AMC Tysons Corner 16

7850 Tysons Corner Center,
McLean, VA 22102

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Firms: RTKL Associates

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 703.998.4262

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AMC Tysons Corner 16

The AMC Tysons Corner 16, opened September 30, 2005, and anchors Tysons Corner Center’s 362,000-square-foot expansion wing, along with 24 new retailers. The theater is 105,000 square feet large. The lobby features terrazzo-flooring inlaid with movie quotes. Auditoriums are stadium seated with 18-inch risers. Two auditoriums have 500 seats each and screens that are reported to be 3.5 stories tall.

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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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

WMCheerman on February 4, 2023 at 8:44 pm

Does anyone know the size of Dolby Cinema screen compared to the IMAX?

tmundell on February 5, 2023 at 6:06 pm

I don’t know for fact, but if I had to guess the two are so close to the same size you couldn’t tell the difference. Both theaters 3 and 11 were originally identical and had wall to wall screens; they put in a new screen for Imax, but even if it’s not exactly the same size as in the Dolby room realistically I don’t think anyone could tell them apart. I’m not sure if the screen in the Dolby room is the original or if it’s been replaced. Overall the Tysons 16 is symmetrical; theaters 1-8 mirror 9-16.

WMCheerman on February 9, 2023 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for the info! Does anybody know if at some point they updated the Dolby Projector, maybe when they changed the lighting? I have heard online that some older Dolby Cinema had old projectors, that could not achieve 1 million:1 contrast ratio. Looks like around 2017 Dolby may have been upgrading them to Christie Eclipse E3LH. Thoughts?

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