AMC has opened two more Dolby Cinema locations just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was graded in Dolby Vision high dynamic range for Dolby Cinema theaters. The new locations are the AMC Century City 15
in Los Angeles, CA, and the AMC Desert Ridge 18
in Phoenix, AZ, bringing the total number of Dolby Cinemas to 10 in the US and 12 worldwide, with two in the Netherlands. The El Capitan in Hollywood, CA, is also showing the latest installment of the Star Wars saga in Dolby Vision HDR, but it isn't technically a Dolby Cinema because it doesn't have stadium seating and other attributes.
As far as I know, all Dolby Cinemas are showing Star Wars in 2D, while many other venues, including Imax, are showing it in 3D. I've heard that the 3D version isn't all that dramatic, but even if it was, I generally prefer 2D HDR over 3D SDR—HDR has more "pop," and it's a lot brighter than any 3D presentation, even laser-illuminated 3D.
Speaking of which, be aware that Imax and other theaters with laser-illuminated projection (LIP) use the spectrum-separation technique for 3D—that is, slightly different wavelengths of red, green, and blue for each eye with glasses that filter out one set of wavelengths for one eye and the other set for the other eye. If you wear prescription glasses like I do, there are significant reflections between the inner surface of the 3D glasses and the outer surface of prescription glasses, causing a distracting halo effect. Non-LIP Imax and other 3D theaters use polarization for 3D, which doesn't seem to cause the halo effect, but the image is very dim—typically only 25% as bright as a 2D presentation in the same theater.
I've got my ticket for Star Wars on Tuesday, December 22, at the AMC Burbank 16 Dolby Cinema, and of course, I'll share my experience right here on AVS Forum. If you haven't seen it yet—or even if you have seen it in a conventional theater—I encourage you to make the trip to one of the Dolby Cinema locations; for a complete list of current and upcoming locations, as well as other theaters with laser-illuminated projection, click here
. I have little doubt it will look spectacular in Dolby Vision HDR.