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Hello Folks

I had a great Diwali occassion with my family and friends in Chennai and was obviously able to catch up with the recent Tamil movie releases, namely Poda Podi and Thuppaki- while the former was a disaster, the latter was decent enough!

I wanted to write about the movie watching experience at Devi cinemas in Mountroad, Chennai.

As Chennai residents would know, Devi had revamped their inhouse systems to more modern ones. The screen I watched at was Devi Bala, a mini theater (compared to the Satyam and the Devi and Devi Paradise) with surprisingly a small screen which you would definitely find awkward as it kind of takes away the awe you would expect generally in a cinema.

This theater is equipped with Dolby 3D technology (haven't watched any 3D movie here though) The projection was sharp, bright and clear. The 2k resolution in the digital format was very apparent and you are able to notice all the high res details that you would typically experience on a Bluray!

Lets get to the sound now! The cinema hall seems to be equipped with JBL speakers (this is also mentioned in their website) and the hall is very well acoustically treated ! The resulting experience to put in a nutshell was spot on,clear and rich sound. The bass was perfect, tight and less fatiguing; something I have rarely enjoyed in cinemas! The sound details are easy on the ears and you are able to notice the details! Vocals were clear with out any unwanted bass taking over during the dialogues like it usually does in some cinemas.

I highly recommend you folks to visit, of course when a good movie hits this screen

Vijay
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Hello Folks

I had a great Diwali occassion with my family and friends in Chennai and was obviously able to catch up with the recent Tamil movie releases, namely Poda Podi and Thuppaki- while the former was a disaster, the latter was decent enough!

I wanted to write about the movie watching experience at Devi cinemas in Mountroad, Chennai.

As Chennai residents would know, Devi had revamped their inhouse systems to more modern ones. The screen I watched at was Devi Bala, a mini theater (compared to the Satyam and the Devi and Devi Paradise) with surprisingly a small screen which you would definitely find awkward as it kind of takes away the awe you would expect generally in a cinema.

This theater is equipped with Dolby 3D technology (haven't watched any 3D movie here though) The projection was sharp, bright and clear. The 2k resolution in the digital format was very apparent and you are able to notice all the high res details that you would typically experience on a Bluray!

Lets get to the sound now! The cinema hall seems to be equipped with JBL speakers (this is also mentioned in their website) and the hall is very well acoustically treated ! The resulting experience to put in a nutshell was spot on,clear and rich sound. The bass was perfect, tight and less fatiguing; something I have rarely enjoyed in cinemas! The sound details are easy on the ears and you are able to notice the details! Vocals were clear with out any unwanted bass taking over during the dialogues like it usually does in some cinemas.

I highly recommend you folks to visit, of course when a good movie hits this screen

Vijay
Thanks for sharing your experience...I too like Satyam cinemas & Devi cinemas...Particularly Devi Hall..The biggest in chennai i believe...It can hold close to 1000 people easily per show....

The ambience is not as good as Satyam..But still good...
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You are right Elango! The Paradise screen can seat 1000 odd audience and is certainly the biggest in Chennai or probably in TN. Satyam has managed to strike a chord with the Urban elite crowd and I heard the Theater management under Muni Kannaiya has around 80 people running the ops and a lot of money is spent on PR and marketing!

I really wish they revamp the exterior and make the movie going experience a lot more hassle free. You are stuck in the crowd while entering- their crowd management really needs improvement !
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Even i watched thupakki in devi kala! Screen was really very small, few of them commented that it is little bigger than our tv :-)
When they started playing ads, i felt whether he was using home projector, but then when movie was played colors were so rich and nice. Clearity is very good.

as vj_box said sound was very pleasing and bass was very good.

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Even i watched thupakki in devi kala! Screen was really very small, few of them commented that it is little bigger than our tv :-)
When they started playing ads, i felt whether he was using home projector, but then when movie was played colors were so rich and nice. Clearity is very good.

as vj_box said sound was very pleasing and bass was very good.

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Praveen, those are exact words we used to make fun of the screen after seeing.

It really looked like a big LED TV from the back !
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Have loved watching movies in Devi for over 25 years now - really love the huge curved screen with exemplary picture and sound quality.
Some of my best movie watching experiences were in this theater....and I generally end up liking movies that others may deride as long as I watch it in Devi.
(I ensure to go only to the main Devi hall, not the other lesser ones - Paradise/Bala/Kala).
Would be interested in knowing how does the screen size at Devi compare with the large IMAX screens.
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I am sure !

Isnt Paradise larger than the Devi screen ? I mean in terms of seating capacity.

The screen still being a 70mm would still feel puny to a 80 foot IMAX screen seen in Prasadz in Hyd
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You are right Elango! The Paradise screen can seat 1000 odd audience and is certainly the biggest in Chennai or probably in TN. Satyam has managed to strike a chord with the Urban elite crowd and I heard the Theater management under Muni Kannaiya has around 80 people running the ops and a lot of money is spent on PR and marketing!

I really wish they revamp the exterior and make the movie going experience a lot more hassle free. You are stuck in the crowd while entering- their crowd management really needs improvement !
Ok So both Devi & Devi paradise are both big halls....

Yes..Crowd management is something Sathyam needs to manage...
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really love the huge curved screen with exemplary picture and sound quality.
Exactly.....The movie watching experience is enlightened due to this over ambience... I saw "Avatar" in Devi hall..
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...The Paradise screen can seat 1000 odd audience and is certainly the biggest in Chennai or probably in TN....
The honor for largest theater in TN would have gone to the Thangam theater in Madurai with its 2500+ seats (was the largest in Asia). I remember reading that size went against it and resulted in its closing down.

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.....Isnt Paradise larger than the Devi screen ? I mean in terms of seating capacity.

The screen still being a 70mm would still feel puny to a 80 foot IMAX screen seen in Prasadz in Hyd
The way I remember it (from quite a few years back), Devi's screen was larger/better than Devi Paradise, though the seating capacity at Paradise was probably more.

I heard of the IMAX that PVR has recently opened in Bangalore, will check it out to see how it compares. Only other IMAX experience I had was at a IMAX theater in US and do not remember being overwhelmed...which is usually the experience I have while watching in Devi.


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