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Weird since the Digital Xenon IMAX will be showing Beautiful Planet at my local theater in NJ!
On a side note Laser IMAX is pretty incredible! Don’t knock it. Laser IMAX 3D is the single best 3D format I have ever seen by far! Zero ghosting, deep blacks, it the closest feel to simply being there and looking with your own eyes I’ve experienced yet. It’s honestly better than 15/70 IMAX 3D.
Why the heck did they ever pull the 15/70 just for SW???? Only to put it back in again. What on Earth were they thinking? Really smart, pull the IMAX for THE event.
And how could higher resolution hurt your eyes? It’s closer to real life and your eyes were designed for real life. I don’t get it.
How could the new IMAX 3D hurt your eyes? If anything, since the 3D no longer has nasty ghosting and other problems shouldn’t it hurt your eyes less??
(the volume level however, could definitely cause permanent hearing loss/tinnitus; a shame since the speakers are so awesome, but they are set too loud to listen to)
The new Laser IMAX speakers do sound incredibly realistic but good grief are they loud.
The new audio system in the Laser IMAX places is wayyyyyy too loud. It’s ridiculous. A lot of theaters are getting to be ridiculous. People have been measuring permanent hearing damage from a single two hour movie length exposure at more and more places, especially IMAX. Some places have hit AVERAGE of 100db and peaks like 130+db.
Assuming the late announcement for PIP:30th here doesn’t hurt the sales (with people thinking it’s not showing, not having enough time to realize it is, etc.) it might be crowded. This greater Rockaway area seems to really go for the 80s movies. Sometimes if you don’t pre-order you won’t even get in. Not safe to show up last second and expect to be guaranteed to get into those (so just advice for those used to going to the places where these don’t sell quite as well).
I wonder if they fixed the video levels for the Fathom events projector in auditorium 16. Ever since they repaired/replaced it a few months ago, it’s been really crushing the blacks to rather little detail and overall it almost looks like when a 0-255 level signal is shown with levels expansion applied to 0-15 are clipped and 240-255 too almost and it’s not quite filling the screen properly either. It just seems like someone forgot the proper video level toggles or forgot to calibrate it or something. It should be an easy fix, i’d think, if they haven’t already done it.
Actually they are showing PIP:30th after all.
Have you heard any talk of them upgrading to Laser 3D IMAX? It would be awesome if they shut down 8 and 9 and combined them into a true giant screen theater, like a nice 85-90' wide screen, how does such a rich, populated area like NJ have nothing like that (sure Lincoln Square, but often can one go through the $$$, hassle, incredible amount of time of NYC just for a movie).
I have to say Laser IMAX on a truly giant screen is an experience beyond belief. It’s so much better than any other visual experience it’s crazy. Much sharper 3D, so much more detail, the colors seem to have way more shades, the 3D is so perfect it’s like you are there with zero ghosting and you can see so many more layers of subtle depth and then combine that with a giant 90' screen. Wow.
The IMAX at Rockaway is good, better than most screens around the region. But those mega-true IMAX Laser 3D auditoriums blow it away 10000x over.
Does anyone know why in the world they are skipping the Pretty In Pink 30th Anniversary release at this theater when the 80s retro stuff always sells out here and does better business here than pretty much anywhere and then they are showing Maltese Falcon when the older retro stuff never seems to sell out here (not that I’m complaining about the latter)? But what on Earth was AMC thinking with their scheduling and why did they make this retro release ultra-limited theaters and then make other stuff that simply won’t sell as well in many areas ultra wide release? All the other Hughes movies and other 80s stuff like BTTF did crazy good business here. Who runs these places and make the decisions?
Will they get the laser in time to maybe show a few weeks of The Force Awakens in late Jan or early Feb?
I still can’t fathom the timing of their laser upgrade. Who the heck times it so they miss the biggest release in recent memory??
