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Giles commented about Avalon Theatre on Jan 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm

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.

Giles commented about Destiny USA Stadium 17 on Jan 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

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]

Giles commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm

why DID ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Grease’ start their runs in 35mm – when 70mm had already been in place to begin with?

Giles commented about "Dolby looks to kill the IMAX giant with new ultra-bright laser projection" on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:22 pm

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.

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

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.

Giles commented about Seattle Cinerama on Nov 25, 2014 at 12:12 am

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.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

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.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

“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.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Nov 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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]

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Nov 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

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.

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

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.

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm

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.

Giles commented about Seattle Cinerama on Nov 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

that’s a lot of seats to lose.

Giles commented about IPic Bethesda Pike & Rose on Nov 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

the DLP systems can playback 4K movies and content.

Giles commented about IPic Bethesda Pike & Rose on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:34 am

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)

Giles commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

was the “add a theater” function taken down? I’m no longer seeing that feature

Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Oct 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

all the screens sound systems can playback 7.1 sound.

Giles commented about Regal Countryside on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

nope the RPX screen is off the cards – from Regal’s website (and a Facebook message from a mall representative)

Dulles opens on Dec. 11th but with some pre-opening events:

Be the First to See This State of the Art Theatre! Preview Events December 8 – December 10 $3 Movies, $3 Popcorn & $3 Soft Drinks All money raised goes to local charities!

Monday, December 8 “Help the Elves at Regal” Benefiting Toys for Tots

Tuesday, December 9 “Regal’s Holiday Treat” Benefiting Capital Area Food Bank

Wednesday, December 10 “Celebrate Home & Holidays at Regal” Benefiting Habitat for Humanity for Loudoun County

Theatre amenities:

  • Regal King Size Recliners provide more room, comfort and true luxury.
  • Each recliner has an electric control for multiple positions and features padded footrests.
  • Digital projection in every auditorium to provide a crystal-clear picture.
  • Real D 3D projection systems available for 3D enhanced presentations.
  • Stadium seating provides each moviegoer a clear view of the screen.
  • Guest service desk provides extra assistance in the spacious lobby.
  • Regal Express kiosks offer customers fully-automated ticket purchasing.
  • Mobile tickets sent directly to any smart phone with the Regal App.
  • Industry-leading Regal Crown Club loyalty program rewards frequent moviegoers.
Giles commented about Fairfax Corner 14 + XD on Oct 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

screen 6 and 9 have now been updated to playback Auro 11.1 mixed movies.

Giles commented about Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz on Oct 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

anyone know what the dimensions of screen #1 is? The 70mm projector is being used (obviously) for the upcoming run of ‘Interstellar’

Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm

the worst renovation aspect that Landmark enacted was the adding of the lighting on the walls of the auditoriums – they don’t go fully off during the feature and thus ruins any and all scenes in the movies where it is darkly lit or a night scene. (‘Love is Strange’ looked like crap) It’s blatant and really REALLY visually distracting – it’s made me rethink of seeing movies here. I’m curious in knowing since the Arclight and Ipic theater (which opens this week) will factor in if Landmark might book one of the screens here with more eclectic programming (such as ‘week long run’ features, as they do with E Street; “Force Majeure” run here at Bethesda suggests that they are). Landmark seriously needs to bring more movies to the DC area closer to their New York City/L.A release dates, we use to in the 1970-80’s – we’ve slipped somehow.

Secondly the new seats maybe more comfortable and larger, but there’s not a lot of room from your knees to the seat in front of you, letting people get around you is a major pain in the ___.

Giles commented about Movies at Montgomery Mall on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

from the video you provided thebrat it sounds that there are two auditoriums that can showcase 35mm presentations. I also like the fact that the representative states that the lighting is up to spec and in my opinion will supercede the crappy renovations that Landmark did to their downtown Bethesda location, which throws so much light from off the walls during the actual movie thus diminishing the pop and light from the screen itself.

Giles commented about Regal Springfield Town Center Stadium 12 on Oct 27, 2014 at 10:06 pm

AMC Shirlington is the closet theater that only features foreign/indie fare. I doubt that any of these theaters feature start of the art 7.1 sound … do they?

Giles commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

maybe whomever buys Regal can get it’s act together and improve theaters in the chain to state of the art standards. 7.1 surround sound for starters; make every RPX screen feature Dolby Atmos sound.

as for this site – do this mean that no updates or ‘new’ theaters can be added???

Giles commented about Movies at Montgomery Mall on Oct 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

there are TWO Atmos systems – when the manager told me that – I think he noticed my jaw had dropped to the floor.