AMC Mazza Gallerie 7

5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20015

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Dec 23, 2007

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The upscale Mazza Gallerie had its roof raised to accomodate Washington DC’s first stadium seated movie theater. General Cinema Corp(GCC) opened this 7 screener in 2000, with each auditorium equipped with digital THX sound. AMC took over when they bought GCC theatres. This theatre is on the top floor of the shopping mall and reached by escalators. The shopping mall has its own exit from the Friendship Heights subway stop on the Metro’s Red Line.

The theatre lobby is colorful, with a domed ceiling with stips of red drapes. To soundproof them from noise from the lobby or hallway that leads to the auditoriums, each auditorium has two sets of doors. Auditoriums 1, 2 and 4 have very large movie screens, about 40 to 45 feet wide for a ‘scope movie. Auditorium 3 has a screen that appears about 30 feet wide for a 'scope movie. Auditorium 5 is smaller.

Auditoriums 6 and 7 have leather seats, and both are entered from the Club Cinema bar, which is only for adults over age 21.

The current movie theatre replaced an earlier theatre. The basement three-screen Paris (1985 to 1998) was opened by KB and was later operated by Cineplex Odeon. That theatre found its lease terminated because the landlord wanted to upgrade the shopping mall.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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thebrat
thebrat on December 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Saw “The Muppets” today at this place, auditorium #4. Here are my initial thoughts about there theater:

This was my first time at the Mazza Gallerie, and it was a surprising experience. I’ve expected the place to go all digital but then I noticed a little scratch on that AMC Coming Soon snipe. I guess I didn’t read up too well. For a THX house, this place was very modest. AMC didn’t bother to promote their THX certification on all seven screens, not even a little sign in the lobby that reads “THX Certified Cinema” or something like that. The screen (auditorium 4) was pretty big, and I’m a fan of the homey textures on the side walls. While the sound system was decent, I think it didn’t push it up to it’s fullest potential (at least for this screen). It was lossy, 20-year-old Dolby Digital, and while it still sounds decent, it’s starting to show its age in the days of uncompressed PCM audio. The print looked very well, with some scratches here or there after three weeks. They do a better job at handling 35mm than the Regal Countryside 20 can handle itself. Definitely going to go there again.

Cumulo
Cumulo on February 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’ve only seen two movies here, both in 2009 – “Taken” and “Fast & Furious”. Had a great time at both, particularly the former. Great sound and picture.

The GM here ran the AMC Courthouse 8 theater for a little over three years.

thebrat
thebrat on July 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

Do any of the auditoriums here still show 35mm? I would really like to see a showing of TDKR in 35mm, as it was the first film to come from an actual “film” interpositive in years in an age of digital dominance. I know I will be sacrificing uncompressed PCM sound, and the taller IMAX ratio, but I’ll be getting some analog goodness for my eyes! If everything in this joint is now all digital, that’s fine, but I’m personally not a fan of Sony’s 4K projectors, should it be shown on that. Maybe I’ll see it in 4K in the ETX auditorium at Tyson’s Corner.

Giles
Giles on July 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

to answer your question thebrat: supposedly all the screens are digital, although the last time I asked when ‘Ted’ got released and was being shown on screen 1 (the largest screen) it was still 35mm. I’m sure there are other screens in the DC area that are showing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 35mm, but I definitely know that the Avalon over in Chevy Chase, literally maybe a 10 minute walk east from Mazza is showing it in 35mm.

Giles
Giles on July 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

so I talked with the manager this evening and she said that all the systems are Sony 4K projector’s including the new installations on screens 1 and 4 – really? it took THAT long?!?

Giles
Giles on July 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

so I saw ‘The Watch’ on screen 4 and the Sony image looked fantastic! great clarity, sharpness and color – the blue of the ‘Neighborhood Watch’ jackets just jumped out. Considering there is significant throw from the projection booth to the screen, I guess AMC figured out that Sony could and can do the job – and it does.

Oddly on the audio side, there’s a slight buzz that is emitting out of one (or possibly more) of the speakers from behind the screen – in the quiet moments, which isn’t many in the movie, it becomes quite apparent and distracting – management said he’d look into the problem.

Giles
Giles on July 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

got a chance to check out Auditorium 1 for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ – very impressive digital projection with the film’s integration of IMAX shot scenes and standard 35mm which looked great on it’s DCP – however… there appeared to be a smudge just to the left of mid-center, which is either on the glass of the projection booth or (perish the thought) on the lenses of the projector itself – management said they would look into it and correct it. The sound seemed to be on the low end and was no where as bombastic or loud as at the Avalon (and that was 35mm and lossy audio) Lastly, I was none to pleased with the audience, at one point some jerk put his hand (and middle finger) directly in front of projector – that’s the problem with the projection booth being that low and close to audience level.

Giles
Giles on October 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

saw the 1pm screening of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on Screen 1 (hooray!) and in 4K DCP – it was truly amazing – it’s not 70mm, but the transfer team who created the DCP for this Fathom Event left no stone unturned – the clarity, the sharpness, the colors were truly outstanding – I’m still floored by it.

lizakovach
lizakovach on October 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I opened this theatre as a trainer for GCC. It had an attached restaurant run by Neiman Marcus called the “R”.

Cumulo
Cumulo on October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

After three and a half years, I decided to catch something else here, and watched “Taken 2” on October 5 in #1.

Excellent picture, and beside the point, a hilarious and extremely entertaining movie, but as Giles notes above re: “The Dark Knight Rises”, the sound was on the low side. The whole thing was audible, but things like gunshots, crashes and explosions were not the massive booms you’d expect on their biggest screen – more like little pops.

The manager told me that they’d been having problems in that auditorium and were working to fix it.

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