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Christie Brings Canada’s Wonderland Mountain to Life with Spectacular Projection Mapping Show

Millions of visitors flock through the gates of Canada’s Wonderland, just north of Toronto, Canada every season and since 2011 – the theme park’s 30th anniversary – Christie® technology has been mesmerizing visitors with ‘Starlight Spectacular’ – a 9 ½ minute projection mapping display that brings Wonderland Mountain to life each evening.

Four Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors equipped with Christie Twist Pro™ display fire breathing dragons, the changing seasons, ripple effects in a kaleidoscope of colors, and a mountain that appears to crumble – among other imagery.

“Wonderland Mountain is the centerpiece of the park and for our anniversary last year, we wanted to do something unique in Canada. Once we knew it was technically feasible, we hired Tantrum Design and Visual Effects to provide the content,” said Doug McBoyle, manager, technical and event services, Canada’s Wonderland. “This is the second year of the production and we are looking at some major and exciting changes for 2013.”

Projecting on a mountain, with its intricate curves and juts, presented a unique set of challenges but Christie technology proved more than capable. McBoyle said his biggest concern was making sure the content would look clean when projected onto the irregular surface.

“We looked at different options but Christie has the edge with its Christie Twist Pro package,” said McBoyle. “Christie Twist Pro was the key selling feature because there is such an uneven surface on the mountain filled with edges and obstructions.”

A single license of Christie Twist Pro™ supports an unlimited number of projectors per array and offers unlimited grid lines, advanced edge blending and blends masking. The optional software upgrades also features rotate and flip capabilities, gradient previews of edge blends, and a brightness uniformity controller.

“Without Christie Twist Pro, we wouldn’t have been able to develop or create the images we did. The Twist Pro solidified our ability to project coherent images on the mountain. The software has the convergence points we need to get a nice and even projection surface; it is amazing how clear and how aligned the projected images are.”

McBoyle said the park wanted to give people eye-candy and have them walk away saying, ‘I have never seen anything like that before … that was amazing.’

“We wanted to create the perfect kiss goodnight where the guests walk away feeling good about what they just saw. And I think we achieved that because the performance gives them 9 ½ minutes at the end of their day to regroup, see a spectacular show and then go home having had a great day.

“I can’t emphasize enough how the Christie staff of Dave Muscat (Sr. Director of Sales, Canada) Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager) and Kyle Killing (Field Application Specialist) really came to the table. Without them, we wouldn’t have been so successful. Christie’s Canadian office and manufacturing facility is just two hours away and that was a huge deal for us. Not only is the Christie product great, we have manufacturers’ support so close by.”

Christie Demonstrates Its Leadership at ShowEast as the Most Reliable and Trusted Partner for Exhibitors Facing a Rapidly Transforming Cinema Industry

Cost Effective and Financially Accessible Solutions and Services to Deliver Premium Movie Experiences to All Types of Exhibitors are Showcased by Christie.

Christie today unveiled its fall lineup of reliable and economical cinema solutions at the annual ShowEast conference held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Leading the way and already shipping is the Christie Solaria One, aimed at emerging markets and community theaters whose screen sizes are less than 10.6 meters (35 feet) wide. This DCI-compliant solution is the first based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) recently developed S2K DLP Cinema chipset to begin shipping in quantity.

“Christie is proud to offer solutions that generate positive, long-term revenues by providing customers with superior projection technologies and the very best in customer service and after-sale support,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “From small screens to ultra-large, premium-experience screens, Christie’s presence at ShowEast is defining the industry for 2013, with solutions like Christie Solaria One and Christie Duo, as befits a thought-and technology leader in the cinema industry.”

In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth #915, Christie is a co-sponsor of the International Day activities, including its Awards Luncheon on November 5, which Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., will address.

