I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question or if anyone is still paying attention to this thread but here goes.
Has anyone in the NYC seen Godzilla: King of Monsters in a Dolby Cinema? How did it look to you? I'm asking because my gf and I saw it at the 34th Street location and I was not impressed.
A little backstory - my gf and I usually go to the AMC Empire theater at 42nd Street as out Dolby Cinema of choice. Recently we had to see Endgame at the Harlem location because of ticket/seat availability. The screen quality was bad. You know that part in the intro reel where they tout the black levels of the screen, do a split screen comparison of 'normal' and 'Dolby Cinema' black levels followed by a dark screen with the message "Yes, the projector is still on" ? That always impressed me at the Empire location because the screen was inky black. Like a giant OLED tv. But at the Harlem theater, there were what appeared to be light bleed on certain areas of the screen - like how the old LCD tvs looked.
We encountered something similar at 34th street for Godzilla. While the black levels were better than the Harlem theater, it still did not achieve the inky levels of the Empire location. Plus, it seems that there were these small, barely perceptible ground level lights that were on and pointing at the screen and those may have contributed to the disappointing black levels.
Anyway, my main issue is that I was not impressed by the visuals during the movie. I don't know if it was a creative decision, but everything looked a bit 'soft'. Facial closeups were not as sharp and detailed as I expected. There were many instances of bright colors and explosions but they did not 'pop' and the contrast during dark scenes made everything seem kind of dull. I was under the impression that Dolby projections are in 4K and my previous experiences at the Empire location did not disappoint, but now at Harlem and 34th St...meh.
So now I'm wondering..was it just the movie itself or is the 34th St theater - and the one in Harlem - a victim of poor upkeep.