Laser protection was one of the big stories of last month’s CinemaCon convention. All four projector manufacturers featured laser technology in their exhibits and all four announced significant sales. Many people can claim some measure of credit for laser projection’s success in digital cinema but none more than Bill Beck. His advocacy for the technology, which goes back more than a decade, has justifiably earned him the title The Laser Guy.
Santikos Entertainment has extended its five-year strategic partnership with GDC Technology by signing a new agreement to install GDC integrated media blocks in conjunction with its transition to all-laser projection. Under the agreement, GDC Technology will deploy a total of 70 units of its SX-3000 Integrated Media Block with Enterprise Storage Plus, which provides 4TB of storage, with laser phosphor projectors.
GDC Technology Limited is rebranding its U.S. office’s extended warranty service plans as FlexCare in the Americas. GDC Technology USA has long provided customized after-sales coverage designed to offer cinema owners numerous options over the life of their GDC server products. FlexCare plans continue to offer the same level of increased protection for the customer’s investment based upon their exact needs.
Disney’s The Jungle Book is the first film released in the U.S. in Dolby Vision 3D and is available at two Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations: Empire 25 in New York City and Hawthorn in Chicago. In this video director John Favreau shares how the movie sets a new bar for beautiful visuals and the 3D movie-going experience. “Whatever hesitation people might have in going to see a 3D movie I think completely goes away,” he says, “because the brightness of the image, the quality of the lenses and the fact that…the glasses just disappear and you’re watching a crystal clear image where you feel like you just climb onto the screen is a game changer.”
Christie is expanding its series of laser phosphor projection systems with the global launch of the DCI-compliant Christie CP2208-LP digital cinema projector. Delivering up to 11,000 native lumens of brightness, the 3D capable Christie CP2208-LP is virtually maintenance free with no lamps to change, offers a lower total cost of operation, and provides a lower carbon footprint for theater owners. It is available as a complete system with the optional Christie IMB-S2 integrated media block and also works with other, popular Series-2 IMBs. It delivers superior content flexibility with its ability to display DCI content, alternative content, 3D content and content developed at high frame rates.
Christie will showcase its full range of products at CinemaCon 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, April 11-14. The company’s Booth – 2303A – will feature various Christie products and video case studies. In addition, Christie laser projection will be used for select Colosseum events, there will be Christie digital signage in the Coke lounge and registration area, and product launch demonstrations in private meeting rooms.
Barco will highlight CinemaBarco at CinemaCon 2016, April 11-14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. CinemaBarco includes Barco Laser Projection, Barco Escape, AuroMax and Barco Lobby Experience. Recent independent and exhibitor surveys indicate that moviegoers give the highest image quality scores to laser-illuminated screens. They also state that this premium experience would entice them to visit the cinema more frequently and that patrons are willing to pay a higher ticket price for the laser-projected movie, resulting in significantly higher revenues for exhibitors.
Ymagis Group and French multiplex chain Megarama today announced the installation of Barco DP4K-60L 4K laser projection systems and Dolby Atmos sound technology in three new multiplexes: in France, at the Megarama Bordeaux, and at Morocco’s Megarama Casablanca and Megarama Marrakech. A similar agreement was signed last November for Megarama’s Villeneuve-La-Garenne site near Paris.
The Berlin International Film Festival is entering a new era of projection, as Barco’s Flagship Laser projector will screen a selection of movies at this year’s festival. For this 66th edition, Barco set up a Flagship Laser DP4K-60L projector at the Friedrichstadt-Palast venue, Europe’s biggest show theater with1,895 seats. Here, the festival shows films from the competition and holds Berlinale Special Galas.
CGV, South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain, has installed a Christie RGB laser projection system in Busan’s CGV Centum City.