Global visual technologies specialist, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., has partnered D3D Cinema to power the new giant dome laser cinema at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI).
The laser-illuminated, ultra-high resolution dome projection system wowed visitors and the media alike when it opened on Memorial Day.
“The giant dome experience has always been incredibly unique – the sensation of immersion is unparalleled, and it has never been so powerfully delivered than with this new system,” commented Derek Threinen, Vice President of Business Development for D3D.
MSI’s five-story domed theatre has been taken to the next level with state-of-the-art lasers that can deliver up to 150,000 lumens. The new system boasts ultra-high 6K resolution, high frame rate capability (up to 120 fps), and supreme contrast ratios. What’s more, the brilliant expanded dynamic range and colour gamut is far beyond anything offered by film-based and xenon-illuminated projection systems.
“Audience response has been fantastic,” confirmed Threinen. “They love the magical sensation of being transported to another place by the bright, clear and colourful ultra-high resolution images, and being surrounded by breathtakingly rich surround sound.”
The audio upgrade, designed to complement the spectacular visuals, features a dome-optimised surround-sound speaker array delivering 25,000 watts of power.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is one of the largest science museums in the world and has embraced technology to deliver groundbreaking and interactive experiences. The decision to install the giant dome laser system was first announced in January and the result has clearly lived up to expectations.
“It’s spectacular,” confirms Gil Perez, Director of Film & Guest Operations at MSI. “Really, it’s just incredible.”
Christie is widely recognised as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. The company’s leading-edge display solutions and projectors deliver stunning visuals to a whole range of environments from retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centres to classrooms and training simulators.
Image courtesy J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.