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Christie Supports Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche Festival as Presenting Sponsor

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, was the presenting sponsor of the acclaimed Illuminus: Nuit Blanche festival in Boston, a free nighttime festival of creative innovation that took place on Saturday, October 25 that transformed the historic and artsy SoWa district neighborhood into a vibrant urban canvas. Offering a unique opportunity for regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators to showcase “their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works,” Illuminus lit up Harrison Avenue with large scale projection displays. Christie’s Creative Services also spearheaded the content production for some of the experiences throughout the evening.

Projected images at Boston's Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Projected images at Boston’s Illuminus: Nuit Blanche (Photo courtesy Christie)

Committed to good corporate citizenship and supporting digital art, Christie donated a wide range of display equipment, content and artistic services to help the event come to life. Christie products included Christie® MicroTiles® and LCD flat panels, as well as a variety of projectors that included the Christie LX700 XGA LCD, Christie Roadster S +20K and Roadie HD +35K, and Christie Roadster HD 10K-M projectors. The company also contributed by delivering impactful visual experiences based on the work of two artists from Converse’s “Blank Canvas” series – Caleb Neelon and Kenji Nakayama.

“Once the sun went down, artists could paint a new reality with light and projection,” said Jeff Grantz, Illuminus event producer and founder of Boston-based creative design firm, Materials & Methods. “Christie visual display products were the key, not only providing the cutting-edge display technology, but also some of the content and acting as a creative consultant, helping bring the artists’ vision into sharp focus.”

Lightweight and portable, all of the projectors were equipped with interchangeable lenses that provided the flexibility necessary for an event of this scale. Their powerful Christie Twist™ feature, which manages complex arrayed projectors, allowed them to distort projected content onto buildings and surrounding spaces to ensure optimal alignment and edge-blending. The results were stunning images and 3-D projections, flung across building facades, ceilings, and any other space or object that inspired the artists to “think big.”

Grantz, who also co-produced New York’s versions of the event in the arts-driven SoHo area of Manhattan, called Christie’s Senior Director of Experience Strategy and Creative Services Denys Lavigne, Illuminus: Nuit Blanche’s “patron saint.” Lavigne’s Global Professional Services group provided the equipment, services and digital content.

“Denys is one of those rare creative individuals who gets both the big picture and the little details,” he said. “We were plagued with bad weather that limited onsite resources and the amount of time we had to pull the whole thing together. Among the ‘miracles’ created by his team was a stunning ‘color bar’ sculpture using 40 Christie MicroTiles. It provided a beautiful backdrop that was probably photographed with people standing in front of it about 10,000 times! That’s Christie creativity: The ability to create something amazing – to be an integral part of a transformative cultural arts event like Illuminus, which will have a lasting impact on the city of Boston.”

Lavigne noted that, with the recent announcements at ShowEast with Christie’s 360 degree digital delivery capabilities the company is accomplishing something highly unique in its approach to multimedia network operations in the industry.

“Festivals like Illuminus are a wildly creative blend of digital art, traditional art, and a wide array of multimedia technologies – which inspire our teams to push the boundaries in how we approach creativity in digital media,” Lavigne remarked. “This event is one of the many installations that showcased Christie’s capabilities in developing next-generation experiential installations. It proved that Christie is out there, taking on the most sophisticated experiences and challenges to deliver a new level of engagement for a wide range of audiences.”

Gantz added: “Boston’s South End presented daunting challenges that would have otherwise proven a nightmare without the critical and creative thinking from the Christie team.”

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Christie and USIS Partnership Inspire AppNexus Employees with High Tech Office Spaces

Christie® and USIS AudioVisual Systems achieved grand success at AppNexus in creating additional space on a floor that includes both open plan office space and a basketball court.

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector


AppNexus is a high tech company occupying three floors of office space on 23rd Street in New York City. As part of its culture, AppNexus holds employee motivational meetings called “Razzles.” Razzles include the use of Christie projectors and other tools to ignite excitement and motivate the team. At the end of a Razzle, employees can head from the fourth floor (where the Razzles are held) down to the second floor where the basketball court is located to work off the day’s stress.

According to Todd Hutchins (CTS-D), chief technology officer, USIS AudioVisual Systems, AppNexus needed additional Razzle space. The answer was to equip the second floor  where the basketball court is located  with technology on par with the fourth floor Razzle space where three Christie DS+6K-M projectors are located, ultimately creating an extension of the fourth floor. This included the installation of one Christie HD10K-M projector and the ability to do high-end video collaboration.

