We have a new Carmike cinema being built in my area and it is going to have one of there BigD screens. I also know that other chains have similar screens, I think AMC calls it ETX and Cinemark calls it XD. This will be the first one in the Montgomery area and will be the closest thing to IMAX that we have (closest IMAX is 90 minutes away). The one being built here by Carmike says that the BigD screen is going to be 3 stories tall, which sounds pretty close to IMAX.
My questions are, what do they show on these big screens? I assume they can't show actual IMAX versions of movies so, is it just blown up regular movies? Doesn't that look bad? I just don't see the point if they can't show IMAX movies and definitely don't see the point when they charge even more for tickets to these big screen showings.
Just wondering about other people's thoughts on these screens, are they worth it or is it all just a PR stunt? It would be great to get IMAX movies here in town but, like I said, I doubt they can show IMAX movies on without the IMAX branding. So, if you can't show IMAX movies on it, which are made with that size in mind, are there really any benefits to blowing conventional films up to that size?
Even if these bigger screens aren't all there made out to be, I really hope this new theater installs Dolby Atmos in a few auditoriums. Went to a Dolby Atmos movie in Orlando and it was the most impressive cinema experience since my very first IMAX movie a long time ago.
Edited by Chris Will, November 08 2013 - 12:34 PM.