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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Jun 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm

I have to say and conclude with my impression of seeing ‘Finding Dory’ here on the Dolby Cinema screen – I’m kind of through of seeing movies here. That red light for starters, yeah ‘that’ … [insert annoyed face] I won’t go there.

Having seen the movie prior (the week before) at Arclight’s Bethesda’s ‘widescreen’ screen – the Atmos sound here at Tysons was quite frankly appalling, and well, terrible. All those flaws I heard during ‘Captain America: Civil War’ were apparent here as well, and quite frankly it was simply no where as immersive as what I heard at Bethesda – very little overhead & rear surround audio cues. I don’t know why these flaws are apparent, but Dolby mucked it up, and needs to recalibrate it or something – very very disappointing.

on the plus side, the laser projection and Dolby’s color grading of ‘Finding Dory’ was eye-candy and shows off why and when Dolby does it right, the results are spectacular —– but with the sound flaws it’s a valiant attempt but sort of falls on it’s face.

side note, it’s amazing when a family of five, the parents can drop $100 for a night out to the movies, guess in this day and age, and Northern Virginia family income, no one bats an eye to how much tix prices have gone up – good for AMC in the long run.

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Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

hey there FAShaffi – are you a member over at bluray.com ? I know I answered a similar question just recently – and I’ll answer it like it did there. For scope films on the widescreen screen – it’s vertically masking where the screen actually lowers to 2.39 from the top downwards, thus eliminating the black bars that fixed ‘flat’ 1.79 screens present when presenting ‘scope’ movies.

Hope that answers your question. It’s a great screen and features a properly calibrated Atmos sound system, which in my opinion trounces the sound over on Tyson’s Dolby Cinema setup. (Unfortunately this morning’s presentation of ‘Finding Dory’ really showed off to lackluster effect how 3D glasses and non-laser projection can diminish color) Dolby Cinema and IMAX-laser (at Udvar Hazy and at the Lockheed Martin screens) show off how laser boosts brightness and colors to beautiful eye-popping superior effect. Wish Arclight would invest the time and money to switch over to a Christie 4K laser system for this screen.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Georgetown 14 on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Auditorium 8 is currently in the process of being converted to a Dolby Cinema screen with plans on opening at the end of August.

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Giles commented about Cinemark Towson and XD on May 30, 2016 at 1:50 pm

at one point Cinemark made the announcement back in 2014 that Barco Laser3D systems were to be installed on it’s XD (and I’d assume Xtreme [Fairfax 14]) screens – is this the case?

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

thanks Coate posting the 1991 70mm fest – I remember seeing ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘Alien’ – the latter in particular since my first time I saw the movie was on a small 13 inch TV (in no way to see or experience it) – the 70mm version was far and out the best way to see and hear it – the airduct scene I was digging my fingers into the arm rests.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on May 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm

^ Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch?

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Giles commented about Uptown Theater on May 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm

^ sad

I think the theater you are thinking of JodarMovieFan is Portland’s Hollywood Theater

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on May 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

regarding tix pricing here’s what the Smithsonian recently stated:

“… if you bring in a ticket stub from a past #SciFiSundays film you can get your next film for just $10.”

as to ‘Star Trek II’ I’m assuming they are showing the theatrical DCP of this – unless Paramount created new DCP’s from the recent HDR’d 4K remastering

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on May 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

SciFi Sundays screenings: May 1: Spaceballs May 8: The Fifth Element May 15: Men in Black May 22: Spaceballs (repeat, due to popular / sell out screening at the beginning of the month) May 29: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice June 5: Star Trek (2009) June 12: Star Trek: Into Darkness June 18: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan June 25: Inception

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Giles commented about West End Cinema on May 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

auditorium three finally reopened – oh the leather seats put Bethesda’s to shame – very very comfortable (haven’t been over to Atlantic Plumbing to compare) – it’s very intimate I don’t think it can sit more than twenty five people.

both auditoriums have the new seats and a quick look into auditorium two, the spacing also looks resolved.

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Giles commented about Charlestowne 18 on May 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

recent news stated one of the auditoriums will be upgraded to DTS' new “immersive audio” DTS-X systems.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on May 19, 2016 at 10:55 am

I personally don’t think that light red haze on the screen is ever going to go away (due to safety regulations). but on the positive side the presentation of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ on the Dolby Cinema screen was stellar. On the flip side the Atmos mix wasn’t really that much to write home about, not the fault of the system, but more on the overall sound design/mixing – ceiling sourced sound cues are kept to a minimum.

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Giles commented about Miracle Theatre on May 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

in it’s new incarnation – it’s called The Miracle Theater is serves as a multi-use facility equipped to host “gala events, live theatrical productions, private film screenings, concerts, meetings and weddings”

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Giles commented about Miracle Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

the theater has reopened as of last week (April 22nd). Seating which includes a balcony sits 370 people and features 2K digital projector and 5.1 sound.

from the theater’s Facebook page:

“We are officially OPEN! Celebrate with us for our GRAND OPENING WEEKEND! We’ll be adding more to the movie lineup- stay tuned!

