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  • DisneyGeek75
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    Took my kids to see the Real-D presentation here at the Galaxy Theatres in Las Vegas at the Cannery Hotel casino. They actually had employees dressed up as the characters from the movie it was great!!! The Galaxy Theatres are the best theatres I have ever been to. They are all digital, so any movie that is shot with a digital system are shown in the DLP digital technology. They routinly have employees "dressed up" for big movies, like this one and in race suits for CARS. They have elevators for disabled guests to be able to watch from the top of the theatre never having to use stairs. They have a 6PM curfew for anyone under 16 without a parent, it keeps down the gang members and other loud and rude teens away and keeps the trouble very minimal (many theatres here have graffiti all ove the seats and have teens talking and yelling during the entire movies. I was in a movie at the galaxy where security came and escorted a large group out for being too loud at the movie.

    OK, anyway there is my commercial for Galaxy.

    The movie, it was overlayed with 3D pretty good, nothing terrific but still good and of course very clear since it is in digital.

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  • Brain Toad
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    Originally posted by lisaboo View Post
    So then why is it playing at my Imax?

    Nevermind, *sigh* teach me to trust my 15 year old cousin when he tells me something. He said it was playing at our Imax but I just went and looked at their website and it isn't. So you all were correct.

    Edited again...now I am just going to sob and cry, they aren't even showing it in Sacramento. I will have to drive all the way to SF to see it! Argh!!
    Dublin is closer and easier to get to than SF is from the Sac area if you ask me and the Regal Hacineda Crossings theater there is also showing it:
    http://www.fandango.com/TheaterPage...._RealD(Website)

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  • Disnerd
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    The DTD AMC will let you in to buy food without seeing a movie. It's the only place in DTD you can get a hot dog in a bun. Unless you go to whitewater snacks. Wetzels stopped selling their hot dogs in a bun at their cart.

    And I stand corrected about the AMC in Ohio. But then I've never visited the Buckeye state. But none of the AMCs I've been to have never been anything to crow about. But I do like the DTD AMC. Small crowds and the CM discount makes it the cheapest movie in town.

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  • Aladdin
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    Neat bit of info, Fru-Boo! We have an AMC 30 that also converted
    one of their theaters to a (mini) IMAX. In fact, that's where I
    saw "Open Season" in 3-D.

    Interesting to know the history of the Planet Hollywood/AMC
    relationship in Columbus!

    Even in the realm of AMC theaters, DTD theaters are
    getting left behind in the dust. The situation is even
    worse than what I first thought.

    And just look at how various places in DTD have added
    additional quick food pick up areas/carts, or have expanded
    these types of areas in DTD. The Italian place Added a pizza
    slice pick up window, expanded to the space next door and added
    sandwiches/salads. The Bakery did have a quicker pick up
    area, as did Jazz Brenan's, Tortillas Jo's has a quicker window too.
    And Wetzles has done an astonishing business in DTD, too. Not to
    mention the additional food carts that have been added.

    All makes you wonder how much additional business AMC could do
    in the "food court" business IF they would have a an Outdoor window
    AND patio seating area (for anyone walking by, not just exclusive to
    movie patrons) serving some expanded movie food such as Nacho,
    Chicken Strips, and mini pizzas.

    (In fact, THAT is really a multi million $ idea for ANY movie Theater
    in the world! just send me 1% of your increased profits for this idea.
    WHY in the world would movie theaters restrict their food sales to
    movie patrons only, when they could incorporate an additional window
    for food/soda service to others walking by, ESPECIALLY in mall areas!)

    Think of All the traffic from Paradise Pier Hotel, DL Hotel, DTD parkers,
    and all other foot traffic on that end of DTD that could have been
    tempted to stop a an AMC outdoor food window for a quick snack!

    By limiting your sale of food items to movie patrons only, they are
    actually refusing business to all that potential business. They could
    actually be increasing their sales and profits! Then consider that
    people sitting in their patio area would see the movies playing at these
    theaters and no doubt that would increase their attendance in the
    theaters! It would be a win-win situation!!!!

    Yeah AMC blew it real bad when they opened their theaters here by
    not thinking about these things, nor have they enhanced their theaters
    or location since opening day.

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  • FrumiousBoojum
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    Originally posted by Disnerd View Post
    But face it the AMC chain is not known for having lavish locations.
    I'm going to have to highly disagree with this one... the Easton Town Center location in Columbus, OH has the most screens in Ohio at 30 screens. About a year ago, they converted one theater to an IMAX screen.

