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Star Wars Digital Projection Theaters

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the wish-i-was-closer-to-them dept.

Star Wars Prequels 468

Zoreta writes "Wired Magazine lists the 19 digital projection theaters in the country where Attack of the Clones can be viewed as Lucas intended." Say what you will, I can't wait for AotC- digital projector or not. I just wish *blatant non subtle hinting* some kind soul could get me into an early showing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area ;) And at least I have spiderman to tide me over. Sam Rami vs. George Lucas. Gonna be a fun summer.

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You know what this is... (-1)

L0rdkariya (562469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430286)

*WORST* FP ever.

Fuck Ya'll ACS.

first reply to first post (0)

YoJaUta (67458) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430427)


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Re:You know what this is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430492)

fucking banned

frost pist (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430289)

It hurts and stuff -- I want my mommy!!!

Re:frost pist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430495)

It hurts to read Drudgereport.

How can a man be so blindly and pigheadedly conservative. Off with his head!

Aha! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430291)

Frist post!

text (0, Informative)

trollercoaster (250101) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430292)


In a Theater Far, Far Away ...

When he began shooting Star Wars Episode II in an all-digital format, George Lucas imagined that Attack of the Clones could screen in 2,000 digital-projection theaters nationwide. Oh, well. As of the May 16 opening, only 19 screens had the equipment required to do so. Here's where to find them.

- Chris Baker

Harkins Arrowhead Cinemas 18 Peoria, Arizona

AMC Media Center 6 Burbank, California

Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Megaplex Irvine, California

El Capitan Theatre Los Angeles, California

Loews Century Plaza Los Angeles, California

AMC Mission Valley 20 San Diego, California

AMC 1000 Van Ness San Francisco, California

AMC Pleasure Island 24 Lake Buena Vista, Florida

AMC South Barrington 30 South Barrington, Illinois

AMC Studio 30 Olathe, Kansas

General Cinema Framingham 16 Framingham, Massachusetts

Show Case Cinemas Randolph Randolph, Massachusetts

Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas Edgewater, New Jersey

AMC Empire 25 Theatres New York, New York

Clearview Ziegfeld Theatre New York, New York

Loews Cineplex E-Walk New York, New York

Cinemark at Valley View Valley View, Ohio

Showcase Cinemas Springdale Springdale, Ohio

Cinemark at Legacy Plano, Texas

effpee (-1, Offtopic)

Suburban nmate (542147) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430293)

effpee ppl

Oh god, plz ignore :( (-1, Offtopic)

Suburban nmate (542147) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430317)

Prick at work, will be beaten brutally.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430294)

all your digital projectors are belong to us

Digital protection? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430295)

Someone crack it! Put it on Gnutella! Fuck the DMCA! Power to the people!

Oh, projection? my bad.

General Cinema Framingham, MA (5, Interesting)

WinDoze (52234) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430302)

Only way to see a movie! Reserved seating, big leather seats, individual tables at each seat, and best of all, a FULL BAR (also meaning nobody under 21 allowed!)! Nothing like watching a flick with a martini while sitting in a nice leather chair. Check it out [moviewatcher.com] . I can never go to a "regular" theater again.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430314)

Geeeeez... that's like a pressbox in a sports stadium.

I live about 10 minutes from the Springdale, OH theater, but they have nothing like that (and its only a couple years old).

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (-1)

notbob (73229) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430451)

I live around the corner from this theatre... it's not all that great anymore, I just wonder why the AMC down on newport on the levy don't have this yet?

