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Caribbean Cinemas selects Barco for digital cinema overhaul

Barco will partner with integrator Ballantyne Strong to revamp up to 437 screens in cinemas situated across several different Caribbean islands.

Barco has teamed up with digital cinema supplier and systems integrator Ballantyne Strong to supply up to 437 screens for the Caribbean Islands’ largest theatre chain, Caribbean Cinemas.

The chain’s cinemas showcase theatrical releases and art house films in both English and Spanish, as well as alternative content – including the upcoming 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera season.

Barco and Ballantyne Strong will install full-range digital cinema projectors to convert Caribbean Cinemas’ film-based theatres to the latest, state-of-the-art digital projection technology. Venues will be equipped with both Barco’s B and C series projectors, including 3D, with most of the auditoriums set to feature Barco’s DP2K-12C for screens up to 12m, all the way up to its largest DP2K-32B.

Installations are set to begin in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, followed by deployments in seven other islands.

“We are pleased to partner with Barco and Ballantyne to elevate movie presentation quality to the highest possible level for our valued patrons,” commented Robert Carrady, president of Caribbean Cinemas. “We chose the Barco projectors because of their superior image quality and excellent reliability, and appreciate the added prestige of having the world’s brightest digital cinema projector – an essential quality for today’s immersive and 3D movies.”

“Caribbean Cinemas have been a valued partner to Ballantyne Strong for over 20 years. We are delighted to continue this relationship and be part of their transition to the digital age. Barco projectors will dramatically elevate their presentation quality as they expand to showcase a wider range of entertainment, from feature films to live broadcasts and alternative programming,” commented Ray Boegner, senior vice president, Ballantyne Strong. “As a turnkey digital cinema integrator and service provider, we’re proud to partner with Barco to provide our customers with the ultimate image quality at the lowest total cost of ownership.”

“We’re very pleased to help Robert and his team capitalise on the opportunity to significantly enhance its entertainment offerings with projectors that match Caribbean Cinema’s commitment to quality and attention to detail,” finished Patrick Lee, vice president Digital Cinema for Barco North America.