Cobb Village 12

1600 Village Market Boulevard SE,
Leesburg, VA 20175

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thebrat on March 16, 2014 at 5:16 am

I have a solution for side-masked screens. Install 5 speakers behind the screen. The AFI Silver does this. Just route front left and right to the far left and right for scope, route the two to front left center and front right center for flat. Same goes for the height channels in Auro.

Giles on March 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I could cite any theater that uses side masking – but when compared to say AMC Mazza – which I frequent a lot – when a 1.85 film is presented – the top and bottom are consistent to a 2.35 (‘scope’) film and the only thing that is reduced is the sides of the screen reducing the screen horizontally (the theater setup folk obviously didn’t place the speakers too far out left and right to be obscured when a 1.85 film is shown) – why black borders would appear (around the entire image) seems to suggest as if the projector was somehow pushed forwards. From what I’ve been reading online, neither the Auro or the Atmos mix of ‘Mr Peabody’ are nothing to write home about. I saw ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ (Dolby Atmos) the next day and that holospheric audio soundscape was like night and day and just jaw dropping.

thebrat on March 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Hey, Giles. I too was pissed about “Mr. Peabody” not filling up the screen and I even thought the sound was off-putting. I have a theory that the left and right fronts were covered by the masking, as auditorium 11 uses side masking. For the record, Turbo was a better-sounding film, and Ender’s Game uses Auro to its advantage. Those films were in scope, filled up the screen, and very robust (aside from the rattle issue in Ender’s Game). Let’s hope Amazing Spider-Man 2 is better.

Giles on March 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

oh and according to the phone message that you get when you call the theater, it states that ALL the screens can playback 7.1 movies [thumbs up]

Giles on March 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I agree thebrat – the Auro system didn’t really impress me as much as Dolby Atmos has. ‘Mr Peabody & Shermans’ soundmix was mediocre at best, the non-use of rear center sound creates a gigantic hole behind the listener – I’d like to resee/hear this in 7.1 now. As to the theater complex – really nice! It was odd though, that the 1.85 aspect ratio of ‘Mr Peabody’ didn’t fill out the screen, it was nestled in the middle of the screen with black borders on the sides as well above and below the image (huh?)

thebrat on November 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This area now has 100% reserved seating, with no surcharge says Cobb Theaters. I did notice a $0.25 surcharge for my matinee ticket when I went to see ENDER’S GAME in auditorium #11. The film was presented in Auro 11.1, a premium sound format at a regular price in this theater. But the best thing about it compared to IMAX/RPX/ETX… There is MASKING! Very inventive use of the sounds, this actually takes advantage of the format more so than TURBO did. Just one complaint, there was a rattling effect during a large portion of the low-frequency moments. Annoying, but a pleasant experience. Auro 11.1 is nowhere near as good as Dolby Atmos.

Giles on March 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

any idea if any of the other auditoriums feature 7.1 surround sound? I know I’ve noted this before, but the only other theaters where the entire complexes are equipped as such are: Bow Tie Reston, Archlight Mosaic, and the upcoming Alamo Drafthouse Ashburn

John Fink
John Fink on March 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I can’t find it now but I did run across a site with DBox movie reviews – I’ve been frustrated by some titles to the point of really not seeking it out after a few bad experiences. When it works, it works, but often its pretty lame. Maybe for the new Fast & The Furious movie. I agree an $8 upgrade is a little too much especially since those seats can be for some flicks mostly dormant.

Giles on March 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

well at least it wont be expensive in 2D, the price for the D-Box screenings are outrageous if you ask me.

thebrat on March 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

This venue just recently had Barco’s Auro 11.1 sound system installed in one of their theaters. It’s showing “The Croods” in 2D, which I don’t know why not in 3D.

thebrat on August 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

It’s not great, s**t-your-pants showmanship like the Empire Leicester Square or GCC Northpark. I’m just saying it’s better showmanship than your average Regal or other average multiplex.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

Quality Showmanship in 2011.Wow.