TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cliffs
Cliffs on August 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

I NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT OR THOUGHT THEY WOULD INSTALL A 15/70 PROJECTOR!!!!

Robert, just answer this… Is the screen at the Chinese a full, traditional IMAX screen? Yes or No?

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 26, 2013 at 5:49 am

It seems to me that IMAX is making the same mistake that Cinerama made when it switched from 3 camera to 70mm. With all the not IMAX systems now such as AMC ETX and Regal’s RPX. I will wait to see how the Laser system is and if it has as bright a picture as the 17/70 system.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on August 26, 2013 at 12:03 am

I hate to dive into the whole IMAX debate because frankly it bores me, but it seems to me IMAX knows what the future of IMAX is, and since the Chinese was digging down into the basement to make the screen taller they could possibly have dug even deeper if they needed to. There was a decision made somewhere along the line, and I’m guessing IMAX execs were part of it, That this screen ratio would be the standard from here on out (until the next time someone invents a new projection technology!)

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

Chris you could be right about a hold over ( i would wager perhaps with a matinee) But I am pretty sure they are getting through the starting 10:00pm on the 26th. The last show time for WOZ3D on 10/26 is the 7:30pm show

When through the never was first announced IMAX made a big deal about it being shot with IMAX cameras, and being one of this years PREMIERE IMAX Experiences.

plus back a few weeks ago just prior to the official announcement on OZ movie tickets.com had the oz showtimes listed (not live for purchase) and a 10:30pm show for through the never.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

And again moving forward since 15/70 is no longer going to be produced the 1:9.1 format is now IMAX’s standard.

Universal will also be converting over next year from Film to Laser, as will the Rave give a call to them and ask to speak to their booth managers and see the answer you get

why would IMAX install 15/70 projector in the chinese when next year it will be obsolete

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Cliffs from day 1 the press releases said it would be around 48 feet tall, it was never implied it was going to be taller than that And re read what i wrote, I said 15/70 is going away and it is, IMAX has said as much. after 2014 there will be no more IMAX film prints produced.

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Chris, How can you say, “here’s how it’s open to debate” and then go on to reaffirm all the points I just made? I’ve NEVER said the new Chinese screen won’t be great or appropriate for most of the IMAX titles released, just that it’s not a traditional IMAX screen and couldn’t show native IMAX without cropping picture information. You yourself call it “a step between the dreaded “LieMax” label and the true blue 15/70 6 story tall screens we all know and love.” So you’re basically confirming what I said that it’s not a true blue traditional IMAX screen. And given that we now know JJ is shooting Episode VII on film, do you really think he’s not going to shoot 15/70 IMAX as well? (whether it shows at The Chinese or the El Cap will remain to be seen).

Is it a “true blue 15/70 6 story IMAX screen?” No. Can it show films shot with IMAX cameras in the camera’s native ratio without cropping? No. What the new screen REALLY is, is a really large traditional “flat” screen with top/bottom masking. LA Live’s Premiere Theater is 38x70 with top/bottom masking. Should we call that an IMAX because it’s as big if not bigger than many of the “LieMax” retrofits?

Robert, none of your links talk about reducing the ratio of IMAX from 1.43:1 to 1.9:1. It’s just about converting to digital, which as Chris points out, “allegedly, can be projected to fill the entire IMAX screen (so I read).” When Chris says that, do you think he’s talking about the projectors FINALLY being able to fill the whole 1.90:1 screen, because they can do that now. I don’t know how I can make the point any clearer.

