Originally Posted by ccspruce
A recent trip to a local movie theater makes me wonder whether the picture quality of my hometheater is actually better than that of the IMAX theater. Sure the IMAX picture is BIG, but the picture itself is not sharp and the contrast is also not as good as hometheater projectors.
Is it just me or everyone else also has the same impression?
You're not alone in your thinking; this is one case were empirical testing trumps theory. My last trips to the Palisades Imax (King Kong, The Dark Night) were quite disappointing, both in sound and PQ. Watching both these titles in my Home Theater proved to be a much richer experience, as the image was sharper with better color fidelity, and the sound was no contest.
Sure, from a theoretical standpoint this shouldn't be the case, but it is.
Below is a screenshot of a forty-five-year-old movie taken from my 120" Firehawk screen:
I find no real reason to go to movie theaters any longer, unless it happens to be the birthday party of one of my granddaughters classmates.