“AppNexus is critical when it comes to the projected image and audio quality,” said Hutchins. “When they use the room for presentations, there may be 400 people in the space that connect between several floors, plus others from international offices  it has to be perfect.”

When it came time to make a decision on the projector requirements, USIS AudioVisual Systems turned to Christie to fulfill its projection needs.

“We chose Christie not only because their products are superior but because they have always held true to our partner relationship. Whether we’ve needed technical support, sales assistance, or demonstrations, Christie has never let us down,” added Hutchins. “With Christie  it’s all about support. If our team has any issues, all we have to do is call and someone from Christie will be at our side to help, as any true partner should be. Because of what we do and how we do it, we will partner only with manufacturers who fully support their products.”

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Christie’s Technology Displays at SEG 2014 Optimal for Visualizing Seismic Data

Christie®, a world leader in 3D visualization display technologies, will again be Gold Sponsor of the Society of High Performance Computing (SHPCP) Theater during the 84th annual Society of Exploration Geophysicist’ (SEG) International Exposition in Denver October 26-31. SEG’s Exposition and Annual Meeting is the world’s largest oil, energy and mineral exposition showcasing cutting-edge technology for use in exploration and associated industries, where thousands attend to learn and discover geophysical innovations and new earth science technologies. Among the Christie solutions on display at SEG are the Christie FHD552-XHD LCD flat panels, Christie Quad84HD LCD flat panels, Christie® MicroTiles®, front access 70-inch Christie Entero® HB rear projection cube, the only LED display to offer Wi-Fi enabled wireless control, Christie Phoenix® open content management tool, and Christie Brio meeting presentation and collaboration solutions.Christie Visualization at Marathon Oil Visionarium

“Oil and energy companies require that the critical roles of collaboration and advanced visualization be integrated in the displays used for exploring and synthesizing seismic images and data. Christie’s visualization displays and solutions are being used around the world to better evaluate spatial relationships, which can improve insight derived from the data,” said Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie.

A series of presentations will be offered to attendees in the 50-seat SHPCP Theater. Christie will sponsor two Halliburton presentations that will be shown on a Christie Quad84HD LCD flat panel. Included is a presentation by Mary Cole, Halliburton product manager, on High Resolution Displays in Oil and Gas with key findings from human perception and user-experience research, followed by a discussion on implications for using these large displays to maximal effect to improve subsurface understanding.

Satyam Priyadarshy, Ph.D., Halliburton chief data scientist, will present his abstract Taking Exploration Geophysics to a Next Level with Big Data. He will discuss key challenges and approaches to resolving the challenges with the high degree of complexity in creating value from the geophysical, seismic, and related data sets, and how the complexities could be alleviated by leveraging the four foundational legs of Big Data.

On Oct 28, at 3:30 p.m., in the SEG –SHPCP Theater, Steve Lutz, senior sales manager for Christie’s visual environments, will speak about several new technologies being utilized in visualization applications including new user interfaces, auto alignment and display technologies.

Rental and staging company Data Display Audio Visual, will provide many products including Christie MicroTiles configured in various shapes and sizes to create captivating digital canvases for these leading-company booths.

Baker Hughes(#1150), which delivers solutions that help oil and gas operators make the most of their reservoirs, will display a 5-by 4-unit MicroTiles array.

Drillinginfo(#1709), the leading SaaS and data analytics company for energy exploration decision support, for the oil and gas industry, will have an 88 unit MicroTiles wall.

Halliburton (#938), the world’s leading provider of end-to-end E&P software solutions for delivering more accurate and faster decisions, will present a full schedule of theater presentations on a 12-by-12-foot video wall composed of 96 MicroTiles.

HP (#518) – a world leader in offering the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, will display a Christie Quad84HD with Halliburton’s DecisionSpace® software platform content.

LMKR Geographix (#2280) geoscience technology provider in the E&P sector, will have a 5 feet by 4 feet MicroTiles wall.

Paradigm (#623), the largest independent developer of software-enabled solutions to the global oil and gas industry, will display a 40-unit MicroTiles wall.

Schlumberger(#1319), the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide, will showcase a nine-unit MicroTiles wall.

