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thebrat commented about LOOK Dine-In Cinemas W.57th on Sep 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Giles, I went last night and it’s most definitely 7.1, at least in screen #6. “mother!” puts the 7.1 sound field to good use, although the EQ in the theater is pretty weak.

thebrat commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Aug 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Went here the first time tonight, I live in NY so it’s not likely for me to go again or consistently enough to give a thorough write-up. My feature was in #4 and ouch my back. The seats aren’t exactly comfortable, which is my only gripe. Picture and especially sound is a step down from NYC’s Sunshine, I even heard woofer distortion in the Landmark logo. But I’d be damned this is the cutest movie theater I’ve been to.

It’s a place to see a movie, and less of an experience.

thebrat commented about Flushing, Queens, NY: After three decades, work finally begins on redeveloping historic Flushing theater on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Interesting. I wonder if a multiplex can be incorporated to it, similar to the new Landmark at 57 West.

thebrat commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm

I went to the 2pm 5/70 showing of Dunkirk today and 10 minutes in the projector stopped. We had to wait 5-10 minutes for it to come back. Smooth sailing from there, though the focus wasn’t perfect, and you can notice it at the end credits.

thebrat commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm

I remember the 5/70 print of Interstellar had a trailer attached for Inherent Vice. The 35mm version had trailers for Inherent Vice, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

thebrat commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Jun 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

Very cute. :)

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

I always thought Disney should’ve purchased the Ziegfeld and make it their East Coast version of El Capitan. What a shame, it could have lived on for longer then.

thebrat commented about Northpark West 1 & 2 on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:54 pm

How many people here favorite theaters they’ve never been? In this case I’m guilty.

thebrat commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

For a single-screen experience I’d recommend the Paris theatre. It only plays art films so it may not be your cup of tea.

Here I am just anxiously waiting how the upcoming Dolby Cinema here will turn out.

I live close to the LIRR, so I can take the train into Penn Station, and viola, a Dolby Cinema is just right there!

thebrat commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Yesterday afternoon I caught “The Beguiled” here. In the case for my showing it was playing in State. The A/C was broken for the entire second floor and the 1.66:1 image of the film wasn’t fully masked. To be generous, machines can only work for so long unattended and “The Beguiled” was in a ratio outside of the DCI specifications anyway. On the plus, the lack of HVAC noise in the theater enhanced the film’s understated, nuanced, and quiet sound design. Though I did hear audio bleed from the adjacent theater, it’s understandable knowing that only Loews was built to the THX specs.

Notwithstanding, “The Beguiled” is a great technical achievement moreso than a character-driven movie. One thing that caught my attention was the excellent use of contrast. Lights and darks coexist within a frame beautifully without compromise, and I haven’t seen a movie that used contrast that well in a long time. I’d assume State has your typical Sony SXRD 4K projector, but which one? Is it even an SXRD projector? Blacks were way black, obviously the Sonys have better blacks than the DLPs, but maybe this film took advantage of that more than others.

thebrat commented about Kew Gardens Cinemas on Oct 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Underrated complex. The middle aisles are deplorable but considering its age, it’s doable. The Stage Accompany sound system is really the unsung hero with their ribbon driver speakers. DLP systems look great too.

thebrat commented about Regal UA Kaufman Astoria & RPX on Jun 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Can anyone confirm 7.1 on this site? I saw FINDING DORY last night at Auditorium #1 and I could have sworn I’ve heard young, harrowing hellos from the back right surround IMMEDIATELY after the opening title.

Also, #1 isn’t the RPX screen, which has Dolby Atmos. It has a Sony 320 and Klipsch Professional speakers. Image was framed a tad too high with somewhat noticeable trapezoiding on the right hand side.

thebrat commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Aug 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

First visit today for “Shaun the Sheep Movie” at theater 10. The film was a riot but the 8.5-year-old complex could have been maintained better.

The picture appeared to be dull, half-resolution, and problematic with chromatic aberration. The sound wasn’t pleasing for the trailers but the movie was too quiet, Fantastic Four in #9 next door added some unneeded bass and rumble.

After the other patrons left I looked at the port window to find a CHRISTIE unit (unusual for AMC) with a 3D polarizer in front of it. AMC (and other major chains) are generally incompetent with technical maintenance and they are notorious for playing 2D movies through 3D filters. The article is over 4 years old and it still rings true.

A question, is the Christie in #10 4K compatible?

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Vito, it’s the mix itself. Magnetic wouldn’t improve anything.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

6:45pm went smoothly. Very immersive, my only complaint was the sound being too strident, a typical Nolan trait. Hardly any dirt, and 100x superior to the 35mm version.

Also I didn’t see the vertical scratch that Tweeter was talking about.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

Ziegfeld is presenting Interstellar in 5/70 FILM.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

I hear from Twitter that one of the reels at Zig had a vertical scratch for a few minutes. Tonight will be interesting.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Someone on Yelp gave a poor review on Zig’s 70mm presentation of Interstellar. The sound was intermittently cut off. I am anxious because I am in NY and I will be going tonight for the 6:45pm show. Crossing my fingers.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

CRAP! It looks like the Nov 8 6:45 pm showing is DIGITAL. I bought tickets for that show, and it looks like I have to trade the tickets for a 70mm showing or sell them. No way I’m going 250+ miles to see a crappy digital show on a 2K NEC projector, when I can see 35mm right in Fairfax.

But why is 35mm good when so-called “projectionists” these days scratch up the entire film?

15/70 would be nice if I didnt have to see black on most of the screen most of the time or hear it through Udvar-Hazy’s muddy sound system.

thebrat commented about Sayrewoods Projection Room 1985 on Oct 12, 2014 at 5:18 am

Did studio color timing move to Xenon by 1985? I saw Labyrinth (1986) projected on Xenons and it had more of a bluish tint than the DVD or Blu. Was that film color-timed for Carbon Arcs?

thebrat commented about Theater owners complain about Interstellar film release on Oct 12, 2014 at 5:10 am

I just hope for a TAP-style quality control for this release. Theaters in my area kept their or recently opened with 35mm projectors like Angelika Mosaic, AFI Silver and E Street Cinema.

thebrat commented about Movies at Montgomery Mall on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

One of the screens at the new Arclight may have Dolby Atmos. There is a video of an auditorium in the new complex, and it looks like it has room for five stage speakers, extra front surrounds, and overheads. Here is the video, starts at the 9 minute mark.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

Where did you hear about the sound being 6-track mag? Give us your sources because those two links said the sound on 70mm prints is digital.

thebrat commented about Regal Countryside on Oct 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I hear once Regal opens up the Mall theater, this will close. If it does, one of my suggestions was Landmark renovating the theater, de-twinning some of the screens, so less screens more quality. I’ve always wanted a Landmark in NoVA.

thebrat commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

It appears that Interstellar will be showing here in standard 70MM. I hope this isn’t another “The Master” in regards to surround sound.

Please, oh I beg please, Bow-Tie, do NOT fuck this up.