The Seven Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors
Visitors to the Christie booth will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s cornerstone digital cinema offerings, whose scope encompasses new formats and technologies, backed by turnkey service and support for all of an exhibitor’s operations. Seven zones will amply demonstrate Christie’s commitment to be a trusted, one-stop shop for all exhibitor needs.

Zone 1: Christie Solaria One:
“The announcement of the high-value Christie Solaria One projector is indicative of Christie’s continuing digital cinema technology leadership, as the company advances the ‘democratization of digital’ trend that will end in all audiences across the globe having access to the finest in digital cinema and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie.

A complete projection solution for screens up to 35 feet, it comes with a zoom lens, custom-designed Xenon lamp, and a Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) with its own easy-to-operate Screen Management Software (SMS). The Solaria One is brightest in its class, since it projects 8000 lumens in the DCI color space, 9000 for alternative content and in its Solaria One+ variation, projects 9000 lumens in the DCI color space and10,000 for alternative content. Shipping DCI compliant in November, this affordable solution confirms that now all cinemas can make the move to digital projection. It is 3D ready, HFR upgradeable and has washable/reusable filters. Combined with the premium audio and visual playback capabilities of Christie SKA-3D, exhibitors can release the full playback potential of their digital cinema investments.

Zone 2: Christie Duo:
Christie Duo generates twice the brightness for super large 2D or 3D screens, allowing cinema exhibitors to offer a differentiated, premium movie-going experience to their patrons. Christie Duo is a dual-projection system using patented mirror system configurations, projecting simultaneous left-eye and right-eye images, which reduces 3D switching artifacts for better and more comfortable viewing of 3D presentations. The Christie Duo integration kit can be purchased with either a 2K or 4K Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projector or as a standalone integration kit if the exhibitor already has Christie projectors. Included in the solution is Christie DuoAlign, an auto-calibrating image alignment software and camera kit that easily aligns the images from both projectors, within seconds, to deliver a completely seamless movie experience. Low upfront costs and no ongoing revenue sharing requirements deliver a high performance and financially accessible premium large screen movie experience that exhibitors can brand.

Zone 3: Christie Avias-TMS:
The Christie Avias-TMS Theater Management System (TMS) provides simple and efficient centralized management of a multiplex’s entire projection operation. An interactive TMS will be showcased at the booth.

Zone 4: Lamp Lounge:
Christie Xenon lamps deliver a superior cinema experience, achieving longer life and lower operating costs than alternatives. Their brightness provides the brightest illumination possible, creating great 3D content projection. Xenon technology also affords the best image quality, producing light that is closest to natural sunlight, which in turn delivers the most life-like and natural colors. No other illumination source can produce light like that. Reliability is a given, with its natural gas element and ease of use aiding Xenon lamps to perform dependably, for a long time.

Christie Managed Services Exhibits Complement Cinema Offerings
Christie Managed Services offer a wide range of capabilities for managing all cinema equipment including projection systems and lobby digital signage. Exhibitors partner with Christie at every stage – from the design and selection, pre-staging and testing, to deployment, maintenance support, online training, remote monitoring and reporting. Customers such as ArcLight Cinemas, Coming Attractions and Southern Theatres trust Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) to keep their equipment running, 24/7/364.

“Southern Theatres chose to partner with Christie’s Managed Services team because they offer a comprehensive solution that includes NOC monitoring, preventative maintenance, and emergency services, giving us a cost effective one-stop shop for our digital projection support,” said Jack Wagner, director of facilities, Southern Theatres, LLC.

Visit Christie Managed Services at Zones 5, 6 and 7 at the Christie booth to experience the full solution and support offerings available to exhibitors.

Zone 5: In-lobby digital signage: Design, build, deploy and support
Experience what a theater lobby could be with eye-catching digital signage such as digital box office, digital posters and digital menu boards. Displayed on Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panels, view how Christie Managed Services will design, build, deploy and support a digital signage network that’s right for exhibitors. Allure Global Solutions, a valued enterprise software solutions partner, will be on hand to demonstrate how together it and Christie support every digital signage project stage, from strategy and content requirements to equipment selection and POS software integration to synchronized deployment and post deployment support strategy.

