Chicago, Illinois - September 30, 2013 - Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, LLC today announced that the ShowPlace ICON Theatres® at The Shops at West End - at 1625 West End Boulevard in Saint Louis Park - will showcase the grand debut of Kerasotes' first Twin Cities premium large format screen, known as ICON•X, The ICON Enhanced Xperience - featuring Dolby® AtmosTM with Warner Bros.' Gravity in Real-D 3D.
As previously announced, the ICON•X Xperience begins with high-back Euro-style chairs in the ICON Reserved seating section or deluxe memory-foam chairs in the VIP Reserved section; a giant screen that is almost 1500 square feet; Real-D 3D capability; and all-digital Barco Ultra-Brite enhanced 4K projection for the brightest and sharpest picture on screens today. In addition to projection and visual enhancements, ICON•X features Dolby® AtmosTM; 54 individually powered channels of sound; and 36 QSC digital amplifiers, creating up to a precision-balanced 100,000 watts of audio power.
Dolby® AtmosTM enables sound to be placed anywhere in the auditorium, delivering a unique and compelling experience with natural and lifelike soundscapes, surpassing anything else currently available in theatres. Dolby® AtmosTM has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation sound in the cinema with major studios, directors, sound teams and exhibitors from around the world adopting the solution.
"We're raising the bar yet again for moviegoing in Minneapolis with ICON•X. Features presented in ICON•X will not only look spectacular on screen, but with the addition of the cutting edge Dolby® AtmosTM sound technology, guests will feel like they are in the middle of the action. It's a sensory experience surpassing anything else that is currently out there," said Fred Walraven, Director of Digital Projection and Sound.
ShowPlace ICON Theatres® at The Shops at West End has once again redefined how movies are enjoyed in the Twin Cities with a multi-sensory experience of digital widescreen picture and sound, the Lobby Lounge where you can enjoy cocktails and food, and Premium VIP Reserved Seating. First in greater Minneapolis to offer reserved seating, all digital projection, and Dolby® Surround 7.1 - the ICON continues to lead the way with ICON•X, The ICON Enhanced Xperience - featuring the debut of Dolby® AtmosTM to the region. The ShowPlace ICON Theatres® at The Shops at West End is the only theatre in a 300 mile radius to deploy the Dolby® AtmosTM system.
The Dolby® AtmosTM platform is the perfect complement to Academy Award® nominee Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming thriller, Gravity. In it, Dr. Ryan Stone (Academy Award® winner, Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Academy Award® winner, George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
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About Dolby® AtmosTM
Dolby® Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby® AtmosTM technology. Dolby® AtmosTM unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema experience ever.
Introduced in April 2012, Dolby® AtmosTM has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award® winning directors, and 10 Academy Award® winning sound mixers, among others. More than 70 films from ten different countries-representing a broad range of genres, from action thrillers and animated features, to comedy and horror-have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby® AtmosTM sound since the first film debuted in June 2012. Dolby® AtmosTM has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society.
Upcoming Dolby® AtmosTM titles Include:
Thor: The Dark World; Ender's Game; Hunger Games: Catching Fire; 300: Rise of an Empire
To stay alert with future Dolby® AtmosTM titles, or for information on past titles, visit dolby.com/atmosmovies. To learn more about Dolby® AtmosTM, visit dolby.com/Atmos.
For an educational video on Dolby® AtmosTM, visit: https://vimeo.com/40699179.
About Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, LLC:
Founded in 1909 with a single storefront nickelodeon, Chicago-based Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres introduced a "new era of moviegoing" with its ShowPlace ICON Theatres® in Chicago and Minneapolis. Managed by third generation family, Tony and Dean Kerasotes, the Company plans to debut ShowPlace ICON Theatres® in additional major U.S. markets. For more information, please visit us online at ShowPlaceICON.com.
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Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, LLC