Originally Posted by jasonsong
I am speechless. That is not a home theater. That is a theater.
You know, calling it a theater and not a home theater (thank you!) brings up something I wanted to say. The motivation for doing this has to do with my experience as a DP (Director of Photography). You work for months and months away from your family, 20 hours a day, shooting the movie, angsting (not a word, I know) over a zillion details only to see your movie displayed in movie theaters on screens with dim bulbs, incorrect framing and out of focus lenses.
Not always, of course, but way more often than not. I can't tell you how many times I've had to go into the booth at a theater because the film was out of focus, only to find no one's there!
I shot Marlon Brando's last film, "The Score" with Robert De Niro & Edward Norton. I worked very, very hard on that film and I'm really proud of it. When I saw it at my local Cineplex in Norwalk, CT I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Not only was it out of focus, but the bulb was so dim, the visuals had no life. It's a very dark movie, so this was a disaster.
I talked to the manager and said, "Look, I shot this movie you're showing & I plan on bringing many industry people to see it here, but only if you change some things." He said they do have a projectionist but he only comes once a month to check on all the pjs. So I asked him if I could get the guy's phone # and talk with him. Amazingly, he gave it to me. I called him and the projectionist made a special trip to meet me at the theater.
He was horrified by the bulb issue and agreed it should be changed immediately, which he did. Then I asked him if _I_ could focus the projector myself. I used binoculars and focused the projector with the new bulb. It was like night & day. The image looked fantastic.
From then on, I invited anyone I could, to come to this theater to see the film & my work.
I don't live close-by to a state of the art theater. If I did, I would have been way less motivated to build my own. But there's another reason I wanted to do it: I can't stand hearing people say "I watched 'Apocalypse Now' on my phone!" As a Cinematographer, that goes against every molecule in my body!
I truly want to turn friends and family onto watching great films on a huge screen with awesome sound, the way the filmmakers intended. And by building my own theater, I can completely control the presentation to make sure the film is presented in the best possible way. We screened "West Side Story" recently for friends and neighbors and most had never seen it on a big screen. They were awestruck.
The best thing, though, was that every one of those people started rattling off dozens of movies they wanted to now watch for the first time (or watch again). I remember seeing 2001 in 70mm in a print struck off the original negative (when it was first released) - I'll never forget it. I wanted to create a theater environment that would recreate that awesome experience...