AMC Tysons Corner 16

7850 Tysons Corner Center,
McLean, VA 22102

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Giles on March 2, 2022 at 8:20 pm

I actually thought the grain retention of the original 35mm photography for the Dolby Vision transfer for ‘The Godfather’ looked quite good. The colors also looked good, and the black levels (and shadows) looking inky and dark.

As for ‘The Beatles concert’ movie in IMAX-laser, I thought they removed way too much grain from the image, it was very modern looking DNR processing. I also thought the volume setting and playback in IMAX was a bit much, I can see why the neighboring business and residents called the cops.

ianpuffen on March 2, 2022 at 3:36 pm

I made a couple trips here recently to see The Beatles Rooftop Concert in IMAX laser and The Godfather in Dolby Cinema; it was only my second time seeing a movie in either format. This complex was built so massively that these two screens (they’re the same size) actually deliver on the L in PLF…at least for flat films as both of these were; I see absolutely no reason to see a scope movie letterboxed in either format. The sound balance in IMAX was off during the trailers; it was pushed significantly toward the surrounds to the point that it was hard to hear any dialogue, it was fine during the feature however. I still think IMAX (whether the original 15-perf 70mm version or the multiplex version) is still better suited to experiential events (like say a concert documentary) than actual feature films. The Dolby Cinema had the sound balanced correctly for the trailers and the picture was very sharp. Even via a 4K scan and DCP, The Godfather has a pretty heavy grain structure and isn’t the type of movie to show off the sharpness and contrast of a 4K laser system, but I have no doubt it looked exactly as intended. And wow, what an incredible experience it was to see that film on a huge screen for the first time.

Giles on September 21, 2020 at 10:30 pm

on the whole, because there weren’t that many other patrons and the distance from one another was pretty significant, yes I did feel safe. Now going on the weekend when there is the potential for more folk, that’s where I wouldn’t feel comfortable. Because at the screening I attended I wasn’t proactively watching others eat, I wasn’t aware of the taking off their masks to eat/drink.

JodarMovieFan on September 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

So Giles, would you say your experience there during the current pandemic, was relatively safe? People social distancing and wearing masks? My thing is being in the auditorium..someone taking off the mask in that enclosed space and coughing/sneezing. They’re reporting aeration and ‘spotting’ are primary Covid transmission methods. I’m reconsidering going to the movies now. LOL!!

Giles on September 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm

sorry Jodar, but I didn’t get any concession, the less contact or proximity to other folk was a top personal health priority. I did have to go to the restroom, something I was trying not to do, but with the running time of ‘Tenet’ it was unavoidable. I just wanted to go in and quickly out – I normally stay to watch the credits, but not this time. For the first show of the day, I’d say there were about 20 people in the IMAX auditorium.

JodarMovieFan on September 21, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Giles, so how many people were at your showing in total? I wanted to visit there when they opened even though I’m in MD. Its just that movie wasn’t of much interest to go all the way to Tysons. I thought of seeing Empire Strikes Back but it was showing in the small theater at the AMC Hoffman.

Did you order any concession fare? Is it a full menu or limited? Just wondering with all the Covid restrictions.

Since I live in an area with high Covid numbers, movies here aren’t opening anytime soon. I thought of visiting the Senator in Baltimore since I haven’t been there since they reopened like what.. 8 years ago?

I’m hoping things open up in time for the James Bond movie. If they have that in IMAX at Tysons, I’ll be there.

Giles on September 20, 2020 at 3:42 pm

I decided to risk it, and see ‘Tenet’ on the IMAX screen, and I have to say for the most part AMC is spacing out it’s patrons well enough far away from one another – it also helps to go by the guidelines of seeing a movie in the largest auditorium possible and the first matinee of the day which fewer patrons attend. There are also wipedown sheets one can take in and do a double cleaning of one’s seat. I will say it is rather painful to endure the standard twenty minutes of promos and trailers before a two and half hour movie, so when the credits began to roll, I shot out of there. It’s been noted that the IMAX screenings of ‘Tenet’ seemed to be amped up to ‘11’ thus drowning out dialogue, I only noticed this once.

Giles on May 25, 2019 at 6:03 pm

I gather when IMAX did the retrofit, someone in corporate also had the red floor lighting removed from the Dolby Cinema screen, and while the red lighting is now gone, the ever so slightly blue light on the screen, is the new flaw but is nowhere as visually distracting as the ‘red’ lit lower corners.

