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Giles commented about Pike Theater on Dec 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

there was a movie theater here? I honestly don’t remember seeing anything here, but did see movies now and then up the Pike at the Congressional 5.

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Dec 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

as of the 6th of December – all the auditoriums have reserved seating.

both ‘Frozen’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ exhibited no ghosting, double imaging. I think the projectionist has perfected the merging of the two projectors finally.

‘Frozen’s Dolby Atmos absolutely shined – third best Atmos mix of the year, after 'Oblivion’ and ‘Gravity’

Giles commented about Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

did a double feature this morning saw ‘Titans of the Ice Age’ and ‘Jerusalem 3D’ – the latter was just spectacular. Oh and for the record, the screen is 66 feet tall / 90 feet wide

Giles commented about Regal Bethesda 10 on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

screen 10 has been upgrade to playback ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ in ‘High Frame Rate’ as of Dec. 13, 2013

Giles commented about Majestic 20 on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

as part of Regal’s nationwide upgrading it’s projector’s to High Frame Rate films (i.e, specifically ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) auditorium 15 can playback features as such.

Giles commented about Kingstowne Cinemas 16 on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

I agree thebrat – the aural experience of ‘Gravity’ was just literally out of this world [yeah, kind of the corny there – huh?] Actually I think the three Atmos systems was a Regal website misinformation – the manager I talked with last time I was there said the RPX screen is the only Atmos equipped screen.

Giles commented about Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

[sigh] no Atmos or ‘high frame rate’ on the BTX screen for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

saw the 1953 ‘3D’ movie “Inferno” tonight on the new 3D system in auditorium #1 – and it looked fantastic. The Dolby 3D system’s glasses fit perfectly over my own glasses, unlike the REAL-D glasses that don’t. The 3D was very impressive and there was enough light to convey the dimensionality – whoever created the DCP made it look like the movie was shot last week. On the downside the audio was very strident and even sitting close to the screen, some of it bordered on intelligable, for a THX screen – the audio is all over the place; movie to movie.

Giles commented about Senator Theatre on Oct 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

reopened on October 10 with a 35mm screening of ‘Hairspray’ with director John Waters in attendance.

Giles commented about Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater on Oct 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I know the audio announcement before the feature mentions the dimensions of the screen – but I’m having a senior moment – what is it? 90ft by ___? Of the three Smithsonian IMAX screens this is my favorite. The screen seems the largest, the seats are more comfortable, the interior decor more chic (at least in my opinion). Unfortunately due to the government shutdown this Friday’s opening of ‘Titans of the Ice Age 3D’ has been postponed.

Giles commented about Kingstowne Cinemas 16 on Sep 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

three? really? wow! I saw ‘Pacific Rim’ on the RPX screen (2D) in Atmos and it sounded pretty good – the volume isn’t as LOUD or annoying as it is over at Tysons.

Giles commented about Cerberus 1-2-3 on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

can anyone confirm for me that a) ‘Starchasers: The Legend of Orin’ and b) it was presented in anaglyph 3D played here – I vaguely remember it as such.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

what a surprise yesterday afternoon to see ‘The Last Unicorn’ not only in DCP (on screen 2) but to get to meet author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle in person. The presentation while advertised as a 35mm print turned out to be an actual DCP – the Park Circus logo was the immediate indication the literal second it displayed on screen. The colors looked fantastic, slight cel imperfections were retained and not scrubbed, DNR’d to death in typical Disney Home Video fashion (i.e, the current ‘The Sword and the Stone’ bluray is a primer on how the DNR transfer can destroy the original film look and create a flawed ‘video’ presentation). The 5.1 mix was equally impressive, notably in it’s wide dynamic range. It also came in great play when ever Schmendrick used his magical power, sound would swirl into the surrounds.

Giles commented about Walmart expansion cancellation leaves shuttered theatre behind on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

one more reason why Walmart is a corporate bastard.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

well in terms of the mixes of Hyde Park this is what’s review says about the mix:

“Hyde Park on Hudson features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that is fairly modest in its sonic ambitions and therefore doesn’t offer much “wow” factor in terms of tremendous immersion or surround activity. Dialogue is almost uniformly anchored in the front channels, leaving the surrounds to capture some well done ambient environmental effects and the charming minimalist score. There are occasional moments of sonic activity, notably when Roosevelt marauds through the countryside in his specially equipped roadster, and, late in the film, when the King and Queen attend a picnic that has Native American performers as well as a gaggle of guests. Those moments are really nicely alive and utilize the surrounds quite smartly. Fidelity is excellent though dynamic range is relatively limited.”

and ‘Anna Karenina’

“Anna Karenina’s stirring DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track throws open the theater doors and embraces every nuance of the film’s sound design, from its windswept fields to its spacious ballrooms, crowded train stations, hushed drawing rooms and beyond. Rear speaker activity is all at once subtle and engaging, using directional magic and cross-channel seamlessness to great effect. The resulting soundfield is satisfying and expansive, drawing the listener onto Wright’s very literal stage and giving them the freedom to stroll from scene to scene. LFE output, meanwhile, grants gravitas and presence as needed, lending its weight to chugging trains, thundering horses and other low-end elements. All the while, dialogue is clear, intelligible and perfectly prioritized, dynamics are rewarding and Dario Marianelli’s Oscar-nominated score surges and relents with poise and power. All told, Anna Karenina sounds as magnificent as it looks, and arguably even better.”