    When Easton Town Center first opened, the AMC was co-owned by Planet Hollywood, so the front lobby was filled with all kinds of movie props -- actually, the entire mall from the planet hollywood to the upstairs theater was filled with as many movie props as they could fit in the space. Eateries downstairs included Planet Cool and Planet Pizza, upstairs at the theater, they added Planet Snacks where they had beer, chicken fingers, and other non-traditional movie theater food.

    Well, time has passed enough that Planet Hollywood is no longer there. So, to capture a bit more of the typical Easton crowd, they turned it into this:



    Angel statues on pillars gaurding the escalator going up to the theater, a huge chandalier, movie quote tiles at the top of the escalator, more fancy lighting in the halls, that huge AMC marquee in the first photo, LCD menus... definately the nicest AMC I've seen and in some ways, nicer than its AMC Planet Movies days.

    Most of the Planet eateries are gone, the beer and real food snack counter just changed names.

    I just really miss that lasagna at Planet Hollywood.

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  • Disnerd
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    This was announced in this weeks CM reference guide.

    The AMC Theatres 12 in Downtown Disney District is now providing descriptive narration and closed captioning services for all movies shown in one specific theater. This will be a benefit for guest with disabilities and allows them to reach out to the community. Every week, a feature will be selected to run in auditorium 6 that will be Rear Window Cationing (RWC) or Descriptive Voice System (DVS) or both. The guest receives a set of headphones which has a narration playing through them describing all the activity taking place on the screen while listening to the dialogue, sound effects, music etc.


    So it appears that they do care about the guest experience. But face it the AMC chain is not known for having lavish locations. They are a giant movie chain that cracks out cheap cookie cutter theatres across the country. The AMC at WDWs DTD looks like a barn made out of sheet metal. But at least one of their theatres there is set up with the Real D system. Does anybody out there know of a spectacular AMC anywhere?

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  • Aladdin
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    Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
    If you guys want a movie theater with the closest thing to the "disney touch", go to the El Capitan. It's OWNED by Disney. AMC, isn't. Would it be great if that AMC location tried a little harder to seperate themselves from the rest of the pack? Definitely. But they didn't and they run a clean, well-maintained theater and that's all that matters in the end for me.
    Yes, I highly recommend the El Capitan, too, IF you have the
    time to travel there and back. But on shorter trips to Disneyland,
    it would be nice if DTD had something with just a touch of what the
    El Capitan offers.

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  • Coheteboy
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    If you guys want a movie theater with the closest thing to the "disney touch", go to the El Capitan. It's OWNED by Disney. AMC, isn't. Would it be great if that AMC location tried a little harder to seperate themselves from the rest of the pack? Definitely. But they didn't and they run a clean, well-maintained theater and that's all that matters in the end for me.

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  • Aladdin
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    Originally posted by cstephens View Post
    No, mediocrity isn't my thing - that's why I like the AMC Downtown Disney theatres.

    But thanks for your attempt at a backhanded insult.
    CS,

    I have nothing against you. Nor was I attempting to backhand you.
    It's AMC that's the problem and that's who this "feud" is with.
    If you like the AMC DTD theaters the way they are, and have had
    good experiences there, you're entitled to your opinion.

    However, my opinion is that they are running just a plain ol' theater,
    when it should have been something special. Disney has had a
    reputation of setting the bars a few steps higher, and I would expect
    that at for the places in DTD. AMC blew a lot of possibilities with
    their theaters in DTD. Unfortunately, they decided for the theaters
    to be nothing special, and that's what they got.

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  • cstephens
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    Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
    Well, back to the AMC, if your happy with mediocre, that's fine for a local type theater.
    No, mediocrity isn't my thing - that's why I like the AMC Downtown Disney theatres.

    But thanks for your attempt at a backhanded insult.

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  • Aladdin
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    Originally posted by cstephens View Post
    When I go to a movie theatre, I don't go for the theming. I go for the movie. As long as the conditions are good so that my movie-viewing experience is good, I'm happy.

    As for those who insist that DCA has no theming, I'm just figuring they must just all be blind, because blind people are about the only people who can't see the theming in DCA.
    Well, back to the AMC, if your happy with mediocre, that's
    fine for a local type theater, BUT if your a guest at the
    "Disneyland Resort", mediocre just doesn't cut it. Perhaps
    because you live near DL, your fine with a normal movie
    going experience. I'm sure most Anaheim residents would
    just prefer to avoid the "tourist destination", and go to some
    other local theater.

    However IF AMC at DTD had that special extra, and I'm not
    just talking about a themed lobby, but also an enhanced theater
    where you have at least one theater that has the capability of
    playing these movies that are being released in 3-D, it does
    create a better theater experience. And it would very well
    create that good word of mouth not only among the cast members,
    and guests, but also the local Anaheim residents.

