Empirical Theater

1945 SE Water Avenue,
Portland, OR 97214

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

How does it compare with other lie maxes like AMC?

MotoFox
MotoFox on January 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

No longer has the dome, either. Replaced with a big flat widescreen (61' * 40", It’s not IMAX 1.4:1.) No longer showing 15/70; now showing video with ATMOS 8-track audio. Dual Christie 4K video projectors, which is at least an improvement over the current generation of LieMAXes.

I read an article published shortly after the reopening which had a comment from one of the engineers saying something to the effect of the dome could have just as easily been kept (and used), but OMSI bean-counters insisted that it go, for undisclosed reasons. If I find it I will post the URL in another comment.

I saw “The Dream Is Alive” and “Blue Planet” here last summer for the first time since I was a kid (so ~20 years), and had virtually none of the immersion or impact that seeing them on the dome had. The ATMOS audio was kind of a nice upgrade from the limited/outdated IMAX 6-track system. But that’s about it.

So now it’s just… blah. Another house-brand LieMAX ripoff.

Resources:

http://oregonlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2013/09/change_projected_at_three_port.html

http://reddit.com/r/Portland/comments/1kwvwb/say_goodbye_to_the_omnimax_theater/

http://tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g52024-i238-k7978821-IMAX_Movie_Theater-Portland_Oregon.html

https://change.org/p/oregon-museum-of-science-and-industry-omsi-save-the-omnimax-theater-from-being-shut-down

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

https://www.omsi.edu/empirical-theater…theater renamed empirical theater, no longer shows imax movies.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm

How does this theater compare with the one on the East Coast in Jersey City?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

This is to Oregon what the theater in LSC is to NJ.