MemX Posted December 29, 2016 Report Share Posted December 29, 2016 Forgive my ranting. I saw "Rogue One" today at the Alamo Drafthouse, my first time at one of these. The Regal RPX that I usually go to only offered the movie in 3D, and I wanted 2D. The Alamo claims that it gives "attention to detail in film presentation and programming", but my experience does not support that statement at all. For starters, there seemed to be no LFE or subwoofers at all. OK, so maybe it's trying for more of an "art house" vibe. We forget that lack of subwoofers is a relatively minor offense as far as cinema presentations go. The major offenses were the lighting and the playback level. They never dimmed the lights which were part of wall sconces that were not shielded from the screen or from the viewers eyes. They cast shadows on the screen and caused blinding glare behind my wife's glasses. The screen also appeared to be mounted on the wall a lot higher than necessary, forcing us to strain our necks more despite being a fair way back from the front. My biggest complaint was that the playback level was so low that I struggled to make out the dialog amidst the sounds of chairs squeaking among other things. I'd guess it was at least -15 from reference. An audience member quietly laughing sounded louder than the actors in the moving shouting. I kind of wondered if the noise floor contributed more to LEQ than the movie did. I liked the movie, but felt like I missed most of it and was glad when it was over as the over 2 hours of listening to people make noise had finally come to an end. I'm gonna write them a detailed complaint to see how they respond, but if this is what "attention to detail in presentation" looks like in a cinema, the industry is pretty well screwed. I mean, I actually have decent hearing even if I have more trouble hearing dialog (both in movies in real life, something about how my brain processes it) than most. Someone like my Dad who has significant hearing loss would probably have missed the entire movie. I told my wife that I could have heard the dialog better if I watched it on a phone or a tablet, and I'm completely serious. That sounds like a crap cinema experience! Hope they sort it out but I wouldn't hold your breath. I don't understand how hard it can be to get it right - surely, with everything being digital now, they can just press play mid-way through an action scene, go and sit in the seating with a SPL Meter, get some readings to make sure it's not deafening, then fast forward to a quiet scene to make sure it's loud enough in those parts? Hopefully the home viewing will be a pleasant surprise! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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