I saw Nemesis this weekend and the sound was so loud I had to cover my ears during several scenes. I would estimate the volume was in excess of 110dB from other experiences I am embarrased to admit to. I asked the manager of the Harkins Theaters why it was so loud and who controls that. Her answer was interesting: 1. The distributors dictate the volumes the theaters MUST play the movies at. They spot monitor the theaters and if there is not compliance they can pull all the copies! 2. The particular volume of Nemesis was supposed to be at level 4.5 (some relative setting) but was accidentally at 5.0 so I got an apology. She suggested checking on it in the future if the movie seems too loud. It's interesting to me that the theaters have no say in this at the local level. I know that Hollowhead oops, I mean Holywood thinks that louder movies are more exciting so I should not be surprised despite evidence to the contrary. For what it's worth to y'awl.