Barco celebrates 100 all-laser multiplexes

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Barco has set a new record for cinema laser projector deployments, this time for 100 all-laser multiplexes in which an exhibitor outfits every auditorium with either a Barco Flagship Laser or Smart Laser projector.

“Once we conduct a business case analysis, movie theatre owners can quickly see the benefits our laser projectors offer with regard to high performance and low total cost of ownership,” commented Wim Buyens, Barco’s senior VP and general manager, entertainment. “Combined with superior image quality and brightness, our solutions empower exhibitors to offer their guests the best moviegoing experience possible.”

Barco offers a diverse portfolio of 16 laser projectors, from the compact Smart Laser SLP series to the Flagship Laser LHC series, offering the highest contrast and optimum brightness.

Kinepolis, a longtime Barco customer, opened the first “all-Barco laser” multiplex in Europe more than one year ago in Breda, the Netherlands. The ten-screen multiplex features one Barco Flagship Laser and nine Smart Laser projectors. “Visitor numbers have been exceeding our expectations since day one, which is fantastic,” says Vicky Vekemans, theatre manager for Kinepolis. Laser projection has also helped Kinepolis cut energy consumption by 30 percent. The exhibitor has since opened all-laser cinemas in three additional locations.

Other theatre circuits deploying all-laser multiplexes within the past year include National Amusements, Inc., CinemaCity, the GRINN FILM multiplex, Cinesystem Cinemas, CMS (Cinemex), Megabox Korea and Reel Cinemas.