The Directors Guild of America recently completed a total renovation of its flagship motion picture exhibition space at the prestigious DGA Theatre in Los Angeles. Guided by a guild committee of six leading filmmakers, the renewal project has moved the 600-seat theatre to the forefront of cinema technology with the installation of custom-built Dolby Vision laser projection and a Dolby Atmos immersive sound system encompassing more than 70 Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers.
United Cinema Chain Kino Okko will be the first company to introduce the Dolby Cinema experience to the Russian market at its Cinema Park Metropolis in Moscow. Dolby Atmos immersive audio technology has been successfully deployed at several Russian movie theatres in recent years.
Dolby, Warner Bros., and AMC Theatres today announced that, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, winner of four Academy Awards including Best Sound, audiences across the U.S. can experience the Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ film in the more than 135 Dolby Cinema at AMC locations around the U.S., beginning August 30.
As is widely known, Dolby Atmos immersive sound technology debuted in June 2012 with the release of Disney-Pixar’s hit film Brave. Two years later Dolby introduced its premium large format theatre concept Dolby Cinema, which incorporates Dolby Atmos sound with Dolby Vision high dynamic range images, luxury seating and other custom design features. This month, another Disney-Pixar movie, Toy Story 4, opened in Dolby Cinemas across the globe, one of several high profile films set for release this year. I recently spoke with Dolby’s Michael Archer, vice president, worldwide cinema sales, and Jed Harmsen, vice president, cinema and content solutions about the Dolby Atmos experience and where the technology goes from here.
Odeon Cinemas Group is adding new Dolby Cinema auditoriums at two locations: Odeon Manchester Trafford Centre and Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza.
Kinopolis Gruppe today announced that it has opened Germany’s first Dolby Cinema at the renowned Mathäser Palast in Munich. In addition, the Dolby Cinema at Mathäser will have its own entrance as well as a lounge area for film fans to enjoy the refreshments and beverages that will be on offer in a VIP style lounge.
At the world premiere of the Avengers: Endgame on April 22 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Premiere guests enjoyed a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound using QSC loudspeakers, amplifiers, and signal processing featuring Q-SYS in a custom-built movie theater.
Next week at CinemaCon, Dolby will highlight a year of global growth that shows no signs of slowing down and will also exhibit a full spectrum of innovative, technologies for cinema exhibition, including the new Dolby Cinema Processor CP950.
In November, the Digital Cinema Initiative posted two new draft documents towards a high dynamic range specification for cinema titled Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum and High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum. They represent a major improvement over DCI’s previous draft, which I wrote about last September [DCI Has Lost Its Way https://bit.ly/2Omcnoa]. In contrast, the new documents are well written, detailed, explanatory and responsive. But questions remain and cost matters, leaving plenty of room for improvement.
One of Europe’s most famous cinemas, London’s Odeon Leicester Square, will reopen this Christmas following an 11 month, multi million pound deluxe refurbishment that has transformed what has been called the home of the premiere back into a global icon in the heart of London’s West End. The building’s largest screen has been fully upgraded to combine luxurious reclining Odeon Luxe seats with the captivating experience of Dolby Cinema.