AMC Loews Uptown 1

3426 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20008

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jeffpiatt on April 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

so far all we have on 2001 is a teaser trailer with the end card just mentioning that it will play as a special engagement in select theaters in 7mm. so far it looks like the bookings are not done yet. there is also a press rlese with a hi res poster saying it will be on 70mm film. the theaters showing it will more than likely be the same ones that ran dunkirt in that format.

MarkDHite on April 17, 2018 at 7:21 am

IGN doesn’t say anything about a theatrical 4K release. It does beg the issue that these articles are so vague. But 2001 on 70mm film is touring the US this summer for sure, with some theatres having already announced dates. It would be nice for an official list, though, as the various venues are engaged for the film.

HowardBHaas on April 17, 2018 at 6:33 am

The IGN article mentions a 4k blue ray release. Whether or not released in 4k in theaters, select theaters nationwide in US already announced 70mm dates of 2001.

jeffpiatt on April 17, 2018 at 6:28 am

they do use the same sensor to scan 65mm film for distribution including 2001:A Space Odyssey Based on the IGN article the 2001 50th release will be on film in France then Digital in the US in 4K in May. AMC dos not have the film page up yet or a list of participating theaters.

MarkDHite on April 16, 2018 at 5:18 am

Jeffpiatt: Hi! The section of the Wikipedia 70mm article that you quoted is actually about digital cinema cameras that are used to capture a moving image similar in size and depth of field as a traditional 65mm film camera. There’s no reference here, in this section of the article, to 70mm film projection in theatres. Thanks!

HowardBHaas on April 16, 2018 at 4:46 am

More inaccuracy! Cameras are used to record, they are not film projectors. This theater has 4k projectors.

jeffpiatt on April 16, 2018 at 4:42 am

I was Quoting from the Wikipedia page on 70mm film. “There are three types of digital cinema cameras with a 65 mm sensor, the Phantom 65, the Arri Alexa 65 and the forthcoming IMAX 2D Digital Camera. Otti International’s Phil Kroll developed the world’s first 65/70 mm telecine transfer system. This camera has been used in Hollywood to digitally master 70 and 65 mm films.”

Looking at a list of theaters that have 70mm projection this theater is not listed so AMC is only projecting 2k Digital here and saving the 70mm for there PLF theaters that project in 4K. the last ones installed are at the LOC, MPAA, and the NCTA.

veyoung52 on April 14, 2018 at 8:13 am

Yeah, Howard, glad you caught this. It’s complete gibberish. Perhaps the poster is confusing 65mm sensors (which collect the incoming light from the lens) with 65mm film. I agree that the practice of calling cameras with enlarged sensors “70mm” cameras is misleading.

HowardBHaas on April 14, 2018 at 8:06 am

I don’t understand a word Jeffpiatt wrote above. Digital projectors don’t project 35mm or 70mm film. 70mm Imax is great but is different than regular 70mm film (and projectors).

jeffpiatt on April 14, 2018 at 8:01 am the digital DLP projectors used currently are able to project in both 35 mm and 70 mm. IMAX is also a 70 MM film stock and both Dolby Cinema and Prime @ AMC are also projected in 70 mm. the former Carmike theaters have there internal 70mm large format auditoriums still branded as BigD.the way films are being sent out now are basically just the distributors shipping the film on a encrypted external Hard Disk that docks to the computer hooked up to the Projector.

HowardBHaas on April 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Of course, 70mm was great on the Uptown’s huge curved screen & yes, those 35mm blow up to 70mm films you cite (including the recent Phantom Thread, as “Music Box” is a historic Chicago movie theater that does show these 70mm films) could’ve been played on the old projectors.

JodarMovieFan on April 13, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Having not been inside the projection room, how difficult would have been to keep the older 35/70mm Norelco or whatever projection they had prior to the DP install? AMC could’ve kept them for classic revivals and not for just first run movies that would probably play better at the newer IMAX-lite venues. Even if they had, would the recent 70mm releases (Interstellar, Music Box (or whatever that dressmaker film was called, etc) have been able to be played with the older equipment?

