Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater

6th Street and Independence Avenue,
Washington, DC 20560

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Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater

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Located in the National Air and Space Museum. Opened on July 1, 1976 with the first major IMAX hit movie “To Fly” (which they still play sometimes), this theater is currently the oldest IMAX theater in the US.

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Giles
Giles on January 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

of the two laser installs, this is going to be the longest, with a stated ‘March 2016’ reopening time frame. As it’s the oldest IMAX screen of the Smithsonian’s the conversion will be more complex than Udvar Hazy’s.

Giles
Giles on February 14, 2016 at 8:06 am

according to the Air & Space’s theater website the theater is reopening on February 25th and will be showcasing the new laser system with ‘The Force Awakens’ (beginning on Friday) til Sunday night.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 16, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Wow. This should be interesting. May be worth a visit. 3D Laser. This is the similar system they use at the Chinese and Seattle Cinerama? I had thought the Cinerama was a custom job.

Giles
Giles on February 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

the Chinese is a legit IMAX system and install, the Seattle Cinerama which yes a custom installation: features a Christie 6P laser projector and Dolby Atmos. I got an email today stating the theater is up and running as of today. After the brief run of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (Fri-Sun) a return engagement the Lockheed will:

“Beginning in March, the theater will have “Sci-Fi Sundays” in which fan-favorites such as The Martian will play at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Experience The Martian in IMAX 3D March 6, 13, 20, and 27.”

Giles
Giles on March 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

annoyingly ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ wont be playing here [damn it]

Giles
Giles on April 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm

finally checked out the new laser upgrade today and I have some mixed feelings about it, more so about what and how IMAX remastered ‘To Fly!’.

The beginning which is a small section of the screen, looks hideous, it looks like blown up VHS quality (it never looked like this in it’s 15/70 print) – but when it expands to full screen, the difference is immediate and stunning. A couple of instances there is judder as the camera pans across tree shots. Very minor speckles appear, but in no way hinder the picture. It’s just odd that the remastering process didn’t digitally erase them. The scene with the skydiver, the skydiver is double imaged – that had me equally bewildered. It’s the type of anomaly you’d see in a 3D presentation when ghosting occurs, here it defies description as to why it’s present, at all (I never noticed it in 15/70 form).

The huge difference is the sound, it sounds glorious and even though the overhead sound cues are subtle and more atuned to in keeping and retaining it’s original 6-track sound configurement – the panning and placement of the music to the new side wall channels is astounding. It gave more appreciation and fondness to Bernardo Segall’s music score.

Giles
Giles on May 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

SciFi Sundays screenings: May 1: Spaceballs May 8: The Fifth Element May 15: Men in Black May 22: Spaceballs (repeat, due to popular / sell out screening at the beginning of the month) May 29: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice June 5: Star Trek (2009) June 12: Star Trek: Into Darkness June 18: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan June 25: Inception

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 20, 2016 at 10:34 am

I saw that. Only the newer Trek films are in IMAX. I suspect Star Trek II is digital? And they’re charging the same $15 as the IMAX formatted NuTreks.

Giles
Giles on May 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

regarding tix pricing here’s what the Smithsonian recently stated:

“… if you bring in a ticket stub from a past #SciFiSundays film you can get your next film for just $10.”

as to ‘Star Trek II’ I’m assuming they are showing the theatrical DCP of this – unless Paramount created new DCP’s from the recent HDR’d 4K remastering

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 25, 2016 at 1:26 am

RE: ST II. I guess the only way to find out is to boldly go and see it for myself. :) To be honest, my memories of the 70mm original theatrical run have always been in my mind more so for its soundtrack. Perhaps the DCP is from the newly released 4K remastering. It should look good in this theater. I’m hoping some of the sound fx are still there.

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