Technical Innovation’s CriticalSpace Solutions (#1876) will have a 2 by 2 display of 70- inch front access Christie HB Entero Cubes to exhibit state-of-the-art visualization solutions that demonstrate sophisticated collaborative visualization and seismic data interpretation capabilities. Christie Spyder X20 image processor will power the Christie Phoenix and Christie Brio, with FEI’s Avizo 3D software for visualization solutions used for collaboration applications will also be on display.

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Christie Launches First National Experiential Network for Cinema Lobbies

Christie® today announced the launch of its new media initiative, Christie Experiential Networks® (CEN). Based on the theme “From the Street to the Screens™,” the network features unique digital destinations such as the Christie double-sided digital standee, the experiential video wall and the hero screen; some of which will be introduced during ShowEast, Oct. 27-30, in Hollywood, Florida.

Christie Experiential Networks Standee Rendering

Christie Experiential Networks Standee Rendering


“Christie was at the forefront leading the conversion of film to digital projection, and we are today the first to deploy a refined experiential strategy that will transform the way exhibitors, brands, agencies and studios connect with moviegoers across the country,” said Kevin Romano, senior director, Global Media, at Christie. “From projection mapping to mobile, to augmented reality and gesture interactions, we are committed to delivering superior, content-driven experiences for the cinema industry.”

New Role, New Business Model
Christie Experiential Networks (CEN) adds a new layer to how Christie brings value to the cinema industry. With this new initiative, Christie becomes a network operator that supplies technologies and digital content to exhibitors’ lobbies. Christie provides standard track installations at no cost to the exhibitor and can also provide personalized concepts for a competitive investment. CEN’s team of media specialists will manage advertising sales, in a revenue-share model with the exhibitors.

Experiential, Mass Media Style
From a brand and studio perspective, Christie’s new CEN provides access to a large-scale network of refined, multi-platform digital experiences for the consumer. Technologies and content strategy will, for example, enable studios to transform a trailer into a 4K gesture experience; or brands to create an interactive experience from an app, such as a 30-second ad or a static poster. Then the experience can be distributed on a national scale in top designated market areas. A variety of experience options are available for brands and studios.

More Entertainment Value Means More Guest Engagement, and More Revenues

CEN’s mission is to create new revenue streams for exhibitors, deliver refined media opportunities for brands and studios, and offer high-impact digital experiences for the consumer. Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, at Christie: “It is time that exhibitor lobby spaces become a legitimate part of the cinema experience and growth strategy for the industry. Experiential is growing everywhere; brands and studios are embracing it, and consumers expect it. With similar experiential projects that we’ve created for other industries, we observed that when customers are engaged there is more dwell time, which means higher brand impact, and a better overall experience.”

The Christie Experiential Networks programming will also integrate promotional elements such as discounts, special promotions and giveaways. Romano added, “Guests who interact with the digital displays will gain a direct and immediate benefit that makes their experience that much better.” These opportunities extend to studios, product marketers, advertisers, and exhibitors, who will be showcased on the new network as well as on the legacy systems Christie plans to integrate as one high-impact digital media within the exhibitor environment.

From the Street to the ScreensTM – a 360-Degree Perspective

Christie is delivering this new media initiative as part of its 360-degree digital solution capabilities. Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, at Christie, said “The industry might not be fully aware but Christie has developed a solid track record over the past five years in delivering next generation digital signage applications for our clients and partners. Our recent acquisition of Arsenal Media reinforced our unique position as a total solutions provider from strategy, hardware and software, to content, enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support. Now, with the addition of our media sales services, headed by Kevin Romano who has played a key role in the development of brand advertising in cinema, we feel we have built the ideal team to accompany the cinema industry in this next phase of innovation and growth.”

In this context, Mr. Lavigne will share his knowledge of digital planning, content and technology on the ‘Monetizing Your Digital Investment-New Technologies to Serve the Exhibition Community’ panel, scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.

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Christie Interactive Visual Solutions Light Up Smartweek 2014

Christie® is serving as Innovation Lab Sponsor for SMARTWEEK 2014 in Toronto, October 24-26. The event is taking Toronto by storm, bringing the brightest minds, inventors, and industry leaders to the city for the first time together to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) and to experience Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. Kitchener-based Christie will light up their work using powerful and versatile interactive visual technologies in the Department of Computer Sciences (DCS) Innovation Lab at the University of Toronto’s Gerstein Science Information Centre.

Christie MicroTiles

Christie MicroTiles

What began as an idea to host SMARTWEEK in one major city has expanded across the globe, either as a joint or independent event.

