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Where are the HD movie theaters?

07-29-2006, 12:02 PM
I'm from the Springfield Massachusetts area, and I've been poking around on the internet trying to find an HD movie theater to go see Miami Vice in. It's getting to be very frustrating, as none of the movie showtime websites have any information pertaining to whether a theater is HD or not. Do you guys know of any resources for finding this out? Or should we, as HD junkies compile our own list of HD theaters??

07-29-2006, 02:04 PM
Theaters are not in HD. If anything they are upgrading to something that is 4 times higher resolution that HD. Its called 4k or something like that. Spiderman 2 was shot in this method. The image is absolutely breathaking. But most theaters do not have the projectors for this. Film is still a lot higher res than HD, almost infinitely higher res that HD video. You just need to find a theater with a good set up. I don't remember ever hearing about a theater with HD resolution. It probably wouldn't look that good on such a bring screen, especially after watching film for so long.

07-29-2006, 08:13 PM
If you want to see a state of the art digital cinema, check out www.cinerama.com. It's the theather in Seattle upgraded by Paul Allen.

07-30-2006, 04:30 AM
dood you know that cinerama has been around since the 50's, right? That tech is really old. And it has so many problems. The image has a tendancy to warp at the edges where the three cameras intersect, making a very fisheyed look. Its great that Paul Allen decided to keep the place open, as that is part of film history, but it was a gimmick then and its a gimmick now.

07-30-2006, 05:18 AM
The following article on Digital Theaters cover well the topic:


Instead of referring to such movies as HD I believe we should use 4K which means the new 4000 lines of horizontal resolution projectors.

Not sure everyone will like the change in picture for all types of movies. And there are so many cinematographers that love dark scenes which is best done with film.

09-22-2006, 04:11 PM
Great link, mfabien. I learned a few new things today

09-22-2006, 04:27 PM
Great link, mfabien. I learned a few new things today

We are all here to learn... glad to see you that it sparked your interest.

05-29-2008, 10:09 PM
I don't quite buy the author's opinion in the article, referring specifically to the potential choice consumers may make in choosing the "smaller HD TV" at home over the one you have to pay to watch at a theater. I would love to watch a movie in HD in a theater, but then again, he claims to have experienced something like it and it seemed surreal but not necessarily in a good way.

I'm not really sure how this would quite be so. What is the big difference between an HD TV and a large screen that has HD quality picture? HD TV has only been aesthetically pleasing for me.

05-31-2008, 10:53 PM
Goggle the theather chain "Marquee Cinemas". One opened last year at the Jersey Shore with the latest projector technology. In the past my 47" Panasonic DLP would blow away any movie theater. Both picture and sound (STS-EX & Dolby Digital 7.1). That was then, this is now. The first film we saw was "Die Hard" last summer. WOW ! The other day we saw "Indiana Jones" ! Third row (don't usually sit that close) the picture was razor sharp. Plus the the screen was about 40 feet high. So we didn't watch the movie...we were in it !

06-11-2008, 11:29 PM
...So we didn't watch the movie...we were in it !Really...you must have walked out with a lot of bruises. :)

06-13-2008, 05:47 AM
If you want to see a state of the art digital cinema, check out www.cinerama.com. It's the theather in Seattle upgraded by Paul Allen.

Too bad Mr. Allen never shows a Cinerama movie on that screen.:banghead:

07-30-2008, 10:07 AM
Look for IMAX Theatre, I saw I'm Leyend and WOW!!!

07-30-2008, 01:13 PM
I too saw I am Legend at IMAX. It was gigantic, with a digital look. The Dark Knight was partly filmed IMAX.

07-30-2008, 01:51 PM
I live in Washington DC and I drive 30 miles to Annapolis to see movies presented in Digital Light Projection (DLP). Great Picture. The Bow-Tie Cinema only has 1 out of 11 screens showing DLP. I have even driving from DC to Philadelphia (143 each way) to see IMAX films. I only want to see The Dark Knight in IMAX and is playng at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Chantilly VA, 37 miles away, but they sell no refreshments.

Three new IMAX screens just opened in the DC area but they are still showing Kung Fu Panda.

09-07-2008, 07:50 PM
I read the article in hdf about the new ultra definition Red One HD camera that has 4,096 horizontal lines of resolution X 2304 vertical lines and I'm wondering what will happen to the theater owners who have already gone digital with DLP projectors that have the same resolution as a Hi-Def set: 1920 X 1080p.
Can the "old" DLP projectors be retro-fitted with higher resolution chips etc. or are the theater owners stuck with the much lower resolution equipment?

12-12-2008, 05:14 PM
Check out ravemotionpictures.com thats a theater chain in my area and they have DLP projectors....Movies look awsome!!!

02-02-2009, 02:17 AM
Why are people commenting on a 2+ year old thread haha

Mr. Film
02-16-2009, 07:48 PM
Unless it's a 4k digital projector, then i'll stick with film.:D

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