Barco digital cinema projectors installed at famous London venue

One of the 'niche' applications to which projection technology has, of course, readily adapted itself is digital cinema.
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There are now around 16,000 digital screens worldwide. A recent convert to the cause was the HMV Group, which elected to install two Barco DP-2000 digital cinema projectors at its prestigious Hammersmith Apollo venue in London.

The installation, which was carried out by integrator Future Projections, comprises a dual-stacked configuration, giving both redundancy as well as the ability to deliver stereoscopic (ie, 3D) material. The compactness of the DP-2000s was deemed to be essential in order to avoid the necessity to make any changes to the venue's structure, as the Hammersmith Apollo is a listed building, meaning that alterations are prohibited.

The DP-2000 is designed for both large and medium venues, and its 2k (2,048 x 1,080) resolution and lamp up to 4kW make it suitable for screens up to 20m wide.

Barco and Future Projections have also co-operated with the HMV Group to install Barco DP-1200 projectors in its first 'boutique cinema' at Wimbledon, UK. The Wimbledon cinema - the trial venue for the new concept - is the UK's first all-digital cinema. Two more theatres are under construction and if all goes well, 25 extra venues are on the agenda.