“This ‘storm’ is beyond anything I ever imagined. The vision was to create a one-day event to explore emerging smart technologies and strategies that are shaping our connected world and challenging us all to see how IoT and M2M are transforming our lives every day. This is now a three-day event, with global offshoots,” said SMARTWEEK 2014 co-founder and lecturer, Helen Kontozopoulos.

“Our lineup of speakers and sponsors for SMARTWEEK are among the most respected in the industry and we are excited to be live streaming many of the conference sessions and offering them post-event on YouTube. We are grateful for Christie’s technology support, which lets us showcase creative interactive digital content  including renderings created by Mulvey & Banani architects  to illustrate to potential funders the type of computer science department the University of Toronto envisions for its students and industry researchers. Our aim is to make the university, Toronto, and Canada a polestar for Internet of Things where great minds with big ideas make things happen.”

Christie technology in the DCS Innovation Lab includes:
- A 4 by 6 Christie® MicroTiles® array with Christie Jumpstart content management solution which allows the display of multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics.
- Christie Interactivity Kit is a distinctive solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any digital display. It allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any video wall using finger touch gestures.
- Two Christie FHD651-T 65 inch LCD flat panels and one Christie QUADHD 84 inch flat panel.

Mario Grech, SMARTWEEK co-founder, University of Toronto alumnus, lecturer and co-creator, (with Kontozopoulos), of the Department of Computer Sciences’ “The Business of Software” course, said, “We are seeing the entrepreneurial ecosystem, government, higher education and industry intersect with IoT at a level where Canada is ideally positioned as a technology hub for this exploding segment of the high tech sector. I returned to Toronto after years in the Silicon Valley to bring its culture of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity to my alma mater through lecturing, seed-funding and growing the Department of Computer Science’s innovation engine into one to be envied around the world.”

John Hallman, senior director of Canadian sales at Christie, said, “SMARTWEEK brings together industry leaders, startups and thought leaders from a global technology sector that is experiencing explosive growth. As a visual and audio technology solutions leader, Christie is at the forefront of innovation in IoT commercialization and pleased to showcase industry-leading ideas and the university’s vision for its computer science department lab of the future on bright, large-format visual displays.”

On October 26, Mark Barfoot, managing director, Hyphen Services, a division of Christie, will participate in ‘Creating IoT: 3D Printing and Prototyping,’ a Smart Industry-themed panel session exploring rapid and distributed prototyping and bespoke manufacturing. Attendees will learn how improved tools and connectivity connects people to printers and printers to assembly lines.

Follow the live streaming online at http://www.smartweek2014.com/

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Christie’s Revenue-Generating Experiential Digital Signage Delights ShowEast Attendees

Christie® today announced its ShowEast presence, which focuses on complementing Christie’s industry-leading digital cinema projection and audio equipment with new, engaging experiential displays including media offerings and digital experiences assembled to drive revenue for its global, cinema customer base.

Specifically, Christie Professional Services will debut its new Christie Experiential Networks solutions for exhibitors, studios and brands. Built around the theme “From the Street to the Screens™,” it transforms patrons’ entire cinema experience with outdoor projection mapping and a fully interactive, multiplatform, revenue-generating digital hub inside.

In this context, Denys Lavigne, who leads Experience Strategy and Creative Services at Christie, will share his decades of knowledge of content creation and distribution on the ‘Monetizing Your Digital Investment-New Technologies to Serve the Exhibition Community’ panel, scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 8.30 a.m. – 9.30 a.m., Atlantic Ballrooms 2 and 3 at the convention center.

Christie is one of the few international companies to offer a 360-degree, completely integrated digital signage delivery, from strategy and content creation to system design and deployment of all visual displays, including software and content integration as well as enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support to keep those systems running 24/7.

Christie Expands Vive Audio Solution Options
Also, on Tuesday October 28 at 3.45 p.m. in auditorium 19 of the AMC Aventura 24 multiplex, ShowEast attendees can experience the rich, dynamic, detailed sound of the Christie Vive Audio™ line, integrated with Dolby® Atmos™. The demo will feature Christie’s latest LA4 line array screen channels and LA5S wall surround speakers, which are components of the world’s first cinema line array sound system specifically designed for auditoriums over 400 seats. These Christie Vive Audio Premium Large Format (PLF) speakers feature the patented 6-inch Christie planar ribbon driver technology, designed for motion picture playback of DCI digital cinema audio format and supporting leading formats such as Dolby® Atmos™, Auro 11.1, and 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound.

