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thanks for the response Zubi – I think (and gather) Warner is shooting itself in the foot by not encoding the five front speaker sound configurement on harddrive DCP form – the layout is there and possible, but so far no studio has encoded it as such for digital projection – and specifically preserving 70mm soundmixes for future generations.
so I’m confused, Arclight just announced that is opening it’s debut East Coast theater here at Montgomery Mall in 2014 – is this theater closing? are they building a larger adjunct theater? It’s all speculation at this point, since the news was made last week, but this exciting news since these auditoriums are on the antiquated side.
wait, so this is opening in 2014 AS WELL AS the just announced Arclight cinemas at Montgomery Mall – Bethesda is certainly upping the game in terms of construction of new movie theaters
and apparently it’s changing over from 35mm to digital projection next week – what an odd looking theater.
I’m looking forward in knowing what theaters have upgraded to the new Dolby Atmos system. As for HFR (high frame rate) movies, Regal is upgrading all it’s 3D projectors to be able to playback movies as such. Cinemark’s XD screens will also see the upgrade.
ah, gotcha! the area near Walter Johnson High School and the Hamburger Hamlet. Supposedly there is another sight that is getting a makeover according to Bethesda magazine:
“Though completion of the White Flint corridor may take up to three decades to unfold, the future is now for a few leading developers as they proceed with projects that will significantly change the area in the next few years.
The JBG Companies, developer of the nearly 400-unit North Bethesda Market apartment tower on the west side of Rockville Pike, expects to break ground this summer for North Bethesda Market II directly to the north of the first building.
The nearly 350-unit NoBe II, as it’s called, will become the county’s tallest structure when completed in 2015: At 300 feet and 24 stories, it will slightly surpass the 24-story, 289-foot NoBe I, which includes a Whole Foods Market on the ground floor. Dan Malouff, an Arlington County, Va., transportation planner and local blogger, predicts the architectural design of NoBe II will make it “an undeniable landmark.” Also planned for the site is a 14-story office building to which JBG hopes to attract a movie theater.
Farther up Rockville Pike, Federal Realty plans a 45,000-square-foot movie theater as part of an office building at what is now Mid-Pike Plaza."
is this supposed to go across the street from White Flint or the plaza where the the Kid R'Us is, further north up on Rockville Pike? There’s mention that two new cineplexes are planned for North Bethesda/Rockville.
light output and the 3D of ‘The Avengers’ on the XD screen was great, strangely though the audio didn’t have a lot of oomph in the bass department.
last Thursday’s matinee of ‘Yellow Submarine’ looked amazing – the multitude of colors really gave the DLP projector a work out and the new 5.1 soundmix was a delight.
and … and ?? how did ‘Ben Hur’ look on the Dome screen?
as a matter of archival purposes, I think it would behove studios to encode the film as it originally mixed with the LE and RE channels on the DCP harddrive edition. DCI (digital cinema initiative) specs have the extra channels in place already, but no one has implemented them yet… With theaters adding more and more speakers/channels into the fray (Barco 11.1 Auro, Dolby Atmos, 7.1, etc), the non-use of the LE and RE seems like a glaring omission and needs to be rectified.
so I gather since DCP does not encode the left center and right center channels of sound (typical in the standard pre-1977 70mm configurement), Ben Hur’s DCP soundmix mirrors what’s on the bluray – three front channel + stereo surround
wow, what great programming, I see that a week long run of ‘Raiders of Lost Ark’ of the new 2K Digital Cinema re-master is happening the first week of July!
oh, so they did what Rialto did with the recent rerelease of ‘Lola Montes’ and place the wider aspect ratio image inside a scope 2.35 framing. Isn’t the movie on a DCP hard drive? Is it 2K or 4K?
looks like a number of ‘classics’ are being shown in the coming months:
The Exorcist – 06/6Citizen Kane – 06/13Cool Hand Luke – 06/20The Searchers – 06/27That’s Entertainment – 07/04North By Northwest – 07/18Cabaret – 07/25
@ Danny: Does the Solaria Christie Duo™ technology projectors correct the bowing of the image on the edges of the curved screen?
sadly ‘Into the Arctic’ is not one of the better IMAX documentary films – the 3D photography is hit and miss as is the movie itself. $9, the price I saw it at, was four dollars too much if you ask me – twenty bucks… highway robbery
According to an advert I came across online for ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ the theater was outfitted to feature 70mm presentations.
did anyone see ‘Ghostbusters’?? I really want to know if the 70mm print looked any better than the craptastic bluray edition.
I see that the Ziegfeld is showing ‘Tommy’ ‘The Song Remains the Same’ ‘The Last Waltz’ ‘U23D’ ‘Shine a Light’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ – are these 35mm prints or DCP’s?
On Saturday May the 5th – the recent 4K restoration/transfer of ‘Yellow Submarine’ is being shown as well as ‘The Beatles: Last Concert’ on Sunday.
I don’t when they did the change over but all the screens are digital projection now. They still have the audio placards (DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS) but since digital projection audio is LPCM it’s odd they retained them. I asked if any screen featured 7.1 but management said no, which is odd, since Dolby EX can easily been converted to playback 7.1
an Angelika theater in Virginia!!! oh now that’s exciting news. Thumbs up!
wouldn’t the 70mm have the superior soundtrack five across sound (+ mono surrounds), does the ‘digital’ version retain this? (I doubt it)
word was that the 4K DCP (i.e, digital projection) of ‘Singin’ in the Rain' looked and sound amazing at last weekend’s TCM Fest. They also presented the restored ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ in digital (drat! I’d kill to see that on the big screen)
was here today for a screening of ‘Titanic’ (IMAX-Digital 3D) and I have to say the volume level is overpowering and not in a good way. The screen is on the small side, so someone must have thought to ‘up’ the IMAX experience it was necessary to amp the sound – well… it doesn’t help. The auditorium here is too small for the volume to be THIS loud – it’s borderline unacceptable.
this is the complex' largest auditorium?? I remember a larger one downstairs when I saw Spielberg’s “A.I.” (it must have been the single auditorium that was split to become #1 and #2)
Really!! oh now that’s exciting news.