AMC Mazza Gallerie 7

5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20015

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Cumulo
Cumulo on October 29, 2012 at 7:38 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.

lizakovach
lizakovach on October 24, 2012 at 2:00 am

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

Giles
Giles on October 4, 2012 at 11:19 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.

Giles
Giles on August 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

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 July 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

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 25, 2012 at 3:36 am

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 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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.

thebrat
thebrat on July 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

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.

Cumulo
Cumulo on February 17, 2012 at 3:56 am

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 December 10, 2011 at 11:36 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.

Giles
Giles on June 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

from what I can tell only screen 2 was converted to playback 7.1 – hand it to AMC to unadvertise/promote this. From what I can tell (from AMC’s own website) another screen made the digital conversion, and I’m guessing it’s the smaller auditorium #3 – but I’ll repost back what I find out.

tmundell
tmundell on June 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Was 7.1 sound added to any of screens 5,6, or 7 when the digital projectors were installed? I haven’t seen any movies that have 7.1 sound in those theaters yet, though I have in theater 2 and it sounds fantastic there.

AMC has always been really bad at promoting THX it seems; not just at Mazza Gallerie but all locations of theirs that have it. And now they took down the THX sign in the lobby leaving pretty much no indication of THX certification anywhere. Really stupid.

Giles
Giles on May 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

the general manager also told me that Screen 2 is outfitted to playback discrete 7.1 surround sound – really?! I didn’t know that – now’s that a great unadvertised surprise

Giles
Giles on April 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

spoke with the general manager this morning, he’s still vague on the time table on when screens 1,3, and 4 will get the digital conversion, although he did note that the size of screen #1 is an issue, I did mention though ‘well if they can put DLP on the Uptown screen it’s possible… with a Christie system’ – he totally agreed.

‘African Cats’ was visually stunning in Sony DP on screen 7.

Giles
Giles on March 3, 2011 at 1:08 am

I’ve been ‘Bieber-fied’. Saw the Justin Bieber 3D film today on screen 5, and even though the film was shot with HD-3D cameras and in an aspect ratio of 1.85 – which took most of the wall (2.35 films look terrible on already small screens) – it was quite impressive nonetheless (the movie itself might not have been all that) – the 3D had appropriate depth and the 5.1 lossless sound had tremendous punch.

Giles
Giles on February 25, 2011 at 4:13 am

Auditorium 6’s digital projection system can also present REAL-D 3D features.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

Thats quite an investment. I suppose AMC will be keeping these theaters in the fold for awhile.

Other then alcohol, do they serve better food/refreshments in 6 and 7? I’ve been in 6 on a Sunday when they do not serve alcohol seeing the movie “Fracture,” which I thought I blogged about before given the fact it was my first experience in that part of the plex since it opened. The seats weren’t that great above the others. I don’t recall leather or a leather-type upholstery.

Giles
Giles on February 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

REAL-D 3D system opened on screen 5. Screens 6 and 7 also now have digital projection. Obviousily the hold outs and most obvious next conversions are the two largest auditoriums 1 and 4.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

On Tuesday, I enjoyed movies here and counted seats. Auditorium 3 has a lower section consisting of 28 seats over several rows, and 6 more seats in a top row that has room for wheelchairs. the upper section has 8 rows of 13 seats each, and 16 seats on the top row. Total count is 154 seats.

Auditorium 4 has a lower section of 120 seats over several rows, and 10 more seats in a top row that has room for wheelchairs. The upper section has 8 rows of 18 seats each, and 20 seats in the top row. Total count is 294 seats.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on March 9, 2010 at 4:29 am

I saw Cop Out here in #3. For one of the few THX cert places in this market, they don’t do much to advertise the fact to patrons other than a single poster sheet. The movie was a yawner. The previews and movie had surrounds but were lacking. At least Patti LaBelle singing the closing song during the end credits could’ve played in surround. No THX trailer. The AMC trailer, which I’d like to call the immersion trailer that has an audience member transformed into the film being watched showed off the sound system’s potential but is not a substitute for the THX deep note.

Giles
Giles on February 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I haven’t seen a THX trailer before a movie in any of the auditoriums as of lately. Yes, before ‘Avatar’ – the brief Sony logo was displayed. Auditorium #2 is the one directly behind the concession stand – the screen is comparible to both 1 and 4, there might be more seats in 4, but it’s equally a “large” auditorium – the screen is closer which is helpful when viewing a 3D movie.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Giles, do they play the THX sound trailer before the movies start? When I used to go there it was a toss up as to whether or not they do. Also..what of the Sony Digital install in #2, is there a trailer played before the movie to showcase the format? #2 is the smaller venue to the left, on the side of the concession stand, isn’t it?

Giles
Giles on February 1, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Sidemasking screens are auditoriums 1,2 and 4. 3,5,6,7 are not

Giles
Giles on January 29, 2010 at 4:43 am

as I saw ‘Avatar’ 3D here today, I can say the screen features side masking – in that when projecting 2.35 widescreen films the screen’s sides extend horizonately – something alot of Regal theatres and AMC’s Tyson’s screen are not configured to do. Since Sony 4K systems tout more luminence over 2K DLP, this film benefitted greatly, the glasses didn’t darken the image and the digital sound was thunderous and intense – this was definately the superior presentation than the first time I saw the film at Regal Carousel Mall in Syracuse New York.

Giles
Giles on October 27, 2009 at 3:21 am

and even though ‘Saw VI’ was shot on film and then transferred back to digital for digital projection, Sony 4K’s system was very very impressive – it retained film’s intended grain and the lossless 5.1 soundmix was gut rattling – thumbs up!