Zone 6: Network Operations Center: 24/7 remote monitoring
Christie’s state-of-the-art NOC, featuring remote monitoring and reporting, technical phone support, preventative servicing, on-site emergency response and critical spares replenishment programs, safeguards customers’ visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. Christie’s Managed Services team of customer service and technical field experts seek to understand the support customers need for their digital projectors or in-lobby displays and, regardless of system’s manufacturer, take a technology agnostic approach to finding solutions to issues. That’s what sets Christie apart.

Visitors can experience a video demonstration of Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center on display on award-winning Christie MicroTiles.

Zone 7: Online cinema training: Empowering theater operational staff
Preview Managed Services’ new online cinema training, which provides access to not only online training, but technical resources and courseware that will increase the productivity and core knowledge of a cinema’s operational staff. Christie’s up-to-date training modules help technicians stay current on system enhancements and advancements in operational and service techniques. Find out how Christie Managed Services’ online cinema training website can empower an exhibitors technical and projection personnel to fix basic system issues, saving time, effort and money. Additionally, the Managed Services team will showcase their customized boothless projection system as part of a complete customized solution. This turnkey boothless solution provides a special lift system that enables projectors to be positioned out of the way during normal operation and lowered for maintenance, freeing up space for seating that would normally have been taken up by the projection booths.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

Christie Powers “Big Green Screen” At The Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Big Green Screen Theater located in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) at Presque Isle State Park has made the move to digital cinema technology. The announcement was made by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard J. Allan at the Sunset Celebration held on October 26. This event, hosted by the Friends of The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, also included the presentation of the 2012 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Awards. This special recognition was presented to the award recipients by Governor Tom Ridge.

The Big Green Screen Theater is owned and operated by DCNR and offers various educational films for school groups, families and other users of the park. It is the only large format theater in northwest Pennsylvania with its 4-story high, 45-foot wide screen. R&R Technical Services, a full service cinema supply company and Christie partner, installed the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 projector. It will replace an 8/70.5/70, 4/35 Kinoton Projector, which will, however, remain in operation, for occasional use to show film when a movie title is not yet available in a digital format.

“Presque Isle, with its beautiful coastline and many recreational opportunities, is one of the most-visited state parks in our system, however a lot of that visitation occurs during the warm months,” Allan said. “The Big Screen Theater plays a big role in creating a destination during the off-season at the Tom Ridge Center. That’s why we did not want to skip a beat as the industry transitions from film to a digital format.”

Christie CP2230 Digital Cinema Projector


“The Christie CP2230 was chosen because of its superior image quality and reliability, and the full backup services provided by Christie’s Network Operation Center and service team,” said Bob Ray of R & R Technical Services. “With our colleagues at TREC and Poggi Designs, we developed a design and layout of the digital system that accommodates both the Christie 4500 watt Xenon lamp-based projector and the Kinoton. We could see that Christie would produce the best image quality for this large format screen, compared to other brands.

“It was challenging to keep the Kinoton projector fully operational and in the same place, alongside the digital projector, since the front wall of the projection booth was double 8-inch cement block with reinforcement. But after a short closure for upgrades and the installation of a new port opening, we are now able to switch between the film projector and Christie’s in a matter of minutes,” said Mr. Ray.

The agreement with Christie also includes Service Plus, a warranty program that offers next-day parts delivery and complete remote monitoring to minimize down time from Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC), ensuring fast and reliable technical support and maintenance for the environmental center. Through remote monitoring, Christie technicians make sure that tens of thousands of displays across the U.S. and Canada are running smoothly, getting timely maintenance and receiving software upgrades.