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (3, Interesting)

56ker (566853) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430499)

Being 6'4'' the thing I look for in a cinema is enough room for me to sit comfortably and stretch my legs.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (1)

DragonPup (302885) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430324)

Is the Framingham theater near any MBTA stops(either bus or subways?). I might have to go check it out :-)

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (1)

Heywood Yabuzof (255017) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430358)

I think you might be able to take commuter rail out there but it would still be a hike to the theater - or maybe if you got on the airport shuttle bus :-)

I used to go there all the time when I lived in boston - it's about 10-15 minutes west on the pike. Unfortunately, I moved before they finished these fancy new screens. Darn.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (1)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430369)

It's in the Natick Mall area of Route 9. I'm not sure about busses, but it's four or five miles from the Framingham commuter rail stop, and it's well past the end of the Green Line T trains. The Logan Express bus stop is in the same general area.

Unfortunately, you may find you really need a car to get there.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430370)

There is a bus station fairly close, (about 5 minute walk) I forget the name of it, but you can catch the "Logan Express" there.... so I know its accessbile from within the city.


Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430382)

Thanks for posting, you bastard. Now you're gonna Slashdot the theater.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (1)

rapid prototype (551089) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430439)

riiiight. you know slashdot types don't actually leave their homes and go out and socialize.

and even if they did, about 1% of them are over 21 anyway, so no worries, there will be plenty of leather seats.


Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (1)

Surlyboi (96917) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430447)

Nice theater.

The Zeigfeld's [clearviewcinemas.com] got the reserved seating but
lacks the bar. Still, a damn fine place to see a movie. I caught
Phantom Menace there. Not sure if it was digital then, though.
Still in all there's a huge screen and a great, "old school theater" atmosphere.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (5, Insightful)

Grape Shasta (176655) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430453)

Well, personally I only really enjoy movies when I can get absorbed by them and forget everything but the show. The best part about theaters is that they are dark, devoid of distaction (ideally), and the screen fills your view. So actually, sitting in dim lighting with people walking around serving drinks sounds rather annoying. But that's just me.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

Ian Wolf (171633) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430455)

Damn! I was just about to lament having to go to Framingham from NH. I think you just convinced me, but only if they stock Capt. Morgan.

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

TwoStep (36482) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430464)

How much do they charge though? They don't seem to allow you to buy online...


Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430474)

Do you pay more for a ticket, or do they just expect to make it back from your bar tab?

Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

chrisvr (41985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430484)

How many of the theaters at Framingham are equipped with the digital projection equipment? The AMC site doesn't mention anything about the premium theaters having the digital equipment in particular.

I imagine the reason that there aren't many theaters equipped is because it's pricey.

So if Framingham only has one theater with the equipment, I'd wonder if they'd keep it for the premium one, meaning that the non-pricey ticket folks (and young under 21 whippersnappers) are relegated to seeing it in the same old boring format.

Hmmm, part of me wants to cry out against elitism but the other part of me is strangely drawn to the martinis, wide seats and concierge.

Re:General Cinema IS NOT Premium Cinema (2)

psxndc (105904) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430504)

The General Cinema is not the Premium Cinema. The PC is an add-on to the GC building. Though no doubt they will be showing it in the Premium, it's not the same and may not be the digital projection. On top of that, when I last went to the Premium Cinema, it wasn't reserved seating, it was just limited i.e. there are 100 seats instead of 300 (and yes, the seats are all leather).


Re:General Cinema Framingham, MA (2)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430536)

Sounds like you need to start watching movies in the comfort of your own home. You may have heard of an invention called "video".

fp (-1, Offtopic)

jbloggs (535329) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430303)


one (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430306)

one please

It may be old fashioned (0, Troll)

SomeOtherGuy (179082) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430307)

but you could always read [amazon.com] the book.

Re:It may be old fashioned (2)

darkonc (47285) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430535)

No, No! Not Amazon!!!!

I'd rather die than admit that my life ....er um, book... came from the likes of amazon!