This venue carries many memorable experiences as documented in this thread. The huge screen when properly used really adds to that immersive experience. To be honest, I’d rather see 70mm here than at the AFI..if I had a choice. :-D

jeffpiatt on April 13, 2018 at 9:46 am

Currently AMC has been sticking with putting there low screen count theaters under there AMC Classic banner and for now they are not getting the recliners. Currently the only other 1 screen AMC location left open post carmike merger is the AMC Navy Pier IMAX in CHICAGO IL that has the Reclining seats that IMAX is requireing at all current installs and reserve seating. the IMAX and DOLBY Cinema Recliners are different from the “AMC Signature Recliners” The Dolby seats have a speaker system built in to the seat itself and IMAX puts in the Black high back recliners in all there current install.

Giles on April 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

this theater most definitely does NOT need reclining seats, recliners while comfortable would cheapen it in my opinion. Laser projection is paramount in boosting both the illumination of the image, and having the colors better pop.

HowardBHaas on April 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

JodarMovieFan, 2001 will definitely this time not have the scenes cut after world premiere restored- they’d have announced such. There’s been discussion online that this print isn’t likely from original negative either, but it will likely still look awesome.

bigjoe59 on April 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm


I wish people would stop equating being able to reserve seats online with traditional roadshow engagements from the prime Sept. 1952 to Dec. 1972 period.

moviebuff82 on April 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

AMC should renovate this theater with reclining seats in the near future so it’s up to date with other DC area AMCs that have gone through the process. They should also use reserved seating just like it did when 2001 came out in that format.

stevenj on April 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

The (San Francisco) Castro Theatre’s website lists 2001 as also opening May 18 for 9 days with a 70mm print. 2001

JodarMovieFan on April 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

If they do show 2001 here, it will probably be in 4K. I haven’t been here since Dreamgirls, which I believe was 2K DP. One would think 4K would be better but my memory of the DP presentations here were that they tended to be darker.

In70mm reports a new 70mm print made from the original negative, so you know it doesn’t get much better than that. Although, I wonder if that means the cut scenes are also restored.. :)

On the other hand, if they did a IMAX version and showed it at one of the Smithsonian venues…now THAT would be quite immersive. I think I’d get motion sickness rewatching some the scenes that involved anti-grav or earth-orbit shots that go in circles.

HowardBHaas on April 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

Since I assist with both websites, I will note that 3 theaters have announced- in Chicago (Music Box), NYC (Village East), and Boston area (Sommerville). There are all great historic theaters though without Uptown’s huge curved screen. We look forward to updating the list when announcements are made. I’d expect AFI Silver to likely show this sometime.

peekytoe on April 12, 2018 at 5:20 am

I can’t find any officially announcements online with the schedule for the 50th Anniversary Screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey in May. Since this is where it all started, I’d love to make the pilgrimage to DC and see it here. I haven’t reached out to AMC directly…does anyone on this forum have any intel?

Giles on April 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

@ Howard: AMC for whatever reason removed the left/center, and right/center channels out from behind the screen, but retained the original center and left/right speakers, they’re still there, but the original cinerama configuration is gone.

@ veyoung52 – yes in the 90’s 6-track split stereo surround became the standard, but Sony also it’s 8-channel mixing, cinema presentation that brought back the five stage channels, and boy did it sound glorious.

if AMC were to ever consider integrating/renovating the Uptown’s sound system to feature Dolby Atmos, reinstalling the left/center and right/center is paramount as Atmos does recommend the two additional speakers for especially wide screen dimensions (Arclight Bethesda for example is five front [plus bass] on it’s Atmos,‘widescreen’ screen)

MSC77 on April 4, 2018 at 8:06 am

Here’s the link to a new article on roadshow and large format presentations in Washington, DC, which includes numerous mentions of the Uptown.

Showcase Presentations in Washington, DC

The piece is a work in progress, so please don’t hesitate to offer up any useful feedback.

MSC77 on April 2, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Just in time for the big anniversary, here’s a new retrospective article on Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Uptown and lots of other cinemas get mentioned in the piece.

Still the Ultimate Trip: Remembering “2001: A Space Odyssey” on its 50th Anniversary