AMC Tysons Corner 16

7850 Tysons Corner Center,
McLean, VA 22102

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Giles on October 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Spoke with a manager here this afternoon and he revealed that the ETX screen will be changing over to ‘Prime’ theater: recling seats (thus reducing the auditorium capacity) and ‘Dolby Cinema’ laser projector system. He stated ideally they’d want it up for ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2’, but that it would definitely be up for the December release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

JodarMovieFan on January 20, 2015 at 7:33 am

On New Years Weekend, I caught the final Hobbit movie in IMAX-lite HFR 3D. The trailer for the Dec 2015 Star Wars movie was exciting to see on the B I G screen, but I’m holding reservations until I see more of the finished product. :) The Avengers sequel trailer looks just like the first one..not too exciting.

The movie started out okay but with a mirror-like distortion that I had thought was ‘normal’ but became annoying. About 1/3 of the way through, they stopped the show to ‘reboot’ the system. When they restarted the movie, what a difference! Since I don’t patronize this venue regularly, I can’t say for certain, but it seems that they frequently have some projection issue or breakdown. Sound and picture were their usual decent standards.

I really hate the reserved seating policy in this auditorium. While its good for those like me who may travel far and plan ahead to see a movie and want that perfect seat. It turned out the patrons sat in my seat. Fortunately, there were many empties so I ended up sitting 2 seats away. When its dark, you can hardly see the seat numbers. When the late comers would come, they too, got frustrated finding the correct seat, or found someone sitting in their seat and ended up sitting somewhere else. Thankfully, this wasn’t a sold out show or there would have been some commotion for sure. Then there were no AMC ushers anywhere in the auditorium or standing by to help people find their seats as was my experience at the Rave Fairfax multiplex years ago.

Also, the third tier seating section up is not so good to see the movie as your line of sight just about gets cut off. If you have a patron with a big head or is tall, you may get your view cut off. Not a good design. Unfortunately, the company I was keeping wanted seats that high not realizing it was TOO far up.

Lastly, the $19.00 single admission price is quite high. For that kind of price, everything should be PERFECT. No excuses to have the projection system rebooted. Its understandable the venue/format is top grade, but back in the day, they never charged extra for 70mm booked films.

Giles on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

saw ‘Transformer: Age of Extinction’ a second time but this time in IMAX – that sound was totally unacceptable – it was soooo loud – I had to put my fingers in my ears, something I never do – it was just ear piercing. And it never achieved or replicated the outstanding Atmos mix.

Also, has anyone noticed that some of the auditoriums have a vibration issue (and it has nothing to do with the amping of the bass channels/speakers) – like you’re feeling a minor earthquake, saw ‘Get On Up’ and it happened several times, very very odd.

JodarMovieFan on July 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

I remember the first Transformer movie and was quite impressed with its soundtrack..enough to be aurally tricked into believing sound above, in addition to surrounds when the bots would fight in Bow Tie’s #1’s THX theater. It was missing in the IMAX (real) at the UA/Regal King of Prussia venue. I don’t know if I wanted to see another one. It seems more like a rehash of what was in the previous movies.

thebrat on July 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

A Michael Bay movie that doesn’t sound like trash?! Hersey!

Giles on July 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm

score another film where the Atmos mix delivered a truly stunning presentation – “Transformers 4” – used the overhead ceiling speakers to constant and surprising result – thumbs up – it’s one of the few ‘loud’ movies where the mix was nuanced and created with care and attention to how Atmos does (and should) sound.

Giles on June 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

I don’t know what it is – but I’m finding that it’s become a total crap shoot depending on the movie if and how a movie is presented on the ETX/Atmos screen. ‘Maleficent’ (Atmos) sounded and looked great (image at Cinemark Fairfax Corner was too dark), and then you have the complete opposite; ‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ looked great, but the Atmos mix front channels sounded so front heavy and blaring to such extremes that it essentially muffled and obscured all the other speakers – it sounded jumbled and just loud for the sake of being loud. And yet the 7.1 mix of ‘X-Men’ at the Angelika was better nuanced and was considerably less bombastic.

JodarMovieFan on May 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Yeah, it happened again and yesterday at the Magic Johnson venue…all AMC theaters. I wonder if its the start of a pattern. I hope not and they catch the idiot that is doing this. You’d think movie theaters would be ‘safe’ as it is a destination point to ‘get away’ cinematically speaking.

I wanted to see the newly released X Men movie as it is playing in the ETX theater in 3D. I am not so sure about that now.

moviebuff82 on May 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

scary…found out on twitter. The theater reopened one day after the incident.

