Christie to power high-frame-rate premiere of 'The Hobbit'


Christie will supply the digital-cinema/high-frame-rate projection technology for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 28.

Two top-of-the-line Christie Solaria® CP2230 series digital projectors will flood the screen with more than 12 foot lamberts of brightness. The current standard for 3D light levels on screens is three to 4.5 ft-L, while 2D light levels are standardized at 14 ft-L. The Christie Duo integration kit combines the intensity of the dual CP2230 projectors.

“With Christie's support, our Wellington premiere will present The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at its full technical potential—in vibrant, bright High Frame Rate 3D. I thank Christie for helping us push the boundaries and give audiences a glimpse into the exciting future of cinema presentation,” director Jackson said.

Christie’s digital projectors, installed by its Xebex cinema partner, will also play a leading role in the Tokyo premiere of The Hobbit, taking place at the Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills on Dec. 1, with Jackson in attendance.

Christie signed a technology cooperation agreement with Park Road Post Production Ltd. and Weta Digital Ltd. in April 2012 to work together to advance the state of the art of digital-cinema production and projection, with an emphasis on high-frame-rate (HFR) delivery. As part of that agreement, Park Road and Weta upgraded their facilities with Christie projectors and provided Christie with review, testing and feedback on new hardware and software developments related to high-bandwidth interfaces and HFR technology, as well as sample movie content (consistent with the content owner’s permission) for Christie to use in testing its projectors and integrated media block (IMB) units.

“The success of our joint research and knowledge exchange has led to the creation of the most reliable high-frame-rate IMB/projection solution available and this will be evident to all at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere and beyond,” said Cameron Harland, Park Road general manager.