    But if AMC doesn't do some modest improvements, especially at a location like DTD, THAT is a problem. If they don't keep up
    with technology that enhance their theaters, as advancement are available, their theaters WILL become even MORE uncrowded.
    I'm sure Disney would even use the AMC Theaters more, if they
    would have this technology in them.

    One other thought on this whole matter, IF AMC would have had the
    forethought and the attitude that the Disney Theater Location should
    be designed and developed with an attitude that at least one of the
    theaters could possibly be used for movie premieres, they quite possibly
    could have attracted Disney Premieres! WHAT IF they would have
    designed the front of the AMC theater as an Anaheim version of Grauman's
    Chinese Theater, complete with hand and foot prints in the entry area.
    And imagine all the celebrities that have visited DTD since it opened
    over five years that would have been willing to add to the collection. Then imagine one of the theaters decorated and crafted in the style
    of some of those on Hollywood Blvd,

    But nope. They blew it! They placed their stamped of mediocrappy
    on this theater. And it deserved to be so much more.

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  • cstephens
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    Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
    Almost sounds like what a few people said about DCA when it opened : " I don't care if it has a theme, when I visit DL it's
    close by, it's clean, and it's not that crowded. "
    When I go to a movie theatre, I don't go for the theming. I go for the movie. As long as the conditions are good so that my movie-viewing experience is good, I'm happy.

    As for those who insist that DCA has no theming, I'm just figuring they must just all be blind, because blind people are about the only people who can't see the theming in DCA.

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  • FrumiousBoojum
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    Originally posted by CAspace View Post
    I am looking forward to seeing the Nightmare RealD release, I do not have very high expectations for the 3d version considering it was not shot in true 3D only converted although I do think it should be fun.
    Saw it last night... you're correct in your low expectations.

    I was hoping it would be better than Superman Returns since it wasn't as much of a rush job. Well, it's better 3D in some ways, but worse in others.

    It still suffers from the same problems that many 3D conversions have. Lumpyness, bad 3D mapping, inverted 3D, and, worst of all, underlying 2D elements visible outlining the dimensionalized characters.

    Also, Knick Knack was played before it -- this looked to be a rerendering of the original short rather than a conversion. One clue to this: the boobs of the girls in this Pixar short has shrunk significantly over the years.

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  • Aladdin
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    Originally posted by cstephens View Post
    Your girlfriend doesn't do well at 3-D movies, but she's going to a 3-D movie anyway? I don't get it.



    I love the DTD theatres. I don't care if it's themed per se. It's clean, the screens are nice, they have a good selection of films, it's not overly crowded, the seats are comfy and stadium, and it's incredibly convenient to be able to catch a movie in the middle of a day at the resort. Works for me!

    The stores AND entertainment in DTD Should be steps above what
    shops and theaters have at guests hometown locations. To give
    guests just the plain ol' ordinary experience, even in DTD, is once
    again Dumbing Down the entire experience for guests, treating them
    no more special than what you get in Normal Town, USA. The
    experience in DTD should be something special. Now, there are
    one or two exceptions to this, i.e. Rain Forest Cafe certainly is
    more elaborate and a much nicer building than the one we have
    at Arizona Mills, the live Entertainment adds to the experiences,
    (that's something we don't always have at the shopping complex
    a mile away from my house, we only have it once or twice a week)
    At WDW Planet Hollywood built the most unusual building for their
    restaurant.

    Getting back to AMC, this plain jane theater is an insult to the
    whole Disney experience. And when certain enhancements
    have made it's way in to every major city in the country, BUT
    AMC DTD refuses to get off their @$$e$ and enhance one of
    their theaters to show this, THAT is HORRIBLE customer service
    when they Refuse to Offer Chicken Little and Nightmare in 3D.
    THAT theater is an embarassment! Can you imagine being a
    concierge for the DL Hotel or Grand Californian and have to tell
    your guests that "No, the theater in DTD doesn't offer those
    films in 3-D, you'll have to travel "x" milles away to see it!

    Almost sounds like what a few people said about DCA when it
    opened : " I don't care if it has a theme, when I visit DL it's
    close by, it's clean, and it's not that crowded. " The obvious
    exception being the "variety" tee hee hee

    Please, if the theaters aren't that crowded, that's the same
    type of problem DCA has. IF they would have made it special,
    they very well would be drawing more of a local crowd, as well
    as attracting more tourists. No doubt, IF they had something
    special, the hotels would be much more likely to be bragging
    about the Theaters, too. But the way AMC handled it, two
    words "LOST OPPORTUNITY"
    Last edited by Aladdin; 10-20-2006, 09:00 PM.

