Last night a friend and I went to see Man of Steel at Varsity Cinemas (manulife centre in toronto). I bought tickets for the VIP theatre, since it was the only one that showed it in 2D, and I refuse to watch post production fake 3D. These VIP theatres are smaller (about 20-25 seats), have very nice seats, and you can order drinks, etc. I would also have assumed that the screen quality would be good.
Right from the moment the trailers started, I noticed this awful quality of the image. It kinda looked like what happens when you watch a 1080 video on a low resolution display (downsampling?). I used to run my FW900 CRT at 1280X800 and when I watched 1080 movie files without changing the resolution, you'd see these horizontal lines delineating each scanline.
It was almost like you were watching the movie through a lattice - I've heard of the "screen door effect" on LCD displays, and I think this is similar (I've never owned an LCD display so I don't have enough experience with them to say for sure).
I'm not sure if this is related, but any time there was a relatively homogeneous patch of luminance on the screen, it looked very grainy. It didn't appear as a nice smooth field of color - there was noise.
On top of this, near the middle of the screen, there was a fairly large blotchy scratch. A dark discoloration that was very noticeable when lighter images were shown on that area.
Any idea what was going on in this theatre? Is it possible that all theatres are somewhat similar but that because we were so close to the screen we could notice the "pixels"?
Why would there even be pixels if it was a projection based system?