it’d be strange that the 35mm prints of these films would be inferior and have less sound elements. I noticed that the 35mm prints of ‘Les Miserables’ had really subdued surround sound, but the 7.1 mixed DCP was dramatically different and better.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

I know that in the heyday of 35mm Dolby Digital sound, you could tell when the surrounds weren’t turned on, if the trailer wasn’t in surround you could bet the feature wouldn’t be either. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’d go out to an employee during the trailers and say – the surrounds aren’t on – ugh, how frustrating. Secondly, you could also tell when you were listening not to the digital track when the reel change would occur, if there was an audible tick, it was the analogue track. Digital LPCM audio is less faulty. Although over at the Angelika I’ve noticed twice two flaws, one where one trailer was encoded with so high, I had to cover my ears. Last week during the trailers before ‘Blue Jasmine’ the audio was distorted and sounded like the front left channel was frizzing out, thankfully someone got up and told someone and the audio got fixed.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

so wait, I’m confused – are not the other two auditoriums STILL not upgraded? Was that why ‘Samsara’ was not on auditorium #1’s screen?

@ sguttag: is the audio upgraded to playback 7.1 audio on all three screens?

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

Did anyone catch the debut of the new DLP system with ‘Samsara’ this weekend? I wasn’t able to make it to the Saturday or today’s screening. Thursday’s screening was off of a bluray since the completion wasn’t in time for that presentation. How’d it look? How’d it sound ??

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Aug 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

There seems to be a constant problem with the ETX screen (alignment of the two projectors). Actually I thought the Atmos mix of ‘Man of Steel’ was pretty dynamic and intense – notably when Zod’s helmet malfunctions, the whole auditorium was a buzz with sound emitting from every nook and cranny of the soundfield – it was the ‘wow’ moment of the Atmos mix. I personally find that the volume level seem to mask any attempt to convey and pinpoint over the head sound effects from the ceiling speakers.

Saw ‘The Wolverine’ on the ETX screen – no problems thankfully, in fact, the very prevailent out of focus flaws I’ve had encountered at past screenings weren’t present. The Atmos mix was hit and miss, good effective use of the surrounds, but the front screen sound seemed subdued and not that well utilized. ‘Iron Man 3’ in Atmos seemed pretty pedestrian, ‘Wolverine’s was slightly better but not by that much.

has anyone heard of the actual dimensions of the ETX screen? No one at the managers desk seems to want to divulge this info or even know what is it – the generic ‘it’s three stories high’ answer seems like a cop out answer. Other screens advertise their specility screen dimensions here though it just makes AMC seem elitist.

Giles commented about Phoenix Theatres Union Station 9 on Aug 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

I was there about a month ago having a meal in the downstairs food court and all I saw was the original entrance still boarded up.

As I recall about the theater this was the only in-town AMC theater to feature 8-channel SDDS sound on the Ave. Grand screen. I saw ‘Lost in Space’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ (reissue/SDDS-8) and they sounded amazing!

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

^ oh now wait Jodar, let’s not be dissing the validity and worthiness of Lifeforce to not have a new 70mm print w/ DTS sound – ;)

I’m not fully understanding why you’re bemoaning the lack of surround sound on 70mm prints – if and when there wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Comparing them to newer soundmixing doesn’t seem very fair. Which begs the question: what were the pre-1977 movies that had aggressive surround sound? My first theatrical experiences in the retrospect were ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘Star Wars’. And gathering from the quad mix on the bluray: ‘Tommy’ (1975)

the echo chamber sound flaw shouldn’t be there, since all auditoriums are supposedly THX approved.

Giles commented about New life for Old Town Theater on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

and apparently they can show ‘film’ (or projected video) since they are hosting the GI Film Festival on the 31st of July.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

as far as I am concerned, Fox is one of the prime studios that SHOULD be encoding it’s DCP’s with the original 5 screen channel mixes.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

^ damn it

I really REALLY don’t understand why the five screen channel configurement isn’t being archived/encoded as such on the DCP’s when some theaters like the AFI Silver could replicate the original 70mm mix – since five speakers are already there in the first place. Secondly, the left center, right center channels are there for the taking on DCP … [well? – this isn’t rocket science folks, considering 7.1 is achievable as well as object based sound placement in Dolby Atmos – adding two additional channels to the immediate left and right of the center channel shouldn’t be THAT difficult – ???].

The only recent soundmixers that best implement panned/directional dialogue to excellent effect is the sound folk over at Pixar – listen to say ‘Toy Story 2’ on bluray and character voices are placed in the phantom space between the left-center, right-center speakers

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

that’s odd regarding ‘Lifeforce’ – with the lack of surround sound, since I distinctly remember it, when I saw it last year. There seems to be some differing information if the film in 70mm was five front + mono surrounds or three front/split stereo surround (or three front, mono surround + two bass channels: ‘baby boom’). The DVD and bluray have the surrounds in stereo.

In terms of 70mm 6-track sound, most of the pre-1979 films, was five front speaker/mono surrounds, hence why a lot of 70mm films sound front heavy and light on the surrounds.

I don’t know if you’re joking Jodar, but the upcoming presentation of ‘The Sound of Music’ is DCP, not 35mm (or 70mm for that matter). curious to know how this sounds since it’s 5 front/mono surrounds (70mm), but the DVD is 5.0 (three front/stereo surround) AND the bluray is 7.1 (three front/four channel surround + bass).