Basingstoke, 12th October 2015 - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has expanded its 4K footprint by purchasing the first high-brightness Sony SRX-R515DS dual 4K projection system in the US.
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission is due to open its doors later this year at 2550 Mission St., SF. Formerly San Francisco's historic New Mission theatre, the iconic century-old movie palace has been restored to its former glories after four years of painstaking work overseen by Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League.
Delivering high on-screen light levels for bright, detail-packed true 4K pictures in 2D or 3D, America's first SRX-R515DS gives patrons a spectacular view of first-run features, arthouse classics and more.
Named "Coolest Movie Theatre in the World" by Wired.com, Alamo Drafthouse puts a premium on image quality as a central part of its commitment to provide audiences with a truly exceptional entertainment experience.
"Since installing our first 4K projector, we've known it's the only way to give customers the picture quality they deserve", says Tim Reed, Chief Development Officer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
"More recently we carefully compared 4K offerings from all manufacturers. It was clear from the outset that Sony's SRX-R500 series was way ahead of the game for picture quality in terms of detail and colour - and especially its extra-high contrast ratio."
Currently operating a total of 20 sites across the US, the pioneering chain has extended its 4K fleet further. New Sony SRX-R500 series projectors have been installed at Alamo Drafthouse's recently opened site in Laredo, TX, and the brand-new La Vista multiscreen complex in Omaha, NE, that's scheduled to open before the end of this year.
SRX-R515DS dual 4K projection solution - bigger, brighter pictures and lower operating costs Sony's DCI-compliant SRX-R515DS combines two SRX-R515 projectors to provide a 30,000 lumen total output that's ideal for mid-sized and larger cinema screens. In smaller auditoriums, the system's powerful output delivers higher-than-standard light levels for a truly spectacular viewing experience in 2D or 3D.
On any size of screen, audiences are pulled right into the action with immersive 4K detail and rich, lifelike colour. Utilising the 8,000:1 contrast ratio performance of the SRX-R515 projector head, the SRX-R515DS assures best-possible image quality with deep blacks and sparkling highlights. It's also a particularly attractive solution for 3D presentation, delivering higher on-screen light levels than DLP projectors.
The reliable HPM (High Pressure Mercury) multi-lamp array ensures show continuity by removing the risk of 'dark screen' outages. Even if one lamp fails during the performance, presentation continues uninterrupted at slightly reduced brightness, without impairing audience enjoyment of the show. The efficient HPM array also contributes to economical real-world operating costs that are significantly lower than other high-brightness solutions.
The SRX-R515DS projector pair can be operated either side-by-side or stacked vertically to suit any projection booth. Set-up is quick and easy, using the smart auto alignment system that comes included with the package.
About Sony 4K Digital CinemaAbout Sony 4K Digital Cinema
Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology lets moviegoers experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema - with spectacular detail, contrast and colour on any size of screen. Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems give audiences a more immersive, emotionally engaging visual experience you simply can't get at home - in 2D or with a choice of smooth, easy on the eye 3D solutions. Sony 4K offers four times the resolution of an HD TV or previous-generation 2K digital cinema projectors.
4K is the choice of audiences and industry alike, winning Hollywood's commitment with releases from Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures. It's won the support of Hollywood heavyweights like Steven Spielberg ("Bridge of Spies"), Brad Bird ("Tomorrowland"), Sam Mendes ("Spectre"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Christopher Nolan ("Dark Knight Rises", "Interstellar"), M. Night Shyamalan ("After Earth"), David Fincher ("The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo", "Gone Girl") and Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), who have all released blockbusters in 4K. It's also the choice of award-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for "Winter Sleep" that was shot in 4K using Sony's F65 CineAlta camera for cinematic release.
The only manufacturer currently deploying exclusively 4K projection systems in volume, Sony serves many of the world's biggest and most prestigious cinema chains, as well as small independent screens and art house cinemas.
About Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 17 years later, the now 20-location chain has been named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly and "the best theater in the world" by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.