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I just attended a screening of The Empire Strikes Back SE at my local theater

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It was the 2011 master, but It was still fun to see it again on the big screen for the 4oth anniversary.

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Not to get too far off topic, bur what was it like going to an indoor theater with under current circumstances?

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SilverWook said:

Not to get too far off topic, bur what was it like going to an indoor theater with under current circumstances?

I’ve been going a lot since they reopened and from what I understand they are doing decent business all things considered, but nowhere near the crowd levels pre-COVID when current movies were being released. They do heavily encourage social distancing, but 90% of the time there is little to no one to distance from. Most of the movies I’ve been going to see have had 2 to 3 other people in the auditorium at max. Tickets are only $2 also, so I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of stuff. Jurassic Park, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones Trilogy, E.T., Back To The Future, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Empire Strikes Back, Footloose, and several other good ones coming.

Of the 2 theaters closest to me, this one has the more classy old timey vibe with the red curtains and velvet trimming in the auditoriums and stuff, where as the other one was just recently remodeled and is ultra modern and sleek looking. Also, the other theater just re-closed, but they had less enticing prices and an underwhelming selection of films by comparison.

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Looks like someones being having fun.

But damn, $2 a ticket!!

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Why would they show the 2011 edit and not the 2020 4K version, or better yet a 1997 print or the original?
In the middle of Covid i don’t think i would even go to the theater to see the original Empire Strikes Back on 35mm. It would be risky to the point of insanity to be packed into a theater with so many people. Masks or no masks, distancing or not.

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JadedSkywalker said:

Why would they show the 2011 edit and not the 2020 4K version, or better yet a 1997 print or the original?
In the middle of Covid i don’t think i would even go to the theater to see the original Empire Strikes Back on 35mm. It would be risky to the point of insanity to be packed into a theater with so many people. Masks or no masks, distancing or not.

Did you read what the person who started this thread said? There are barely any people in movie theaters right now, so social distancing isn’t really a big concern.

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Most of this same slate is what has turned up at drive ins here in the US. Theaters here keep getting shut down state by state but when locations or drive ins are open it seems to be a handful of DCPs showing mainstream titles.

I haven’t seen Indy or SW included though. Mostly it’s Jaws, Jurassic Park, John Hughes titles, BTTF aka mostly Universal.

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I just caught this last week (we all knew they just had a wide expansion, right? 2000+ theaters) and I was stunned at how great it looked.

I presumed this was the new 4k master because it did not have the minty color timing of the blue rays, but looking up screen caps of the UHDs, they don’t at all look like what I saw in the theater. Much too murky and still had some of that “minty” look.

Thing is it really can’t be anything else, and I’ve noticed other movies that had rather obnoxious color timing on video or screencaps looked much more natural in the theater, I wonder why that is.

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Barfolomew said:

I just caught this last week (we all knew they just had a wide expansion, right? 2000+ theaters) and I was stunned at how great it looked.

I presumed this was the new 4k master because it did not have the minty color timing of the blue rays, but looking up screen caps of the UHDs, they don’t at all look like what I saw in the theater. Much too murky and still had some of that “minty” look.

Thing is it really can’t be anything else, and I’ve noticed other movies that had rather obnoxious color timing on video or screencaps looked much more natural in the theater, I wonder why that is.

Yes, but were you watching at home on a calibrated display or just the out-of-the-box settings, etc, etc??

As far as I know, the version of Empire playing in theaters right now is still the 2004/2011 version off of that master (which, it’s worth mentioning, was only mastered by Lowry at 1920x1080 back in 2004, which isn’t even full 2k scope res).

I can’t speak for Empire, but I actually saw the 2011 bd of ANH projected in an actual movie theater several years ago and it looked surprisingly good shot out of a ridiculously expensive digital cinema projector. That might explain why Empire looked different from what you were used to.

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I saw ESB and ROTJ recently in cinemas, 2011 master, still a good watch. ROTJ looked like garbage during the early Endor scenes.

Star Wars comming up soon, out of order due to covid cancelling its earlier screening.

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I went to the theater for the marathon of all 7 main saga movies when The Force Awakens was released, and again for all 9 with The Rise of Skywalker. It was an absolute blast!

The biggest thing you get from watching them with a crowd is the audience reaction. You forget how funny some of the moments are. I just can’t help but enjoy them more in that atmosphere.

I very much enjoy escaping into Star Wars alone at home at times, but if theaters don’t make it through this current pandemic, the loss would be immeasurable in my opinion.

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I miss going to the movies. I had planned to see several movies this year but most, if not all, have been rescheduled for next year. I’m also curious about the next Star Wars adventure we get to see on the big screen (that’s worth seeing). The last time I saw the OT at the movies is when George released the Special Editions back in ‘97. I’d like to see the 4K versions as long as I’m not cringing over the changes that were made to the original cut, hah. But then again, I was okay with the SE since I didn’t become aware of Star Wars until ROTJ had come out on VHS and I didn’t get to see the OT at the theatre until the SE anniversary.

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