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 on April 21, 2016 at 8:39 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 on May 20, 2016 at 11:06 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 on May 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

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 on May 20, 2016 at 2:22 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 on May 25, 2016 at 3:26 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.

Darth_Vader444 on November 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Anyone know if Rogue One will be played on Dec 16th? I will make the trip all the way from NYC if it’s playing here. The Lincoln Square Imax doesn’t look like it will be ready on time. I want to see this in laser.

JodarMovieFan on November 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Darth, it appears so. Check the Smithsonian’s webpage. It states that it opens here on Dec. 18. It should be spectacular. Supposedly, they filmed scenes in IMAX. Hopefully, it should look great here. Enjoy it and the museum exhibits, too. ^5.

Giles on March 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

guess with one off showings for it’s Sci-Fi Sundays – the Smithsonian relaxed it’s “no R-rated movies” policy – they’ve shown “Alien” “Aliens” “Blade Runner” “The Matrix”

and oh, check out the new Greg MacGillivray movie: ‘Dream Big’ – who knew that ‘engineering’ was a topic ripe for the ultra big screen & 3D.

Giles on May 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

I wasn’t able to attend this presentation/Q&A, but I thought I just add this special screening of ‘2001’ just for the sake of retaining it here on Lockheed’s listing:

“Sci-Fi Sundays Special Event: ‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’ featuring introduction and Q&A with Douglas Trumbull, Laser 2D, May 20th at 1:45 pm National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

This special screening will be introduced by, and followed by a Q&A with, legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull, who created many of 2001’s stunning, Academy Award-winning FX sequences. Trumbull also earned Academy Awards nominations for his work on the sci-fi classics Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner."

JodarMovieFan on May 24, 2018 at 7:15 am

Wow, I would have loved to have been there. He’s held various Q&As at a few places in the past few years. It would have been even better if he showed some of his HFR shorts he’s been working on like he did at the Seattle Cinerama venue a couple of years ago.

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