I just finished watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX at the TCL Chinese Theater and I just have one word to say…..Wow!!! And I don’t mean just the movie.
For those of you who don’t know, the TCL Chinese Theater recently upgraded their projector to the new dual 4K IMAX laser projection system recently introduced by IMAX and those of us in or near Los Angeles should be glad they did. I will be reviewing the IMAX at the Spectrum in Irvine and will be able to make an apples to apples comparison soon, but my initial reaction is that the projection system at the TCL Chinese is the best I’ve ever seen. I like to sit close, and I mean really close, to the screen. From my 6th row seat, I could not see any pixelation whatsoever. The picture for the “The Avengers: Age of Ultron was a very bright and crisp 3D projection with almost unbelievable contrast.
I have a 3D, DLP projector at home and the there is virtually no ghosting (dual image) on my home theater. If you watch a 3D movie in most theaters, you will occasionally be able to see this dual image on screen. Was I able to see this at the TCL Chinese theater? The answer is “NO”. This may be a result of the movie itself, but I suspect that something else is going on with regard to the 3D technology employed by the new projector. First off, the 3D glasses clearly are not the same linear polarized glasses traditionally used by the (true) IMAX theaters we’re used to visiting. I suspect that they employ circular polarization, but, if they do, it just looks better than the circular 3D projections I’ve seen. It may be due to the fact that the picture was so bright and clear that it washes out any artifacts that leak through the polarized glasses. I am going to do everything I can to get any and all information I can to clarify the 3D aspect of this new technology. Whether you’re interested in the technical details or not, I can tell you that you WILL notice a difference if you watch a movie in this theater.
If you aren’t familiar with, and are interested in, the concepts of “ghosting” (dual image) or “linear” vs. “circular” polarization, you can visit the websites below.
At this time, there are only two theaters in the world which use this projection system, but many more are on tap and by the end of 2015, a lot of theaters will be employing this system all over the world
In addition, the sound system is flat out amazing and adds 6 additional channels of sound. I don’t have many details, but will add them as I get them. What I can say right now is that if you appreciate the audio aspect of theater viewing, you’re going to be more than happy with the sound system at the TCL Chinese Theater.
If you’re wondering about getting a full on IMAX experience, the screen appears to be close to 100′ wide (This is an estimate as I don’t have any hard numbers right now, but the below link is a photo that will give you some idea just how big the screen is). While I wasn’t able to get the entire screen in the shot, the person standing in front of the screen gives you some idea of just how big it is.
When I get more details, I will post them in short order.
I’m trying to get technical details and pictures from the corporate office and, if I do, I’ll post a complete review. In the meantime, here is a website that will give you some more information on this remarkable projection system.