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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Showplace Niles 12 on May 19, 2022 at 5:50 pm

It’s a shame we’re going to be losing this screen. It seemed like a pretty decent theater. I only went to see two movies there, both in IMAX: “Sully” and the IMAX presentation of “Marvel’s Inhumans,” where I experienced the digital equivalent of the film breaking in the projector.

Somehow the digital stream got corrupted and it eventually locked things up about five minutes into “Inhumans.” I think they finally fixed for showings the next day, but they might have cancelled all other showings after mine until they could fix the problem. I really miss the days when all you had to do was splice the print together and get it running again in ten minutes or so…

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Larry Wilson commented about Cinema 21 on May 4, 2022 at 3:06 am

I only ever got to see one movie there, “Twister” on opening weekend. It seemed like a really nice theatre, but I never got the chance to catch anything else there before they shut down.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC The Grove 14 on May 12, 2021 at 6:58 pm

I wish I had the chance to visit this theatre. It looked really nice, but hopefully someone will step up to keep it open.

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Larry Wilson commented about CGV Cinemas San Francisco on Mar 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

Did AMC (or anyone else, for that matter) ever offer a more detailed explanation as to why they just shut down out of the blue like that? The only movie I ever got to see there was “13 Days,” and it seemed a decent enough screen.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Navy Pier IMAX on Sep 1, 2017 at 4:30 am

Unfortunately, it appears that their reopening may have been a little premature. It seems that the renovations were not actually finished on time, so they’re now projecting that they will reopen in the fall, at best.

Hopefully they will have kept their 15/70 projectors, and will be open for “The Last Jedi” in December. It would be a shame if the only true IMAX screen in Chicago missed out, even if it’s not a 15/70 presentation.

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Larry Wilson commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 31, 2017 at 12:35 am

Anybody know why El Capitan chooses not to do 3D presentations? I’ve only ever seen one 3D showing there, and that was for “Age of Ultron.” They didn’t even do 3D for “Rogue One” last year.

They’re certainly more than capable of it, so I’m confused as to why they don’t. If they do the same for “Last Jedi” this year, I’ll be catching it at an official Dolby Cinema screen.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 on Aug 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

I forget, were they THX certified when Crown owned them? I think I remember that being one of their selling points…

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Plaza Bonita 14 on Jul 18, 2017 at 1:46 am

It appears, according to AMC’s website, that their Dolby Cinema screen is now open.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Mission Valley 20 on May 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

The AMC website is listing Mission Valley 20 as a future Dolby Cinema screen, but they don’t have a specific date. I certainly hope it’s before December; that’s when I’m supposed to be out that way…

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Navy Pier IMAX on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:02 am

They just reopened this week and now they have IMAX Laser. Sadly, they probably no longer have the 15/70 equipment anymore.

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Larry Wilson commented about Adelphi Theatre on Jun 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm

And still to this day, there’s nothing but a crater. They still haven’t built anything on the site. They haven’t even filled it in. It’s just a gaping maw. Very unattractive.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Century City 15 on Mar 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Is this the ETX screen?

Those almost look like the same seats they use for the Dolby Cinema screens…

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Larry Wilson commented about CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:58 am

I worked there the first year they were open. Never again. Cineplex Odeon may have been a decent chain, but they treated their employees like crap.

That being said, the original six screens were beautiful. The last movie I saw there was “This is It,” and it was on one of the new screens. They seemed pretty decent, nothing to really write home about.

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Larry Wilson commented about Old Orchard Theatre on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:55 am

That was a beautiful theatre. It’s a shame Loews Cineplex let it go.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Chula Vista 10 on Sep 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I remember when they first opened. Weren’t they the only other THX-certified San Diego theatre other than the one screen at Horton Plaza?

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Larry Wilson commented about Adelphi Theatre on Jul 19, 2012 at 3:22 am

And so the hole remains to this day…

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Larry Wilson commented about Crest Theatre on Nov 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

I think that Disney’s association with the Crest actually goes back to the Pacific Theatres era. In fact, they seemed to have their hooks into a couple different Pacific screens before they finally settled on the El Capitan, including the Cinerama Dome. But getting back to the Crest, I always liked this screen. The interior was a bit over the top, but I always had a good time there.

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Larry Wilson commented about AMC Evanston on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

They had their last film presentation on Dec. 4, 2010. It was a midnight showing of Tim Burton’s “Batman.” The theatre is indeed all digital now. Not sure whether the xD screens are 4K, but the rest of the theatre is most likely 2K.

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Larry Wilson commented about Music Box Theatre on Nov 2, 2007 at 1:47 am

Does anyone know if they upgraded the sound system in the big theatre? I’m going to see “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” there, and somehow I doubt it’ll be presented in 5.1. The audio in that theatre has always been distorted for as long as I can remember. It’s just a shame Warner Bros. didn’t pick a more technically-capable but equally beautiful theatre to show it at.

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Larry Wilson commented about National Theatre on Nov 1, 2006 at 3:36 am

I’ll truly miss this screen. The only movie I ever saw here was the secret Dolby Digital test of “Star Trek VI.”

Actually, now that I think of it, I take that back; I also saw “Single White Female” there.

At any rate, it’s a shame they’re shutting this one down. One less single-screen palace.

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Larry Wilson commented about Regency Village Theatre on Nov 1, 2006 at 3:25 am

This was one of the first theatres I went to when I first went to L. A. I saw “Last Action Hero” here when they were still testing out SDDS. Both SDDS and the film stank.

I went back about ten years later on vacation, and I saw “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.” I think there were only five or six people in the theatre. It was one of the coolest theatre experiences I’ve ever had—to be all but alone in a single-screen THX-certified movie palace like that…

Oh, yeah, the movie was pretty good too :)

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Larry Wilson commented about Carnegie Theatre on Nov 1, 2006 at 3:07 am

I was at the “Star Wars” event, and it was the first and only time I was ever there. I really wish I had the chance to see more movies there, as it seemed like a very cool theatre.

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Larry Wilson commented about Esquire Theatre on Nov 1, 2006 at 3:02 am

I remember how beautiful this theatre used to be. I saw two movies here before they split it up—“Gandhi” in 1982, and “Return of the Jedi” on opening day in 1983. Both presentations were in 70mm, and “Jedi” was the first time I noticed Dolby Stereo.

After that, I only saw two more movies there after the conversion—“Ransom” and “Outbreak.” I was so disgusted with what they did to the place that I never went back. IMHO, it represents everything that went wrong with Cineplex Odeon when Loews/Sony muscled its way into Chicago.