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  • ladyalmalthea
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    Originally posted by Loomis View Post
    They could play the movie in the regular format, and have people dressed in character performing the exact same thing in the seat in front of you.

    Mind you, this would be a logistical nightmare if more than one person was in the cinema.

    Perhaps I haven't thought this through...

    NO, stuff like this is genius. Why does Rocky have all of the fun?
    I can see it now, Oogie Boogie's bugs go flying everywhere, out goes my bag of plastic spiders, bwahaha

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  • HotelNeptune
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    Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    She should try the Real-D system. It's the kindest system on the eyesfor 3D.

    You can watch it without glasses, but the image will be doubled -- all 3D imagery requires at least 2 images to work. It won't be blurred though...

    If she still gets sick, just have her to close one eye. Real-D films have absolutely no ghosting, so it won't be distracting to watch it that way.
    Sounds good enough for me... thanks for the info! If she can just close one eye (and/or wear a pirate eye patch) if she starts getting sea sick, that should likely work just fine. She really wants to give it a try, but is concerned, again, about the sickness factor. Hopefully we should be okay... I don't want to experience vomit in Real-D... too intense, especially with the surround sound THX pan effects...

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  • Radiobarry
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    Originally posted by HotelNeptune View Post
    , for chrissakes... stroke my entitlement!
    In a theater at Downtown Disney? Really now...

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  • cstephens
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    Originally posted by HotelNeptune View Post
    Another question, then, about this "Real D" (is that the right term?): Can you watch the movie *without* the glasses? Or would the screen be all blurred and double-imaged? My girlfriend tends to get kind of noxious (sp?) during 3-D movies...
    Your girlfriend doesn't do well at 3-D movies, but she's going to a 3-D movie anyway? I don't get it.

    Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
    Now, as far as the AMC Theater in DTD, I have
    ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS THEATER SINCE IT OPENED!
    I love the DTD theatres. I don't care if it's themed per se. It's clean, the screens are nice, they have a good selection of films, it's not overly crowded, the seats are comfy and stadium, and it's incredibly convenient to be able to catch a movie in the middle of a day at the resort. Works for me!

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  • Aladdin
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    Thanks for the explanations about the difference
    of Imax 3d and Real-D. I never really thought about
    the difference. Although I did notice the different
    colored tints in the Imax lens .

    As far as whether one is better than the other, I
    think they are both really good. I did see
    "Open Season" which did play at a local mini Imax
    Theater , and the 3-D effects were really good.
    (By the way, I loved the movie!)

    And (unfortunately) I did see Monster House in
    a Harkins Real-D Theater. This movie just didn't
    have many moments where the 3-d really made
    the movie any more fun to watch. But the the
    whole movie really wasn't all that great to begin
    with. However, they did have a preview of
    "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in Real-D, and
    it was really good! Jack was reaching out, toward
    the audience, and a little girl about 5 or 6 started
    screaming.

    Now, as far as the AMC Theater in DTD, I have
    ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS THEATER SINCE IT OPENED!
    For a BIG chain of theaters to open a theater in DTD,
    you would think they would design and make it one of
    their Premiere Theaters in the Country!

    You would expect them to be theaters as fine as the
    refurbished Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, or the Wonderful
    theater in "The Grove" which has a lobby like a 5 star
    Hotel!

    BUT NO! AMC's crappy little lobby, no bells or whistles,
    and NOT themed to ANYTHING> Good Grief, how about a
    Disney theme at the least. The AMC theater lobby where I live
    is older than that and has large murals of many movie stars
    over the years. GET WITH IT AMC DTD!!!!!!!!

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  • CAspace
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    Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum View Post
    We're speaking 3D quality, here, not quality of details.

    The fact is, IMAX isn't made for 3D and so it cannot do a great 3D. That's why it's considered to be one of the lesser systems. IMAX is built with primarily large format in mind, not 3D. IMAX films tend to have a lot of bugs with their 3D systems. On the other hand, everything about Real-D is built with 3D in mind, from the circular polarizers (the best way to view 3D through glasses) to the silver screen, it's all made with 3D in mind. Therefore, when it comes to 3D, Real-D is superior.

    What Real-D needs to boost itself a bit more, now, is a great Live Action film shot fully in 3D.
    Point taken regarding 3-D quality vs. standard image quality. I too am looking forward to seeing a live action film shot in true 3-d displayed on this system as well! Hopefully that will happen soon although I imagine Digital Cinema will have to roll out to many more theatres before this happens. Perhaps they should do a live action "Short" to showcase how cool this would be and show it prior to the current RealD formated films.

    I am looking forward to seeing the Nightmare RealD release, I do not have very high expectations for the 3d version considering it was not shot in true 3D only converted although I do think it should be fun.

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