Christie donates projection equipment to USC School of Cinematic Arts


Christie has continued its technology partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC SCA) by launching a state-of-the-art cinema experience at USC’s showcase theatre, the Eileen Norris Theatre. Through a donation of equipment and installation services, Christie will be the sole provider of all cinematic and audio equipment within the Eileen Norris Theatre.

The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre is a 341-seat motion picture theatre set within the campus of USC and adjacent to the Cinematic Arts Complex. It is home to some of the School of Cinematic Arts’ largest classes and is the primary theatre often used for large guest movie premieres and screenings of major Hollywood and international films at USC.

The Norris Theatre has undergone a total renovation of its projection and audio equipment, and with the help of Christie’s Professional Services team, will now showcase movies with the most immersive projection and audio systems available. Highlighting the theatre will be the Christie Solaria Series DLP® CP4230 4K projector. The theatre is now also outfitted with a complete Christie Vive Audio system, utilizing over 40 different speakers, subwoofers and amps. The Vive S218 and S215 subwoofer, LA3 and LAC3 line-array speakers and LA45 and LA4C speakers all complement the theatre’s Dolby Atmos® installation.

Eric Furie, senior technologist at USC CSA, said, “Christie and our staff are to be congratulated on their support, input and hard work in making the Norris Theatre into such an extraordinary space. The theatre and the content displayed in it have never looked or sounded better. It’s truly impressive!”

“Christie’s innovative culture, manifested through the cinema services, audio and visual technologies donated to USC, will complement the already vast knowledge and experience of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ educators,” said Christie CEO Jack Kline. “Combined, the tools and expertise will inspire and equip future filmmakers to recreate humanity’s stories in the most lifelike and engaging ways possible.”

"The USC School of Cinematic Arts is one of the top-ranked film schools in the world, so it's only fitting they have selected Dolby Atmos for the Eileen Norris Theatre," said Doug Darrow, senior VP at Dolby Laboratories. "Now the entire USC community including student and Hollywood filmmakers, many of which have embraced Dolby Atmos, will benefit from the premium quality Dolby delivers."

Christie has been working with USC SCA in a philanthropic effort to provide not only current cinematic projection equipment, but also cutting-edge technological visual solutions for the school’s recently constructed Interactive Media Building. Through the working relationship with the university, Christie plans to further its donation efforts and become the primary technology provider for the school.

Christie also recently announced the donation of its projection technology and installation services to the 225-seat Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.