Hmmm...clones of whom, now? (3, Funny)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430309)

I don't think Taco will be near so eager to see AotC when he realizes the full title is "Attack of the Clones of Jar-Jar Binks"

Re:Hmmm...clones of whom, now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430489)

Oh come on, that's a joke not a troll...

star theaters (2, Informative)

spoonyfork (23307) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430315)

Commander Taco, I could suggest contacting someone at Star Theaters. I'm sure you could get into some advanced screening with press credentials. Here's the URL:

http://startheatres.moviefone.com/ [moviefone.com]

I'd shoot for the Star Southfield -- stadium seating and THX r0x0rs.

slashdot != the press (-1, Flamebait)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430501)

press credentials

Um. You don't really think that because Taco and pals post some links to other websites they are members of the press, do you? It is like calling me an author because I told someone to go read a book by Card.

Re:star theaters (1)

Olliver J. (76022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430516)

I would recommend it as well. It's the best theater in the state. The lobby motif is excellent.

Money money (2, Insightful)

DenOfEarth (162699) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430316)

I wonder how much this is gonna keep the ticket prices going up...

Saw digital Phantom Menace (5, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430318)

I saw the digital projection of The Phantom Menace in New Jersey, and was impressed. The picture was absolutely perfect. I'm not certain I would have noticed the difference if I hadn't been told, but ever since I've noticed film glitches in other movies--little flecks on a frame or dammage due to having been played too many times.

So this time it's 16 instead of 2. Hopefully in a few years it will become standard.

Re:Saw digital Phantom Menace (3, Interesting)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430345)

I watched TPM in the LA area when it was released. I came in being a film snob sure that digital would never replace a reel.

I left wondering when the theatres would get around to making this standard. The picture quality was as good or better then 35mm, and the lack of artifacts in the projection was great.

Re:Saw digital Phantom Menace (2)

MaxVlast (103795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430360)

You hadn't noticed those before? Yikes. Films are really quite messy when you pay attention to them. It's what comes when you have to print and duplicate thousands of reels. Individual quality suffers.

Re:Saw digital Phantom Menace (2)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430446)

Oh, I had noticed the defects in film before, but I hadn't ever thought to watch for them. Now that I know there is an alternative, every glitch grates.

It's like watching VHS. I used to not think about how horrible the quality is. Now that I normally watch everyting on ReplayTV or DVD, the fuzziness of VHS is intollerable.

In the Washington, DC area... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430319)

It's not digital projection, but nothing else in the area beats the Uptown theater. It's incredible.

Pay for slashdot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430325)

I think not. This is one of the worst example of "open sores" programming out there. The site is always down and always has numerous bugs! Fix them you MELONHEADS!

Oh yeah... switch to a real OS and webserver. Go the store and buy Windows 2000 and the increased uptime and additional ads will pay for the cost of the license.

Perhaps a silly question... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430330)

But does it really make THAT much of a difference? Better clarity would be great, but are we talking VHS versus DVD quality difference here? Is it that noticeable? Has anyone here seen a film on both film and digital to be able to tell whether or not it's worth a trek to one of these already overcrowded theaters?

greetings all (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430340)

I am a newbie troll, and I was looking for tips to trolling slashdot. Seeing as how I am a dirty linux hippie, I don't have a job and can devote a full day to trolling. I have linked to goatse.cx a couple times, but to be honest, the thrill is gone. I'm looking for easy and original methods to increase my trolling capabilities. I hope we can have a successful trolling life together.
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Is Digital Projection Really Better? (4, Interesting)

Walker (96239) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430344)

I wonder about this, seeing as I have been quite unimpressed by digital cable. True, the picture is extremely clear when it is working perfectly. However, it is not very fault tolerant. A bad analog signal might give me a little snow; I can still enjoy the program. Even a slightly bad digital signal causes massive pixelation; when that happens you cannot make out anything on the screen at all. The Moral: digital is better when it works, but worse when it does not.

Re:Is Digital Projection Really Better? (4, Informative)

Michael O-P (31524) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430417)

Yes, it is absolutely that much better. You bring up good observations, but TI and the other company that does digital projection knew they needed to match film and that viewers wouldn't tolerate pixelation. When I get poor picture quality on my Dish, it's because of the compression and decompression of the digital signal. Sure Dish Network can cram 500 channels on their satellites, but picture quality suffers. Same with digital cable.

