AMC Columbia 14

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

this theater is being used as a shelter for victims of the shooting as a precaution since it’s a separate building.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

A shooting near the movie theater in the mall has the mall on lockdown today.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on June 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I saw Oz the Great and Powerful during its run in IMAX 3D and the IMAX sound was very weak. Bass output was practically non-existent and the sound overall was not loud at all for IMAX. Projection was good, though not as bright as the projectors at Cinemark Egyptian.

Star Trek: Into Darkness in IMAX 3D was the complete opposite with brighter projection and much louder sound, though the mid and high frequency audio seemed to be louder than the bass at times.

I thought the Man of Steel (standard 2D) presentation in auditorium 7 over the weekend was better than both of those projection wise. The IMAX projectors seem to have higher contrast with more saturated color compared to the DLP projector in #7. Like the Into Darkness presentation in IMAX 3D, sound in Man of Steel was loud but emphasized the mid and high frequencies with even less low-frequency/bass output.

Like most AMC locations that were built before digital cinema became standard, this theater still uses their old, low-resolution video projectors for pre-shows (AMC locations in Owings Mills and White Marsh do the same as well). Local Cinemark and Regal megaplexes that were built with film projectors (Arundel Mills and Snowden Square, respectively) are using their digital cinema projectors for all presentations, including pre-shows.

For those who enjoy watching trailers: this specific theater frequently shows old trailers (not the most recent trailers) and sometimes does not show new teaser trailers that are included with new film releases.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on June 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness in the IMAX-lite theater during a matinee showing in its final week in many local venues in IMAX-lite. I had hoped to catch the movie in the best format available before it gets relegated to the smaller and not so grand shoebox theaters at the local multiplexes. Not surprisingly, there was barely a handful in attendance. The preshow was shown in a small square and with low audio. Its as if no one cared to at make at least the ads top notch given the $18 premium paid for the format. Again, they showed last year’s teaser for the Superman: Man of Steel movie. Ridiculous. They should be playing the final trailer for a movie opening in less than two weeks!

With my Stubs membership about to expire, I decided to go to a few more AMC shows to get my reward credit to pay for the renewal. I would have sprang for one of the outrageously priced concession stand items but as I approached the counter, the attendant went the other way. With the movie about to start, I decided not to waste time or $10 for something I didn’t really want. Since I was on the fence, had there been better customer service, I probably would’ve bought something even if I had missed the first few minutes of ads anyway.

Presentation was good. What is interesting about this viewing and this is probably the 5th or so I’ve seen in this format, is noticing sound effects that you either didn’t hear or notice from previous viewings. The picture didn’t seem as bright as Regal’s or the new Xcape Brandyine Xtreme auditorium. Maybe the DP is older? or the projection lamp needs adjustment or changing?

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I saw ‘Iron Lady’ in 6 a few weeks ago in DP. The picture and sound were quite good, but not as good as at the BowTie Annapolis Harbour. It may be that I sat in the back at the Harbour as opposed to smack in the front here. Great movie. I hope Meryl Streep wins another Oscar, but since Glenn Close has yet to win one and she is also nominated, it may not happen.

I also saw ‘Red Tails’ in #13. Very good surround and picture. There was some disruption in the beginning of the movie but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the movie and the presentation. The audience, mostly African American, was a bit boisterous in the beginning. There was an older lady sitting to the left of me, who would occasionally SHHH. If we were in DC, say at the Regal Gallery Place, I’d fear there would have been some confrontation with the lady since she was white SHHH-shing. Fortunately, it did not escalate. As with other theaters, no one came in at all during the show to check on the exit doors.

The movie did bring out some cat calls and applause when a character surprisingly returns from a prison camp. As such, the audience participation was a welcome surprise.

