Christie’s new Solaria projectors have been used for the very first screening of one of the most highly-anticipated films in recent memory – Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Two of the brand’s CP2230 series digital projectors were selected by Jackson himself to play the film, which has been in production for a number of years and is likely to emulate the success of the director’s three block-busting Lord of the Rings films.

The premiere was held in Jackson’s native New Zealand this week, drawing the film’s stars to Wellington for the high profile event, including Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving and James Nesbitt.

The high-power projectors from Christie were used at the screening at the city’s Embassy Theatre, providing all the necessary power and brightness for the stunning film to be displayed in the full glory that the director intended.

Jackson said, “With Christie’s support, our Wellington Premiere will present The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at its full technical potential – in vibrant, bright High Frame Rate 3-D. I thank Christie for helping us push the boundaries and give audiences a glimpse into the exciting future of cinema presentation.”