With digital "film" projection, there isn't the same level of compression/decompression. They have as much bandwidth as they need since it's feeding off of a hard drive rather than over cables or through the air.

Re:Is Digital Projection Really Better? (3, Informative)

justinstreufert (459931) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430429)

Digital cable is bad because cable companies seem to be trying to use it as a way to squeeze more channels into their datastream. "Ooh! This fancy MPEG can compress Discovery Science down to 9600 bps! Then we can add the All-Curling Network. Whaddya think, boss?"

At least Comcast in Montgomery County, Maryland has been going down this dark path; their digital channels exhibit far worse quality than the analog ones (which are already pretty horrid).

As for bad signals causing severe glitching, I don't think that will apply in digital projection. Since the source of the signal (Hard disk? How do studios distribute digital movies? anyone?) is in the same room with the display device, there isn't likely to be glitching.


Re:Is Digital Projection Really Better? (3, Interesting)

mosch (204) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430454)

Actually, digital cable has significantly lower resolution than analog cable. Even when it's working perfectly, it doesn't look as good as analog. The moral: digital != better.

Re:Is Digital Projection Really Better? (2)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430481)

Hmm.. I hadn't thought about it that way.. This may mean that digital TV is going to be the death knell of 'OK reception in the rural areas'. It'll be fine for the cities near antennas, but I'd never be able to recieve things like broadcasts from Vancouver Island in the City of Vancouver.

Reception is bad enough in analog. With digital, I expect that all I'd see would be 400 really large pixels floating across the screen and the sounds of a Vogon enunciator.

Digital Projection (3, Interesting)

delphin42 (556929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430348)

How is it that a theater in Arizona and one in Kansas get a digital projector before many of the much larger markets? Anyone from either of these towns have any information on these theaters?

Re:Digital Projection (2, Funny)

errxn (108621) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430441)

Peoria, AZ, in metro Phoenix. Yeah, tiny little town, that Phoenix.

Re:Digital Projection (1)

mstockmyer (565058) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430512)

AMC Theatres is based in Kansas City, MO, and the AMC Studio 30 in Olathe, KS is thier largest (by screen count) theatre in the KC Metro area.

And I live 10 minutes from it! Woo Hoo!

Re:Digital Projection (2, Offtopic)

Ian Wolf (171633) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430520)

You do realize that a lot of people live around those two right? Just because the names don't ring a bell for you doesn't mean there aren't a couple million people within an hours drive of each.

Granted, there are a few large cities unrepresented.

Good (1)

1155 (538047) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430349)

Good, my summer trip is settled. My fiance and I get married a day before the opening, then we rush on to Plano, Texas to see it. Then we rush to California to see it again. We stay in California for a few days, and then we rush to Ohio (forgive me if I am wrong, I really only paid attention to the ones close to me, or in interesting places)

Wonder if my fiance will go for this for a honey moon. Two trips, in one!

Re:Good (-1)

notbob (73229) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430480)

Umm if you come to Ohio to see this at the springdale theatre you got issues... it's not that good of a theatre anymore.

Kick Ass! (1)

jachim69 (125669) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430354)

My fiance lives 5 miles from the Illinois theater. I won't be living there by then, but on one of my weekly trips from OH, I'm going to drag her there kicking and screaming.

Most of them are in California !!! (1)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430355)

And none in GA. So I have two options.

Get laid Off. Theres a meeting tomorrow of the head honchos, so all I need to do is piss someone off so bad that they send me packing with a Free Air ticket to SF.

Second option would be to start sneaking around the Low-Airfare forums.