Sean James, vice president of Christie Managed Services, noted that the Tom Ridge Environment Center chose Christie’s Service Plus plan, selecting from a menu of services that provides 24/7 remote monitoring of the Christie projectors and connected devices. Through this service, the Center gained access to a local network of technicians for rapid response to technical issues, software upgrades and troubleshooting, as well as repair and replacement of parts for the next 10 years.

More about TREC
The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), named after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, is the gateway to Presque Isle. The center is open year-round, offering visitors information and insights into the unique 3,200-acre peninsula and the many different forms of life that inhabit it.

The center was built as a premier green building within Pennsylvania’s state park system. It was designed to achieve a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Incorporated into its design and function are environmental features such as natural ventilation, an inverted roof to collect rainwater, recycled materials wherever possible, native landscaping and renewable energy sources. The building features large and small classrooms and research facilities as well as the theater and a discovery center for younger patrons.

The theater, which hosts hundreds of school and community groups for educational films each year, seats 175 persons and has the largest screen format available in the region.

About the Friends of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
The mission of the Friends of The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is to forge a partnership between the private sector and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in order to preserve and enhance educational programming, natural history research and visitor services opportunities of the highest quality to assure that the Tom Ridge Environmental Center is nationally recognized as a center of excellence now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.FriendsofTREC.org.

About DCNR
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is charged with maintaining and protecting 120 state parks; managing 2.2 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state’s ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas. More information at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

Christie HD10K-M Projectors Receive the Highest Grade at Appleby College Anniversary Celebration

100 Years of History Comes Alive At Canadian Prep School with the Aid of Christie Technology

Appleby College, an Oakville, Ontario-based prep school, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the aid of 26 Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP projectors installed and managed by Metalworks Production Group, a live event company.

With the projectors installed 18-feet high in a 360-degree circle around the interior of Appleby Arena, Metalworks knew the concept presented challenges in drafting and designing the rigging. According to Mitch Mazerolle, technical director, Metalworks Production Group, 26 projectors flown at precise distances from the 360-degree surface made it a challenge to get the lens throw exact for the fixed lenses.

Christie Projectors Light up the hockey arena at Appleby College

Christie Projectors Light up the Hockey Arena at Appleby College

“We were dealing with a low-ceiling hockey rink and several projectors so everything was very tight. Given the configuration and height, we knew the edge blending needed to be precise but I spoke extensively with Geoff Chick (central and western regional sales manager, Christie) and John Hallman (senior manager, regional sales, Christie) and they helped immensely,” said Andrew McLaren, video department manager, Metalworks. “Metalworks is extremely pleased with the flexibility and powerful nature of the (embedded) Christie Twist technology. The blending and warping worked perfectly, making for a visually stimulating and tastefully done presentation.”

Christie Twist enables full image warping and advanced edge blending through the control of a powerful and easy to use Graphic User Interface. Users can expertly control edge-blended multiple curved images seamlessly. Images can be warped to fit virtually any dimension or shape display with perfect pixel-to-pixel alignment.

With a century of Appleby College history to look back upon, three era-specific segments – including photos dating back to 1912 – were displayed. The first era featured memories from the school’s 1912 opening until the end of the 1940s with the second part covering the 1950s through the 1980s. The third part featured the 1990s to the present. The college contributed archival footage and Metalworks assembled digitally animated content segments – including digitally animated photos. Superimposed over the photos was custom-made animation. Bob Spencer, President of Metalworks, pitched the 360-degree blend concept for the show and the client was both immediately interested and extremely happy with the outcome.

“Metalworks is a Canadian company and it was a big plus to use a locally manufactured product. In fact, Metalworks is looking to increase its relationship with Christie and having its manufacturing facility just down the road is a big plus for us,” said McLaren. “We know there are other companies out there but for us, the dominoes all fell in the right place and the only logical choice was Christie. We’ve worked with Christie before and Christie products are reliable; we had 26 Christie projectors going and didn’t have to touch them for any reason. That is huge.”

