Movie theatres are getting bigger and exhibitors have learned that audiences are willing to pay for the kind of immersive entertainment that simply can’t be duplicated in the typical home theatre. This trend has only increased the demand that the audio match, or even surpass the quality of the images on the big screen. Cinema sound has never been bigger or more important. Understanding that, Digital Cinema Report reached out to key manufacturers to learn what developments in sound technology they’ll be highlighting when the exhibition industry gathers next month at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. In part one of this ongoing series, I spoke via email with Jed Harmsen, senior director, cinema products, Dolby Laboratories to get his perspective.
Sundance Institute and the Dolby Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund have announced that Swiss Army Man, written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, written and directed by Taika Waititi, have both been selected as the 2016 recipients of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship.
The German post-production facility Rotor Film has installed a 69-loudspeaker Meyer Sound cinema system in its recently opened mixing stage—the largest in Europe that offers both Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D immersive surround sound technologies.
Ymagis Group has opened a new, state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos screening room at its Soho offices in central London to serve the UK film industry. Featuring nine luxury seats in a private environment, this new screening facility is acoustically isolated and ideal for quality-control and VIP screenings, daily rushes, color-grading, mastering and corporate activities.
Dolby Laboratories and The Walt Disney Studios today announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theatres December 18, will be available as a Dolby Cinema experience.
In a significant boost to its services for movie and television sound, Tattersall Sound & Picture has added Dolby Atmos technology to its largest mixing stage and completed its first project in the immersive sound format. Hyena Road, an Afghan war drama from actor/director Paul Gross (Passchendaele) will make its world premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation.
Colorfront’s Transkoder automated, standalone system for digital file conversion, has been certified by Dolby Laboratories for the creation of Dolby Atmos Digital Cinema Packages.
Highlighting Dolby Atmos presentation at ShowEast this week, the company revealed that 16 new Hollywood titles are coming to the big screen in Dolby Atmos, increasing the number of announced titles to more than 200 since the sound format’s launch with Disney•Pixar’s Brave in 2012. Dolby Atmos comes full circle, hitting its 200th confirmed title with Disney•Pixar’s Inside Ou
The newly opened Lotte Cinema World Tower in Seoul, Korea, features a wide range of Christie technologies.
Amalgamated Holdings Limited, Australia, has committed to install Dolby Atmos into some 20 new premium cinema screens that form part of its future expansion plans.