Harkness launches new screen family


Las Vegas—Harkness Screens, a leading global screen technology company, has launched Clarus XC, its fourth-generation 2D and 3D screen surface.

Clarus XC technology brings together a number of proprietary technologies to create a screen surface approved by major Hollywood film studios, according to David Harrison, technical director of Harkness Screens.

“We developed our new Clarus XC screens to provide cinema operators with the ability to optimize digital projection and improve overall light distribution across the screen for polarised 3D, a key customer requirement,” said Harrison. “It is these conditions where light loss is proven to be most significant and, consequently, where presentation quality can sometimes be below the standard required.”

Designed to work with all passive 3D systems, Clarus XC screens create visibly deeper 3D content, noted Dan Huerta, VP of sight & sound for AMC Theatres, one of the early adopters of Clarus XC at its Burbank 16 site. “Our initial tests of the new Clarus XC cinema screen from Harkness produced very encouraging results, with perceived sharpness and color accuracy in both 2D and 3D,” said Huerta. “AMC has historically been a leader when it comes to cinema sight and sound technology, and we are excited to work with Harkness on this new product line.”

The fourth-generation d-smooth coating technology has specific properties more commonly seen in white screens, enabling Clarus XC screens to benefit from significantly improved light distribution compared to traditional 3D silver screens. Visible hot-spotting is reduced and uniformity greatly increased, making compliance with 2D industry standards more easily achievable. Clarus XC screens have no visible seams under projection conditions and most importantly a smooth visual finish.

Clarus XC technology is available in three different gain levels—1.4, 1.7 and 2.2—designed to suit all digital cinema environments from small screening rooms to large-format theaters.

Harkness Screens is featuring the Clarus family at CinemaCon, booth #2411A, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, until March 27. For more information, visit www.harkness-screens.com/ClarusXC