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Giles commented about Brenden Theatres Las Vegas 14 & IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort on Nov 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Auditorium #3 has the DTS-X system and I heard it yesterday – for ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2’ – and it was incredibly impressive. The set up is similar to and could be best described as a hybrid of Auro 11.1 and Atmos – height channels above four of the four side speakers (both sides) / and non-mono ceiling speakers (six to be exact – two in the middle and four [front left ceiling, rear left ceiling, middle front, middle middle, front right ceiling, rear right ceiling]) DTS-X also places sound sourcing just outside of the screen with two additional speakers just to the left and right of the screen (as Dolby Atmos does too).

Now it’s just a waiting game to see what other studios, other than Lionsgate, will bite the DTS worm and release more movies mixed as such

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Nov 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

correct xbs2034 – the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy IMAX screen will be IMAX-laser / 3D / 12-channel. (Downtown Washington DC Smithsonian IMAX Lockheed screen is 2D / IMAX 15-70)

what I like about the laser 3D glasses, is that a lot more light goes through to the eye, than say Dolby 3D glasses.

Giles commented about Brenden Theatres Las Vegas 14 & IMAX at the Palms Casino Resort on Oct 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

according to their website one of the auditorium’s features DTS' new DTS-X sound system.

Giles commented about Loews Pentagon City 6 on Oct 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm

I loved this theater,notably the largest screen – the audio system was killer. I think it was 8-channel SDDS sound – right?

Giles commented about AMC Shirlington 7 on Oct 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

AMC website states:

“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”

hmmm …

Giles commented about Vinegar Hill Theatre on Oct 26, 2015 at 11:03 pm

a few movies will be shown here for next month’s Virginia Film Festival – but not reopening as a full on theater (as far as I can tell).

Giles commented about Violet Crown Charlottesville on Oct 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

reopening as a new theater for this Fall’s Virginia Film Festival

“Regal Cinema’s movie theater monopoly in Charlottesville has ended, and the new kid on the block is planning to serve up something sure to have local cinephiles salivating: a Downtown theater that offers upscale food and cocktails along with indie film fare.

William S. Banowsky, Jr., owner of Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, is partnering with Downtown Regal building owner Dorothy Batten to open the next in what Banowsky hopes will be a successful chain of arthouse-cum-bar-and-restaurant theaters across the country (another is in the works in Santa Fe)."

official reopening Friday Oct. 30th

Giles commented about Dos Lagos Stadium 15 on Oct 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

from Barco online news:

“Rancho Cordova, Calif. — 22 October 2015 — Barco, the worldwide market share leader in cinema projection, continues to rapidly grow its industry-leading laser projection footprint with an installation at Starlight Cinemas in Southern California at its Dos Lagos 15 theater. With numerous Barco xenon projectors deployed across its circuit, Starlight Cinemas has enjoyed delivering the finest image quality to its loyal audiences for many years. Now, the exhibitor has made the move to install a Barco Flagship laser projector to offer customers a premium moviegoing experience. Cinema integration partner Moving iMage Technologies (MiT) secured and installed the project, which is targeted to “go live” in late October.

“As the region’s premier theater chain, we are committed to offering our guests the ultimate in cinema entertainment,” comments Gary Wallace, chief of Projection and Sound for Starlight Cinemas. “Barco’s laser projection elevates the caliber of our movie showings and allows us to maintain our competitive edge in the market. We look forward to promoting this quality advantage to our guests.”

Starlight Cinemas selected the Barco DP4K-45L ultra-bright, Flagship Laser projector to illuminate its 68-foot screen in an extra-large auditorium suited to deliver premium movie experiences. The projector was selected for its ability to deliver a radically improved 3D movie experience, which relies on extreme brightness levels to ensure superior image quality visible for every moviegoer.

“Barco’s integrated Flagship Laser projectors offer the brightness needed to show movies in their best light,” comments Bevan Wright, executive vice president of operations at Moving iMage Technologies. “It’s the only way to achieve the brightness levels needed for high-quality 3D movie presentation.”

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:36 pm

^ I would think the Arclight is showing the 6 FL version since the system uses Dolby 3D glasses – and the 3D looked fantastic.

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Oct 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm

^ I saw ‘The Martian’ once at Arclight Bethesda (‘widescreen’ 3D/Dolby Atmos) and AMC Uptown (3D) – in both instances all the conference/meeting room scenes look unnaturally dark and drab – two different DLP systems shared the same darkness levels, it seemed very odd as cinematographer decision. Were those scenes brighter at all in ‘Ultra 3D’? The best use of 3D were the last thirty minutes of the movie.

Giles commented about El Capitan Theatre on Oct 12, 2015 at 12:25 am

I see that ‘The Black Cauldron’ is being shown Oct 15-18! wow – could a bluray materialize in 2016 – anyone planning on seeing this? I’d assume this is a DCP.