I hate Lucas :(

One problem with digital theater. (3, Informative)

nesneros (214571) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430356)

Last I heard, the "digital theaters" were working on micromirror arrays, which are great little devices (I spent about a year in college trying to build a microscope with some), except when their pixels get stuck, which although not as frequent as, say, the blue screen of death, is frequent enough to warrant a problem for a theater running the camera for 80+ hours per week. Then again, my last experience with them was 3.5 years ago, so TI and others may have improved the performance significantly since then.

Re:One problem with digital theater. (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430529)

Well, I went to see the digital screening of Final Fantasy at the Spectrum in Irvine. The damn thing crashed 3/4ths of the way through the previews, and I had to see the trailer for "Max Keeble's Big Move" twice.

I don't know if I'll catch Episode 2 in digital. It may be slightly better quality, but I think it'll definitely be offset by the lower quality air that the fools camping in line are ruining.

Two Words (2, Funny)

ruvreve (216004) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430361)


Re:Two Words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430398)

i don't think tom green is in this one. unless he traps a monkey in the space ship and it craps all over the control panel

The only way to see movies! (4, Interesting)

Michael O-P (31524) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430362)

I saw Episode I digitally projected at the AMC Burbank North 6, and it was magnificent. You don't realize the difference while you're watching unless you really think about it. It's after the movie that you realize there wasn't a single error or marking on the "print".

It's odd that this theater was chosen for digital projection, as there are 2 other AMCs (Media Center 14, and Media Center 8) within walking distance to this one. The North 6 is the least crowded, and the theaters aren't huge. This is a great place to catch movies that you know are released digitally. Went to see Toy Story 2 there, didn't plan to see it digitally, but that's how they were showing it. Animation in particular is much more vivid in this format.

End rambling.

I'm in your area (1)

bytor4232 (304582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430365)

I work in Ann Arbor and live in Flint. Head here:

Star Great Lakes Crossing
Phone: (248)454-0366
4300 Baldwin Road
Great Lakes Crossing Mall
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

This theater is the bomb.

Re:I'm in your area (1)

MacBrave (247640) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430477)

Yep, my son and I were visiting in-laws in the Detroit area a couple of months ago and saw a flick at this theatre. It is pretty nice. However, it's also a part of the the Great Lakes Crossing Mall, so be prepared for all the traffic and parking headaches a 'mega mall' presents.

There is also huge new Star theatre elsewhere in the Detroit area, but I can't remember where. I think it's in Southfield or Livonia......

digital projection (5, Informative)

yellowjacket03 (470997) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430366)

I saw Mission to Mars projected digitally at AMC 30 in Olathe, KS. The picture was so good that I could see the makeup that Gary Sinise was wearing. But it was very distracting to see hime wearing some kind of rouge on his cheeks and some sort of shiny lip gloss. Movie makers need to be mindful of this sort of thing. Also Mission to Mars was one of the shittiest movies ever. That never helps.

SO much for the public domain (4, Insightful)

darkonc (47285) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430371)

Great: Between the DMCA and digital broadcast, this means that when todays movies finally make it into the public domain (sometime around 2250, the way things are going), there won't be a legal copy in existence for anybody to use.

Not that I've got anything against digital theatres (presuming that they've got the quality up near what film provides) -- I just don't like the idea of the digital information blackhole that it looks like the media industry is attempting to create for our descendents.

Jar-Jar Stinks (0)

Walrus99 (543380) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430372)

Ooo, a discussion about Star Wars. Hey everyone, Jar-Jar suks. Does anyone else agree with me? I think Jar-Jar is annoying and really like stupid and all and like they should have him cut in half by a light saber or something ...

That's just a list of digital theaters (1)

HarryCaul (25943) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430381)

Is anyone sure the film will actually be playing at any of them?

El Capitan in LA seems unlikely, for example (being a Disney owned showcase theater).

If Harkins is not playing it (1)

loners (561941) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430488)

I'll be there with my pitchfork and burning torch. Somebody else will need to bring the rope.

Boycott Star Wars (0, Offtopic)

Lonath (249354) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430390)

You're just giving money to the MPAA so that they can take away computers. I know it's hard, but don't see this movie.

