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Christie and D3D Upgrades Send Attendance Soaring at National Naval Aviation Museum


Christie laser technology installed by D3D Cinema has taken giant screen film, ‘The Magic of Flight’, to new heights at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida.

Upgrading the museum’s signature film using Christie 3P laser has created over $200, 000 in new net revenue and boosted visitor numbers by 20%.

“The museum wanted a technology that would have their audiences blown away by the new experience, but were mindful that they needed to stay on budget, ” explains Derek Threinen, Vice President, Film Distribution and Business Development, Giant Screen Films / D3D Cinema. “We designed a system that allows the museum to put an incredibly bright image on the screen with the Christie CP42LH laser projector.”

According to Phillip Crabtree, Operations Manager for Visitor Attractions, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, audiences ‘love the experience’ at the museum’s 325-seat Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theatre.

“Everyone is blown away by the colour and light on the screen, ” he said.

Crabtree also praised the cost-effectiveness of Christie’s modular system which meant that new laser modules could be easily added, removed, activated or disabled.

“With this Christie 3P laser system, we are saving well over $200, 000 a year in overall costs. This is net revenue for us and is money we’re not spending – that is a big deal for us, ” he added. “We are thrilled with the technology and result.”

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