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This multiplex has finished its major renovation. Among the significant changes:
-The “Rave Motion Pictures” signage has been removed and replaced with standard Cinemark signage.
-All auditoriums have been renovated with new paint, carpet, wall coverings, etc. to bring them in line with the standard “Cinemark look.”
-All auditoriums now feature reserved seating for all showtimes.
-Eight of the fifteen auditoriums have been converted to “Luxury Lounger” power recliner seating (at an additional ticket surcharge).
-New 4K projectors have been installed in at least some auditoriums – not sure if it’s all of them.
-The two largest auditoriums, #8 and #9, have been converted to Cinemark XD premium large format.
Frankly the screens here in many of the standard auditoriums are already very large, so the size increase (if any) of the XD screens isn’t terribly impressive. The two XD screens are both the same size (approximately 56 feet wide by 23 and a half feet high, going by counting ceiling tiles and the screen ratio). One XD auditorium has Luxury Loungers and thus reduced seating capacity, while the other has standard seats. Both are equipped for Auro 11.1 audio as part of the XD conversion. They’re in Scope format and have curtains on the sides, so they may use masking for Flat shows. The single Cinemark XD auditorium in the Hadley location seems to be roughly the same width but is significantly taller, it’s an unmasked, no-curtain Flat screen.
“One of the largest IMAX screens in North America” is being pretty generous. It’s not even in the top 30 and it’s an IMAX Digital screen without the ability to play full-height IMAX movies. It’s much bigger than most IMAX Digital screens, yes, largely because it was purpose-built. But it’s still not what most would call “real IMAX.”
This has two IMAX screens. The larger one is full-size but only has a 2K digital projector and shows Hollywood movies. The smaller one is still full-size in terms of shape but “only” 70 feet wide. It is still equipped with a film projector but seems to show literally nothing but an IMAX short film about the Alamo.
This multiplex has the smallest “IMAX” screen in Texas at just 45' x 25'.
This has the biggest IMAX screen in the Carolinas, though sadly it’s only using the 2K digital projectors.
This multiplex now has an IMAX Digital auditorium as well. Ironically per Large Format Examiner’s measurements the IMAX screen is actually quite a bit smaller than the BigD screen size mentioned above.
Per AMC’s website this is now branded as the AMC Classic Chesterfield 14
The IMAX screen at this theatre is abnormally small even by IMAX Digital multiplex standards. Per Large Format Examiner’s data it’s less than 47 feet wide.
For the record this is one of many full-sized IMAX auditoriums which is now, unfortunately, only showing 2K digital projection that cannot fill the screen. Hopefully they upgrade to laser soon.
Per the Large Format Examiner’s statistics, this multiplex features the smallest so-called “IMAX” screen in the USA that isn’t crammed into a cruise ship.
I was lucky enough to perform in this theatre back in the spring of 2008 when I was in high school. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School I attended used to do their annual spring musical here, and 2008 – my freshman year – was the last year that happened. The theatre was beautiful but I had no idea it was also a cinema. I was only a background player so I spent a lot of time “backstage,” or in the case of this theatre, “under-stage.” It was quite spacious and comfortable and they even had a TV set up down there. The cast and crew would have DVDs playing on it for people to watch when they weren’t on stage.
The XD auditorium here installed Auro 11.1 sound a couple years ago. Sadly it’s the least-used “immersive audio” format so not many movies actually take advantage of it.
This theatre is now using the IMAX with Laser projection system with 12-channel sound. It’s also changed sponsors again. Now it’s the Sunbrella IMAX 3D Theatre at Jordan’s Furniture, and the seats are all upholstered in Sunbrella-brand fabric.
By the way – the aisles are straight, the apparent curve of the front rows is distortion in the image from the panorama.