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Does Cobble Hill Cinemas Need Its Eyes Checked?

Two recent showings of Moonrise Kingdom received complaints from moviegoers.

Viewers of the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, a whimsical love story set in 1960s New England, were so distracted by the blurry screen inside s over the weekend that they complained to management and, later, publicly on Twitter. 

"On Friday night I went to see [Moonrise Kingdom], and the focus was definitely off for the entire time," said Matt Spiegler. "It seemed to improve slightly about 15 minutes into the movie, but it was never really properly focused."

Though Spiegler didn't get up to complain, he was certain that someone else went back to let the theater know during the showing.

"The edges of the screen especially were very blurry," he said. "You could really see it any time any text was on screen."

Still, it was only one showing.

But when another weekend moviegoer—author, actor and humorist John Hodgmantook to Twitter to complain about blurriness during a Saturday screening of the same film at Cobble Hill Cinemas the following evening, Spiegler knew it wasn't just his imagination.

Hodgman's own tweet implied that he did get up to make a "polite comment" regarding the blurriness, which went unremedied for the remainder of the film.

Calls to Cobble Hill Cinemas to receive their comments on the matter yielded no response.

Have you experienced a blurry screening at the theater recently? What's your biggest summer movie pet peeve?

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Kathy Sussell June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I saw the movie over the weekend and the focus was fine. I love Cobble Hill Cinemas. It's a wonderful resource for our community and I see all my movies there.
Rob Hansen June 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
The Cobble Hill Cinema does one thing that drives me crazy. They use black moveable bands at the end of the screens. and there are times they've had wide screen movies and the bands cut off part of the film.Its my neighborhood theater , so I like going there. But if I know its a wide screen film , I go to another theater now.I complained , but they are still there. I don't know of any other theater using these
Peter Rothberg June 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The Cobble Hill Cinema is a true paradox: It's great but it sucks.
Carmen June 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I was there over the weekend and the picture was fine! mmmmm nachos!
Danielle June 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Agreed, Peter. I one time had the occasion to speak with the owner and he was incredibly rude to me. It has kind of put me off from going there much since.

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