Re:Boycott Star Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430498)

If you must see it, sneak in.

What about the ones outside the USA? (2)

Malc (1751) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430406)

I've been trying to figure out where it'll be playing here in Canada. I have a feeling the Paramount here in Toronto at John & Queen has a digital screen. Can anybody confirm this? I hope it does as that's the best screen within walking distance for me.

I don't watch much TV, so maybe I'm out of touch, but I've been surprised by the lack of advertising considering it's out in 2.5 weeks. I haven't seen anything in the paper saying where it'll be playing.

Re:What about the ones outside the USA? (2)

eples (239989) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430452)

Yes, the list I linked to [slashdot.org] has some Canada and Mexico locations. "Famous Players Paramount" is listed at the bottom.

Speaking of Episode II... (1)

Quadrature (524139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430411)

Kind of off-topic but I think it's funny none-the-less... Found this link [fessler.co.uk] to a page somebody set up for people to vow off sex until the release.

I wonder if Josh Hartnett has signed up...

Re:Speaking of Episode II... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430490)

as if they HAD a choice.........

Re:Speaking of Episode II... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430497)

As if they were gonna get laid in the first place. Hah!

Digital projection like HDTV (1)

richlb (168636) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430420)

"Celebrity Boxing" was originally planned to take advantage of HDTV. But, alas, Paula Jones on a NTSC screen was what we got.

None nearby... but (1)

zeus_tfc (222250) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430425)

The sad/funny thing was that this sparked a half serious conversation here at work about a road trip to Springdale, OH from MI to see it. I'm having trouble picturing a geek road trip like this. No cases of beer, Starwars figures hanging from the rear view mirror and on the dash. Weird.

Re:None nearby... but (-1)

notbob (73229) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430507)

Not worth it...

I live around the corner from this theatre... if you're expecting a lot then go to canada and get drunk & gamble instead, much better gas money spent then driving to see the showcase in springdale

Why only 16 Theaters? Money! (3, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430428)

Of course, the problem is the cost of upgrading. The studios want the theaters to absorb the entire cost, but the theaters say that the studios will save money with digital distribution, so they should cover a good portion of the cost.

Considering that the studios already claim enough of the ticket sales that the concessions are all that are keeping the theaters in business, I don't expect to see digital projection as the standard anytime soon.

DLP enabled Theaters (5, Informative)

eples (239989) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430433)

Here's a list of DLP-enabled Theatres from Texas Instruments [dlp.com] , includes at least 6 theatres not listed in the Wired article, plus links to the theatres' websites.

DLP = Digital Light Processing [dlp.com] and is supposedly better than Plasma/LCD. 4 Million+ mirrors in this sucker less than a micron apart each.

2 theatres within a 100 foot radius (1)

Thanatos (15980) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430444)

Heh. The AMC Empire 25 and the Lowes E-walk are directly across the street from one another. 42nd and 8th in NYC. Maybe I'll see it once at each :P

AMC Pleasure Island 24 Lake Buena Vista, Florida (2, Interesting)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430449)

AMC Pleasure Island 24 Lake Buena Vista, Florida (which is at Walt Disney World in Orlando)
. . . and I didn't think anything good could ever come from living near Walt Disney World. With the student discount the evening admission is only $5!

Awesome (2)

dimator (71399) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430450)

SIX out of 19 are in California. Some states don't have a single one, but we get SIX. God, I love this state.

AMC Studio 30 Olathe, Kansas (2)

rosewood (99925) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430460)

I am there! Okay, so the drive up from wichita for a movie is kind of "re-damn-diculous" but Ill go catch some lame weekday show that no one will be at. I will probably see it opening weekend here in Wichita and then drive up w/in the next week or two (cant wait too long cause they may/may not pull it from digital, and that would suck dickitydick).

I will be very bummed if it is no different from the regular ol projector that Ill be seeing it at here in town.

