The Directors Guild of America recently completed a total renovation of its flagship motion picture exhibition space at the prestigious DGA Theatre in Los Angeles. Guided by a guild committee of six leading filmmakers, the renewal project has moved the 600-seat theatre to the forefront of cinema technology with the installation of custom-built Dolby Vision laser projection and a Dolby Atmos immersive sound system encompassing more than 70 Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers.
Harman has introduced JBL Professional Cinema Expansion Series sound systems for small to medium-size commercial theatres. The company says the line, which includes JBL 3153 and 4253 3-way screen-channel loudspeakers, 3181F and 4281F subwoofers and 8102 surrounds, delivers the highest SPLs in its class and covers rooms up to 85 feet (26 meters) deep and up to 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Harman also debuted the 2-channel, 1,300-watt Crown XLC 21300 amplifier, which supports cinema series speakers in a range of system configurations.
Movie Tavern by Marcus is a premium theatre concept offering restaurant-style dining and in-seat service for moviegoers. At its new location in the Brookfield Square shopping center in suburban Milwaukee, guests can enjoy dinner and a movie in the premium SuperScreen DLX theatre. It is the first full theatre complex in the U.S. to exclusively feature JBL Sculpted Surround and Dolby Atmos.
ABR Cinemas is a multiplex located in historic Gudivada, India and is one of Andhra Pradesh’s premier cinemas. To create a more immersive experience with even, balanced sound coverage, the exhibitor recently decided to upgrade its aging audio systems. The company hired sound integrators Digital Sound System to install three Harman Professional Solutions cinema audio systems featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos processors.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has elected Mark Lanza as president. Lanza is an award-winning supervising sound editor and currently serves as the organization’s treasurer. His two-year term as president begins in January. He succeeds Tom McCarthy.
QSC has announced the deployment of Q-SYS Level One for Cinema training. The modular online course is specially constructed for cinema engineers who want to learn how to use Q-SYS in cinema auditoriums.
Dolby Laboratories congratulates this year’s Academy Award nominees who have used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to bring their films to life. With the help of Dolby technologies these artists delivered spectacular experiences to audiences globally. The Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9.
The Aquarium of the Pacific, located near the waterfront in Long Beach, California, recently opened its “aquarium of the future,” called Pacific Visions, which features an immersive theatre, multiple interactive art installations, and hands-on multimedia displays. Brian Edwards, owner of Edwards Technologies, the integration firm that designed and installed the theatre AV and FX system at aquarium, says the project is an example of the future of both the AV industry and of storytelling as a whole.
QSC is now shipping its DPA-Q Series network power amplifiers four- and eight-channel models.
JBL Professional today announced the DSi 2.0 Series cinema amplifiers, the first ever JBL branded cinema amplifiers. The DSi 2.0 Series builds on the legacy of Crown DSi Series amplifiers to combine the DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series amps with a new high-power design to deliver superior efficiency, reliability and audio fidelity. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations—350W, 700W and 1,200W—available in analog and analog-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity.