. Theaters that have their own speciality large screens have the upper hand with presenting more films than what IMAX has licensed to show. Add to the fact that Christie has laser projectors in the pipeline for theaters to install and boost the brightness for 3D features; and speciality screens can feature more speakers and/or Dolby Atmos, Auro 11.1 sound – IMAX seems antiquated.
finally saw a movie here: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ – the Dolby Atmos system on screen 7 is the perfect example on how, why and possible for medium size auditoriums can feature and present Atmos mixed films.
3D presentations are complimented and achieved with Dolby glasses.
so have any of you Seattle folk been to see the new Hunger Games movie? how does the new laser image look? how does the Dolby Atmos setup sound? How are the speakers configured since there is balcony seating? I’m thinking of trekking out to see the last Hobbit movie here.
I’m currently having a beef with the AFI Silver – apparently they are too good to be showing the latest Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental 3D Film, ‘Goodbye to Language’ – got a message from them saying they will not be showing this, whereas the Wexner Center for the Arts can pencil in two showings, but for the AFI to show a one off screening or something – no can do … guess AFI doesn’t find Godard revelant any more (and yet this also won a prize at Cannes this year). I should just stay in Iowa City, after Thanksgiving and see it there at their Film Scene theater – unbelievable.
“The soundtrack for this week’s showing was from the “5.1” mix which seemed to be nothing more than a 5.1 “safe” downmix of the orignial 6-channel for non 6-track theatres (or older players without the “Special Venue” version of the 6D). Normally, the AFI/Silver gets the 6-channel discs…not this time however.”
well that makes me feel slightly better that I missed it this go around – how frickin' annoying.
actually ‘Pulp’ was on screen 2.
I’ve seen quite a few movies on screen 3 and personally I like the smallness of it – it’s comes across as more as a private screening.
how come I miss all the scuffles ? I was more than likely still at Potbelly having dinner.
[side comment: I was over at the Arclight today trying attempt number two to see ‘Big Hero 6’, well they ARE still trying to calibrate the two Dolby Atmos audio systems – as a result screens 6 and 7 aren’t playing anything (yet), even though I had bought a ticket yesterday to see the film at 12:05pm today – had a quick look see into screen 6 – whoah – it’s really large – I can NOT WAIT to see a movie here!
Landmark Bethesda is going to get serious competition since the Arclight is advertising it’s auditoriums as ‘black box’ – low level (no?) lighting (think Cinema Arts – the only light in the auditorium is from the screen – it’s pitch black) – I hate (hate… HATE!) the new ambient wall lighting at Bethesda since it remains on during the movie and ruins any and all dark scenes – it’s as if they know that seniors frequent Bethesda and don’t want them tripping up or down the stairs when the movie is playing]
oh, I was right next door last night at the ‘Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets" during '2001’
interestingly I saw ‘National Gallery’ before hand and I thought it was interesting for a documentary the curtains were used.
for a THX auditorium (screen 1) – I had forgotten how utterly quiet it is, during the end credits which had no music —– you could literally hear a pin drop.
the wait for the Dolby Atmos systems (on screen 6 and 7) is driving me crazy – apparently they are STILL being installed / calibrated. Both ‘Big Hero 6’ and tomorrow’s ‘Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1’ have been pulled /unadvertised as such.
I find it embarrassing that the seats not only in the Cinema Club auditoriums but also quite a few in auditorium 2 the backs are or have fallen off, and looking a bit ratty – for the neighborhood this theater is in, this isn’t acceptable in my opinion.
that’s a lot of seats to lose.
the DLP systems can playback 4K movies and content.
The theaters official opening date is today October 31, but it’s preopening mock run began on Monday 27th with select 2013 movies including ‘Gravity’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, and ‘American Hustle’ (just to name a few)