Santikos Theatres has made history by opening the first ever multiplex in Texas powered exclusively by laser cinema projectors. The Texas-based exhibitor’s new Casa Blanca Theatre will feature Barco laser projectors to illuminate all 16 screens. Santikos was one of the first exhibitors to embrace Barco’s Flagship Laser projector.
Lotte Cinema, one of the South Korea’s major multiplexes, has equipped its auditorium with Barco’s 6P laser cinema projector, the DP4K-60L.
The Gent-based Kinepolis multiplex is featuring Barco laser projectors during Film Fest Gent October 12-25. Eight festival movies will be screened on Barco laser, including the opening and closing movies. The Walk, the 3D retelling of tightrope artist Philippe Petit's 1974 walk between New York's twin towers.
CGV, a subsidiary of CJ Group and South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain, has installed its groundbreaking 6-Primary laser projection system in CGV Starium, which houses one of the largest screens in the world.
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival opened today with the 3D laser projection of Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. The Universal Pictures International film was projected using a Lux laser light source developed by Cinemeccanica, Technical Partner of 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
After years of working for Disney, when Jeff Brein undertook the challenge of renovating Seattle’s historic Admiral Theatre, he committed himself to creating the best movie going experience possible. At the time the work started he said, “Everything we will be doing as a part of this renovation is designed to create a superior viewing experience and facility that while functionally modern, respects viewer comfort and the historical character of the theater.”
Cinema 21 Group, a long-term partner of Barco in Indonesia, has equipped its auditorium with a Barco’s DP4K-60L 6P laser cinema projector. The companies say it is the first laser projector installed in the Asia-Pacific region. The goal is to get a proper understanding of the projector’s operation in preparation of a more extensive rollout across the group’s halls and theaters.
Smitty’s Cinemas was the brainchild of four brothers from Merrimac, Massachusetts who opened a single-screen cinema pub in early 1992. The idea of eating in big, comfortable chairs while watching a movie was an instant hit, and people are now enjoying five Smitty’s Cinemas across Maine and New Hampshire. The New England chain has installed laser projectors – NEC NC1100Ls – in several theatres. I recently spoke with one of the brothers, Tucker Smith, about their business model and about the new projectors.
Esteban Sune is the fourth generation of his Argentinian family in the exhibition business. His great grandfather opened the family’s first theatre in 1910 to show silent films. Some eighty years later, the theater concept changed from the big single screen houses to multiplexes and Cinemacenter was born. Sune, the company’s managing director, recently installed his country’s first laser projector – an NEC NC1100L. I spoke with him about that experience and about the exhibition business in general.
CinemaCity and Prime Cinemas, part of the World Media Holding group, will install seven of Barco’s laser projectors in their flagship cinemas, to open early 2016 in the Mall of Qatar in Doha, Qatar and Abdali Mall in Amman, Jordan, respectively. Barco will provide the cinema exhibitors with a total of twenty-six more Alchemy digital cinema projectors later this year.