Seattle Cinerama to install Christie laser projection


Christie has been chosen to supply and install the world’s first commercial digital laser projection solution at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, WA. The purchase order is for a 4K Christie digital laser projector, with scalable light output up to 60,000 lumens.

“When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theatre in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our community with a cutting-edge moviegoing experience,” said Cinerama theatre manager Greg Wood. “Selecting a laser projection solution—with its ability to render 2D and 3D movies with stunning clarity and brilliant, accurate color rendition—is in keeping with this tradition. We were excited by demonstrations of the technology earlier this year by Christie and we are looking forward to welcoming this reliable and brilliant laser projector installation to our space.”

Christie recently received the first U.S. FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema, which is the first and only such variance to date approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors.

Jack Kline, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems USA, commented, “Cinerama has a long history of innovation and our latest projector will empower the theatre to take the audience experience to the next level. A laser projector is a significant investment for any cinema and the fact that the Seattle Cinerama has chosen Christie to help this venue continue in its capacity as one of the world’s premier movie theaters is a great vote of confidence.”

Site scoping and technical evaluations will begin in August, with an anticipated switchover from conventional digital projection to the latest Christie digital-cinema laser projector planned for early next year.

Noted Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, product management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “Cinerama’s huge screen requires the best and brightest in digital-cinema projection technology, so it can demonstrate how spectacularly a moviemaker’s vision can be realized when shown at high contrast ratios and intense light levels. This in turn will yield an entirely new and naturally immersive experience for the average moviegoer and aficionados alike. We know that Christie laser projection will deliver beyond everyone’s already-high expectations.”

For two weeks beginning March 28, 2013, Christie joined forces with AMC and Paramount Pictures to project G.I. Joe: Retaliation in the first commercial exhibition of a 3D movie at brightness levels of 14 foot lamberts using laser projection.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries at its High Frame Rate Summit held in its manufacturing and engineering headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario, in April 2012.

Christie intends to introduce a wide range of laser projectors building on core technologies and architectures, to power applications for the digital cinema, pro AV, visualization and simulation markets, throughout 2013 and beyond.