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I dont know about most theaters but the projector operators at the theater near me aren't just HS kids. You see them wondering around the upper walk ways of the theater that connect the various screening rooms, letting them not intrude on the movie goers. They are always dressed in blue slacks and a white polo shirt carrying small laptops and sometimes a metal case that I assume is for lenses or whatever.

The one time they had issues two of them came and in told us there was an issue. A few minutes later we hear some chatter on the radios they have then the movie started again. They then proceeded to talk to whomever was on the other end, sounded like they were making sure whatever the other tech was doing was having the desired effect.

The best part, the manager comes in and apologizes and then offers us to start it over from the beginning and offer a free showing to what ever movie we want.
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The poor image quality in most of the theaters around me, and the fact that people have forgotten how to shut up in the theater, is why I spent the time and money to put a true Home Theater. For under $5K I have a 122" screen, 6 seat theater in my basement. Better pic than all but one of the theaters in my area (which uses Christie projectors) and offers a perfect experiance every time. On top of that, there is nothing like playing Fallout New Vegas on 122" of HD goodness!!
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post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by HAF_wit View Post
Ebert seriously needs to just retire and step out of the limelight. I've read so many of his reviews lately for movies I've seen, and it's very obvious to me that he hasn't even seen the movie that he's reviewed. (Obvious plot errors in his synopsis, etc.) While I agree that some films don't look as good when presented digitally compared to celluloid format, technology is only going to get better and better with regards to quality.

My
But it's proper usage of the technology that's the big problem e.g. the quality of mainstream arts is dying e.g. the Loudness War in mainstream music, the dimness of 3D.

The musicians, and producers and video editors spend hours perfecting their work of art only for it to be ruined and basically rendered useless by later processes.
post #14 of 30
I won't go see a movie in 3D for a couple reasons. One, it's hard for my old eyes and brain to keep track of the action; and, two, I hate fads. Now I have a 3rd reason! Thanks Roger Ebert for enlightening me. (pun intended)

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What can you personally do to be sure you see an ideal picture? Matthew Humpries at Geek.com writes:

• The title of the movie listed by the theater will have a "D" after it if it is being shown on a digital projector

• If you are in a D movie, look at the projector window when seated. If you see two stacked beams of light it is a Sony projector with the 3D lens still on.

• A single beam of light means no 3D lens, or a different make of projector that doesn't have the issue

• If you see the two beams, then get up and go complain. You paid good money to see the movie, so make a fuss until they either give you back that money or remove the lens. Seeing as that's an involved and time-consuming process, expect a refund.
I found this to be helpful. I know what to look for now. Thanks too to the OP.
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I was forced to watch Thor in 3D rather than 2D. Honestly it wasn't that bad. Even if the new 3d projectors aren't that good, it was in a crappy little theatre with 2 screens, and the newer projectors were way clearer than the old crap they used to have. (sound still sucked though)
The theater I was in was amazing, the sound was so good it even made the seats vibrate and your chest feel tight.
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I haven't stepped foot in a movie theater for about 5 years, so this article doesn't really affect me.
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Hrm...I haven't been to the movies in years. I didn't even know they were doing that.
Start playing WoW or something?
 
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post #18 of 30
It's a hit or miss..It does require a lot of money to keep your projectors, speakers, etc up-to-date. I've been to some great movie theaters..And others that were just flat out terrible.
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Ebert seriously needs to just retire and step out of the limelight. I've read so many of his reviews lately for movies I've seen, and it's very obvious to me that he hasn't even seen the movie that he's reviewed. (Obvious plot errors in his synopsis, etc.) While I agree that some films don't look as good when presented digitally compared to celluloid format, technology is only going to get better and better with regards to quality.

My
Okay...something I found funny here:

Ebert wasn't commenting on the quality difference between digital and celluloid, but the fact that theaters are under lighting the movies. Even making the comment that it's been going on for a long time, even before digital, in how many theaters were running the xenon bulbs at a lower wattage.

The only real remark regarding image quality he made really, was that digital gave a "colder" image compared to celluloid.

To be honest, your comment comes across as if you yourself didn't even read the editorial. Which is what you criticize Ebert of doing himself.
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This is so true and I'm sad to read stuff like this because I love going to the movies. Movies ARE supposed to look a certain way. Not like I'm watching TV.
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