In addition to the LA4 and LA5S, the new speaker line includes the Christie LA4 and LA5 line array speakers, the Christie LA4S and LA5S line array surround, and the Christie LA4C and LA5C ceiling surround. These products raise the bar for cinema sound in very large and PLF auditoriums to provide a truly immersive experience on all levels of the audio spectrum and to every seat in the house.

“The introduction of Christie Vive Audio last summer was a true game changer, revealing more accurately the full, dynamic details of the new generation of surround sound technology. Its installation has quickly gained momentum among global exhibition,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global & Corporate Marketing, Christie. “With its new line of premium, large-format speakers, Christie has again redefined audio excellence, providing exhibitors with a full-range of digital cinema sound solutions for every auditorium, regardless of acoustic environment or physical size.”

“Accurate motion picture playback is one of the biggest challenges to designing the perfect premium large-screen auditorium. The larger the room, the more critical the choice of speakers and their proper placement,” said Patrick Artiaga, director of business development, Audio Solutions, Christie. “As Christie Vive Audio PLF speakers were specifically designed for larger rooms, they provide an optimal audio solution to match the visual experience of today’s demanding PLF auditoriums. As well, Christie backs all of its visual and audio solutions with a technical support team whose industry expertise is unsurpassed, ensuring that moviegoers enjoy the ultimate immersive experience.”

The annual ShowEast conference, now in its 29th year, is being held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 27-30.

Christie Displays Broad Advanced Technology Solutions for Government Sector at GTEC 2014

Canadian visual and audio technologies leader Christie®, is bringing its broad range of advanced visual displays, and processing and collaboration solutions to Canada’s GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference), which takes place October 27-30 at the Ottawa Convention Center. The four-day show attracts over 6,000 participants and is the primary forum for government and private sector communities to gather and exchange ideas and advance the business of ICT in government. Christie’s diverse solutions of single or multiscreen and 3D projectors, powerful compact LCDs, digital signage and collaboration and content management tools, lets government agencies and businesses display, monitor, control, interact and collaborate with their visual assets – from any source. The Christie booth includes the Christie Phoenix®, Christie® Brio Team+, Christie GS Series projector, Christie® MicroTiles® and a selection of flat panels all showcasing how Christie’s broad solutions deliver quality, dependability, and peace of mind at a low cost of ownership for government agencies and beyond.

Christie DHD555-GS Projector

Christie DHD555-GS Projector

Christie Phoenix allows collaboration anywhere at any time
Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data for thousands of simultaneous viewers regardless of location, breaking through the physical walls of any control room, broadcast set or boardroom to encompass a global workplace. It consists of one or more Christie Phoenix hardware nodes as well as web-based management software connected through using a standard IP network. Using the powerful Christie Phoenix, community-owned utility and gas companies, government agencies, along with transportation and telecommunications centers can make quicker and more accurate life-critical decisions, and share appropriate data even in the most challenging of environments. Christie Phoenix is renowned for ease of use and its ability to encode, decode and simultaneously display over 1000 video sources on multiple displays walls using multiple desktops.

Christie Brio – the future of collaboration
The award-winning Christie® Brio family of meeting presentation and collaboration solutions allows users to connect, collect and share content through a single unit. The family includes Brio Team, Brio Team+ and Brio Enterprise. At GTEC, Christie will display Brio Team+, with an integrated wireless access point that eliminates the need for apps or additional hardware to mirror the full desktop of tablets, phones or laptops as 30 fps HD video sources in a collaboration session. Ideal for meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Brio Team+ can also display high quality video content at native resolutions through DVI video inputs that support video output sources 2560x 1600 at 30Hz or 1920 x 1080 at 60Hz with HDCP.

Christie GS Series Projector
Making its GTEC debut is the Christie DHD555-GS. Part of the 1-chip DLP® Christie GS Series, the DHD555-GS eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. It features wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility. Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality, making it ideal for board and conference rooms, government buildings and agencies and a variety of small venue applications. Easy to install, the Christie DHD555-GS includes display port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT connectivity.

Christie MicroTiles and Christie Flat Panels – Ideal for any large display
Christie MicroTiles, the world’s first fully-creative modular building blocks to create digital canvases of any size or shape fit seamlessly into any décor or room. Combining both DLP® projection and LED, they produce brighter images and a wider colour palette than conventional LCD or plasma displays. They self-calibrate and are designed for maximum image quality in high ambient light environments such as control rooms, broadcast sets, educational facilities and many more indoor applications.