Thursday, May 5 Many Beautiful Things Film Screening & After Party 7pm

Friday, May 6 Princess Bride || 10pm

Saturday, May 7 Open House || 1 pm || FREE (During Taste of 8th 2016) Kids music by Rainbow Rock Band from 1-2pm || FREE

Sunday, May 8 Princess Bride || 4pm

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Apr 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

finally checked out the new laser upgrade today and I have some mixed feelings about it, more so about what and how IMAX remastered ‘To Fly!’.

The beginning which is a small section of the screen, looks hideous, it looks like blown up VHS quality (it never looked like this in it’s 15/70 print) – but when it expands to full screen, the difference is immediate and stunning. A couple of instances there is judder as the camera pans across tree shots. Very minor speckles appear, but in no way hinder the picture. It’s just odd that the remastering process didn’t digitally erase them. The scene with the skydiver, the skydiver is double imaged – that had me equally bewildered. It’s the type of anomaly you’d see in a 3D presentation when ghosting occurs, here it defies description as to why it’s present, at all (I never noticed it in 15/70 form).

The huge difference is the sound, it sounds glorious and even though the overhead sound cues are subtle and more atuned to in keeping and retaining it’s original 6-track sound configurement – the panning and placement of the music to the new side wall channels is astounding. It gave more appreciation and fondness to Bernardo Segall’s music score.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

the plus for IMAX here at Tysons is that IMAX is 3D, Dolby Cinema is not – which for the price seems like a rip off. Oddly ‘The Jungle Book’ is the first Dolby Cinema release in actual 3D, yet it’s not presented here as such. Until they fix that ‘light bouncing back onto the screen’ flaw, I’m not really all that gun-ho on going back here.

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Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Apr 14, 2016 at 8:14 am

interestingly I was here yesterday to see the French movie: ‘Marguerite’ the soundmix comprised of classical / Opera music was just beautiful in 5.1 – but in auditorium #1 the seats actually fold up and down, thus getting around the seats A LOT much more easier. Screen 5 though the image seems dark to me, ‘Xanadu’ (as well as last year’s showing of ‘Mary Poppins’) the luminance is lacking.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Apr 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I saw ‘Batman V Superman’ here on the AMC Prime / Dolby Cinema screen this morning and I have mixed feelings about the conversion.

The flaws:

One) The light from the floors immediate to the screen, it casts a red light onto it, and for the many dark scenes in this movie it is VERY noticeable, there’s no way to remove them, but there should be a way to reduce the brightness during the movie. From an IndieWire.com article: “The interior design is purposeful, and meant to virtually eliminate any light or color interference. The designers have even utilized new low ambient LED lighting for the aisles and stairs, which still comply with safety, but greatly reduce the amount of light that could interfere with the projection experience.”

this isn’t the case here.

Two) I guess I forgot about the rumbling seats, but in this case, it was downright annoying (to me) – other’s may get a kick out of it, I just want to enjoy the movie without the physical interruptions.

On the plus side, I like the seats, they don’t go far back as the IPic “Bethesda” seats. Since now there are walls in between the rows, it’s nice not to see the patrons in front of you (or even behind you).

Sound seems the same to me, as it should, there was nothing wrong with it in the first place (outside of some of the action movies being a tad too loud sometimes). There are new surround speakers on the walls with red lights behind them, they look like the mini versions of what you’d see at a music venue/club. Lights also illuminate the ceiling speakers.

Screen is also larger and slightly curved.

Unfortunately due to limited space and zoning, Dolby couldn’t install their curved ‘video wall’ entrance

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Giles commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Mar 31, 2016 at 4:43 pm

does 4DX incorporate Dolby Atmos sound?

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Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Mar 31, 2016 at 12:42 pm

I never noticed this but with the laser changeover – trailers are presented before the feature … and the theater does have concessions: sodas, popcorn; two things the description of this theater states otherwise.

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Giles commented about West End Cinema on Mar 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

re(re)opening tomorrow April 1st – showtimes are up on the theater’s website.

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Giles commented about Arclight Bethesda on Mar 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

while this is my favourite newer theater in the DC metro area – I do have to say they are the worst when it comes to the number of 3D movies shown as such during the day.

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

it’s on the top banner of AMC Tyson’s webpage

https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/washington-d-c/amc-tysons-corner-16

“Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime – Opening Soon”

I actually stopped by the theater last week and noted that auditorium 11 is boarded up, obviously for the construction going on behind it.

the manager on hand though was the least helpful that I’ve talked to in the past – he really was clueless and monosyllabic.

in terms of the seating I assume they will look something like this:

http://cdn.highdefdigest.com/uploads/2015/10/08/660/Dolby_Cinema_at_AMC_Prime_Interior_.JPG

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Giles commented about Ahrya Fine Arts Cinema on Mar 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm

question – so what are the technical aspects of this theater – can it show 35mm? what projector’s are being used (brand, 4K? or standard 2K?)

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Giles commented about AMC Tysons Corner 16 on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:45 am

I’m surprised ‘The Jungle Book’ advance tix aren’t up for the Dolby Cinema screen, but ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is; for it’s May 5th 7:30pm and 11pm screenings.

While I’m sure the seat number was reduced, looking at the seating chart for ‘Civil War’ what was done doesn’t look as severe.

Prime time ticket price is $20.19