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Giles commented about Academy Theatre on Apr 30, 2016 at 6:25 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 22, 2016 at 2:39 am

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 3:12 pm

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 2:14 pm

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 9:24 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 10:43 pm

does 4DX incorporate Dolby Atmos sound?

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Giles commented about Airbus IMAX Theater on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:42 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 6:37 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 5:59 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 5:52 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 19, 2016 at 3:35 am

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 3:45 pm

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

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Giles commented about West End Cinema on Mar 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

looks like Landmark is closing the theater until April – “We’re renovating to enhance your experience! With New Screens, Supple Leather seats, & more!”

I was over here for the Oscar Doc Shorts showcase on screen 1, and personally it didn’t look like they did anything to the screen or the seats

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Giles commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 16, 2016 at 1:56 pm

it helps tremendously BobbyS, that 70mm can also sound great with the five channels of sound behind the screen – something that DCP applications has yet to achieve, Dolby Atmos can do it, but no one has hard encoded five front sound since the release of 8-channel SDDS movies.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:47 am

waterguy56 – I’ll be very curious what your thoughts are on IMAX’s new 12-channel sound system (if and when the system debuts with the conversion to laser), while it’s not as great as Dolby Atmos, it’s a definite improvement in terms of competing with Atmos and standard 7.1 surround sound.

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Giles commented about Old Greenbelt Theatre on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:35 am

apparently my comments made on April 25th of last year – was sort of pointless – thankfully OGTDan’s comments on February 6th of this year here on Cinema Treasures and on Facebook corrected and described ‘Phase 2’ – I’m curious what the “upgrading … of the screen” actually means – larger?

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm

it also takes a few days if not a week or so to add the ceiling speakers in the IMAX-laser speaker configurement

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Mar 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

annoyingly ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wont be playing here [damn it]

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Giles commented about Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market on Mar 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm

technically it’s three screens / auditoriums, not one.

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Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

^ 5 perf and 15 perf 70mm systems have nothing in common – the latter takes a huge amount of room, something I highly doubt the projection room at the Ziegfeld could accommodate.

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Giles commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Feb 24, 2016 at 4:50 am

I’m not sure why the AMC Prime experience would be better than the IMAX version, considering for BvS around three scenes were shot in 4:3 IMAX full screen

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm

the Chinese is a legit IMAX system and install, the Seattle Cinerama which yes a custom installation: features a Christie 6P laser projector and Dolby Atmos. I got an email today stating the theater is up and running as of today. After the brief run of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Fri-Sun) a return engagement the Lockheed will:

“Beginning in March, the theater will have “Sci-Fi Sundays” in which fan-favorites such as The Martian will play at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Experience The Martian in IMAX 3D March 6, 13, 20, and 27.”

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Giles commented about Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Feb 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm

according to the Air & Space’s theater website the theater is reopening on February 25th and will be showcasing the new laser system with ‘The Force Awakens’ (beginning on Friday) til Sunday night.

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Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

screen 2 is the only auditorium to feature 4K digital projection. I am liking the ‘Wednesday Rewind’ (Classic) Film showcase with a showing in the afternoon and evening – most of the screenings have been shown in auditorium #5.

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Giles commented about Harbor East Cinema on Feb 5, 2016 at 4:32 am

^ it took them four years to replace those screens with Barco projector’s as the first indication/news that Landmark was implementing said DLP projectors was in 2012 – better late than never.