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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:21 pm 
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That's not really what those tweets say - new screens aren't being built to support masking, because there'd be absolutely no reason for AMC to suddenly stop supporting it on screens that are already doing it right. It's not great but ultimately I think there are bigger fish to fry in the scheme of these sorts of things.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:38 pm 
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They're still not masking their projection. There's an example of what it looks like in that link; it's like watching a movie on your television, only larger. Do you expect to see unused screen space when you go to the movies?

Also, what "bigger fish to fry" are you referring to?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Societal unrest?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:03 pm 
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Major props to AMC Theaters in Great Falls, Montana for not only showing Marshall late but in the wrong aspect ratio. The bats in the past were somehow understandable but projecting a film in the wrong aspect ratio? Unforgivable.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:14 pm 

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My local AMC actually has screens that change size. The only time I've ever seen them mask is when I saw a DCP of Ben-Hur and a 70mm version of The Hateful Eight because they were in Ultra 70. Otherwise, it seems they literally change the size of screen, though they do mask trailers sometimes.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:03 pm 
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When you say “screens that change size” you’re just talking about automated masking, right?

And when you’re talking about masking trailers, you mean that they’re letter- or windowboxed, right?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 pm 
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Big Ben wrote:
Major props to AMC Theaters in Great Falls, Montana for not only showing Marshall late but in the wrong aspect ratio. The bats in the past were somehow understandable but projecting a film in the wrong aspect ratio? Unforgivable.


My birthplace is starting to piss me off =D


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:30 pm 

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When I saw The Last Jedi at the largest multiplex in my city, the house lights were left on - at full maximum brightness - during the trailers, and then remained on as the opening crawl began. Someone left the auditorium to alert a theater employee and the lights went off, only to flicker back on a moment later before turning off for good.

This was in the largest multiplex in my city, which was recently bought out and renovated by Marcus Theatres. I've seen that happen once before at that theater, but the other time it was an afternoon showing of On the Waterfront populated only by me and a group of chatty senior citizens, who would never have complained. This was a sold-out screening of Star Wars, for crying out loud.

The instant the closing credits began, the lights came on, again, at maximum brightness. It seems absurd that dimmer lights would be one of the casualties of modern theater design. Is this common?

I almost hate to complain on top of that that the screen wasn't masked properly, but apparently it's not only AMC that has that particular failing.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:03 am 

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The Pachyderminator wrote:
When I saw The Last Jedi at the largest multiplex in my city, the house lights were left on - at full maximum brightness - during the trailers, and then remained on as the opening crawl began. Someone left the auditorium to alert a theater employee and the lights went off, only to flicker back on a moment later before turning off for good.


When I went to the AMC Best Picture Showcase a couple years ago, they left the house lights on during the entirety of Brooklyn. It was infuriating.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:11 pm 

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Two odd experiences in a row for me:

Last night I went to a bougie semi-art house theater (owned by Regal) in Charlotte to see Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri which I expected would be fairly empty since it's been out for a while but the theater ended up being nearly packed (aside from the front row). My wife and I had arrived 30 minutes early (as is our custom) so that we could choose prime seats and then a couple of pushy, rude women strongarmed us into moving off-center so they could sit in our row (even though the front row was completely empty). I get it, the front row is not fun, but if you want to be picky about your seats, you don't show up half way through the trailers and start making demands. Then these women, sitting directly beside me proceeded to chat with each other, check their phones, and then produce a ghastly hacking cough every 20 seconds or so. I got up, looked the woman in the face and said, "You win," and my wife and I went and sat in the front row. A weird screen angle and slight neck pain for infinitely preferable to that. But I must say, it annoyed me more than a little.

Today, I went to catch an early Sunday matinee of The Greatest Showman and experienced something I have only ever heard legend of in the past. I was turned away because it was sold out. I've spent my entire life in rural-suburban areas in South Carolina and have never seen a movie sell out (not even event movies like Star Wars or Harry Potter, and not even on opening nights), so I was pretty surprised to find that a movie receiving mixed critical reviews (though all the word-of-mouth I've heard has been exceedingly positive) and that has been out for a while sold out for a 2:40 showing on Sunday afternoon.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:45 pm 
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The Pachyderminator wrote:
When I saw The Last Jedi at the largest multiplex in my city, the house lights were left on - at full maximum brightness - during the trailers, and then remained on as the opening crawl began. Someone left the auditorium to alert a theater employee and the lights went off, only to flicker back on a moment later before turning off for good.

I went to my brand new local IMAX theater for this film and experienced much the same thing. Not quite full house lights during the opening crawl but very bright targeted spotlights through the first five minutes of the film. (They are doing the “food service at your seat” thing. The spotlights were probably to guide the servers.) The lights eventually went fully off for the film, but the moment the final credits started the full house lights were switched on. It was jarring, disruptive, and unpleasant to say the least.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:51 pm 
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A screening of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was ruined by lots of sniggering, laughing and comments from a mostly senior-citizen crowd, which has led me to the conclusion that the biggest problem with gay movies is straight audiences. A similar experience at the same cinema with CAROL, where any hint of physicality between the two women got remarks like "sluts!" and "bad girls" has led me to avoid this cinema for LGBT-themed films in future.

