Cinema 'exceeding the quality of film' with new laser projectors

The home of one of the largest movie screens in the US is planning to ‘exceed the quality of film’ by making use of a new, laser-based projection system.

The Rangos Omnimax Theater at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh boasts a domed screen measuring 7,200 square feet, contained within a theatre that can seat 340 customers. The average cinema screen measures just 2,700 square feet.

Now, Canadian motion picture technology company IMAX Corp. is launching the new system, which has been developed in partnership with former Eastman Kodak employees.

Brian J. Bonnick, IMAX chief technology officer, told the Democrat and Chronicle: “Our goal was not to simply replace film with digital… but to do our best to exceed the quality of film.”

IMAX first signed an agreement giving it rights to over 50 Kodak patents covering laser projection technology in 2011.

Mr Bonnick said that the advantage of using lasers for movie projection range from improved colour saturation and image fidelity, as well as boosted resolution.

He explained: “You can see billions of colours, but TV screens and projectors are not able to project billions of colours. Lasers allow us to project more colours. A ruby red is really red. The fluorescent colours in Avatar almost have a fluorescent look to them. With laser, we have a solution that can meet or exceed IMAX film.”

The first movie to be screened on one of the new laser projectors will be The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

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