JodarMovieFan on January 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Today, I saw the Hobbit sequel in IMAX 3D HFR since the new Jack Ryan movie will be taking over the IMAX screens on Fri. This time the experience was much better than the first movie. Maybe the day shots had to do with it because the water looked so crisp and Smaug’s fire breath was so vibrant and not artificially so. The 3D shots were the usual arrow coming at you and severed head landing on your lap. Still cool. :) The HFR helps but not markedly better than when I saw Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D (I only saw it BECAUSE it was in 3D..not a gore fan in the least).

Unfortunately, I got there and missed a few moments of the movie. Not sure if they had some new IMAX HFR trailers or something. I forgot about the assigned seating until the ticket taker told me my assigned was 200 something. Knowing the matinee would be low in attendance, I was going to sit where I wanted to sit.

I’m hoping to catch up on the holiday movies now that I have more free time..hopefully before the Oscar nominations come out.

Giles on December 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

as of the 6th of December – all the auditoriums have reserved seating.

both ‘Frozen’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ exhibited no ghosting, double imaging. I think the projectionist has perfected the merging of the two projectors finally.

‘Frozen’s Dolby Atmos absolutely shined – third best Atmos mix of the year, after 'Oblivion’ and ‘Gravity’

Giles on August 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

There seems to be a constant problem with the ETX screen (alignment of the two projectors). Actually I thought the Atmos mix of ‘Man of Steel’ was pretty dynamic and intense – notably when Zod’s helmet malfunctions, the whole auditorium was a buzz with sound emitting from every nook and cranny of the soundfield – it was the ‘wow’ moment of the Atmos mix. I personally find that the volume level seem to mask any attempt to convey and pinpoint over the head sound effects from the ceiling speakers.

Saw ‘The Wolverine’ on the ETX screen – no problems thankfully, in fact, the very prevailent out of focus flaws I’ve had encountered at past screenings weren’t present. The Atmos mix was hit and miss, good effective use of the surrounds, but the front screen sound seemed subdued and not that well utilized. ‘Iron Man 3’ in Atmos seemed pretty pedestrian, ‘Wolverine’s was slightly better but not by that much.

has anyone heard of the actual dimensions of the ETX screen? No one at the managers desk seems to want to divulge this info or even know what is it – the generic ‘it’s three stories high’ answer seems like a cop out answer. Other screens advertise their specility screen dimensions here though it just makes AMC seem elitist.

JodarMovieFan on June 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I caught ‘Man of Steel’ here in ETX last Sat night. My ears are ringing. Hahaha. I dragged my cousins here to get out of the doldrums of the usually substandard MD cinematic presentations (ok ok..not ALL are bad) they go to (we won’t name the bad plexes they go to in case they happen to read this posting). We arrived early enough but I have to tell you that even the seats here take a toll on the touche. Or, maybe its just me getting older. I know I could sit through any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies at the old Senator Theater without feeling discomfort on their seats that were probably as old as the theater, itself. On the other hand, perhaps those movies were more engaging. Even with all the amazing fight scenes between Superman and Zod could not get my mind off of how uncomfortable I was feeling towards the end.

Having given the reviews a cursory glance, I did read enough to set my expectations low. The Richard Donner version of Superman forever sets the standard, for me, as the best comic movie adaptation. I’m not a fan of Chris Nolan’s dark interpretation, though many say its truer to the comic’s roots..fine, of Batman. I enjoy going to the movies and there’s a time to see and enjoy the darker toned films but I want to have a good time. To paraphrase what the late Roger Ebert said about movies is that we sometimes want to see them to get away from it all. If I want to be reminded how dark the world is I’d just as well watch Fox News at home for free. :)

For the $17.50 paid to see a film here in ETX, one should expect top notch everything. The projector went kablitz during the preview of next year’s 300 sequel. Then they restarted the trailer and it went out of focus. They started to play with it going in and out, out of focus, move to the right, move to the left. It was funny to hear the reactions of the audience..‘perfect’ ‘oh no..move to the right..’ ‘move to the left.’ Finally, some kid probably 8 or so, exclaimed ‘get it right, people’ to the laughter of the 400 or so in the audience. They didn’t play the Atmos sound trailer. AMC can do better to educate people as to why they should pay more for these premium sound systems by showing the trailers that show off what these systems can do. When I was in line to get my tickets, there was a pair of guys, in front of me, who couldn’t decide which showing of ‘Man of Steel’ showing to see. There were the 3 versions; IMAX(lite), ETX and the other DP showings. I told them to go for the ETX since its $1-less then IMAX, you can choose your own seat and the sound should be superior to IMAX.

I’m thinking they may have some problem with the set up here. What I forgot to mention in the previous post when I saw ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ in ETX, was that they had problems showing the preshow video as it had no sound! A patron came out to complain just as I was coming in and the female ‘manager’ that responded said they were having problems with their systems but that it would have no effect on the movie. Hmmmm.

