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Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report that the AMC Star Gratiot 21 in Michigan does have proper Dolby Vision HDR...
Thanks for the feedback! Going there for my first time Monday to see Wonder Woman. I got seats E9 and E10 for me and my wife. Are these the best in the house or do you think I should change?

Thanks to everyone in this thread for getting me super excited. I only found out about Dolby Cinema recently, and there's a theater less than 10 minutes from my house!

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Thanks for the feedback! Going there for my first time Monday to see Wonder Woman. I got seats E9 and E10 for me and my wife. Are these the best in the house or do you think I should change?

Thanks to everyone in this thread for getting me super excited. I only found out about Dolby Cinema recently, and there's a theater less than 10 minutes from my house!

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Usually Row D or E, 1 or 2 back from the Hanidcap row, is the sweet spot. You'll see when you get there by looking for where the surround/ATMOS speakers aim straight ahead.

Be prepared, you'll never want to go to a regular cinema ever again. It's that amazing of an experience.

I can count on 1 hand how many times I've watched a non-Dolby Cinema movies since the one closest to me (45 mins away) opened. And 1 of those times was an experiment to compare GotG2. It was terrible and an eye opener.
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Thanks for the feedback! Going there for my first time Monday to see Wonder Woman. I got seats E9 and E10 for me and my wife. Are these the best in the house or do you think I should change?

Thanks to everyone in this thread for getting me super excited. I only found out about Dolby Cinema recently, and there's a theater less than 10 minutes from my house!

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Usually Row D or E, 1 or 2 back from the Hanidcap row, is the sweet spot. You'll see when you get there by looking for where the surround/ATMOS speakers aim straight ahead.

Be prepared, you'll never want to go to a regular cinema ever again. It's that amazing of an experience.

I can count on 1 hand how many times I've watched a non-Dolby Cinema movies since the one closest to me (45 mins away) opened. And 1 of those times was an experiment to compare GotG2. It was terrible and an eye opener.
Depends on the auditorium, too. My normal test is to sit up close as far as I can, but not to close as to where my eyes have to move around constantly to follow all the action on screen. At the same time, you don't want to sit too far back and have too much of the side walls in veiw. You want your eyes to be comfortably emersed.

In my Dolby Cinema auditorium I prefer row F. I also find the seating chart to be off as far as sitting dead center in a row. Moving left two seats over seams to be about right. Ymmv!
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Thanks for the replies, guys! If the theater is empty I'll probably try out several seats (and drive my wife crazy). Can't wait!

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Do ALL Dolby Cinema theaters have bass transducers in seats? I live in greater Seattle area whereby I go to the Woodinville AMC theater.
I've been to same theater to see Alien Covenant. I thought the transducers in seats very subtle, too subtle IMO. I have transducers in my couch at home and have amp driving them higher output than in that theater (yet crossover set low so only goes off when appropriate) and much more effective.
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Hey, I'm sorry to be a pest but I have one more question that hopefully you guys can help with. My wife is 31 weeks pregnant and a review at the local Dolby Cinema claims the volume was so loud it made his wife cry, and they both left after getting their money refunded.

This sounds awesome and just makes me want to go more, but I'd rather not terrorize or permanently damage my unborn child.

Was it louder than a typical movie theater? Like over 115 dB for sustained periods loud? Anyone take a pregnant woman to one and their baby turned out ok?

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Hey, I'm sorry to be a pest but I have one more question that hopefully you guys can help with. My wife is 31 weeks pregnant and a review at the local Dolby Cinema claims the volume was so loud it made his wife cry, and they both left after getting their money refunded.

This sounds awesome and just makes me want to go more, but I'd rather not terrorize or permanently damage my unborn child.

Was it louder than a typical movie theater? Like over 115 dB for sustained periods loud? Anyone take a pregnant woman to one and their baby turned out ok?

Thanks again, and I will attempt to not clutter this thread with topics that interest no one but myself.

