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Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Oct 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

^ sorry for stating this, but it’s been on most exhibitor’s minds that ‘Hateful Eight’s 70mm release is the dumbest timing of the year, when most said large (and/or) 70mm screens will be playing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Giles commented about Kerasotes Showplace 14 on Oct 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

I just read about the DC metro area theater planned for the Tyson’s ‘Greensboro’ location (as a non ‘Icon’ complex)– I am surprised how close this will be to AMC’s Tysons' mall theater but with the amenities that this location offers it sounds like a much better theater setting. 7.1 surround sound in all it’s auditoriums is a plus, and with Arclight Bethesda proving that Dolby Atmos can be installed in smaller auditoriums there might be an incentive for Kersotes to pony up and prove it’s worth in delivering “ALL Cutting-Edge Digital Projection & Digital Sound”.

question: what projector’s are used here? are they 2K or 4K?

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Oct 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Spoke with a manager here this afternoon and he revealed that the ETX screen will be changing over to ‘Prime’ theater: recling seats (thus reducing the auditorium capacity) and ‘Dolby Cinema’ laser projector system. He stated ideally they’d want it up for ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2’, but that it would definitely be up for the December release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Giles commented about AMC Thousand Oaks 14 on Sep 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm

which screen / auditorium is the DTS-X system on? the MuviXL one??

Giles commented about Bow-Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center 11 & BTX Theater on Sep 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

I’m forgetting are there ceiling speakers on the BTX auditorium? Maybe Bow Tie could relook at putting an object based processor/system here: DTS-X or even AuroMax

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Sep 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

yes, 12 is the XD screen. Actually none of the new ‘Everest’ movie was filmed in IMAX (Arri Alexa XT digital cameras to be exact).

Those old National Amusement seats scared the dickens out of me – the way they creaked, went back so far, I’ve never feared so much for my safety – I didn’t want to be ‘that guy’ who broke a chair at a movie theater.

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm

I have to give credit to the sound system in auditorium #2 – I saw ‘Jurassic World’ three times in the theater; once in 3D / IMAX-laser – the best in terms of color, black levels and 3D depth, standard 2D / 5.1 sound at Regal Bethesda [the worst presentation] 2D / 7.1 here at the Angelika – and in terms of sound it was actually the best – the 7.1 mix was better than the IMAX-laser presentation by placing a lot of audio cues to the left/right rear center channels to dramatic, scary effect – in one instance a character’s demise is heard directly behind us the viewer to unnerving finesse . Because of the odd aspect ratio of the movie, (2.00:1) the vertical masking (to eliminate the minor black borders above and below the image) was nearly spot on and took up most of the tall screen. My fingers are crossed that maybe auditorium 2 might get upgraded to Atmos, or DTS' new ‘X’ object based sound system, since it seems like a waste of potential with the ceiling speakers already in place… time will tell.

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Sep 21, 2015 at 6:24 pm

so I had my first Auro ‘experience’ here this afternoon and I was quite impressed with the wind sound effects from “Everest”; audio cues between the standard side channels with the height side channels produced some great effects. Height ceiling sound sourcing still didn’t impress me, since it’s a mono source spread out to six ceiling inset speakers. Bass reproduction here, though has been consistently impressive, my brief talk with one of the managers revealed that some of the more bombastic bass heavy movies, have blown out/damaged the bass speakers (and subsequently replaced or fixed). Interestingly on another technical note, since I never knew the full explanation of this, but auditorium 12’s sound system while it can present Auro 11.1 soundtracks, retains the rear speakers, so that non-encoded Auro DCP’s that include 7.1 mixes will be replicated as such.

I am not really a fan of the seats, the way they lean so far back, it’s almost as if you might break them with one’s own weight and send you sailing backwards – like the former old ultra-squeaky seats that were at the old Merrifield and Reston theaters.

Giles commented about Fairfax Corner 14 + XD on Sep 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

so I don’t know where I had read that screen 9 was upgraded to playback Auro 11.1 sound, well, that’s not the case. Went today to see ‘Everest’ / screen #9 and were there side surround height channels? – no… ceiling speakers? … no. In fact only auditorium 6 has the Auro system. There were/are plans to upgrade the system as such, but apparently its still forthcoming. (went over to the Egyptian instead – since ‘Black Mass’ was on screen 6 instead – why not just flip flop the two [shrugs]).

Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

personally I think it was foolish to release a 70mm movie against a Star Wars movie… but, meh. that’s just an opinion on my part.

