PARIS, FRANCE -- Harkness Screens, the world's leading manufacturer of cinema screens, recently established a Guinness world record when it supplied the worlds largest 3D screen for a special viewing of the hit film ‘Rio' at Le Grand Palais on the bank of the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Harkness' Spectral 240 3D silver surface was the screen chosen for the record setting event.

The screening, which took place in April, was arranged by LG and MK2 as part of the festivities associated with LG's launch of its Cinema 3DTM TV. Close to 1,500 invited guests converged in the regal theatre to watch the 3D presentation on the world's largest 3D screen.

Measuring 27m wide by 11m high, the gigantic Spectral 240 was supplied from Harkness' factory in France. Four Christie Solaria digital projectors were used to bring the incredible images to life.

"To manufacture and deliver the largest 3D screen we have ever produced was quite a challenge," says Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, Harkness Screens. "Harkness Screens has five manufacturing plants throughout the world and having a factory in France proved to be invaluable for this project."

The Harkness SpectralTM 240 3D screen is considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide to be the optimum 3D projection surface for systems using polarised light. The Spectral 240 features a high extinction ratio and provides spectacular 3D images. The surface also supports 2D images and can be used successfully in auditoriums where 2D and 3D are both shown. The intrinsically high gain (2.4) overcomes light losses in 3D systems.

"It was an honor and a privilege to be able to supply this custom screen to such a majestic theatre," adds Robinson.

Immediately following the screening, Guinness confirmed that two records were established, the biggest audience ever to view a 3D movie and the largest 3D screen in the world.

 

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Basingstoke -- Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced that several major global broadcasters and cinema exhibitors will broadcast and screen the 3D production of the Wimbledon 2011 men's semi-finals, men's final and women's final in multiple countries and regions worldwide. Through its official supplier partnership with The All England Lawn Tennis Club to produce the final matches of The 125th Championships in 3D, Sony aims to deliver the exhilaration and excitement of the world's premier tennis championships - with unprecedented depth and realism - to viewers worldwide.

- 3D TV Broadcasts: To be aired in six or more countries worldwide.
- As of June 20, 2011, six broadcasters (from the UK, US, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden) have confirmed that they will conduct live broadcasts of Sony's 3D production of Wimbledon.

- Cinema Screenings: 3D live public viewing events will be conducted in 22 or more countries and regions worldwide.
- As of June 20, 2011, it has been confirmed that live public screenings of Wimbledon will be shown in 3D on more than 170 screens in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay - a total of 22 countries and regions.

There are ongoing negotiations with broadcasters and cinema exhibitors in various countries and regions, so the number of countries and theatres where broadcasts and screenings are available is expected to further increase.

The following website providing the latest information on theatres offering live 3D screenings has also been launched:

Wimbledon 3D Live Public Viewing - Theatre Locator
http://wimbledon.com/sony (English Only)

By capturing and broadcasting Wimbledon in stunning, live 3D, Sony aims to deliver each individual shot in even greater detail, and share the action and atmosphere of The Championships among a larger audience than ever before. Going forward, Sony will also explore further opportunities to deliver the enjoyment of Wimbledon in 3D among an even wider range of viewers.

 

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