Soundwise as I said before was loud. I’d have to see the movie again in a different sound chamber to tell you the difference. As with my previous experience with Atmos, its more like right and left separation with dialogue. Surrounds were good..I’m not sure if it was the soundtrack or someone’s actual cell phone going off, right rear, during the Daily Planet office scene.

Visually, I loved the look of the movie. The design aesthetic from the Krypton planet sequences to those little droids that resembled 3D etch-a-sketches come to life were real cool! While the Superman fight scenes were engaging, they seemed more like updated versions of the Neo/Smith fights from the final Matrix movie. I get it..its a live version of what you’d see in a comic book. Okay.

Whatever romance there was between the updated Clark and Lois did not have much spark. Maybe it was the tone of this movie that prevented a more comfortable, cozy and more romantic meeting depicted in the Donner directed Superman. In the inevitable sequel, maybe they’ll do better.

Giles on June 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

as much as I am critical about the digital projector/inconsistent sound levels here at AMC Tysons and specifically on the ETX screen; I thought ‘Man of Steel’ was by far the best the system has had to offer. Sound levels were appropriately loud and forceful (not migrane inducing as ‘A Good Day to Die Hard, or 'The Hobbit’ for that matter) and while not as nuanced as ‘Oblivion’s soundmix, the Atmos mix had a ton of energy. The 3D displayed no ghosting. And while the critics have been rather savage to the film, I on the other hand was quite entertained by it. The script maybe a tad flawed and vapid, but Snyder’s action set pieces are dynamic and exciting. In regards to Brandywine Maryland’s Xscape plex, the reclining seats are great, but what I saw there the other day didn’t really have me wanting to go their on a regular basis – it has minor problems of it’s own.

Giles on May 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

I’d see ‘After Earth’ but not IMAX – 4K DCP’s are being distributed so any projectors out there like the Sony one’s at most AMC’s seem more than suitable. I got to the Udvar Hazy an hour and 15 minutes BEFORE the 7:15pm showing on last Monday and one, I didn’t have to pay the parking (cough ‘rip off’) and obviously the first in line – I was no need or rush to see it in it’s first three days of release. You now have me wanting to check out the Xscape plex in Brandywine

JodarMovieFan on May 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

Giles, I wanted to see it at the Udvar Hazy, but their shows (Fri/Sat eve) sold out before I could even get the fan sneak tickets! I didn’t want to go earlier and have to pay $16 for parking before 5pm.

When Star Trek II came out way back in ‘82, in 70mm, there was also a sound mix up, during one of the performances. One day I went to see it and the scene where Kirk says 'all right, lets open her up’, after Saavik’s disastrous performance on the Kobyashi Maru, the ship’s ‘screen’ opens from right to left..well, the sound was left to right!

I’m looking forward to ‘After Earth’ but I don’t think its in IMAX-lite here. I’d be happy to see here in ETX. The Superman reboot should be good, but they keep playing last year’s teaser here as it ends with coming ‘next summer.’ Change it already!

Aside from the clarity and blemish free of digital projection and sound, its a shame that we must pay a premium for larger screen movies. When we had 70mm-6 track releases..even if they were 35mm blow ups, more so if you had a THX certified theater or better, THAT made for the immersive performance.

Giles on May 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

interesting about the differing sound mix, I didn’t even bother seeing/hearing it in Atmos here – since I wanted to check out the IMAX shot scenes in an actual 15/70 venue (i.e, Udvar Hazy). Would like to see ST:ID again, in 3D, but more than likely be down at the National History Museum (which starts a week from today).

JodarMovieFan on May 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I caught Star Trek: Into Darkness in the ETX Theater during a matinee showing. Paid $18 for the privilege. No sound during the preshow. There was probably 10 in a theater that holds 499. The AMC trailer played nice and loud and the Dolby Atmos trailer showed off what it could do quite nicely. The opening reminded me of the THX flower trailer. The ETX was spatial compared to the IMAX-lite and the 7.1 presentation I saw in THX. I think the sound mix is somehow messed up because prior to the Kirk ‘death’ scene, I could hear ‘breathing’ in the THX theater on the left, whereas in ETX its at the right. At the IMAX-lite presentation, I don’t recall hearing it at all.

Compared to the Xscape plex in Brandywine, I don’t see the value here, plus there are no leather recliners. I think I’m spoiled now..

Giles on April 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

and yet another Dolby Atmos mixed movie comes along and blows the last one out of the water – ‘Oblivion’ takes the cake with a sci-fi themed movie where the soundmixers place sound in some truly amazing areas of the auditorium – in this one the music score takes center stage. The Drones burst of energy and bass staccato sound pummels us the viewers to extraordinary effect. And since this isn’t a 3D film – there’s no ghosting flaws I’ve noted in past 3D presentations.

