Originally Posted by jeahrens
So those of us in DM have gone round and round on what is the "best" cinema in town. I finally got to see something in the Cinemark XD in Altoona (Bohemian Rhapsody). I'll give a run down on it and the Flix MX.
Picture: Flix MX
The CXD had a slightly crisper picture, but was it was shooting onto a much smaller screen. Also even with the house lights down I could see some fading at the edges and the dreaded red exit sign halo. Flix although a bit softer, has a bit better contrast and better QC of the venue.
On a subjective note the CXD is using what I assume is a Flat 1.85:1 screen and Flix a scope 2.40:1 screen, and the former doesn't scream premium for me. I know this ends up being something people have opinions on both ways, but I couldn't help point out to ZLTFUL the Ford truck commercial they showed was bigger than the feature film we were paying to see.
Sound: Flix MX
I'm confused how this is debatable. No Atmos and far less bass puts the CXD at a distinct disadvantage. I will say the XD is MUCH better than the side theaters which sound about as full as a cheap soundbar. The CXD sound that is there is full and balanced.
The seats are more comfy, though Flix has never had me squirming to leave.
Food/Beverage: Flix MX
Again not really a contest. Waaaaay better food/beer.
CXD has Atmos and also, the screen is curved, not flat. Otherwise, you are correct on the factual parts of your assessment while the subjective parts, well we know how you feel hehe.
BAH! I told myself I wasn't going to debate this but here goes.
CXD: Annoying exit sign halos...
Flix MX: Annoying table lighting, annoying constant foot traffic from wait staff (I know...the dinner and a movie concept and all that).
CXD vs Flix MX: Sound...I could go either way. I wish CXD had better isolation as they still get some rattles out of areas in the upper right of the screen in high ULF scenes. Flix...I have only seen 2 movies in the MX theater so I don't have a great frame of reference.
For overall experience, I would lean towards Flix. But if I am going to specifically see a movie and am just getting some popcorn and maybe a beer, I will pick CXD each time so as to not have the premium for having food available.
Sometimes a brotha just wants to watch a mutha funkin movie! Ya dig?!