Warning about Irvine CA. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430462)

I can't believe they put a digital theatre in Irvine, CA. Irvine is just about the most dangerous town in the United States. Police brutality and gang violence is just a part of day-to-day life here. They're especially hateful of Star Wars fans.

I just wanted to give something back to the Slashdot community for all that they given to me by warning them to avoid this area like the plague. If you live in Southern California, you should instead try watching this movie in gang-free Los Angeles.

To summarize: stay away.

Cinemark Legacy in Plano (5, Interesting)

foobar104 (206452) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430468)

I saw both Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. on the DLP at the Cinemark Legacy in Plano. Three things really blew me away.

First, it's bright! When the green "the following preview has been approved..." slate goes up, the sheer amount of light coming back off that screen is just amazing.

The next thing that surprised me is the noise: there isn't any. You don't notice the sound of the projector (that "tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh" sound of the gate opening and closing) until it's gone. When the house lights go down before the movie starts, it's completely silent in the theater, which is pretty cool.

Finally, there's no flicker. That's another thing you don't notice until it's gone. Despite the fact that the image is being shown to you at 24 frames per second, there's either no refresh effect in the DLP at all, or so little that your eye doesn't see it. A traditional screen, lit by a film projector, goes dark 48 times per second, and your eye picks up on that. A DLP screen doesn't. I guess that also contributes to the overall brightness; you're getting something like a third more lumens to the screen just because you're not closing a gate twice per frame.

Oh, and in case you're wondering why there's a DLP cinema in Plano, TX, I think it's because this theater is right across the street from the TI facility where they invented DLP. At least that's the story.

Taco, those early screenings aren't all great.... (2)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430475)

I just wish *blatant non subtle hinting* some kind soul could get me into an early showing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area ;)

Back in the day of Star Trek IV, a friend got me into an early screening, and it was just me and him. The experience was not all that great. I guess my problem is that movies are more of a group thing for me. The Phantom Menace was a blast to see in a big group, while STIV was relatively boring with just me and that guy (sorry Tag if you are reading this...). The biggest problem is that those early screenings, it is usually just two tickets, you and the friend that got them. SciFi is something best experienced en masse.

version 1.1 (1)

cyborch (524661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430483)

hmmm... there was great need for the phantom edit [zap2it.com] . Let's see what odd characters George Lucas felt compelled to introduce to the sequel. Hopefully there won't be a need for a version 1.1 this time.

Super 8, b&w, silent, abridged (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430485)

I actually have a reel of the 1st Star Wars like that - it's pretty bad.

Is Lucas stupid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430493)

All that pristine digital footage will only make it easier for pirates to release crystal clear copies of movies. Even a handycam version of a DLP image will look better than a film copy (no strobing etc)! Thanks George!

We can watch it at my house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430506)

Don't worry I have the digital copy from the Taiwan warez site(they forgot copy proection and its has been in digital format for over 30 days now) that we can watch on my THX compatable sound / video system. You bring the pizza I got the movie

Hypocrisy? (0, Troll)

al3x (74745) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430511)

Am I the only one who notices that the editors, who keep posting anti-MPAA stories, seem to be eager to slurp up whatever the movie industry throws their way?

Granted, hypocrisy doesn't amount to much. But how about some consistency in values?

Digital projector adoption (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430517)

Wired Magazine lists the 19 digital projection theaters in the country where Attack of the Clones can be viewed as Lucas intended.

If George truly wants digital projectors to be adopted, what he should do with Episode III is release it to digital-projector theatres two weeks to a month earlier than to standard theatres. QED.

Don't forget to check DLP's Web site for a list. (3, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 12 years ago | (#3430524)

Right here [dlp.com] . It is world-wide. I am not sure how often the list is updated. I believe Wired's list is more updated for this movie.

CT.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3430538)

For those in CT, I have to highly recommend the Fairmont Theater in New Haven for viewing this flick...
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