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At the Arclight they care about the customers and the presentation unlike AMC. The recent incident at Burbank just demonstrates if you really want a better show go to Hollywood.
Major screw up at opening of Star Wars. Demonstrates AMC does not care about their presentation or customers. It seems the only theaters that care are in Hollywood.
And it is good they run both versions the film and the DCP and even 3D in some cases. I saw Dunkirk in the Dome in 70mm it looked spectacular. We are so lucky to have the Arclight as there are only two cities in the country that have a 70mm print of Orient Express.
Close Encounters looked and sounded good in 70mm mag. Imagine that no CGI no digital just old school special effects and film.
Justice League is listed as 1:85 on IMDB and like most movies these days it was shot in a variety of formats and used a digital intermediate.
And the center rail at the Chinese is annoying and I don’t like an isle where I want to sit. I am never happy with my seat at the Chinese.
How the West Was Won (1962) – Ultra Panavision 70 (some action scenes and shots requiring rear projection, optically converted to 3 strip Cinerama through special printer. The bulk was shot in 3 strip Cinerama.)
Some scenes from How the West Was Won were shot in 70mm Ultra Panavision They were able to convert 70mm to three strip. The Dome was built to handle both 3 strip and single 70mm 5 perf. Even after 10 years of three strip films some theaters were not ready to change to the single strip version,
The Cinerama Dome was built to be able to show 3 strip in case the 70mm version of Cinerama failed. I was told there were even 3 strip prints of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. When the theater opened with the Ultra Panavision print of Mad world there was a much larger louvered screen; a standard Cinerama screen. A single piece screen was installed at some point and there has been replacements screens installed over the years. True the Seattle Cinerama has two screens a regular screen and the Cinerama louvered screen. Most movies are run on the smaller flat screen.
Still the 3 strip presentation at the Dome looked pretty good. If I had the time and the money I would take a trip to Seattle for a few big screen presentations.
I would guess that because they don’t advertise the 3 strip very well the turn out is low. There is also the question of who would act as chief projectionist.
The Dome can find people to run the 3 strip at the Dome it isn’t that hard. And it is about the process not the film. Well put RussM!
Just let me know if they ever run 3 strip Cinerama again.
It is still there
Yes they used the full screen
Richie I was at the same show on Sunday and yes there was a small hair in the gate that showed up on the bottom center. It was joined by another hair as the movie progressed. It wasn’t worth complaining about and I wonder if the projectionist could even deal with it. There should be a bottle of CO2 next to the projector to blow the gate. That is one of the problems with film dirt.
There weren’t suppose to be trailers. When I got the tickets they made it a point to say there were no trailers. Im glad there were only two. The studio must have scrambled to get 70mm trailers printed and sent out to the theaters. That show might have the first one to run those trailers. I can dispute the out of frame claim. The projectionist adjusted the framing a little for I am thinking the first trailer. I noticed when he adjusted but it was a letterboxed trailer so there was a black matt top and bottom. He should have just left it centered.
And yes the deep curve of the screen causes some distortion but it didn’t look that noticeable. I wonder if it was an optically corrected print.
There are a lot of 70mm prints out there go see it again in IMAX film at Universal. They can get dirt in the gate too.
Does anyone know if there is gonna be film IMAX copies. I know Universal and the Chinese are digital but both still have the film projectors. I don’t care I’m just gonna see the 70 five perf at the Dome.
Well the IMAX negative has lots of area so a reduction print should look good. The 70mm print will have to be cropped from IMAX negative.
If it does well it may be there longer
You better hurry and get you tickets it will only be at the Dome for four days.
There is a large concession stand where once there was seating and two columns have been removed.
http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/portfolio-view/time-lapse-of-the-tcl-chinese-theatre-imax-renovation/ there was a lot done to the theater for the renovation
I went to see it (70mm Wonder Woman) in theater six got a great seat its like a screening room. It would be nice they ran it in the Dome for a couple of shows. I am okay with 70mm in the smaller theater I just sit closer to the screen
Just saw The Dark Crystal (1982) in 70mm An original print discovered in Europe
Star Wars was moved to a Mann theater in Hollywood and not the Cinerama. Sorcerer did play in the Chinese because it was previously booked and they had to play it. Mann wanted to keep Star Wars so they installed 70mm in a theater down the street and played Star Wars there until they could get rid of Sorcerer. This incident is why they built the twins. So in the future they could move a movie that wasn’t doing good business to one of the twins and keep the big house for the hit. Once Star Wars was back in the Chinese it stayed there for a record run. The twins are long gone demolished for the Hollywood Highland redo.
The square footage of the Chinese theater is extreme. It has changed over the years with the various modifications. Someone once estimated it to be around 500,000 cubic feet. Because of its size it was hard to get proper sound levels. The center channel high frequency horn would often fail from being over driven. The auditorium doesn’t look that big but it is an optical illusion. One time I chose to walk from the stage to the front during a power failure with no lights in the auditorium. My light was just absorbed by the darkness. It just doesn’t look as big as it is.
The screen is in an area that was once the stage. The stage is gone now. Partially removed for the Windjammer modification the remainder of the stage was removed for the IMAX modification. Two pillars in the front of the auditorium were also removed years ago for the Windjammer modification. The area these pillars were supporting dropped an inch or two when they were removed. These pillars matched the other pillars but were in front of the auditorium to the left and right of the stage. These pillars limited the screen size and were removed to install the huge Windjammer screen.
At one time there were two areas in the rear of the auditorium that was the nursery. The concession stand is new and keeps growing. When the Windjammer booth was removed and the projectors moved back upstairs the concession stand was enlarged. So over the years the Chinese has changed but still is huge.
I know the proscenium at the Chinese is around 100' and I think the IMAX screen is close to that at about 97' Not sure what size Loews Lincoln Square is. But size can vary the largest IMAX screen is in Australia