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I've not been to a Dolby Cinema but I have been to an Atmos theater. I can say that, when the action is high, Atmos blasts pretty loud! Louder than a regular theater, yes I think so. That said, your baby is pretty well cushioned inside his mama. If you are that paranoid about it though simply wait for the birth to occur. It's only about 7 weeks anyway. I'd be more concerned about your wife and her comfort sitting in a seat for a couple of hours and her need to use the rest room, maybe often. My best suggestion, wait it out or go alone.
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I just got back from seeing Wonder Woman, and the presentation was outstanding. The convergence was almost perfect, and light from all other sources was VERY low. No red lights at all, not even on the floor. Even the exit signs were nice and dim. The result was VERY deep black levels, maybe the best I've ever seen in a movie theater, probably exceeded only by my old CRT projector (I had the gamma and brightness adjusted on that to the point where your couldn't see your hand in front of your face in a blackout scene).

The wonderful icing on the cake at THIS showing was that I saw it at a DC that's all of four measly minutes from where I live! Definitely now my go to place for premium movie showings.
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^Which DC location is this?
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Has anyone seen a movie at Arapahoe Crossing 16 in Denver (Aurora) ? I saw Wonder Woman last night and the visual presentation was rather grainy. The audio is hands-down the absolute best I have ever heard, though. The other Dolby Cinema nearby in Broomfield has a far superior display while Arapahoe trumps them in the audio department.

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Dolby Cinema at AMC Neshaminy/Philly and 34th St/NYC

Good news for those in the Philly area - Dolby Cinema has opened at the AMC Neshaminy! I just noticed this today but apparently they opened a couple weeks ago with Baywatch. They're currently showing Wonder Woman and will move to the new Transformers movie (2D version) tonight. Theatre 24 is the converted room, it seems the screen size remains 60 feet wide with scope dimensions while the seating capacity dropped from 500+ to 250 seats. It's nice to have another option in the Northeast corridor, the first in Philadelphia, for that matter, the first in the state of PA. I usually go to the Dolby Cinema location at Empire 25 in NYC but looks like they booked the 3D version of Transformers, which I am not a fan of, so I'll make my way to Neshaminy to check out the new room.

It also looks like NYC might be getting a second Dolby Cinema room soon; the AMC Dolby Cinema website lists the 34th Street location as one of its "Participating Theatres" but the theatre-specific page doesn't include any showing for Dolby Cinema yet. Not quite sure what the "Participating Theatres" category is but I think it means newly opened or soon to open Dolby Cinema locations. Both Philly and NYC are sorely underserved so it's nice to see some new Dolby Cinemas options.

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Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report that the AMC Star Gratiot 21 in Michigan does have proper Dolby Vision HDR.

I went and saw 'Alien: Covenant' there tonight. And if I weren't so incredibly tired from the lengthy drive home, I would be typing up paragraph upon paragraph as to how amazing Dolby Cinema is.

This is, without a doubt, my personal favorite piece of consumer technology to come along in the last decade. We already knew Dolby delivered great audio. That's what they were built on. But Dolby Vision... my God. What a legitimate piece of revolutionary picture technology to come along for this medium. This is the future. This was like experiencing a film for the first time all over again. This was easily my all-time favorite theatrical experience as an adult. There are so many images from that film, thanks to Dolby, that will forever be embedded into my subconscious.

And the audio, holy hell... absolutely MONSTROUS!
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Playing catch up on this thread and was curious your outcome as this is my closest Dolby Cinema Theater. I went to it to see Guardians 2 there and felt the Picture was amazing, so if they did not have HDR yet then could only hope for what it was like once they do. And of course sound is amazing. My only thought is i do what what a brand new built Dolby Cinema would be like, since that appears to be a renovated auditorium, i felt screen was small. It's a long/low/narrow style Best screen close to me is similar to a Digital IMAX and would say screen/auditorium has to be 2-3 times the size of the Dolby Cinema. The Dolby picture and sound make it way better of course but couldn't help want for bigger screen. Also being first time going was not sure of seats and once there realized needed to choose several rows closer as had to much side wall.