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ on the Dolby Cinema auditorium sounded loud and boisterous, but it was the first movie where the displayed image lacked a sharpness and heightened color range that Dolby Cinema is known for.

Giles on April 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm

After a brief closing of the IMAX screen the last month or so, the auditorium reopened today having been upgraded to IMAX-laser projection, 12-channel sound, new seating and new interior wall lighting.

DisneyNature’s ‘Penguins’ looked fantastic even with predominant colors of blue, black, and white, the occasional introduction of a vibrant color really added tremendous pop and clarity. The extra speakers placed to the rear corners, side walls and above really dropped you into the middle of the various animals with it’s cacophony of animal vocality.

The seats while not recliners are super comfortable and have a slight bounce to them.

Giles on December 8, 2017 at 7:48 am

Actually on TV and hidef (bluray) some of the special effects look overly fake, here though with Dolby using their special ‘Vision’ sauce the colors look better saturated and retain what was shot on film to better effect. Colors had a pop, image looked sharper but not overly DNR’d which was the case for ‘Terminator 2’ which quite frankly looked appalling. Granted I’ve seen ‘Titanic’ numerous times in the theater and on bluray/DVD/laserdisc, outside of the 70mm run, this was the best the movie looked. The audio and specifically when the ship cracks into two, after being hoisted into the air, the subsequent descent and crashing back into the water, the bass and ‘whomp’ was tremendous, literally rocked the walls and floor ~ wow! For once, the light red haze which reflected back onto the lower left/right hand of the screen was NOT a distraction, AMC must have lowered it.

JodarMovieFan on December 8, 2017 at 4:24 am

As many times as I’ve seen Titanic on tv and we’re talking bits and pieces, not in its entirety, this newer release sounds interesting in the 3D format. How much more definition are we going to get without it looking exaggerated? Can we see the actual rivets on the ship? Count the pores on Leo’s then fresh face? :D

On the other hand, if only the newest Star Wars movie were released in this format…

Giles on December 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

there are still some issues with the sound, voices sound too sibilant at times and there’s an odd echo-chamber effect. However with ‘Titanic’ and the debut of the 3D Dolby Cinema system, the presentation from a visual stance was simply outstanding, in my opinion it superior to the 2012 IMAX release. I was so glad they didn’t implement the vibration effect for the recliners.

Giles on November 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

I got word from an AMC representative that Tyson’s Dolby Cinema system was upgraded to playback Dolby 3D movies – just in time for it’s week long run of ‘Titanic’ (new Dolby Vision color graded version).

Giles on July 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

screen #11 even in it’s prior non Dolby Cinema: ‘ETX’ configurement had no masking for scope films.

tmundell on July 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

You mean screens that are common height vs. those that are common width? No, all auditoriums have common width screens. The two biggest screens (#3/Imax and #11/Dolby) have common width screens and they no longer have any masking (they used to prior to conversion) so you’ll see empty screen space for scope movies. (I haven’t been there much lately but they used to, and I assume still do, have masking on the other 14 screens).

FAShaffi on July 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

does anyone know if there are any scope screens at this AMC? I’ve been to the Dolby Cinema and I know that isn’t scope, just wondering if there are any that might be. Thanks!

Giles on June 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm

I have to say and conclude with my impression of seeing ‘Finding Dory’ here on the Dolby Cinema screen – I’m kind of through of seeing movies here. That red light for starters, yeah ‘that’ … [insert annoyed face] I won’t go there.

Having seen the movie prior (the week before) at Arclight’s Bethesda’s ‘widescreen’ screen – the Atmos sound here at Tysons was quite frankly appalling, and well, terrible. All those flaws I heard during ‘Captain America: Civil War’ were apparent here as well, and quite frankly it was simply no where as immersive as what I heard at Bethesda – very little overhead & rear surround audio cues. I don’t know why these flaws are apparent, but Dolby mucked it up, and needs to recalibrate it or something – very very disappointing.

on the plus side, the laser projection and Dolby’s color grading of ‘Finding Dory’ was eye-candy and shows off why and when Dolby does it right, the results are spectacular —– but with the sound flaws it’s a valiant attempt but sort of falls on it’s face.

side note, it’s amazing when a family of five, the parents can drop $100 for a night out to the movies, guess in this day and age, and Northern Virginia family income, no one bats an eye to how much tix prices have gone up – good for AMC in the long run.

