Christie to Showcase Wide Range of Digital Cinema Technology at ShowEast

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 14:42 -- Nick Dager

Christie Digital Systems has announced a wide range of technology that it plans to showcase at this year’s ShowEast. The demonstrations will include Christie and Dolby 4K laser projection and audio technology, Christie’s prototype 4K-laser projector fronted by a RealD XL Cinema System and accompanied by Christie Vive Audio speakers and amplifiers configured for Dolby Atmos.

“Christie is the perfect choice for all their cinema needs, including projection and audio solutions, lobby displays and professional services,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of entertainment solutions, Christie. “Specific to ShowEast, of which we are a sponsor, exhibitors who were not able to take in our laser projection demos in Burbank, Beijing or Amsterdam over the past 12 months are in for a visual extravaganza, as we’ve brought one of our laser prototypes to ShowEast. As well, we will delight their auditory senses with the combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio systems.”

In the AMC 17 auditorium, Christie has installed two Christie Solaria CP4230 4K projectors in a Christie Duo configuration, fronted by the RealD XL-DP Cinema System and connected to a Dolby Atmos system. The company says that its combination of two Christie Solaria projectors and the Christie Duo integration kit is significantly less expensive than other branded big screen industry solutions.

Also on display will be the long-awaited Christie SKA-3D cinema processor, which the company says makes alternative content – such as preshow advertising and content from Blu-ray Disc players, gaming consoles, satellite receivers, computers and multiple 2D and 3D sources – look and sound as spectacular as feature presentations. This powerful audio and video processor can extract the latest, high-quality, lossless audio from HDMI signals, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, for integrating into cinema audio systems. Christie SKA-3D is now shipping in North America and will be available globally next month.

Also featured will be the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W LCD outdoor display and a demonstration of Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC), which monitors and services more than 110,000 remote devices for studio and exhibition customers in more than 2,500 locations in North America and several locations globally including Australia, China, Mexico and Russia.  
The Managed Services team will also have video demonstration of their customized turnkey boothless projection lift system as part of a complete customized solution.

Finally, for independent theatres that still need to convert to digital cinema, Christie has established a joint venture with Scrabble Ventures to help exhibitors finance, over time, the purchase of a Christie digital cinema projector, and has already helped many community theatres make the move to digital, including Viva Cinemas, Villagio Cinemas and the Totem & Roxy Cinemas. Scrabble representatives will be there to assist exhibitors in understanding their options to convert to digital cinema.

The annual ShowEast conference, now in its 28th year, is being held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, October 21-25.

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