Christie laser projection gets green light at US theatre

The Seattle Cinerama Theatre is to install a Christie 4K digital laser projector, after the US FDA gave the project the green light.

The installation of the device – which boasts scalable light output of up to 60,000 lumens – has been signed off by the FDA, which works to keep hazardous lasers away from audience members.

Greg Wood, manager of the Cinerama Theatre, told InAVate: “When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theatre in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our community with a cutting-edge movie going experience.

“Selecting a laser projection solution – with its ability to render 2D and 3D movies with stunning clarity and brilliant, accurate colour rendition – is in keeping with this tradition,” Mr Wood went on to say.

Christie confirmed that the installation of the unit was extremely exciting as it marked a world first. The manufacturer recently received the first US FDA approval of variance to allow laser projectors to be used in cinemas.

This is the “first and only such variance to date approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors,” Christie told the publication.

Technical evaluations and site planning has already begun at the venue, with the Christie digital cinema laser projector expected to replace the conventional digital projector early next year.

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