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D3D to Install Giant Dome Laser System at MSI Chicago
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

D3D to Install Giant Dome Laser Projection System at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Evanston, IL (January 3, 2017) – D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie®, is proud to announce that the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) has selected D3D to install its laser-illuminated, ultra-high resolution projection system into MSI’s five-story domed theater. The new technology will premiere to MSI’s visitors in summer 2017 and subsequently will be featured during the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference in September, a forum that will showcase the new technology to giant screen operators and delegates from around the globe.

Replacing the existing 15/70mm film projection system, D3D’s laser-illuminated projection system features ultra-high 6K resolution, high frame rate capability (up to 120 fps), and supreme contrast ratios. The state-of-the-art lasers are capable of delivering up to 150,000 lumens on the dome with a brilliant expanded dynamic range and color gamut far beyond the capabilities of film-based and xenon-illuminated projection systems. The audio upgrade will feature a dome-optimized surround-sound speaker array delivering 25,000 watts of power.

“We are excited to debut this technology in Chicago and believe that D3D and Christie’s laser-illuminated solution will continue to create the sense of awe that MSI guests have come to expect,” said Gil Perez, Director of Film and Guest Operations at MSI. “We have set the bar extremely high, and we are confident that our decision to proceed with D3D’s laser technology will provide a superior, immersive experience.”

“We’re grateful for the trust MSI has placed with D3D to provide this generational upgrade for their giant dome theater,” said Derek Threinen, Vice President of Business Development for D3D. “Building on the success of our recent installation and demonstration of this system, we’re excited about the enthusiasm shown within the industry for this long-awaited solution. MSI’s adoption of this remarkable new technology will add significant momentum to our efforts to bring the uncompromising quality of viewer experience and operational savings these systems represent to giant domes throughout the world."

“As a Chicago-area company, to be selected by MSI – our hometown giant screen – has special meaning for D3D,” said Don Kempf, president and founder of D3D Cinema. “In fact, it was in MSI’s very theater, twenty years ago, that I was inspired to enter the giant screen industry and start producing films in this incomparable medium. So it gives me great pride, personally, to be involved in this project. MSI has always been, and will continue to be, one of the preeminent dome theaters in the world.”

D3D Cinema (D3D) offers complete digital cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and content production built around four core capabilities - theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of giant-screen digital content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in the greater New York and Philadelphia areas, Canada and Spain. www.d3dcinema.com

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30–4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. www.christiedigital.com

Christie® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. 

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