Paul Allen’s Cinerama theater to install world’s first commercial 4K laser projector

cineramascreenSeattle might now be the best place in the world to watch a movie if you’re into high-def screens.

The Paul-Allen owned Cinerama Theater is set to install a digital laser projector that has light output of up to 60,000 lumens — in simple terms, movies will be crystal clear with super-vibrant colors.

Christie, a digital cinema projector manufacturer, will supply the 4K projector and calls it the world’s first commercial digital laser projector. Christie just received approval for the device the FDA, which regulates laser-emitting products.

“When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theater in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our community with a cutting-edge movie going experience,” Cinerama Theatre Manager Greg Wood said in a statement. “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.

Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Christie first tested out its laser projector at IBC 2012, where it displayed the technology during a showing of “Hugo 3D.” The high-tech projector should produce some pretty sweet picture, especially on Cinerama’s giant 90-foot x 30-foot screen.

“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,” Dr. Don Shaw, senior director of Product Management at Christie said in a press release.

Allen bought Cinerama back in the late 90s, saving it from demolition, and then implemented a multi-million dollar renovation in 1998.

The 4K projector will be installed early 2014. So, what movie are you looking forward to watching with the new projector?

  • http://blog.findwell.com Kevin Lisota

    Star Wars Episode VII + 4K + Cinerama = FTW!

  • Zack

    …So this entire post is utterly wrong in almost every way. I’m a manager at a movie theater and we’ve had digital laser projectors for years. Not only that, but we’ve been showing 4K movies for at least 6 months now. So I’m not quite sure what this post was about at all.

    • http://www.glenndoren.com/ Glenn Doren

      Well, Variety reported the same news yesterday, so I’m not quite sure what GeekWire got utterly wrong… Nonetheless, it sounds very cool, and thanks to Paul A. for pumping life into Cinerama!

    • AlienFanatic

      I hope you aren’t mistaking “DLP” for “Digital Laser Projector.” DLP = Digital Light Processing, generally using light projected onto a series of mirrors. Currently, that light source is either a lamp or an LED.

      Christie’s will be the first commercial product that uses a laser as the light source, meaning that they will be able to greatly ramp up (almost double) the amount of Lumens the unit is capable of projecting. This model is 60,000 vs the 34,000 in their current top-of-the line the CP4230 DLP,

      Here’s a somewhat unrelated article about why laser projection is considered the next step in cinema.

      http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/imax-continues-to-hype-laser-projection-as-future-of-movie-theaters/

      • Zack

        It would appear that I have been incorrectly informed that “DLP” stood for digital laser projection when it is actually digital light processing. My mistake. I rescind my previous comment. Thanks AlienFanatic for clearing that up.

  • boop

    Instead of putting the hyphen between Paul and Allen, I think you meant to put an endash between Allen and owned.

  • Cinesea

    Oooohhhh…”The Godfather” would look great with this projector!

  • Guest

    I just read this article by Jonathan Sposato’s site GeekWire. I like how Jonathan Sposato, owner of GeekWire, allows Paul Allen to be mentioned four times in the article (including word #2 in the headline), and there’s a picture of Paul Allen, but there’s nothing for Jonathan Sposato to suggest that Paul Allen had any input into this purchasing decision. Kwality journalism work, Jonathan Sposato.