Christie showcased its 4K projection capabilities at the Embankment Garden Cinema, which was specially built in celebration of the film festival’s 60th birthday. The firm used two Solaria CP4230 digital light processing projectors.
Running for 11 days, the cinema featured a 16m screen – a size bigger than most other London cinemas – and seats for 800 people at London’s Victoria Embankment. The cinema showed films from the festival’s Official Competition and Strand Gala series.
The firm said it hoped its project would become a “blueprint” for other film venues.
Dominic Simmons, head of technical services at the BFI, said: "Just over the Thames from BFI Southbank and a stone's throw from Leicester Square, one reason for the venture was to ensure audiences and filmmakers had the full festival experience, mitigating the lack of large screen auditoria in central London following the recently demolished Odeon Leicester Square cinema. We have tiered cinema seating, black box lining with serge, a full box office area and bar."
Christie's cinema sales manager, Phil Lord, praised the project: "We have worked with the BFI for many years and totally support their work as part of our commitment to UK cinema. They have come up with a novel way to extend top-quality cinema to a festival audience. The result is hugely impressive."