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.
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?