Christie Digital Systems Canada has announced that Ster-Kinekor Theatres has confirmed a major deal as it undertakes full conversion of its cinema estate to digital. This will be the first time that the brand's Solaria Solaria One and Solaria One+ and its IMB and 4K resolution have all featured in the same deployment. The South African group currently has Christie Series 2 cinema projectors operating but this will grow considerably to 180 Christie Series 2 projectors along with 198 Solaria One and Solaria One+ projectors which will be available from the end of 2012. These come complete with lens custom-designed Xenon lamp Christie integrated media block and easy-to-operate screen management software. The new deployment will also include 4K DLP Cinema projectors for use at selected cinemas in Johannesburg Pretoria Durban and Cape Town. The theatre group began the conversion process in 2008 turning its first five screening rooms into 3D digital with the help of the brand's 2K projectors. Because of this success it set a target to become 100 percent DCI-compliant by mid-2013 and formed a partnership with Arts Alliance Media to expedite this. Ster-Kinekor Theatres CEO Fiaz Mahomed says that the upgrade is a critical step in helping the company grow the business and take film viewing to the next level: Christie is crucial to this development and its close relationship with Arts Alliance and overall bid was compelling. The digital conversion will ensure a heightened viewing experience and is critical in meeting the very real demand from our valued audiences in seeing the best film content at its best. Mahomed also believes that the solution offers many competitive advantages. The superior optics and high brightness are ideal for 3D applications and the projectors also provide low cost of ownership he said. As for the 4K platform the high frame rate and 4096 x 2160 resolution moves the whole experience a step further. Dale Miller vice president Christie EMEA said With the recent opening of a local office in Johannesburg led by territory manager Phil Lord the company is perfectly placed to offer a high level of technical support. Richard Nye cinema sales director Christie EMEA says We are delighted that the largest exhibitor in South Africa has decided to move forward with a full digital deployment and that the company has been selected as the trusted partner in this groundbreaking agreement. The client always puts the customer experience at the top of its priorities by being prepared to push the technological envelope and this makes the cultural fit with the company a tight one.