From: Torrance, CA
Registered: May 2003
posted December 01, 2006 08:42 AM
Getting back on topic, I share Jeff's concern about Regal's upcoming LA "flagship". Judging by my visit to their new Red Rock 16 in Vegas, it's looking kinda shaky. Their theatre layouts may be just fine for the folks in the burbs of American who don't know any better. But they're trying to stake a claim in the Film Capitol of the World. They'd better go all out for this one!
[ December 01, 2006, 03:22 PM: Message edited by: Chris Utley ]
From: Walnut Creek, CA
Registered: Sep 2006
posted December 10, 2006 12:41 AM
Yes, that is an outrage. However, I think I think I know why. Sometimes films are not delivered with the necessary DTS cds for the soundtrack. If the auditorium is only equipped to play DTS sound, the film will play in analog stereo by default.
I totally agree that someone should have set up the movie in another auditorium that could play it in some other form of digital sound such as Dolby Digital or SDDS. Dolby Digital sound comes directly off of the film print and does not need discs. However, if the entire movie theater is only equipped to play DTS sound, the movie is doomed to play only in analog stereo.
quote: Top down masking ain't gonna cut it in The Capital, folks!
Unfortunately top down masking is cutting it at Pacific's flagship The Grove in Los Angeles. Too bad they didn't follow the model of their upscale Arclight. Indeed, all the screens I've seen at the Arclight are side masking. When the Grove shows a Flat (non-scope) film in one of their larger auditoriums, the picture is almost too big! (if people can believe such a thing) I always have to sit near the back.
Side masking is the way the film gods intended. A widescreen picture should mean a larger picture, not a smaller one. Could you imagine going to a 70mm movie and having the screen shrink to present it? (I know this is a fantasy because no new stadium theatre is capable of 70mm, except the Arclight which moved over Lawrence of Arabia from the Cinerama Dome once).