Christie was among the many newsmakers at the recently opened Newseum, and supplied over sixty projectors throughout the various exhibits and galleries. Integrators Electrosonic, Inc. and Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) specified and installed the technology.
A seven-level, high-tech interactive museum, the Newseum traces the history of news reporting from the 15th century to the present. Originally located in Arlington, Virginia, the 250,000 square foot museum is now at the Capitol end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The main funder of its operations is the nonpartisan Freedom Forum. The Newseum offers visitors fifteen theaters, fourteen major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4D time-travel experience. The building features a glass-fronted “window on the world” facing Pennsylvania Avenue and a 74-foot high, 50-ton marble tablet emblazoned with the 45 words of the First Amendment.
âWe chose Christie because they have a wide range of projector models that suit our many needs, from Digital Cinema to high quality mini theaters and smaller exhibits,â? comments Dan Laspa, project manager for Electrosonic. âOne of the main constraints imposed on us by the Newseum when we were specifying the project was that they wanted to deal with a limited range of models of projectors, and preferred only one manufacturer. Christie had the right mix. Electrosonic and the Newseum were impressed by Christieâs high level of warranty and service support, which is a critical element for us. Because of the varied nature of the projects we get involved in, we often have lots of questions for our suppliers. This collaboration has been a great success for all involved.â?
The projection systems span many of the floors and exhibits of the Newseum. Visitors begin their tour on the concourse level where five Hearst Corporation Orientation Theaters as well as assorted exhibits welcome them. One 120-seat theater and four 40-seat theaters present the award-winning âWhatâs Newsâ?, an HD video exploring the boundaries of journalism and the publicâs need to know. Those theaters are outfitted with Christie DW3K 3-chip DLPÂŽ projectors.
On the first floor, Electrosonic helped design and install the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, a true multi-purpose venue, which includes a 4D time-travel experience. As a theater for general-purpose presentations, it seats 500 and is outfitted with a Christie DW6K used in both the show, and as the main projector when the theater is used in Presentation mode. Reconfigured as a 4D theater, it seats 196 and features a 57×25 foot custom curved Stewart screen and a pair of Christieâs acclaimed Digital Cinema projectors, the Christie CP2000 and two Christie DS+65 projectors for show effects.
On the fifth floor, the News History Gallery chronicles artifacts from five centuries of news reporting. The long, narrow space features two rows of display cases surmounted by a frieze created by 20 Standard Definition Christie DS+25W projectors displaying a collage of video images. Five more Christie DS+65 projectors highlight particular artifacts by projecting onto screen fabric in the glass cases. Five small âSidebarâ? theaters, equipped with Christie DS+65 projectors and custom screens, tell individual stories in the history of news.
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater is also located on the fifth floor of the museum where it displays historical and breaking news. It features a 90×11 foot screen whose images are provided by five edge-blended Christie DW3K projectors using Christie Twistâ˘ image warping and blending functionality. A Vista Spyder is also part of the system and is used to feed video to the projectors, which blend the ultra-wide image. It has 28 inputs with 20 coming from the router.
On the same floor is the Pulliam Family Great Books Gallery, which highlights documents related to freedom of speech and the press. Two Christie DS+65 projectors display a two-screen, edge-blended show run by Dataton WATCHOUT.
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With the acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.
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