“Considering everything Christie has to offer, it was a no-brainer to work with the company,” Mazerolle concluded. “For the price and ability to do what was required, the Christie HD10K-M projectors provided the idea solution. We are truly impressed with the capabilities of the technology and Christie made us look great.”

Christie Awes Exhibitors in Beijing with World’s First 72,000 Lumen Laser Projection Demonstration

Christie®, a global leader in cinema projection, fascinated leading exhibitors from Asia Pacific with a demonstration of its prototype laser projector in Beijing today. Short movie clips of 3D content projected on a 20-meter wide by 12-meter high screen were screened at typical 3D brightness levels of 3-4 ft-L and then using the laser projector at 14 ft-L at the theater of Wanda Shi Jin Shan Cinema, leaving the audiences in awe.

“Today’s laser projection demo was fabulous! I’m impressed with the ultra brightness and life-like colors delivered onto the screen,” said Ning Ye, General Manager of Wanda Group.

“Christie is committed to creating new technology and maintaining our products at a high quality. We are continuously developing solutions to help exhibitors to project compelling, immersive images to their screens. Today we are pleased to demonstrate our first prototype laser projector to the exhibitors,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific.

Presenting at the laser demo event, Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, noted, “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today showed just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be realized when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Dr. Shaw continued, “Some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

Commenting on the laser projector, Dr. Shaw said, “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP Cinema® projectors, operating for more than 80 years.

Dr. Shaw also shared with the exhibitors information on Christie® IMB, an integrated media block solution that seamlessly converts and delivers feature-film and alternative content within a secure environment to all of Christie’s 2K and 4K, DCI-compliant Solaria® Series 2 projectors. Following his presentation, the audiences were treated to a demo of Christie IMB showcasing MPEG2 contents.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries such as Douglas Trumbull, recent Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit in April 2012.

At IBC 2012 in Amsterdam in September, Christie gained recognition for the world’s first laser projection of Hugo 3D, a feature-length 3D movie projected at 2D brightness levels. Hugo 3D is the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post-production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

Christie Offers Simulation Education Program to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Engineers and Technical Specialists

Christie®, which introduced the world’s first true solid state simulation projector, the Christie Matrix StIM™, held its third educational forum dedicated to the world of visual system requirements for the simulation industry. Open to the general simulation community and geared towards engineers and technical specialists, the one-day SIM University was held in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

This free full-day session, the third to be organized by Christie since 2011, is designed to increase knowledge of various visual system requirements by bringing together leading industry experts for presentations, Qs&As, an Ask-the-Expert panel discussion and informal one-to-one conversations.

In the session, experts from FlightSafety International, Visual Performance and Christie, covered topics ranging from image quality, night vision goggle training system setup and calibration to projector specifications, and color, brightness and latency, system maintenance considerations, glass vs. Mylar mirrors and stereoscopic/collimated display systems.

Christie recognizes leading experts Dr. Charles Lloyd, Visual Performance, LLC, and Doug Gill and Justin Knaplund of FlightSafety International for contributing to the simulation day educational program.

Simulation and training specialists wanting to learn more about the SIM University program and interested in registering for upcoming sessions can email the SIM University team.

Christie Creating Powerful Live Event Experience at LDI 2012

Christie is lighting up the LDI 2012 trade show from Oct. 19-21 with a range of integrated offerings to create the definitive rental staging experience. Designed to replicate a concert stage and inspire the imagination, the Christie booth features the entire Christie Nitro Solutions family of digital luminaires, two Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors and the multiple award-winning Christie MicroTiles.

Award Winning Christie Nitro Solutions Take Center Stage
Taking the figurative center stage at the show is the award winning Christie Nitro Solutions – the Christie YK50, Christie YK100, and Christie YK200 – each with a Christie projector installed displaying bright, brilliant and changeable moving images. Designed for staging and event applications, Christie Nitro Solutions offer three yoke models and provide a platform to move and control a variety of Christie video projectors via DMX protocol – allowing integration of lighting equipment and video projectors easily with the same control console. These versatile yokes can be flown, rigged or set up at floor level, according to application needs.

