Originally Posted by CINERAMAX
I found out for another forum member where there is a 320 in Seattle.
I really appreciate the information too.
If anybody in the Seattle area is crazy enough to do it, they can check out Avatar
in 3D with a Sony R320 and in a Digital IMAX setup in the same theater complex basically back to back. At least for this weekend, something like going to the 6 pm showing at Thornton Place (just south of Northgate) in theater 9 then leaving at some point and switching over to the 7 pm showing in the IMAX theater would do it. Of course, there is the cost of both tickets if doing this legitimately (and to get the appropriate glasses for each). But with both tickets a person should be able to go back and forth for a little while to compare if they really wanted to.
If anybody really wants to see the new Celine Dion release, that looks like it is playing on the R320 at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. I don't think I would want to see the whole thing, but I might go for a little while if I have time. I'm not sure how that was shot though. If it is a 4K master from film or 4K digital then I would get more interested.
I went to the 6 pm showing of Avatar
today in that theater with the new Sony and watched the previews and the first 40 minutes of so of the movie. I was mostly checking it out to see if I should try to get a group of friends to go and it was nice enough that I think I will. The theater had more floor lighting that I would like, but it wasn't horrible. I don't want to overestimate my ability to compare images from over a month apart, but the images did look good to me. I sat in the 5th row back, which was very close. The screen looked like it was 2.35:1 and I counted 18 seats wide in the front row. In the 5th row the image was as wide as the glasses at the bottom for me, with the glasses just a little wider above that. I didn't see any pixels, but I thought that the image might not have been as sharp as when I had seen the movie before, although that was from much further back. I had sat this close for a non-3D movie with the older Sony 4K before and I discovered that the perforations in the screen were visible even though the pixels weren't. This time I didn't see any. I figure that being a silver screen it might not have been perforated.
I saw no ghosting even when I tilted my head either way. Just before I left I moved back to 3 rows or so beyond the aisle they have after the 6th row. From here I thought the images looked incredible. By this point the movie was in the jungle. Hard to say if it looked better than the last 2 times I saw Avatar
in an Xtreme Theater in San Francisco over a month ago and in Digital IMAX on opening night (so about 2 months ago), but my gut impression would be yes.
I tried moving to the very back row of the theater and it didn't seem like that improved the image quality from the 9th row or so. Things just looked a long ways away then.
I'll probably go back. I'm crazy enough to buy tickets to both the Sony R320 showing and the Digital IMAX showing and watch both back-to-back (with about an hour overlap), but not sure if my friends are.