My original statement was only that, with an advertised width of 90ft, a traditional IMAX screen would have to be about 65 feet high and I didn’t see how that was possible at The Chinese. Turns out, I was right.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I doubt that Through The Never will play here. WOZ will be boffo enough for them to book another week. When IMAX announces a film as “One Week Only,” that usually means a 2 week engagement.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I agree WOZ won’t be the true test Chris,
I think Through the Never and Gravity will be

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/imax-launches-institutional-upgrade-initiative-signs-agreement-smithsonian-next-generation

sorry my previous post forgot to link the smithsonian conversion to Laser that I referenced as well.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm

How is this open to debate? Here’s how:

With the exception of the museum films, there is only 1 mainstream Hollywood director – Christopher Nolan – actually shooting films full time with IMAX cameras. There are only 2-3 others who shoot a scene here and a scene there with them. In any given calendar year, we’re talking 1-2 films with 20-30 minutes shot in native IMAX. The other 8 (maybe more) films are all IMAX DMR blowups…which, by the way, are all cropped. 1:85 flat films are about 10/20% cropped while 2:40 scope films are plopped in the dead center of the screen with 40/50% screen cropping.

As far as the screen itself, according to the pics I’d call it a step between the dreaded “LieMax” label and the true blue 15/70 6 story tall screens we all know and love.

As usual, this is all armchair quarterbacking & speculation. Let us see if the presentation delivers the goods starting 9/20. And, IMO, “Wizard of Oz” won’t be the judge. “Gravity” – with George Clooney & Sandra Bullock set in space – will be the true test.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Here is from an article on the Smithsonian conversion to IMAX Laser projection next year.

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and the Smithsonian Institution today announced an agreement to install IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection technology in the Smithsonian’s three IMAX® theatres, enabling the Smithsonian to deliver the highest-quality digital content available – both documentaries and blockbuster films – and further enhance The IMAX Experience® for its millions of visitors annually.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater at the National Museum of Natural History and the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum, both in Washington, D.C., and the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., will transition to IMAX’s laser digital projectors in 2014.

IMAX’s next-generation projection system is expected to set a new benchmark as the industry’s premium entertainment experience. The system, which incorporates the laser digital intellectual property IMAX exclusively licensed from Eastman Kodak in 2011, represents the largest R&D initiative in IMAX’s history and will enable IMAX® dome theatres and IMAX screens larger than 80 feet to deliver the highest-quality digital content available with greater brightness and clarity, a wider color gamut and deeper blacks.

“Building on our shared legacy of excellence and discovery, we’re delighted that the Smithsonian has adopted this new technology, acting as a springboard for our institutional partners globally,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “For over 35 years, our partnership with the Smithsonian has served as the gold standard in delivering immersive entertainment experiences that educate, inspire and showcase the wonders of our world. We believe the new laser digital projection system will usher in a new era of quality and innovation in projection technology and allow museum-goers to experience their favorite documentaries and blockbusters as never before.”

Since the National Air and Space Museum opened its doors to visitors in 1976, the Smithsonian/IMAX partnership has delivered exceptional-quality and critically acclaimed documentaries and world-class entertainment to millions. The partnership also has funded and produced groundbreaking IMAX® documentaries including The Dream is Alive, Blue Planet, Destiny in Space (with Lockheed Martin Corporation), and Cosmic Voyage (with Motorola).

“Laser digital projection offers our visitors a more immersive and visceral experience, as well as more programming opportunities,” said Christopher A. Liedel, President, Smithsonian Enterprises. “Today’s agreement continues our decades-long partnership with IMAX and strengthens our commitment to delivering the best educational and entertainment experience.”

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Here is the link to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/biggest-screen

“By the end of next year the whole [IMAX] industry will be digital. There will be no more film projected anywhere in the world.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/biggest-screen-gets-maximum-upgrade-20130310-2ftw4.html#ixzz2d2dOgVBD"

There are several more out there from other news sources as well

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 25, 2013 at 2:02 am

Robert, It’s actually IMAX that determines that. It’s the native ratio for IMAX cameras (1.43:1). With digital and IMAX DMR, the options for ratios are nearly endless, but the FACT (yes, FACT) still remains that the new 1.90:1 screen at The Chinese, while certainly suitable for the vast majority of IMAX presentations and clearly the new standard as we move into a totally digital age (they call it IMAX 1.9:1), isn’t capable of displaying ALL IMAX movies correctly. Unless they’re planning to pillarbox natively shot IMAX with bars on the side, full 1.43:1 IMAX photography (either of the newly shot or revival variety) will be cropped top and bottom. It is not a full, traditional IMAX screen, it’s a new, digital friendly IMAX screen. How is this even open to debate?