Giles commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 10, 2015 at 9:37 pm

^ sorry for stating this, but it’s been on most exhibitor’s minds that ‘Hateful Eight’s 70mm release is the dumbest timing of the year, when most said large (and/or) 70mm screens will be playing ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Giles commented about Kerasotes Showplace 14 on Oct 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I just read about the DC metro area theater planned for the Tyson’s ‘Greensboro’ location (as a non ‘Icon’ complex)– I am surprised how close this will be to AMC’s Tysons' mall theater but with the amenities that this location offers it sounds like a much better theater setting. 7.1 surround sound in all it’s auditoriums is a plus, and with Arclight Bethesda proving that Dolby Atmos can be installed in smaller auditoriums there might be an incentive for Kersotes to pony up and prove it’s worth in delivering “ALL Cutting-Edge Digital Projection & Digital Sound”.

question: what projector’s are used here? are they 2K or 4K?

Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Oct 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Spoke with a manager here this afternoon and he revealed that the ETX screen will be changing over to ‘Prime’ theater: recling seats (thus reducing the auditorium capacity) and ‘Dolby Cinema’ laser projector system. He stated ideally they’d want it up for ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2’, but that it would definitely be up for the December release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Giles commented about Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 on Sep 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

which screen / auditorium is the DTS-X system on? the MuviXL one??

Giles commented about Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

I’m forgetting are there ceiling speakers on the BTX auditorium? Maybe Bow Tie could relook at putting an object based processor/system here: DTS-X or even AuroMax

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Sep 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

yes, 12 is the XD screen. Actually none of the new ‘Everest’ movie was filmed in IMAX (Arri Alexa XT digital cameras to be exact).

Those old National Amusement seats scared the dickens out of me – the way they creaked, went back so far, I’ve never feared so much for my safety – I didn’t want to be ‘that guy’ who broke a chair at a movie theater.

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Sep 22, 2015 at 12:39 am

I have to give credit to the sound system in auditorium #2 – I saw ‘Jurassic World’ three times in the theater; once in 3D / IMAX-laser – the best in terms of color, black levels and 3D depth, standard 2D / 5.1 sound at Regal Bethesda [the worst presentation] 2D / 7.1 here at the Angelika – and in terms of sound it was actually the best – the 7.1 mix was better than the IMAX-laser presentation by placing a lot of audio cues to the left/right rear center channels to dramatic, scary effect – in one instance a character’s demise is heard directly behind us the viewer to unnerving finesse . Because of the odd aspect ratio of the movie, (2.00:1) the vertical masking (to eliminate the minor black borders above and below the image) was nearly spot on and took up most of the tall screen. My fingers are crossed that maybe auditorium 2 might get upgraded to Atmos, or DTS' new ‘X’ object based sound system, since it seems like a waste of potential with the ceiling speakers already in place… time will tell.

Giles commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Sep 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm

so I had my first Auro ‘experience’ here this afternoon and I was quite impressed with the wind sound effects from “Everest”; audio cues between the standard side channels with the height side channels produced some great effects. Height ceiling sound sourcing still didn’t impress me, since it’s a mono source spread out to six ceiling inset speakers. Bass reproduction here, though has been consistently impressive, my brief talk with one of the managers revealed that some of the more bombastic bass heavy movies, have blown out/damaged the bass speakers (and subsequently replaced or fixed). Interestingly on another technical note, since I never knew the full explanation of this, but auditorium 12’s sound system while it can present Auro 11.1 soundtracks, retains the rear speakers, so that non-encoded Auro DCP’s that include 7.1 mixes will be replicated as such.

I am not really a fan of the seats, the way they lean so far back, it’s almost as if you might break them with one’s own weight and send you sailing backwards – like the former old ultra-squeaky seats that were at the old Merrifield and Reston theaters.

Giles commented about Fairfax Corner 14 + Extreme on Sep 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

so I don’t know where I had read that screen 9 was upgraded to playback Auro 11.1 sound, well, that’s not the case. Went today to see ‘Everest’ / screen #9 and were there side surround height channels? – no… ceiling speakers? … no. In fact only auditorium 6 has the Auro system. There were/are plans to upgrade the system as such, but apparently its still forthcoming. (went over to the Egyptian instead – since ‘Black Mass’ was on screen 6 instead – why not just flip flop the two [shrugs]).

Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

personally I think it was foolish to release a 70mm movie against a Star Wars movie… but, meh. that’s just an opinion on my part.

Giles commented about Georgetown Theatre on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

added picture of the restored outdoor theater sign.

Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Aug 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

when are you going to do the 1980’s list Coates – I’m very curious to resee what played there since those were the years I most went to the Uptown (a lot).

Well now I’m curious to find my bluray copy of ‘Circus World’ it’s somewhere here in the mess er, video collection (organizational skills aren’t my strong suits)

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Does this theater have a screen that is outfitted to playback in Dolby Atmos – which one?

Giles commented about Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 on Aug 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

from DTS' facebook page:

‘We’re excited for the U.S. cinema debut of DTS:X, our next-generation immersive audio technology, with today’s opening of “American Ultra” at the Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 in California.’