Giles on April 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

reserved seating is now available only for the IMAX screen. Saw ‘Jurassic Park’ on the IMAX screen last night and wow, what a stellar presentation; both the 3D and sound were incredible. Second to ‘Titanic’, this both looked and sounded top notch!

Giles on March 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I agree, of the three films I’ve so far heard in Atmos, this by far was the best. While the image for the first screening of last Friday was decent and conveyed some great dimensionality, far off images still seemed blurry – I really hope at some point AMC would just uninstall the two projector system and replace it with a single projector ‘Solaria’ 4K system. ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’s audio was just painful, I told the manager after 'Oz’s screening this was just exemplory (and then a quick comment that 'Die Hard 5’ was just beyond loud, which she agreed).

thebrat on March 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I went to see “Oz The Great and Powerful” in #11. Previously I saw “A Good Day to Die Hard” in the same auditorium. That presentation was shrill, loud, and plainly unacceptable. This presentation was much, much better. It seems like AMC took criticism and re-EQ’d the auditorium, or the sound mix wasn’t awful. Sadly, the two projectors were not aligned, as it looked blurry with a smudge on the screen left-off-center. Bass was multi-dimensional, sounds were discernible, all thanks to Dolby Atmos. The Atmos ‘woods’ trailer really shows off the power of the system. So great sound, okay picture.

Giles on December 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Jodar, in terms of the ETX screen not featuring ‘The Hobbit’ in HFR is baffling, since most specialty large screens have been upgraded to playback in 48fps – maybe AMC didn’t want to compete within it’s own theater/complex and give the IMAX presentation an upper hand – my guess is that the since the dual-projector is glitchy to begin with, updating to playback in HFR could be problematic. Fandango’s listing makes no mention that the ETX screen is HFR, it only applies to the IMAX-D presentation.

Giles on December 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

boring? oh well, to each his own… I’ve seen it twice now and I loved every minute of it. As for the ETX screening on their new ‘Dolby Atmos’ setup – (all 64 speakers) was mindblowing, if not a bit too loud at times. The use of multi speakers and panning of the sound was highly effective. Troll voices were placed above the Dwarves dialogue, suggesting height. Spiders attacking Radagast’s home had them audibly crawling over the audience’s heads – the ceiling speakers came also into heavy play during the city attack by Smaug and the huge chunks of boulder’s the Thunder Gods hurled at each other. In Gollum’s cave, his dis-attached voice echoing around (ours) and Bilbo’s head was amazing and placed . When the warg’s attacked one of their own orcs, his ‘loud’ demise literally behind the audiences' back was visceral and wide soundstage of carnage. Having heard the film prior in 7.1, the Atmos experience was heads (pardon the pun) above that mix.

As for ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ – my first choice would be to see this in 15/70 IMAX, as some of the scenes were shot similar to the two latter Dark Knight movies where full screen shots take up the entire wall/screen to maximum effect.

thebrat on December 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

So I saw “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in their IMAX auditorium. Wow, this place sure has changed since a went there to see “Dr. Seuss' The Lorax” earlier this year. The picture is clearer (and its not just the HFR), the sound is much, much more robust. I actually enjoyed the IMAX proprietary sound system for the movie more than I enjoyed the JBL system/Dolby 7.1 mix of the film at Cobb Village 12, and it’s usually the other way around. The right projector still had the same issue, it showed a few frames of black momentarily that all you see in the right eye of the polarized glasses was nothing whereas the left eye had the image. Can’t believe they didn’t look over that.

The HFR was different and hip. It did look like a new HDTV, but perhaps the greatest HDTV ever with the greatest luminance control of the IMAX 3D system and no artifacts in the motion as it was natively shot in 48fps. Sure it looked cheesy at times (“Blunt the Knives”), but the CGI blended pretty well. People should look back at the LOTR trilogy if they call the CGI in this film fake. ‘The Hobbit’ shows us how much can be improved in ten years. Gollum looks more real and emotive than ever. I also don’t want HFR to take over the cinema industry and milk the technology as with 3D. I want 24fps to still be a viable option available in the future.

The movie itself was boring, so we left two hours in. I had already seen the full film in 2D back in Cobb. I don’t think I can make another showing so no Atmos show for me. Think I’m going to wait until “A Good Day to Die Hard” or “Star Trek Into Darkness” as my first Atmos film. Oh and the preview for ‘Star Trek’ was fantastic. It looked soft at first, but once it got to the IMAX sequence all was better, though the constant alternating aspect ratios later on became comical.