Rigged on either side of the stage, two Christie YK50 dual-arm yokes have a Christie LX700, installed and in between is a Christie YK200 with a Christie HD20K-J installed.

Christie Nitro YK-200 featured at LDI

Christie Nitro YK-200 featured at LDI

The Christie YK50 is ideal for any small- to mid-size venue where space is limited or less brightness is needed, such as casinos, lobby displays, churches and planetariums. For larger rental staging applications, the Christie YK200 dual-arm yoke is designed for Christie Roadster 3-chip DLP models and was recently featured at Shark Week festivities. The brightest moving digital luminaire on the market, the Christie YK200 enables images between 12,000 to 20,000 ANSI lumens to be displayed on virtually any surface.

Near ground level at both stage left and right, is a Christie YK100 single-arm yoke containing an installed Christie WX10K-M projector displaying bright, moving images. Providing brightness levels from 5700 to 15,000 ANSI lumens, this flexible system includes an interchangeable head system enabling users to replace the video projector with another Christie projector – on the same yoke.

Filling the large curved screen backdrop with blended images are two Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors.

Located below the Christie YK100 display are two Christie MicroTiles arrays – each in 1-unit wide by 5-unit high configurations – while additional MicroTiles displays bracket the backdrop screen and run along the bottom in a ribbon format.

Displaying stunning visual performances, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays.

Two Christie Spyder X20 video processors are managing and controlling all content displayed in the booth as well as Pandoras Box servers through Christie’s partnership with coolux Media Systems. Providing image content for Christie at LDI 2012 is Proyección de Ideas, based out of Santiago, Chile.

Downing Film Center Makes Its Move To Digital With Christie DLP Cinema Projector

Christie Projector Brings Hudson River Valley Art House “Into the Digital Age”

With an intimate 60-seat screening room, the not-for-profit Downing Film Center in Newburgh, N.Y. fills the void for movies outside the mainstream with a diverse presentation of independent and foreign films, as well as celebrated classics in this waterfront town. It will soon provide for another cinematic need: a superior movie viewing experience thanks to a Christie Solaria CP2210 digital cinema projector, which is expected to be fully installed by mid-October. As the Lower Hudson River Valley’s only independent cinema, the center offers moviegoers an experience unlike any other in the area – and its move to digital will give guests the best of new technology to enhance its unique cinematic range.

“We certainly wouldn’t go with any other projector besides Christie,” said Brian Burke, executive director of the Downing Film Center. “Christie has a strong reputation for quality, with technology and service that have always been top-notch. Unlike other solutions that I researched, I learned that Christie is always at the top when it came to digital projection.”

Christie Solaria CP2210 Digital Cinema Projector

Christie Solaria CP2210 Digital Cinema Projector

Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions, applauded the Center’s support for the independent film artist. “With their move to digital, Downing Film Center will provide the Hudson River Valley community with a quality movie-viewing experience that is second to none, and Christie values the trust they have placed in us to provide them with the best projector technology in the industry to do so,” said Sholder. “We are committed to providing independent theaters such as Downing with the same high-quality products and services that larger chains take advantage of when converting to digital cinema.”

“Drive to Digital” Fundraiser
Downing Film Center has been in the business of creating a memorable night out for community residents since the theater first opened in July of 2006. Initially selling tickets in person, using roll tickets and taking reservations by phone, the theater has always used a 35mm projector and a Christie platter system to light up its single screen. Over the years, Burke recalls encountering “a few hiccups when loading the reel,” such as an incident where he and his wife spent hours rewinding a film by hand after the canister spilled out.

Soon after changing to an automated ticketing service last January, the Center began planning to convert to digital. It set in motion its “Drive to Digital” fundraising campaign, which incorporates plans such as expanded film offerings and upgrades to its technology, including the installation of a digital projector. A limited budget has presented challenges, but creative use of social media such as weekly e-news, a website and YouTube is helping them get the word out about the Center’s need for funding.

