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Recently all the screens have been converted to digital projection (Barco) and three auditoriums can playback 7.1 surround sound.
interesting/great article – my only question: is the projection going to be 35mm and digital projection?, or just the latter?
well the theater is reverting back a movie theater as a recent Washington Post article noted:
““We hope to be able to start showing movies . . . in late November or December,” Mark Batterson, National Community Church’s lead pastor, wrote in an e-mail. “It’s always been our desire to share it with the community,” he added.
The new theater will not compete with local megaplexes, of course.
“The Miracle will be a sub-run theater that will show a variety of films,” Batterson said. “In addition, for the many families on Capitol Hill, we plan to feature a heavy dose of children’s programming, mixing family films and live performances by children’s entertainers.”
The hall will also be available for community meetings, school productions and other neighborhood events."
ugh – I hate the picture quality of Fathom Events.
the screening of this at the recent LA TCM Film Festival was 4K DCP – and from what I’ve read was pretty stunning looking.
as for the Cinemark screenings, thankfully they book and present the films from higher encoded DCP hard drives.
I agree with Cliff, it’s the last place I want to see a movie at, it’s simply too large. So ‘Brave’ is here … and… the El Capitan down the block, interesting that the booking allowed this.
I thought DTS 70mm prints retained the five front channel configurement? I agree about wanting to seeing the few 70mm animated films on the big screen: ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘The Black Cauldron’. As for the rare screening of ‘Porgy and Bess’ … two screenings on the Labor Day weekend Sunday and Monday in the afternoon … really?… again (I refer back to ‘Patton’ on Memorial Day weekend)… I have to sacrifice one of the weekend days – crap! A Tuesday evening would have been more ideal – hell, any evening screening is more ideal than the 1pm and 4pm screenings that seem to be the norm for this premier festival – what sucky times.
It’s a shame that ‘Cleopatra’ wasn’t available – the new UK bluray of the film is pretty spectacular looking though.
^ that New Jersey theater that is getting the Atmos auditorium for ‘Brave’ is AMC Garden State 16 by the way.
the new end of June to September program guide is up online – and oh what a summer! Another round of Totally Awesome 80’s – AND… drum roll please, the first 70mm film fest with ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’ ‘Spartacus’ ‘2001’ ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ ‘Khartoum’ ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ ‘West Side Story’ ‘Porgy and Bess’ ‘Baraka’ ‘Tron’ ‘Lord Jim’ and ‘South Pacific’
no, I mean when the new Arclight theaters open in 2014, is it replacing these auditoriums or will they exist in tandem of each other.
the link states: “ Two new speakers will be installed to provide a much better auditory experience” I’m curious where? behind the screen? in the surrounds??
saw ‘Madagascar 3’ on the ETX screen the other day, and my mouth was on the floor – the colors were eye-assaulting – for once the projector was properly calibrated and no double imaging – outside of being wowed by the color intensity of the bluray of ‘Speed Racer’ – this movie was not only fun, but it was by far the best in color reproduction and clarity that digital projection can (and should) offer. On the flipside though, the 7.1 soundmix was practically non-existent, not a fault of the ETX soundsystem, but the folk actually created the mix – it was no where as creative or impressive as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ 7.1 mix I had seen the week prior. (or even ‘Prometheus’ at the Egyptian for that matter)
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