@rivest266 – interesting history
@moviebuff82 yeah they were also, I believe, the first theater in NJ to use the back speaker, I think they put that in for TPM.
Is it screens 3 and 4 that are the super large ones? I forget. I just know that two of the side by side auditoriums here are huge and have, AFAIK, the largest two screens in all of central and northern NJ. They are supposed to be 70'x30'.
Although the sound is usually way too loud in the IMAX theater the picture is usually very nice and bright and rich and nice and crisp (for non-4k). I like the IMAX 3D better than the Real3D. Even the 3D IMAX here is very nice and bright.
Ever since the projector for fathom events in #16 broke, all those fathom event movies have had somewhat dim projection with very strong contrast and a little over-saturated and almost zero shadow detail. It almost looks like when some double expands 16-235 video levels instead of single expands since that bumps up saturation, kills shadow detail and boosts contrast a bit. I don’t know that the white clipped though.
The Martian in IMAX (when it came to IMAX a second time) was way too loud. The loudest parts either actually bottomed out some of the IMAX speakers or maybe it created some sort of vibration in the entire theater structure since the few loudest parts had some nasty dissonant vibration going on. You could actually hold your ears shut and it was still painfully loud even during some simple dialogue scenes.
I don’t know so many theaters crank to 11 these days despite more and more complaints popping up all over.
Does anyone know the dimensions of the new digital IMAX here? On online ticketing it looks like only 26 seats wide, however, it shows the screen way, way wider than the seating. If that is to scale is it as wide as the old true IMAX only just not as tall now or is it also a lot less wide? Is it any bigger than the typical digital IMAX screen? Or just the same (or even smaller, going by only 26 seats across)?
And I think the DC and Philly are dome IMAX, which IMO tends to be weird for regular movies.
Going up to Jordan’s north of Boston would be the only option in the entire ultra-populated great NYC area.
Still seems bizarre to me. To remove the 70mm right before SW just to get laser like 1-2 months sooner? No film is bigger than SW. Nothing is as impressive. Ridiculous decision.
Awfully jealous of the 96' IMAX laser screen at the Chinese.
Yeah I would have come in for the 15/70 Awakens on 100', but heck no for the digital when having to come in from the suburbs.
Interstellar was amazing in 15/70 as was Dark Knight as all the others.
Man, what a bummer, finally I thought we’d see SW in gigantic IMAX scale. Absurd.
And instead of going laser, they just shut down the Nyack IMAX. So basically 270 miles to see it in real IMAX if you live in this area. Pretty sad for such a rich populated area as the greater NYC region. We really have the saddest theaters in this region.
Is it true that they made a few screens much larger than before? Are the biggest ones now as large as Rockaway’s largest?
Yeah, saw Star Wars there on opening day! Man unreal! In the grand palace screen. My god when that Star Destroyer came rocking across the screen and went on forever. Holy cow nobody had every experienced anything remotely like that before. Also saw ESB there in the grand screen. Huge screen and it actually had surround sound way back in 1977. Many places were still mono only then and few with stereo. This had full on Dolby Surround. And the screen was gigantic compared to all the little mall screens that came in all over.
Even today with the digital IMAX screens, I don’t think any in NJ are quite as large as the screen here had been.
I think two of the screens in the Manville, NJ theater though are actually at least as large. I’ve heard claims two there are 70'.
An absolute crime that AMC just closed down the giant, true IMAX at Palisades. I think that one was 72'-75' wide and with the full true IMAX height. They ‘replaced’ it with an absurdly small digital IMAX screen, not even one of the larger such around. Criminal.
How does the big 100' screen here work for this SW release then? They will show it in digital 3D on that screen with not just letterboxing but pillar boxing too???? What width of screen do they even use? It doesn’t like it’s worth the incredible bother to see it on this screen then if a local digital IMAX can do it at 60' width then right?
And go figure, JJ is saying that everyone NEEDS to see it on a real IMAX 3D screen. Yeah, where???? One theater in the entire country????