I can’t believe I spent almost $40 here; $25 on tickets and another $12 for a popcorn/soda combo. With my AMC Stubbs card, I was able to get it upsized for free. On my way out, I did get refills for both for later consumption. They need to have popcorn seasonings here other then the hydrogenated imitated butter glop.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on January 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

Watched Beauty and the Beast 3D in auditorium 7 this past week. The depth of the 3D seemed to be better than The Lion King 3D, which I also saw at this theatre in auditorium 2. I looked up into the booth window for both screenings and it appears that both auditoriums have DLP projectors due to their larger screens. They only had a single lens with a RealD filter in front, unlike Sony projectors that have a dual lens adapter for 3D features. The 3D DLP presentations also appear to be brighter than the Sony 3D presentations I have seen in the smaller auditoriums.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Caught the Adventures of TinTin, in IMAX-lite, the other Monday. Thinking I was going to pay matinee pricing for IMAX, I was wrong. They charged full price! The motion capture aspect of the production made for a very exciting chase scene at the end..the very end. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough to sustain interest getting there. At least the technique has more detail from when Polar Express was released, but I still think the characters have limited expression beyond that of zombies.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on March 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

According to the AMC website & MovieTickets.com, most of the auditoriums now have digital projection.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 1, 2010 at 6:18 am

I also saw Inception in the IMAX-lite theater. Unfortunately, I was up late the night before, so the AM showing I saw caused me to sleep during the middle of the movie. Its funny though that I thought I was actually “in” the movie going in and out of consciousness and felt I was in certain scenes and that I was actually talking to Leonardo diCaprio. :D I hope to see it again before it goes.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on August 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I recently saw Inception in digital IMAX and enjoyed the film and digital presentation for the most part.

Although the sound system seemed to be more powerful than previous IMAX screenings (especially the bass output), there were times when the sound seemed like it was not equalized. At some points, the bass would drown out the mid and higher end audio, such as spoken dialogue, which is important in this particular film.

Otherwise, the presentation was fine. The digital projection was brighter than most standard digital presentations, which helped bring out some details in the picture.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on July 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Digital Projection Update:

Auditorium 1 – Multiplex IMAX digital (DLP x 2)
Auditorium 4 – Sony 4K digital (RealD 3D capable)
Auditorium 6 – Sony 4K digital (RealD 3D capable)
Auditorium 14 – DLP digital (RealD 3D capable)

Auditoriums 1 & 6 appear to be the largest digital auditoriums, with auditorium 4 being the smallest digital screen and 14 somewhere in between in terms of size.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on December 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I also saw Avatar in IMAX Digital 3D this past weekend and agree with Jodar. The film works quite well with this format, especially the 3D aspect that feels more immersive due to the screen size and sound system.

Not sure why non-IMAX previews were shown, especially since there were already several IMAX 3D previews. They could have shown the IMAX countdown trailer in 3D as they did in the past. Then again, that trailer may have been replaced with the new AMC IMAX intro.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

My cousins and I saw Avatar in IMAX-lite 3D here Sat night. The theater was sold out and for the first time since the IMAX-lite install, I do have to say that the film and this format are a perfect match. The movie was enthralling despite its rather long running time. The ‘3D’ aspect does really draw you into this alien world and after a few moments it all feels ‘natural.’ I want to see it again, at the nearby Cinemark Muvico and their XD format to compare.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I wanted to go this weekend but with the snow, couldn’t get out of the house. The roads are just too jammed to go to the mall even today, Monday. If work is slow, I may just hit a matinee before Christmas.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on December 21, 2009 at 3:18 pm

IMAX 3D screenings of Avatar were sold out on opening day. Several RealD screenings were also sold out during the evening. According to MovieTickets.com, Avatar is being shown in RealD 3D in 2 auditoriums. Previously only auditorium 14 had RealD.

I have not seen the movie yet but I did see the Avatar Day preview footage here in IMAX 3D, which I thought was impressive.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on November 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm

My friend and I saw A Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D. It seems strange to me that its also playing in Digital 3D. If you’re going to go for the 3D experience, why not go to the more immersive experience of the large format showing? When we got tickets at the kiosk, it was interesting to note that they advertise the IMAX lite theater as THX. Unfortunately, the THX website does not list this venue as THX certified, yet. The movie was masked in what seemed to be 2:35, yet IMDB has the IMAX version at 1:44. Hmmm. The IMAX Digital trailer is all new and does show off the format’s immersive and colorful display. The previews for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland were truly amazing and, yes, even in the IMAX lite theater was quite good. Then again, we sat in the seats up front reserved for the elderly and handicapped.

The movie itself began much like we all know about the classic Dickens tale. The motion capture technique used on Jim Carrey doesn’t show his features in the beginning. His voice isn’t recognizable either at first. Unfortunately, given the fact that this is a familiar tale and I woke up very early, I found myself snoozing during the middle part of the movie. Overall, I did enjoy the movie and the format better this time around. I may want to watch it again during a matinee before Avatar comes out.