I'm waiting for the Livonia location to open to see what that is like.
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Any word on when the Livonia location is going to open? Seems like that's been in development for a while now.
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If anyone is in the Denver metro area, head straight to the Highlands Ranch location. The Dolby Cinema theater there is by far the best out of the 3 available.
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If anyone is in the Denver metro area, head straight to the Highlands Ranch location. The Dolby Cinema theater there is by far the best out of the 3 available.
Same question for the conversion going on at the Southcenter AMC Tukwila, WA...
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Transformers at AMC Neshaminy's Dolby Cinema

Where to start? First of all the seats are ****ing amazing. Super comfortable and have good reclining functions. Each seat is basically a love seat that seats two people with a movable divider in the middle. Perfect for bringing your girlfriend.

The surround speakers are the first thing I noticed when I entered the room. Looks like they are 8" drivers...and a lot of them per speaker. The red lights never lit up like in the pictures I've seen though. Once the lights were dimmed the theater was very dark allowing for great contrast levels. Dolby Vision was noticeable and I was impressed overall with the colors. Dolby Atmos was okay but not perfect.

Dolby Atmos was not the only thing not perfect and since I paid the premium I'm going to now complain. The image was not super 4k sharp due to the projectors being out of alignment. A convergance issue it seems which was very noticeable when looking at the cut off lines (since Transformers is an IMAX movie the largest frame is around 16:9 on a much wider screen with the "wider shots" of the film being squeezed into a quad letter box .) Each room is supposed to have only 4 subs. However each seat is equipped with transducers (Bass shakers) which were turned up plenty. If I laid my head back my brain would vibrate and almost make my vision blurry. It was my first experience with bass shakers so overall it was pretty cool. However it made the bass always feel the same which got old by the end of the movie. And since it's a Transformers movie....it's already getting old fast!

Volume Levels: I'd say it was played back at reference with peaks around 105 dB and possibly louder since I was between the front row and middle row. Hard to tell how loud the subs went. Should have brought my SPL meter. It didn't sound too much better than listening to reference in my untreated home theater. Either way my ears hurt afterwards and I'm actually used to watching movies loud. I may be completely wrong (and I hope since these theaters are supposed to be built well) but I don't think the reflections were taken care of very well. The highs were harsh and so were voices when they were screaming. There was also this echo from the voices. Now either this was intentional and done using the Atmos speakers or the room had an echo. Either way I thought it to be distracting and voices didn't sound super clear as if they were right in front of me.

Overall, even with the downfalls, I enjoyed it better than my normal ventures to my regal theater. I would probably go again anyways.
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Anyone else been to the Newpark AMC 12 in Newark, CA (SF Bay Area)?

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Where to start? First of all the seats are ****ing amazing. Super comfortable and have good reclining functions. Each seat is basically a love seat that seats two people with a movable divider in the middle.
Thanks for your impressions. Sounds like the seats are the same as the ones they have in the New York Empire 25. Did you speak to the theatre afterwards about the convergence problem? I've found they're pretty responsive to complaints - I've always gotten an followup email and occasionally a phone call from the theatre. I'm planning to go this weekend so it'd be nice if the convergence problem were fixed by then!

I knew most of the movie was shot with IMAX cameras but I hadn't realized the aspect ratio was constantly shifting throughout. I had assumed the 2D version had a fixed aspect ratio. I'd consider going to the IMAX version but they're all in 3D, which I dislike, plus, I'm not a huge fan of these movies and don't want to pay the premium.
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Did you speak to the theatre afterwards about the convergence problem? I've found they're pretty responsive to complaints
No, I did not. I'm used to the Regal theaters ignoring complaints and so I just never bother. But then again when I saw The Revenant in CA at an AMC theater the audio was out of sync so I stepped out and told management and I assume they fixed it because the issue went away. Maybe I'll give AMC Neshaminy a call to talk about my issues.
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No, I did not. I'm used to the Regal theaters ignoring complaints and so I just never bother. But then again when I saw The Revenant in CA at an AMC theater the audio was out of sync so I stepped out and told management and I assume they fixed it because the issue went away. Maybe I'll give AMC Neshaminy a call to talk about my issues.
Hmm, I saw Transformers in the Dolby Cinema room today and didn't notice a convergence problem with the picture or the audio echo you described. It's entirely possible I didn't know what to look for or maybe I'm just not as sensitive to these things. I thought it is a very impressive setup, on par with the Empire 25 in NYC and better than the Century City 15 in LA which are the two other Dolby Cinemas that I'm familiar with. This is the first Dolby Cinema I've been in where some of the rows are curved - I don't know if that was the arrangement before the conversion. It's a hike to make it out to Neshaminy for me but I'll be back. I noticed some Dolby Cinemas are splitting the bill and booking both Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 next weekend, will be interesting to see if Neshaminy does the same.