The next day a screening of THE LAST JEDI was just exactly out of focus enough to be noticeable -- three requests for adjustment were ignored. I lodged a complaint at customer services and was told that the general manager had checked the screen and hadn't noticed a problem -- they don't have a projectionist. This at the UA Kaufman Astoria Studios cinema. They also botched a screening of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD -- they're off my list for good.

And then, the next night, a gorgeous projection of the new restoration of A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH at Film Forum functioned as a reminder of how great a movie can look when projected properly by an institution that gives a holy goddamn.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:51 pm 
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Roscoe wrote:
A screening of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was ruined by lots of sniggering, laughing and comments from a mostly senior-citizen crowd, which has led me to the conclusion that the biggest problem with gay movies is straight audiences. A similar experience at the same cinema with CAROL, where any hint of physicality between the two women got remarks like "sluts!" and "bad girls" has led me to avoid this cinema for LGBT-themed films in future.
Conversely, this is one reason I always try to see LGBT-themed movies early in their runs here in Portland, because they will attract exactly the demographic that will be excited about them. My experience with both of these movies was thankfully enriched by audience response—the packed crowd I first saw CAROL with was particularly vocal about their enthusiasm. Of course, all it takes is one bad seed to pollute the room, which did happen to me at a later-run matinee screening of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR.

Speaking of bad seeds, I had a weird experience my second time seeing THE LAST JEDI, as I ended up a few seats away from a couple of bros who had clearly already seen the movie and seemed to have come a second time just to publicly hate-watch it. They openly mocked every single display of human emotion in the movie, and most infuriatingly
[Reveal] Spoiler:
applauded both times Rose was near death.
I understand this movie has been very divisive and obviously anyone who thoroughly dislikes it is entitled to their subjective experience, but there's no excuse for such completely disruptive behavior.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:47 pm 
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HitchcockLang wrote:
...Today, I went to catch an early Sunday matinee of The Greatest Showman and experienced something I have only ever heard legend of in the past. I was turned away because it was sold out. I've spent my entire life in rural-suburban areas in South Carolina and have never seen a movie sell out (not even event movies like Star Wars or Harry Potter, and not even on opening nights), so I was pretty surprised to find that a movie receiving mixed critical reviews (though all the word-of-mouth I've heard has been exceedingly positive) and that has been out for a while sold out for a 2:40 showing on Sunday afternoon.

The Greatest Showman was the only film sold out at a multiplex in suburban Detroit this past Saturday afternoon when I was there to see All The Money In The World. Evidently, the P.T. Barnum pic is a "must-see" for the hordes, although I don't see the appeal.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:55 pm 
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The same thing was going on with Murder on the Orient Express in my area a month or two ago. It's weird what movies catch on with, in my case, the upper-crust liberal suburbanite class.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:10 pm 
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mfunk9786 wrote:
The same thing was going on with Murder on the Orient Express in my area a month or two ago. It's weird what movies catch on with, in my case, the upper-crust liberal suburbanite class.

I know so many people who went to see this and my response was always "why" ? I suppose it is because so few major Hollywood movies are aimed at a middle aged audience.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:36 pm 
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As somebody who eagerly went to see both, I think they were both straight-down-the-middle four-quadrant commercial appeals that managed to surpass their expectations. There's something very satisfying, in my mind, about films that are so brazenly safe and "for everyone!" particularly with this awards season where really divisive movies are breaking through as the big players. Both being Fox titles, it'll be really interesting if the Post can pull off the same with its debut this weekend. Murder... outgrossed Fox's Kingsman sequel!

Notably, the Greatest Showman has the best second-weekend drop of all time, actually going up 73% weekend-over-weekend from its debut (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also performed really well and had the fourth best second-weekend drop too (also going up)). Aside from a slow start to Call Me By Your Name it can still make up, it's probably the healthiest the box office has been in awards season for almost all the prestige players that I can remember (Disaster Artist might have moderately underperformed, I suppose).


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:39 pm 
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Lost Highway wrote:
mfunk9786 wrote:
The same thing was going on with Murder on the Orient Express in my area a month or two ago. It's weird what movies catch on with, in my case, the upper-crust liberal suburbanite class.

I know so many people who went to see this and my response was always "why" ? I suppose it is because so few major Hollywood movies are aimed at a middle aged audience.

"I wanted a break from comic book movies" is the one I've heard.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:35 pm 
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The ultimate movie theater experience: Man Dies After Head Trapped In Deluxe Theater Seat


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:51 pm 
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What's a "fully licensed car" in a movie theater?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:02 pm 
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Means bar, I expect.


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