Giles commented about Georgetown Theatre on Aug 31, 2015 at 8:33 am

added picture of the restored outdoor theater sign.

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Aug 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

when are you going to do the 1980’s list Coates – I’m very curious to resee what played there since those were the years I most went to the Uptown (a lot).

Well now I’m curious to find my bluray copy of ‘Circus World’ it’s somewhere here in the mess er, video collection (organizational skills aren’t my strong suits)

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Does this theater have a screen that is outfitted to playback in Dolby Atmos – which one?

Giles commented about AMC Thousand Oaks 14 on Aug 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

from DTS' facebook page:

‘We’re excited for the U.S. cinema debut of DTS:X, our next-generation immersive audio technology, with today’s opening of “American Ultra” at the Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 in California.’

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Aug 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

there used to be a THX placard near the ticket desk, but I can’t recall if it’s there or not – I’ll check. As to THX trailers haven’t seen one in ages.

Giles commented about Regal Dulles Town Center 10 on Jul 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

also because the entire complex is comprised of reclining seats, the seating capacity tops off at 873 patrons not 2000.

Giles commented about Regal Dulles Town Center 10 on Jul 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

went this afternoon to see ‘Paper Towns’(Auditorium #2) – great reclining seats. Screen four is the largest of the auditoriums seating capacity of 183. Four of the auditoriums can present 3D features (Sony 4K projector). All the auditorium’s are outfitted to playback 7.1 surround sound features.

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Jul 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

updated – added pics of the illuminated lobby ‘poster/photo’ wall in photo’s section

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Jul 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I have around a half dozen of the lobby’s ultra-cool poster wall

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Jul 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm

while it’s unfair to compare Ant-Man’s ‘digital’ presentation to IMAX’s ‘laser’ presentation (at Air & Space Museum Airbus IMAX screen) [darker, less color, less sharpness] – I do have to say the Dolby Atmos mix blew the 12-channel IMAX mix out of the water, simply superior – the imaging is very wide as to extend the music and sound cues just outside the screen area (as mentioned before in my observation to ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Atmos mix) – what achieved this is the fact that not only Atmos allocates the speakers closest to the screens as sourcing, but sound ‘behind’ the screen is benefitted from not only the pre-requisite left,center,right speakers but also left-center and right-center speakers as in typical pre-1977 70mm sound systems (before the transition to ‘baby boom’ features and the removal of two channels of the five front stage speaker set up) The bass also seems tighter and punchier for some reason, most notably also heard in the Pixar short film that preceeded ‘Inside Out’: ‘Lava’

Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Jul 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm

movie #6 here: ‘Ant-Man’ continued to show off the system to astounding effect – the laser brought out so much color, brightness and detail – I was actually looking at the suits (and ties) that Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll were wearing, they were extremely tactile. ‘San Andreas’ was a juggernaut in terms of the sound system – ‘Ant-Man’s 3D was truly top drawer!

Giles commented about AMC Starplex Loudoun 11 on Jul 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

has anyone been here and want to comment on this theater? I’ve been reading some Facebook comments and they are largely negative – uncomfortable seats, unhelpful staff, mediocre sound systems – ?? I just read that AMC has purchased the chain outright – so I guess by the end of the year there might be some changes for better or worse.

Giles commented about West End Cinema on Jul 9, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Landmark has bought it and is reopening this next Friday (July 17th)

“West End Cinema features three auditoriums, with two opening initially while additional upgrades to the theatre continue. When completed, the new Landmark Theatres West End Cinema will feature larger screens, new seating, an expanded concession menu and alcoholic beverages.”

new seating? oh thank god… auditorium two’s seats were horrible: no leg room and way too cramped.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

I’d love to see 70mm prints of ‘Dark Crystal’ and ‘Aliens’! Interestingly I’m very keen on seeing the DCP of ‘Dark Crystal’ since the screening last year at the Angelika Mosaic (which was projected bluray) didn’t look or sound all that good.

I saw ‘Wreck it Ralph’ last week as part of it’s 3D festival – it looked great and it was the first time I heard the 7.1 surround sound mix [thumbs up!]

Giles commented about AED Globe Theatre on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm

lame – Dupont used to be a great place to catch a movie – now I hardly go there at all – even out to dinner.

Interestingly the Dupont Underground project “turn[ing] a pair of abandoned trolley platforms beneath Dupont Circle into a lively exhibition space capable of hosting concerts, art galleries, wine tastings or film screenings” has been curtailed and dropped the film screenings aspect [oh well…]