|Traahn Wrote:I don't know... digital IMAX looks pretty good to me. I saw Tron: Legacy 3-D in a 70mm IMAX theater and in digital IMAX theaters, and the digital ones usually looked better, imo. For the 70mm screen -- assuming they were using 70mm film? -- it was dimmer and there was a discernable flicker (the framerate wasn't as smooth). Was Tron Legacy 3-D released in 70mm at all? If not, then maybe the 70mm-capable theater was showing it in digital and because their facility is older maybe their digital just can't compete very well with newer digital LieMAX auditoriums? (Update: Just re-read the original post. I guess you're saying T:L wasn't at all created using 70mm film? Bummer.)
Visuals aside, LieMAX auditoriums I've gone to seem to have noticeably larger screens than normal theaters, and they crank the audio! I hate it when audio is whisper quiet, especially in movies that have a lot of dialogue. Because of that, I've enjoyed my LieMAX experiences.
That said, I can't wait for further improvements in the digital IMAX world -- especially if it means better visuals.
At the end of the day it comes down to how much the viewer enjoys the presentation so I can't argue your experience. One thing I can say is that digital imax (aka, liemax) is significantly lower resolution than true 70mm IMAX. Also, the screens used in "real" IMAX theaters, the ones you find in museums and other special local, are generally much larger than converted regular theaters (liemax).
The fact that they had the volume higher in one theater vs the next is not dependent on film format (digital or film) but rather the guy operating the theater. The film operator at your theater decides how high to turn up the volume. As for your flicker issue, I can't tell you why that was the case. I can tell you that both 70 mm IMAX, standard 35 mm film, and digital cameras all shot at 24 frames per second so I am thinking this may have been something with your particular theater and not dependent on how the movie was originally shot. The dim picture issue is almost always the actual theater's fault as they often do not turn their bulbs on high settings (it extends the life of the projector bulb, but at the cost of viewer experience).
Bottom line is true 70mm IMAX (both shot and presented in the native format) visually should theoretically be far superior to both 35 mm as well as digital IMAX (Liemax). However, Tron: Legacy is awesome in any format. And that is NOT debatable!