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No, the screen is at its largest dimensions in 1.9:1.
Yes, the movie does utilize the full screen when the games begin. However, the Chinese IMAX does not use masking for any ‘Scope IMAX feature (this is standard IMAX policy). The masking is only used for special presentations like the AFI Fest galas.
So ArcLight just put tickets onsale for GRAVITY at every location but Hollywood. However, on their Facebook page, they wrote “*Hollywood tickets for "Gravity” will be on sale soon. Make sure to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to be the first to know!"
So I guess we’re still in the dark on whether there will be co-bookings when the Chinese gets the IMAX version.
The question is: will they use the masking for regular IMAX presentations (becoming the only IMAX theater in the world to do this, to my knowledge), or just for special presentations like premieres? The “no masking” craze on all premium-branded screens, not just IMAX, makes me think they like to keep the screen maximally opened up just to prove it’s there and is huge.
Yep, 1.9 is the standard for digital IMAX. I saw The Dark Knight Rises in 1.9 projected on a 1.44 screen—similar to the scenario RobertAlex describes above.
As a $15/year member, you get a $5 gift card, a free ticket the month of your birthday, and two free tickets to ArcLight Presents shows in addition to the other stuff. That’s totally worth it to me.
Not always. It just became the name of the series. Although the biggest house at the Gaslamp, which they’re sometimes shown on, is that big (if not bigger).
Don’t all digital IMAX screens play every domestic digital IMAX release? My understanding was only the 1570 sites don’t play certain IMAX releases, when the windows are too short to justify making 1570 prints. The only time I can see the Chinese bucking that trend is if Disney refuses due to the El Capitan.
The LA Times article said the now standard dual Christie digital IMAX projector would be installed when it re-opens, then the theater would be the first to get laser next year.
I wonder: When a Disney title is offered in IMAX, will it play both the El Cap and the Chinese now, or just one or the other?
I actually think the IMAX brand is one of the only things that will draw current audiences to the Chinese, even though it’s vastly inferior to the theater as it is now.
I think they’re arguing it’s “LieMax” because it will be digital projection and a 1.90:1 screen rather than 1.44:1, not because of the size.
I cannot believe this is happening but… It’s re-opening again! Miracles do happen.
I, too, found the light level impressive, especially compared to the standard today, although I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s mind on 3-D. If I were set on seeing a movie in 3-D, I would definitely go to (and pay extra for) a laser theater. But laser wouldn’t make me want to see something in 3-D that I was planning on otherwise seeing in 2-D.
“East of Eden” and “Splendor in the Grass” are 35mm, the rest digital.
I’m going to check it out on the second weekend. Will report back if no one else has by that time.
Yeah, if it was Real D it could not possibly be 90 feet. The format doesn’t allow for a screen that big at the moment.
Isn’t the maximum screen size for the Real D XL about 75'?
I believe they’re RealD and that’s why the screen size is now smaller than it was in past times.
No, AMC is actually upgrading to turn into a luxury theater—basically a Dine-In without the dining part—which I think will allow them to double-book with ArcLight. The question is why Landmark is getting a first-run blockbuster product in this case and not AMC, which has historically always gotten it.
There’s a somewhat interesting booking phenomenon going on in La Jolla right now… Since the opening of the new ArcLight, both AMC and Landmark have been robbed for content. ArcLight is getting pretty much everything, as one might have guessed. But on December 14, Landmark, which has not played a big blockbuster in well over a decade, will be getting “The Hobbit” alongside the ArcLight. This is somewhat bizarre because, pre-ArcLight, AMC definitely would have been the one to get that film.
For those with knowledge of how booking works: Is it possible that WB was not satisfied with the amount of seats ArcLight could provide for “The Hobbit” (their auditoriums are rather small, only 3 exceed 200 seats), but ArcLight didn’t want AMC to get the film as they are a more direct competitor, so WB agreed to run the simultaneous engagement at the Landmark? This is the weirdest booking I have ever seen a local Landmark get.
The AMC website lists ticket prices as much cheaper than the LA Times article above — $10 matinee, $12.50 evening.
Name has officially been changed to “UA Horton Plaza 8” on Fandango. So they must have kept the first new auditorium down the left hall.
AMC has now announced that the site will be converted to recliner seating in the Spring, but not a full Fork & Screen. One wonders if this will allow the theater to be classified as a “luxury theater,” thereby allowing AMC to book the same films that the new ArcLight La Jolla does. (ArcLight is, as expected, getting all the profitable stuff, leaving AMC the leftovers.)
When I asked AMC via Twitter if the addition of recliners would entail installing stadium risers, they responded that there would be “some.” There will have to be some level of remodel, I’m sure, because as it is, the recliners wouldn’t even fit through the doors of 8 of the auditoriums.
Reopened now as a luxury cinema: http://portnewport.com/calendar/
They are now only running 8 (not 7) auditoriums (this has been the case for the past week and is the case for the next week). I would have thought the “new” addition was shut down, if not for the extra auditorium.