Costa Rican cinema chain CCM Cinemas has opened the country’s first movie theatre equipped with an RGB pure laser projector. The cinema, located at Plaza Occidente multiplex in San Ramón, the country’s second largest city, has installed a Christie CP2315-RGB projector, as well as Christie Vive Audio speakers and Dolby Atmos sound. The installation was carried out by the systems integrating company Vidicom.
First opened in 2004 with three screens, the Plaza Occidente multiplex has added this fourth theatre, known as Alpha 360, which seats 140.
“With the proliferation of streaming platforms, Multicines Plaza Occidente was looking to reinvent itself and offer a unique experience that is impossible for customers to get at home on their conventional audiovisual systems,” explained Guido Vázquez Badilla, president of CCM Plaza Occidente. “That’s why we decided to add this premium theatre to provide our local audience with a refined and extremely comfortable new cinema-going experience thanks to the leading-edge cinema technology.”
The theatre has a Harkness Clarus XC 1.7 screen measuring 34.7 by 18.76 feet and is equipped for 3D with the X-Mirror system from GXM Inc. It also comes with stadium comfort seating designed with architecture that optimizes the very best cinema experience for its customers.
“For projection, we were looking to introduce third generation digital cinema projectors, and more specifically, Christie RealLaser RGB technology, due to its spectacular contrast and color to convey a highly realistic experience,” Vázquez Badilla said.
The other three screens at Multicines Plaza Occidente have Christie Xenon projectors that were installed in 2013.
Juan Carlos Cotua Fiorentini, director general of Vidicom said, “With this project we were looking to innovate in design and technology with a view to offering audiences a differentiated, high-profile and extremely comfortable cinema-going experience. For the Costa Rican cinema exhibition industry, this theatre represents a rebirth that will keep our film theatres up-to-date technologically speaking to compete with streaming, which is increasingly attracting more and more users.”
CCM Cinemas was founded in 1967 and currently has 17 film theatres in various cities around the country.
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