With the order for a Christie CP2210 projector already placed, Burke hopes to have the equipment installed by mid-October, and to begin showing “award-worthy independent films with an award-worthy image. “

A Bright Future With Digital
“We’re moving ahead with the installation because we have a very generous and supportive community, and we are confident our audience will come through for us and continue to support us down the road,” said Burke. “We’re also confident in Christie’s ability to provide the high standard of entertainment we are recognized for, and once our audiences experience the brilliant colors and sharp images of digital cinema, they’ll be more motivated than ever before to support our move to digital.”

He added: “Having a digital projector from Christie will eliminate many of the headaches film can cause. And looking at the bigger picture, digital projection will also dramatically expand the variety of movies and alternative content I can show on the screen. People will be absorbed by the bright, beautiful images the Christie projector will provide and will be better able to appreciate the full intent of the artist’s vision.”

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Christie Delivers Value, High Brightness With New G Series and E Series 1-Chip DLP Projectors

Unsurpassed Image Quality and a Wide Range of Features for Fixed Installation and Rental Staging Applications

Christie continues to lead the way for superior price/performance value and high brightness with today’s introduction of the G Series and four new E Series 1-chip DLP projectors. In the new G Series, the Christie DHD550-G and Christie DWU550-G provide 5000 lumens, 1-chip DLP technology and a single mercury-lamp design for fixed applications with better price performance and higher brightness than other projectors in their class. Similar to G Series, the four new E Series projectors deliver exceptional price performance, higher brightness, and increased flexibility and reliability for both fixed and rental staging applications.

Christie G Series Fills Market Need for High Value and High Brightness
At 5000 lumens and offering a choice between HD (1920 x 1080) and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolutions, the Christie G Series is an excellent choice for board and conference rooms, government, houses of worship, higher education facilities and a variety of small venue applications.

New Christie DWU550-G projector

New Christie DWU550-G projector

Installation is easy with features like optional wireless connectivity, a suite of optional lenses and input options that include HDMI, DVI and display port. When it comes to image quality, the Dynamic Contrast feature boosts contrast ratios up to 5000:1, and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality provide flexible display options. And for multi-projector installations, the Christie G Series comes with color matching as well as an optional dual processing warp card that enables blending and warping.

“As customer requirements increase in a rapidly changing landscape, Christie is ahead of the curve in offering the affordable, yet feature-packed Christie G Series,” said George Tsintzouras, senior director, product management for Business Products at Christie. “The market has been asking for a product like this from Christie and we think our customers are going to love the new G series.”

Enhanced and Improved Christie E Series Features Higher Brightness for Fixed Installation and Rental Staging
Christie also added four new E Series projectors to its extensive product lineup today with the Christie DHD675-E, Christie DWU675-E, Christie DHD775-E and the Christie DWU775-E.

New Christie DWU775-E projector

New Christie DWU775-E projector

The new Christie E Series models are built on 1-chip DLP technology and a dual lamp design that provides increased brightness ranging from 6450 to 7200 lumens, a choice between HD (1920 x 1080) and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolutions, and delivers up to 5000:1 contrast ratio thanks to the Dynamic Contrast feature. In addition, the new Christie E Series offers easy connectivity, incredible image quality and DLP reliability.

“With the inclusion of display port inputs, brightness tracking and optional wireless connectivity, these new models are ideal for boardrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums, venues, government, houses of worship and higher education spaces,” said Tsintzouras.

“Additional benefits of the new Christie E Series are the optional dual processor warp module for blending and warping images, color matching and an optional stacking system making it ideal for applications requiring geometric adjustments and/or multi-projector setups used in rental and staging applications.”

