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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #90 on: May 27, 2012, 07:11:PM »
Is ticket price still the same in Grand or Reel? Or did they hike it up the way Vox did??

All raised to match Vox.

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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #91 on: July 19, 2012, 12:21:PM »
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #92 on: July 22, 2012, 12:16:PM »
Further to my post that describes the Meydan IMAX, here is something more I learned today:

IMAX & Digital IMAX are two very different things. In fact so much, that Digital IMAX is even called LieMAX sometimes (by people who favour the original format).

Difference:
The "Digital IMAX" cinemas don't have the propriety "IMAX" projectors, but two Christie 2K projectors. This means, that the total resolution is lower than at a true IMAX venue, and also is of a different ratio.



The smaller image on the left is a Digital IMAX image. The larger one on the right is a true IMAX image. You can see that the true IMAX has more of the image at the top & bottom.

Now, this doesn't matter when a movie is not shot on IMAX (like the IMAX-converted releases of most movies recently). But when a movie has footage shot on IMAX cameras: The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, some of the image is lost when watching the movie in Digital IMAX screens.

Apparently, this is the reason the prologue for TDKR didn't play in Dubai (and many IMAX cinemas worldwide), since Nolan had asked for themn to be played at "True" IMAX cinemas only.

Thankfully, the Meydan screen is a true IMAX, unlike the Ibn Batuta screen which is a digital IMAX screen. How do we know? Here: http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaIntl.htm#UAE



The "D" next to Grand Megaplex means it is digital. The "1570" next to Meydan means it is IMAX film format, the real thing.

So now, apart from that huge screen, we also know that Meydan IMAX is the real thing.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #93 on: July 22, 2012, 02:23:PM »
Where I watched TDKR in Singapore also was a LieMax I think now. But here's hoping the Meydan IMAX releases TDKR during Eid.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #94 on: July 22, 2012, 02:54:PM »
Meydan IMAX will launch "officially" with the release of TDKR. It is known.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #95 on: July 22, 2012, 04:01:PM »
where's Meydan IMAX exactly?
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #96 on: July 22, 2012, 04:10:PM »
Nad Al Sheba. At the Meydan Race-course/hotel/complex.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #97 on: July 22, 2012, 05:24:PM »
I love the energetic zeal in Shariq's post...it almost has an insiders scoop feel to it. Good work in digging out these facts.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #98 on: July 22, 2012, 05:30:PM »
so it's a race-course+5 star Hotel+Complex and it has the best IMAX maybe in the middle east?

How can someone trash Dubai now?
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #99 on: August 05, 2012, 05:53:PM »
Further to my post that describes the Meydan IMAX, here is something more I learned today:

IMAX & Digital IMAX are two very different things. In fact so much, that Digital IMAX is even called LieMAX sometimes (by people who favour the original format).

Difference:
The "Digital IMAX" cinemas don't have the propriety "IMAX" projectors, but two Christie 2K projectors. This means, that the total resolution is lower than at a true IMAX venue, and also is of a different ratio.



The smaller image on the left is a Digital IMAX image. The larger one on the right is a true IMAX image. You can see that the true IMAX has more of the image at the top & bottom.

Now, this doesn't matter when a movie is not shot on IMAX (like the IMAX-converted releases of most movies recently). But when a movie has footage shot on IMAX cameras: The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, some of the image is lost when watching the movie in Digital IMAX screens.

Apparently, this is the reason the prologue for TDKR didn't play in Dubai (and many IMAX cinemas worldwide), since Nolan had asked for themn to be played at "True" IMAX cinemas only.

Thankfully, the Meydan screen is a true IMAX, unlike the Ibn Batuta screen which is a digital IMAX screen. How do we know? Here: http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaIntl.htm#UAE



The "D" next to Grand Megaplex means it is digital. The "1570" next to Meydan means it is IMAX film format, the real thing.

So now, apart from that huge screen, we also know that Meydan IMAX is the real thing.


Excellent and very informative post, any idea why none of the above info isn't available on their website or Facebook page?

Thanks man.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #100 on: August 05, 2012, 07:34:PM »
Excellent and very informative post, any idea why none of the above info isn't available on their website or Facebook page?

Thanks man.

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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #101 on: August 05, 2012, 11:16:PM »

Because no has insightful people like Shariq who understand what they are talking about!

100% agree! The frustrating thing with such venues in our region is that they hire machines not fans. Your qualifications are only your degree and so called experience not your passion and creativity. I would think after spending so much in building such an amazing and unique theatre, they would have spend a tiny fraction of that money in hiring a good advertisement team and building a good website instead of that pathetic immature sad excuse for a website they are having right now.

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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #102 on: August 07, 2012, 04:08:PM »
With confirmation that the ticket cost @ Meydan IMAX is AED 60 for 2D movies, here's something more - the seat map (via spy-cam)!

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When going for screenings, the seat range you should be aiming for are rows D, E, F or G, seat numbers 19-25.
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #103 on: August 08, 2012, 12:23:PM »
I would say anything from A - F should do the trick. Anyway we can reserve or book tickets online?
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Re: [Dubai] Cinemas in Dubai
« Reply #104 on: August 08, 2012, 12:36:PM »
The top rows didn't look like they'd give the best view, but I'll verify this when I go there on 16th.

They don't have online ticketing, or even phone reservations yet. The tickets are voucher booklets, with show date & times hand-written on them. I think it will be some time till they get their ticket-printing machines in place.
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