Barco and Kinepolis Bring Barco Escape to Europe

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Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:09 -- Nick Dager

Belgian moviegoers can immerse themselves fully into the world of Fox’s new release, The Maze Runner, thanks to the brand-new, panoramic Barco Escape theater configuration at Kinepolis Antwerp and Brussels. The decision to introduce Barco Escape at the Kinepolis flagship cinema fits within the strategic partnership agreement that both cinema pioneers signed earlier this year, out of a joint commitment to take cinema to the next level.

The concept behind Barco Escape technology is simple, yet groundbreaking: by combining three digital cinema projectors with three screens – one at the front and two angled screens on either side of it – Barco Escape creates an amazing panoramic presentation that immerses the audience into the movie.

The Maze Runner by 20th Century Fox is the very first film specially prepped for this theater configuration. The choice to provide Barco Escape footage for this movie is perfect: thanks to the new format, the audience feels pulled into the maze at key moments of the film, just like the boys in the story. The Maze Runner debuted in September at five US Escape theaters. The Kinepolis flagship cinemas of Antwerp and Brussels will be the first in Europe to feature Barco Escape equipment. 

The decision to install the DP4K-60L laser projector at four Kinepolis cinemas was the first in a series of joint Barco-Kinepolis initiatives that were laid down in a partnership agreement between Barco and Kinepolis. The installation of Barco Escape marks a next step in the cooperation between the two cinema aficionados. In the future, Kinepolis theaters will also feature Barco’s interactive content leveraging technologies.