The new Christie E Series models feature a dust-sealed light engine and dual mercury lamps that have the unique ability to optimize lamp configuration to maximize lamp operation in 24/7 applications. Also included is a high brightness six-segment color wheel (RGBCYW) with an optional rich color wheel (RGBCYM) available when color precision is vital. The color wheel ensures radiant colors while eliminating artifacts from rapidly moving content, leaving audiences with the sharpest images.

Tsintzouras concluded, “Christie is proud to extend its 1-chip DLP product family with these four new Christie E Series models and the new Christie G Series, bringing higher brightness, powerful features and incredible value to our customers.”

Christie E Series will be on display at LDI October 19-21 and Solutions that Rock – a Christie sponsored event – in Philadelphia November 7-8 while the new G Series will be at EDUCAUSE in Denver November 7-8.

Both the Christie G Series and Christie E Series models have a three-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s renowned sales and service support. The new projectors ship in November.

Christie Digital Cinema Projectors Flexed Their “Super Powers” In The IGN Theater At New York Comic Con 2012

Preferred Integrator Digital Media Systems Chose Christie Solaria Projectors for Screenings in the Special Events Hall at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.

As thousands of comic book and science fiction enthusiasts dressed in elaborate character costumes flocked to New York Comic Con, Christie digital cinema projectors flexed their own brand of “super powers” in the IGN theater. Preferred Christie integrator, Digital Media Systems, installed two Christie Solaria Series projectors to light up the theater in the special events hall, 1D, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, October 11 – 14.

New York Comic Con is a convention dedicated to celebrating all the latest in the comic book, graphic novel, video game and pop culture entertainment industries. Attracting more than 105,000 science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, it is the second largest annual event held in New York City. At the event, fans from near and far gather to meet and greet their favorite celebrities, writers and animators, catch new movie trailers, and find unique, rare and popular collectibles from the science fiction universe on sale.

Christie CP2230 projector used at Comic Con 2012

Christie CP2230 projector used at Comic Con 2012

“We were thrilled to provide digital cinema projection through our trusted partner, Digital Media Systems, at this fun and very special convention,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “As the undisputed leader in digital cinema, we are pleased that our projectors helped filmmakers demonstrate to their eager fans the full gamut of special effects in brilliant color and high definition. When it comes to delivering superior image quality and unmatched brightness, Christie projectors certainly have their own ‘super powers’ for the job.”

Two for the Show
The concentration of this targeted, energetic fan base makes it a prime opportunity for directors and studios to generate buzz by showcasing their latest exclusive footage and previews. This required a digital projection system of the highest quality to ensure the most accurate depiction of the filmmakers’ vision. For the screenings, organizers entrusted Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, to install Christie DLP Cinema digital projectors in the main hall for the second year in a row. He selected two Christie CP2230 2K projectors, one for each of the two 13-foot by 24-foot screens that dominated the right and left sides of the theater stage.

“We showed a 3D movie with a Christie projector and RealD 3D last year and got a great response; everyone was very pleased with the incredible picture quality. Our role was expanded this year with Christie delivering all the projected content in the hall and for one special 3D event,” said Paliotta. “The theater holds about 2,800 people and is the center of programming for the show, so we were very excited about all the events to unfold with the Christie projectors lighting up the venue. And, of course, the Christie projectors delivered as promised.”

Among the anticipated scheduled events to be projected were the first public screening of footage from “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2”; and exclusive footage from “The Bay,” an eco-horror movie from Oscar®-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of “Paranormal Activity”. The cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also held a panel to discuss and present an exclusive clip from the season 3 premiere.

Christie is the Display ‘Superhero’
For Paliotta, Christie is “the real hero” when it comes to delivering the most powerful performances for these high profile situations. “We worked with the same people as last year and knew they were counting on us to deliver – which is why we chose Christie,” he said. “We use Christie projectors exclusively because the company is the only one we trust to give us the performance and reliability we need.”

Digital Media Systems provides complete equipment and engineering support for world premieres and event screenings. It also provides multiplex and screening room installation service and maintenance.

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