Exploreum Science Center Installing Gen 2 Laser CineDome
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Exploreum Science Center will be first to install D3D's Gen 2 Laser CineDome

EVANSTON, IL – (April 4, 2019) - D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie®, is proud to announce that the Exploreum Science Center (ESC) in Mobile, Alabama has selected D3D to install its stunning new second generation (Gen 2) laser-illuminated, ultra high-resolution Laser CineDome projection system into their Giant Dome theater.

Replacing the existing IMAX® film projection system, D3D’s Gen 2 Laser CineDome system features ultra-high 6K resolution via a trio of advanced Christie laser projectors, high frame rate capability (up to 120 fps), and dramatically expanded contrast ratios. The state-of-the-art laser system produces incredibly vivid images with a brilliant expanded dynamic range and color gamut far beyond the capabilities of film-based and first-generation laser-illuminated projection systems. D3D will also upgrade the audio system with a dome-optimized surround-sound speaker array delivering 25,000 watts of power for an incredibly lifelike and immersive aural experience, capable of reproducing the clap of a sonic boom or the whisper of an evening breeze with equal fidelity.

“The upgrade was a major decision for our science center, but not a hard one to make,” said Don Comeaux, Executive Director of ESC. “We’d been evaluating options and surveying guests since 2012, and we realized that quality was more important than brand. Besides, we believe that our own brand is the most important and valuable one in the local market and we wanted to promote it as such. So, we compared all the potential solutions on the market and, simply put, we found that D3D’s Laser CineDome will provide our guests the highest quality dome theater system that is easily upgradable and showcases the pinnacle of what projection technology can offer now and in the future. It’s a source of extreme pride that our institution will be the very first to install the Gen2 CineDome system. And it’s so gratifying for me personally to say that Mobile, Alabama will offer the best giant dome cinema experience in the world.”

"For decades, the Exploreum Science center has been a very important part of Mobile’s community – educating and enlightening over two million viewers in the Giant Dome theater,” said Derek Threinen, Vice President of Business Development for D3D Cinema. “We’re honored that the Exploreum has put their trust in us to bring an even more awe-inspiring Giant Dome experience to the next generation of visitors, and look forward to broadening our long partnership in the coming years.” 

D3D Cinema (D3D) offers complete digital cinema and virtual-reality solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach built around five core capabilities - theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; cutting-edge Virtual Reality attractions, 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, operational support and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in the greater New York and Philadelphia areas, Canada and Spain. Visit www.d3dcinema.com.

The Exploreum Science Center (ESC), the Gulf Coast’s only comprehensive science center, has been delivering innovative, STEM-based educational programming for more than 35 years. With permanent and changing exhibits, summer camps, laboratory demonstrations, hands-on programming, and thought-provoking larger-than-life giant screen films, the Exploreum Science Center serves as a bridge between formal classroom and self-directed science learning. We partner with schools and other organization throughout the region and welcomed 140,000 visitors of all ages from around the world in 2018. For more information, visit www.exploreum.org or call (251) 208-6852.

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio 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. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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

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