The booth also features the Christie FHD552-X LCD flat panel. This 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel (only 3.5mm when tiled) flat panel display offers full HD resolution, high pixel density, and LED-backlit screen so images look sharp at any distance – all with energy-efficient operation and low cost of ownership.

Christie flat panels are in numerous private and public spaces all over the world including the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus, with the tallest MicroTiles wall in the world, and the university’s Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP), a research initiative that pays student researchers to develop new uses and markets for interactive display technologies. Download Christie Book of Shapes for more digital creativity using MicroTiles from around the world.

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Christie’s Donation to CHOC Children’s Hospital Helps Create Movie Theater for Young Patients

Christie, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, has continued its philosophy of giving back to the community by donating a state-of-the-art digital projector, screen, and audio solution to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s). With this donation, inpatients will have their very own, special movie theater to view movies in.

Children's Hospital of Orange County

Children’s Hospital of Orange County

The grand opening of the movie theater took place on October 16 at CHOC with a ribbon cutting ceremony, activities for the children, and culminated with a screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a new release from Disney®.

Christie’s CEO, Jack Kline, a Board member of the Lollipop Theater Network – a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to bring movies to in-patient, ill children who are unable to go to a regular movie theater – is a passionate supporter of this cause.

“On behalf of everyone at Christie, I want to say how pleased we are to be able to contribute to this worthy cause,” said Jack Kline, CEO, Christie. “Personally, it’s a cause near and dear to my heart as well, given my involvement with LOLLIPOP, and I’m excited about providing the CHOC Children’s movie theater with our top-notch equipment.”

Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP) coordinates with studios to bring new release, current release, and past release movies to children too ill to travel to a theater on their own. Often, it is one of the children’s final wishes to be able to see a certain movie, and that wish is granted through the efforts of Lollipop Theater Network.

“We are incredibly grateful to Christie for its role in CHOC’s new movie theater, which will allow our patients to escape – a little – from the hospital routine and enjoy being kids. We can’t wait to see our patients gather in our theater, enjoy popcorn and settle in to watch a new movie together,” said Stephanie DeMello, child life manager, CHOC Children’s.

The new theater will be a dedicated room where the patients can go to see these movies. With movie theater seating, a popcorn machine, velvet drapes, and custom projector, audio system and screen, the room will be a refuge from the standard routines of a hospital environment.

Highlighting the theater will be the Christie DHD555-GS projector, unveiled in June, 2014. This projector boasts 1-chip DLP® technology, renowned for its excellent image quality and reliability, proving roughly 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. The projector outputs a native, high definition resolution of 1920 x 1080, and is rated at 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness.

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Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions Offer Truly Immersive Experience at Asia’s Largest Multiplex

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema technologies, is proud to announce that its state-of-the-art cinema solutions have been installed in the newly opened Lotte Cinema World Tower in Seoul to provide the ultimate movie-going experience for its patrons.

Lotte Cinema World Tower - Lobby

Lotte Cinema World Tower – Lobby (Photo courtesy of Lotte Cinema)

Located in the highest landmark in Korea, Lotte World Mall, the Lotte Cinema World Tower is the largest multiplex in Asia with 21 theater auditoriums and over 4,600 plush seats for maximum comfort. Each theater, housed on separate floors, will have its own unique concept and interior design based on an “art movie city” theme. The screen in its 21st auditorium currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest permanently installed 35mm cinema screen in the world, measuring an enormous 34 meters by 13.8 meters.

Lotte Cinema World Tower is also home to the largest 4D theater in Korea, equipped with dynamic motion seats and other special effects.

All auditoriums are complete with Christie digital cinema solutions, including the flagship Christie Solaria™ Series projectors, Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound systems, Christie ACT Digital Cinema Theatre Control and Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB). The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions by Christie and its Korean partner Eugenetek Corporation is one of the biggest entertainment solutions projects undertaken by both teams in Korea.

Audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215, CP2220, CP2230 and CP4230, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. Among the seven auditoriums fitted with Christie Vive Audio, five are specially configured to meet Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology requirements. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, including overhead, to make film audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching it. Rounding out the impressive list of installed products are the Christie ACT and Christie IMB solutions designed to provide the best performance and reliability in terms of theater automation control and content delivery.