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Anyone else been to the Newpark AMC 12 in Newark, CA (SF Bay Area)?
I've been going to that cinema since the Dolby Cinema theater opened. I've posted multiple observations in this thread and individual movies in the past. Anything I can specifically address?

P.S. AMC Mercado 20, and AMC Eastridge are supposedly getting a Dolby Cinema screen shortly. All three of these theaters are roughly equidistant to me, so the more the merrier!!

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First Dolby Cinema in the Middle East has opened here in Dubai. Another one will be opening at The Dubai Mall (through the same theater chain i.e. Reel Cinemas) but this one is at the Dubai Marina Mall. I am assuming The Dubai Mall one will be much larger as it is a much bigger mall with many more screens.



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No, I did not. I'm used to the Regal theaters ignoring complaints and so I just never bother. But then again when I saw The Revenant in CA at an AMC theater the audio was out of sync so I stepped out and told management and I assume they fixed it because the issue went away. Maybe I'll give AMC Neshaminy a call to talk about my issues.
I went to their website and sent feedback about a slight convergence issue on one side of the screen during Alien Covenant, and the next time I went for Wonder Woman it looked a lot better, and they sent me 4 free passes to any movie (2 were used for WW).

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AMC Commons 20 in Independence, MO is going to be doing renovations and will be getting a Dolby Cinema Theater.

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Does anyone know which one of these in the Houston,TX area has the best viewing experience:

AMC Deerbrook 24
AMC First Colony 24
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AMC Katy Mills 20
AMC Willowbrook 24

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I had my second Dolby Cinema experience at the AMC Star Gratiot 21 in Michigan--and yet again, had a phenomenal experience.

I saw 'Baby Driver' this time around. And, it's a film like this, with a 2K-DI, that made me realize how much more important and noticeable HDR is than higher resolution. Dolby Vision gave this film a visual 'pop' that I know I wouldn't have been able to appreciate in a standard cinema. The colors/shadow detail, was a bit more noticeable than any super bright highlights or anything. However, during the film's climax, which involves a police car in a dark parking garage, the 'emergency vehicle lights' really, really popped with both immense brightness and vibrant color.

The Atmos sound mixing really made for a hell of an audio experience. The way the gunfire synced with the soundtrack was really cool.

I'm hoping to see 'War for the Planet of the Apes' the weekend it opens there.
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I've been going to that cinema since the Dolby Cinema theater opened. I've posted multiple observations in this thread and individual movies in the past. Anything I can specifically address?

P.S. AMC Mercado 20, and AMC Eastridge are supposedly getting a Dolby Cinema screen shortly. All three of these theaters are roughly equidistant to me, so the more the merrier!!

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Thanks Raaj, I didn't see your reply. Sorry for the late response.

The only movie I've seen there so far is Logan. So I don't have much experience.

All of these South Bay theaters are still pretty far from me. AMC Newpark 12 is an hour and a half drive, without traffic. However, I am taking my kids to see Spider-Man: Homecoming this Sunday 7/9.

I'll be looking forward to seeing what you think of movies here!

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Anybody have any idea when the AMC Southcenter Tukwila WA will open their Dolby Cinema auditorium? It has shown like this on the Dolby site under "coming soon" for a LONG time:

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Has anyone been to the South Barrington, Illinois AMC 24 Dolby Cinema? Where is the sweet spot to sit?

How does it compare to the Vernon Hills Dolby Cinema? The seating charts online are different for the two.

What is the difference between theaters with 3 rows before the handicap row, and ones with 5? I thought the floor plans were all pretty standard for Dolby Cinemas.

I wish there were photos online for specific theaters.
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