Comments from Chris Utley

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Chris Utley commented about Electric Dusk Drive-In on Aug 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Why go to a fake drive-in when there’s one off the 105 & Paramount Blvd. and another off the 605 & Valley Blvd?

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Chris Utley commented about April 19th, 1991 grand opening ad on Aug 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm

3 screens for this mess? REALLY???

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Chris Utley commented about AMC Stonebriar 24 on Aug 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm

This is a totally MEH AMC location that got a Dolby Cinema auditorium in early summer 2018. Theatre is lifeless and void of personality.

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Chris Utley commented about Rock Road Drive-In on Aug 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Yeah, the description needs a bit more cleanup.

Opened showing mainstream Switched to porn and the trouble with the city occurred Wehrenberg took over in 1977 and it stopped showing porn Closed in 1980 and now a junkyard

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Chris Utley commented about Rock Road Drive-In on May 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

Facts on this drive-in need to be corrected. It opened as Olympic. Name changed to Rock Road when Wehrenberg took over in 1977 and it closed in 1980.

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Chris Utley commented about Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane on May 16, 2018 at 8:39 pm

Saw a 70MM print of “Ready Player One” here in April 2018. Great experience!

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Chris Utley commented about AMC Classic Valley View 16 on May 16, 2018 at 8:33 pm

You can see the wrecked and tattered remains of Valley View with the AMC portion of the complex still standing as you travel the 635 freeway. Frankly, they really should put the theatre out of its misery.

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Chris Utley commented about El Capitan Theatre on Feb 28, 2018 at 6:33 am

Answering an earlier question about why El Cap doesn’t show movies in 3D: It’s technically a Dolby Cinema house. Doesn’t use the Dolby Cinema name but it’s the same technical framework: Dolby Vision HDR projection plus Dolby Atmos audio. I have yet to see a Dolby Vision/Cinema house equipped for 3D. Frankly, it doesn’t need it! It’s presentation is already the best in the business…topped only by full screen 70MM IMAX.

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Chris Utley commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Justice League was shot in 1.85:1. Zack Snyder intentionally shot it that way because 1.85:1 will fill 85% of a TrueIMAX screen as opposed to 2:35 sitting smack dab in the center of the screen. Never saw the IMAX version so can’t confirm if any scenes were shot with IMAX cameras.

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Chris Utley commented about AMC Northpark 15 on Oct 6, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Overrated movie theatre in an overcrowded mall with bad bad parking!

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Chris Utley commented about AMC Village On The Parkway 9 on Aug 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Went here in early August 2017. Lots of personality for an AMC. The Prime auditorium is now a Dolby Cinema auditorium – and the BEST ONE I’ve been to!

The zoning war between this place and LOOK is over. They’re both showing the same titles day and date.

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Chris Utley commented about Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley on Aug 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Went here in early August 2017. Lobby looked nice but the auditoriums could use a lil TLC

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Chris Utley commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Again, it’s the same tech used for the 2016 Jungle Book remake

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Chris Utley commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

Substitute the phrase “Live Action” with Photorealistic. “Live Action” is a distinction between hand drawn animated cartoons vs Photorealistic movement, backgrounds and activity. But it’s still all animated. Disney with all their power isn’t gonna make a herd of lions and hyenas speak.

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Chris Utley commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

Big Joe: They’re using the same technique as the highly successful Jungle Book remake where the animals were 100% photorealistic CGI and there was only 1 human character in the film. The film was shot on soundstages where the jungle environment was digitally recreated as well.

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Chris Utley commented about Look Cinemas on Jul 30, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Saw 70MM Dunkirk on 7/29/17. Amazing presentation. The theatre itself is very nice. Leather recliners all around and 2 onsite restaurants. Concessions and tickets are way overpriced for Dallas. But it’s a good theatre.

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Chris Utley commented about Cinemark 17 on Jul 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Saw Dunkirk here on 7/22/2017 in the IMAX room. Truly top notch IMAX presentation! This’ll be my go to for IMAX in the city!

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Chris Utley commented about Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk is being projected on 70mm film in 125 theaters on Jul 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

In Dallas, the Cinemark 17 & IMAX located at 635 & Webb Chapel is the premier presentation of Dunkirk in the city. The presentation was absolutely amazing. Image filled the entire screen for roughly 70% of the film and the sound mix was top notch.

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Chris Utley commented about Alamo Drafthouse Richardson on Jul 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

First visited here on 7/3/2017 (also my first day as a Texas resident). In a word: WOW! This place is paradise for movie nerds! From the tailor made film specific preshow to the various alternative programming featuring classic and obscure films, Alamo is THE BUSINESS!! If only the food were a little better…

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Chris Utley commented about Alamo Drafthouse Cedars on Jul 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

Location is officially known as Alamo Drafthouse Cedars according to their website

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Chris Utley commented about Coyote Drive-In on Jun 3, 2017 at 2:56 am

Overhead shot is on their FB page. It’s killer!

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Chris Utley commented about AMC Universal CityWalk 19 on Jun 3, 2017 at 2:53 am

The AMC listing online may still say AMC Universal CityWalk 19…but there are photos in the Photos tab that clearly show this theatre’s name as Universal Cinema. A name update – with an AKA – should settle the confusion.

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Chris Utley commented about Coyote Drive-In on May 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Now this is one FABULOUS drive-in theatre! 5 screens with enough room for an expansion to 6. A playground like the good old days. The single greatest drive-in concession stand I’ve ever seen – a full bar on one side and a full blown restaurant on the other side baking freshly made pizza and offering BBQ brisket(!!!) alongside the burgers, dogs and popcorn!

The picture is among the clearest ever seen at a drive-in. Bright bright bright – at least it is for day scenes. They could adjust the contrast a lil bit for scenes in the dark. The sound booms from your speakers with no exterior interference. And, in a REAL throwback to the good old days, they have their own preshow & intermission programming that they merge onto the feature presentation of your choice.

Absolutely awesome place! Can’t wait get back there in the coming summer months!

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Chris Utley commented about Malibu, CA - Malibu Likely to Lose its Only Movie Theater on Jan 26, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Regency is the patron saint of shuttered LA theatres. Would not surprise me if they picked it up.

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Chris Utley commented about USA - The Coolest Drive-In Theater in Each State on Jan 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm

The “winner” from California IS NOT A DRIVE-IN. It’s an inflatable screen perched on top of a downtown LA office building playing old 80’s and 90’s movies from a Blu-Ray/DVD player. The vote should have gone to an actual drive-in theatre showing first (or second) run films.