http://www.imax.com/about/experience/aspect-ratio/

MJuggler
MJuggler on August 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm

not sure why it isn’t a link so try 2 http://tinyurl.com/mw37rkp

MJuggler
MJuggler on August 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The Museum of Neon Art needs your help! You can help us with our fundraising campaign to restore one of the Dragons from the marquee, from back when it was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It is a wonderful historic Hollywood icon and it graced the theatre for 43 years. It was removed in 2001 and placed into storage. Click on the link to watch the video and learn all about the history & the future of this 40' marquee dragon. Hope you can contribute even a small amount. Thank you! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grauman-s-chinese-theater-dragon-neon-sign-restoration/x/4184824

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The aforementioned pics: http://beyondthemarquee.com/24065/

hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

@Robert- there are railings at the Metreon and also at the Lincoln Square in NYC. It does sadden me to read what you posted about Interstellar not being run on film anyplace. I was so hoping to attend this at the Metreon next year. Perhaps you can provide linkage to this please or it is on the IMAX site?

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I am just curious, I have not been able to find a link on line that IMAX is going to phase out 15/70mm film presentation. I was under the impression that IMAX theaters, or at least the ones ties to museums paid for their own prints.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

One thing I also think is cool is that if you look at the photos of the raising of the screen yesterday, there is no front railing to obstruct the screen like you see at Venues like Universal Citywalk.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

Can I also add, since I have not seen mention of this on here. The ticket prices for The IMAX at the chinese are the same price that it was for a regular 3D presentation on a Fri Sat and Sun night, so its not costing you anymore of a premium than what was allready being charged for regular 3D at the Chinese prior to the refit.

Robert_G_Kelley
Robert_G_Kelley on August 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

Cliffs your post doesn’t make any sense, you are not the one who determine what makes IMAX, and what does not. The Chinese has the THIRD largest IMAX screen in the country now. Let me ask you this, IMAX is phasing out ALL 15/70 film and projectors by early to mid 2014 why would they go to all the cost and trouble of installing 15/70 when it will be obsolete completely in less than a year. Even when Interstellar comes out next year it won’t be presented 15/70 anywhere and most likely it will be the last IMAX movie to be shot on film, since IMAX has publicly said they are doing away with 15/70 presentations

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hello-

I suppose we shall have to wait and see. I have found the discussion of the Chinese' new IMAX installation fascinating to say the least. it kind of resembles my opinion of the IMAX screens in Manhattan. the only real or true IMAX screen is the one at the Loew’s Lincoln Square on Bway and 68th St. the other IMAX screens in Manhattan are not quite so.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hello-

I suppose we shall have to wait and see. I have found the discussion of the Chinese' new IMAX installation fascinating to say the least. it kind of resembles my opinion of the IMAX screens in Manhattan. the only real or true IMAX screen is the one at the Loew’s Lincoln Square on Bway and 68th St. the other IMAX screens in Manhattan are not quite so.

Cliffs
Cliffs on August 22, 2013 at 12:04 am

My point was simply that The Chinese doesn’t HAVE an entire IMAX screen. I’m not bashing The Chinese, merely pointing out that (until they also do away with SHOOTING on IMAX film) the new screen will be a compromise for certain films. Christopher Nolan has just started shooting Interstellar using IMAX cameras. If/when Interstellar shows at the Chinese… it will most likely be cropped for their new screen. It won’t be cropped on traditional IMAX screens. When Catching Fire comes out later this year, the IMAX portions will also be cropped (much like they are for a Blu-ray) if shown at The Chinese. I’m not complaining, just offering observations and math. I didn’t realize that was controversial.