I don’t know if it was just me but the sound system seemed to have more ooomph and deeper bass than before and the surrounds good accompanying the 3D effects. Its still not up to par with the best THX venues yet, even though they are touting it as THX at the kiosk.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 30, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Jodar, that’s precisely the reason why I didn’t see it in IMAX DLP. I had originally planned to but my relatives didn’t want to pay the extra evening surcharge for IMAX and didn’t want to see a film that late. Most theatres are showing the IMAX DLP version once in the early afternoon between Where The Wild Things Are IMAX screenings and also during the evening – this theater is not.

I may see this again in DP at another area theatre if this one does not add earlier showtimes for IMAX DLP. As you said, Bow Tie Annapolis Mall 11 is showing it in DLP; Cinemark Egyptian 24 also has DLP screenings and Landmark Harbor East is showing the film in 4K.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm

MovieTix, how could you resist NOT seeing it in the IMAX digital version?? I am curious as to why they limit the IMAX screenings to just one show a day. They are showing it in DLP in Annapolis in THX but I think I may splurge and go the IMAX-lite route at this venue.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I saw Michael Jackson’s This Is It in auditorium #2 tonight. The 35 mm presentation was quite good, especially for a concert film. Due to the aspect ratio of the film, the large screen in #2 was utilized at full height with no top down masking. It’s a shame the director decided against a 3D release since the scenes were still shown, though in 2D.

I did have one minor gripe: during an interview scene near the beginning of the film, the dialogue of the person skipped due to a reel change.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I was just going by what you were saying. In the previous years, I forgot which auditorium was already DLP equipped. I do not recall the auditorium’s number but placement wise, it reminded me of Tysons. What I was saying before was that going by your assumption that 6 had the new install, it would make sense to have them book the new movie Amelia there as opposed to just putting back the older movie, which I’m assuming is the Meatballs 3D movie.

If you go and see Amelia there on time, let us know if there’s a new trailer for the digital system. I don’t think the next big digital movie will come until the movie 2012 is released in a few weeks. That one deserves the IMAX treatment given the size and scale of the destruction fx. Or, the Jim Carrey Disney Christmas Scrooge movie.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 24, 2009 at 11:23 am

Jodar, I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say “older movie with a new system”. When I went there on October 22, they were still working on the 4K system. Hence, why I said auditorium #6 was closed.

I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” in auditorium #2, which was a 35 mm film presentation. On the same day, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was shown in #14 but in 35 mm film and not DLP 3D as in previous weeks. The movie appears to be showing in 3D now, so they may have been working on the DLP projector again.

Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough in my last post.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Yes, it was 6. If thats the case, why would they show an older movie with the new system? I’d think they would use the new system with the new movie. I should’ve asked. :) Besides, it was the only movie that I recall that specifically had the DP by the title. Also, Movietickets.com has just Wild Things in IMAX and regular film since there’s no DP designation.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Jodar, was the movie shown in auditorium #6? When I went to see “Where the Wild Things Are” yesterday (in auditorium #2), it was closed. So I’m assuming the 4K system is in that auditorium.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I saw Amelia here at the 11am matinee (and perfect price of $6) but arrived late because I had to drop some folks off at a wedding in Pasadena. The film, itself, was good but not great. Its good to see Hillary Swank play a character who doesn’t die horribly…which probably means she won’t get another Oscar for portraying Amelia Earhart. I must say one does believe she captures what Amelia may have been at the time; a little reserved, but having an inner strength to continue despite the odds and obstacles.

Since I arrived late, I could not observe any pre-show ads for the auditorium’s new format. I’m hoping next time I will. The picture itself is as good as digital touts itself to be, bright, flicker and scratch free. The best colors to come out are blues and reds. One could count the freckles on Amelia though they varied throughout the film. At one point, her makeup made her look as if she had chicken pox. Maybe such crystal clarity is not such a good thing. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between 2K and 4K Digital. You’d think 4K would be twice as sharp. Perhaps a CGI heavy film like a Star Trek would show better. Let’s hope one of the Christmas fx-heavy releases makes it to this venue and in the 4K format to say for sure. I want another try at it.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

According to MovieTickets.com and Fandango, the documentary film, “Amelia”, will be shown in Sony 4K at this theater and AMC Loews White Marsh 16 starting on Friday (October 23).