Giles on May 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

^ Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch?

JodarMovieFan on May 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

I saw ‘Captain America’ in IMAX 3D before it left this week. When I bought my ticket, I was mad at the fact that they would only let me ‘choose’ a seat way up in the back of the theater. It was a matinee and I thought maybe they sold out but the place seemed deserted. When I paid my $18.69, the movie was just about to begin. I should back up and say there was a difference of about 15 minutes between the stated showtime and the actual showtime, which made me miss all the previews. :( Since it was dark, I just sat at the aisle seat and practically had the place to myself. :)

I had a good time. The movie wasn’t so dark as Digital 3D usually is. They changed the sound fx intro to the IMAX format. Its okay, just slightly different. My aisle seat is actually good for me as its at that immersion point where the you’re not looking so much up or down at the screen. The early scene with that one character..I do not know the name because I don’t really follow the comics..she has the dark hair. You could tell some of the movements were CGI. Too much CGI. While you know they are super heroes who perform super human feats, it just registers as fake to me when they keep throwing those CGI stunts at you that the ‘wow’ factor diminishes.

I’m disappointed the new X Men: Apocalypse isn’t booked in IMAX. I can’t believe they booked the Alice in Wonderland sequel instead. UGH!. On the other hand, its in the Dolby Cinema one. It may be worth the trip to come back this way, but I don’t know.

Giles on May 19, 2016 at 8:55 am

I personally don’t think that light red haze on the screen is ever going to go away (due to safety regulations). but on the positive side the presentation of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ on the Dolby Cinema screen was stellar. On the flip side the Atmos mix wasn’t really that much to write home about, not the fault of the system, but more on the overall sound design/mixing – ceiling sourced sound cues are kept to a minimum.

Giles on April 20, 2016 at 7:12 am

the plus for IMAX here at Tysons is that IMAX is 3D, Dolby Cinema is not – which for the price seems like a rip off. Oddly ‘The Jungle Book’ is the first Dolby Cinema release in actual 3D, yet it’s not presented here as such. Until they fix that ‘light bouncing back onto the screen’ flaw, I’m not really all that gun-ho on going back here.

nextinline on April 19, 2016 at 5:10 pm

It doesn’t surprise me the Brandywine location hasn’t repaired any broken seats. That company is super cheap and has a habit of entering a market strong and then cutting back once they are in. Usually they would enter markets where there are no other choices though. They would even open brand new locations prior to digital with 20 year old projection equipment.

Supposedly the AMC Prime locations use the same speakers installed at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The price does seem kind of steep though and I wonder how much of a competitor Dolby will be to IMAX. Maybe the best route they can go is try to get some chains to convert their house brand big screen formats.

JodarMovieFan on April 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

Sounds cool, Giles. Thanks for the review. :) Now..the question to be answered it worth the $20 admission price for the lovely reclining seats and state of the art presentation?

Giles on April 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I saw ‘Batman V Superman’ here on the AMC Prime / Dolby Cinema screen this morning and I have mixed feelings about the conversion.

The flaws:

One) The light from the floors immediate to the screen, it casts a red light onto it, and for the many dark scenes in this movie it is VERY noticeable, there’s no way to remove them, but there should be a way to reduce the brightness during the movie. From an article: “The interior design is purposeful, and meant to virtually eliminate any light or color interference. The designers have even utilized new low ambient LED lighting for the aisles and stairs, which still comply with safety, but greatly reduce the amount of light that could interfere with the projection experience.”

this isn’t the case here.

Two) I guess I forgot about the rumbling seats, but in this case, it was downright annoying (to me) – other’s may get a kick out of it, I just want to enjoy the movie without the physical interruptions.

On the plus side, I like the seats, they don’t go far back as the IPic “Bethesda” seats. Since now there are walls in between the rows, it’s nice not to see the patrons in front of you (or even behind you).

Sound seems the same to me, as it should, there was nothing wrong with it in the first place (outside of some of the action movies being a tad too loud sometimes). There are new surround speakers on the walls with red lights behind them, they look like the mini versions of what you’d see at a music venue/club. Lights also illuminate the ceiling speakers.

Screen is also larger and slightly curved.

Unfortunately due to limited space and zoning, Dolby couldn’t install their curved ‘video wall’ entrance