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “Christie is honored to work with Lotte Cinemas to have our most advanced and comprehensive range of cinema solutions installed in all auditoriums of Asia’s largest multiplex. The audience can look forward to be wowed by our brilliant projection and audio systems that offer truly immersive and memorable experiences. Lotte Cinema World Tower is certainly one of the world’s premier cinema destinations and we are proud to be a major part of this project.”

“We’re very excited to install an extensive range of Christie digital cinema solutions, including the Solaria Series projectors and Vive Audio cinema sound systems in our latest multiplex which ranks among the best in the world,” said Gwan Ro Lee, executive director, Lotte Cinema. “Christie’s visual and audio solutions are well known for their high quality and reliability that is backed by industry-leading service and support. We have utilized a number of Christie products at various locations and are confident that the complete cinema solutions fitted at our Lotte Cinema World Tower will offer the best and the most lifelike visual and sensory cinematic experience for all movie patrons in Korea.”

Joon-Ho Lee, president, Eugenetek Corporation, commented, “Lotte Cinema World Tower is one of the biggest projects that we have ever embarked on and we are thankful to be given this opportunity to be involved in this major installation. We have worked closely with the team from Christie throughout this project and are proud to present the best-quality picture and sound to the audience with Christie’s cutting edge cinema solutions.”

The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema – displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

Complementing the stunning visuals is the innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers rich, dynamic and detailed sound that unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby Atmos, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It consists of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. From the thundering roar of an airplane flying overhead to the delicate hums of insects in flight, the Christie Vive Audio system envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

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Stanford University Using Christie Microtiles as Valuable Learning Tool

Christie® MicroTiles® are serving as a valuable learning tool at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Using a frame designed by rp Visuals, the approximately 1,440 square foot (32-units wide by 6-units tall) Christie MicroTiles wall is installed two feet off the ground in a Wallenberg Hall classroom and spans nearly the entire width of the room. The teaching space hosts journalism and social sciences, among other classes – as well as special events such as Election Night.

Christie MicroTiles at Stanford University

Christie MicroTiles at Stanford University

Moving from three projectors to multiple presentation possibilities using Christie MicroTiles
Opened in 2002, the Wallenberg Foundation decided it was time for a refresh, which included replacing the old projectors in the 60-seat theater with Christie MicroTiles. According to Bob Smith, Director of Technology Services, Office of the Registrar, the front row was often vacant because it provided a poor view and if the seats were filled, those audience members cast shadows on the screen.

This isn’t Stanford’s first experience with the technology: two years ago, a Christie MicroTiles video wall was installed in the Visitors Center. “From that installation, I knew the MicroTiles were gorgeous; they’re so rich, and they’re linear all the way down into the blacks. They’re just really beautiful things,” said Smith.

For this room, they needed the highest possible resolution combined with the ability to have multiple presentations running simultaneously in a variety of configurations.

Smith said the MicroTiles also allow people to sit closer to the screen and “allow us to flexibly adjust the visual rhetoric of the screen, making important things bigger, less critical things smaller, bringing things to the center, and moving other things to the side.”

Using Christie MicroTiles during 2012 American Presidential election
An early use of the MicroTiles was November 6, 2012 when the space served as a working newsroom for journalism students covering the 2012 election with the MicroTiles displaying multiple feeds simultaneously.

“What you saw there was a sort of mission control application where there were seven different screens up there – including CNN – two local channels with picture-in-picture and closed captioning, the New York Times webpage, a Google© analytics page, one person editing video and another sorting still images,” said Smith.

“It was the apotheosis of a group work scenario. There was information that was common to everyone in the room spread across the top of the screen. And, at the same time, people who needed some smaller group sharing the space or just a larger display area were working in very close to the screen but down low and using the MicroTiles as an extension of their laptop. That was a really fun, early use of the space.”

Christie MicroTiles expand teaching possibilities
Smith said each class uses the wall in a different way, adding, “The result is that the MicroTiles have basically allowed us to take classroom visualization to a much higher level, with a much higher level of flexibility.

“You’ve got something (Christie MicroTiles) that is tremendously capable and very exciting with what the possibilities are. That would largely go to waste if you have to go to a 2-day seminar to learn how to operate them and become certified. The whole name of the game was to make it so anyone can walk in and operate it quickly.”

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD displays, Christie MicroTiles display clean, saturated, lifelike colors. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a gorgeous digital canvas.

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