Audio challenges have inhibited wider acceptance of larger direct view displays because, unlike with acoustically transmissive projection screens, loudspeakers cannot be located directly behind the visual image. Placing screen channel loudspeakers around the display perimeter compromises uniformity of coverage, stability of image localization, and overall audio fidelity. To address this situation, Meyer Sound has introduced Ultra Reflex, a patent-pending solution for optimum reproduction of discrete screen channel audio on large-scale direct view video displays. For the initial launch period, Ultra Reflex solution is paired with Sony’s Crystal LED. The first joint installation for the two technologies is at a reference-level screening room and lab on the Netflix campus in Los Angeles.
Dolby Atmos sound
The Cinema Star, the new multiplex located in the Kvartal West multipurpose center on Aminyevskoye Shosse in Moscow, is the first Dolby Atmos cinema to also feature the Christie CP4440-RGB digital cinema projector RealLaser illumination technology.
CinemaNext France recently equipped the Horizon auditorium at Megarama’s multiplex in the Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne with a new 26-metre wide and 12.5-metre high screen, the largest cinema screen installed in a multiplex in France, as well as Dolby Atmos immersive sound in time for the August 26 release of Christopher Nolan's Tenet from Warner Bros.
STMPD Recording Studios in Amsterdam recently completed an extensive three-year renovation, bringing its total number of studios to eight, including a 135 square-meter Dolby Atmos Premier Studio. With just nine Dolby Atmos Premier studios in the world, and only two others in Europe, STMPD recording studios joins a very exclusive club.
The MCX Multicines Xtreme theatre has just opened in the Condado de Quito shopping mall and is Ecuador’s first cinema equipped with 4K RGB laser projection. Integrator Cinema Equipment & Supplies handled the installation of a Christie CP4330-RGB projector with RealLaser illumination.
As part of the ongoing expansion of its sound resources, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has upgraded three mix stages on the Sony Pictures lot to support sound mixing for film and television in the immersive Dolby Atmos format. Among them is the 344-seat Cary Grant Theatre, the studio’s largest. Sony Pictures now has seven mix stages that support Dolby Atmos sound and plans to have nine within the next few years. The first project slated for an immersive mix in the upgraded theaters is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far from Home, which opens July 5.
Arcadia Cinema in Melzo, Italy has installed a Cinemeccanica Lux 50K laser projection system, which delivers 50,000 lumens on Christie 4230 projectors. The theatre also has a Dolby Atmos sound system. The first screening will be December 15 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Christie has signed an agreement with Odeon Multicines for the Spanish cinema chain to install Christie Solaria projectors – including Christie RGB laser cinema projectors and Christie Vive Audio sound systems – throughout its 12 screen multiplex at the Sambil Outlet shopping mall in Madrid. “This will make it the most advanced complex of its kind in Spain and the first in the country to be completely equipped with Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos together in every auditorium,” said Adil Zerouali, Christie director for cinema, Europe.
Over the past decade digital cinema technology has spurred the transformation of movie theatres from the traditional assembly line model – buy your ticket, buy your popcorn and soda, take your seats, watch the movie, and exit – into entertainment centers where people are encouraged to linger and enjoy a variety of activities, enjoy a nice meal and, of course, see a movie. While Santikos Theatres has seen its share of industry firsts its newest venture, opening today, is more than simply a new first. Yes, the Casa Blanca in San Antonio, Texas, is the first all-laser projection movie theatre in the world. But, more than that, it sets a very high standard for what a movie theatre in the 21st century can be.
Ymagis Group and French multiplex chain Megarama today announced the installation of Barco DP4K-60L 4K laser projection systems and Dolby Atmos sound technology in three new multiplexes: in France, at the Megarama Bordeaux, and at Morocco’s Megarama Casablanca and Megarama Marrakech. A similar agreement was signed last November for Megarama’s Villeneuve-La-Garenne site near Paris.