The Christie Solaria series of 4K-ready DLP Cinema projectors gets underway with the Christie CP2220 (pictured). Shipments began in early January to North/South America, Europe and Asia, with systems now installed and in use at cinemas in Australia, Canada, Korea, the US and elsewhere.
Orders are "arriving daily" for the new projectors, which are designed to meet all DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) specifications and are upgradeable to 4K digital cinema. The Christie Solaria units also feature Christie Brilliant3D technology.
"Our manufacturing facilities are in full production ensuring that we keep pace with this overwhelming demand for the new Christie Series 2 projectors," said Craig Sholder, vice president of entertainment solutions at Christie. "With the spectacular success of 3D movies like Avatar, exhibitors realise that digital cinema is no longer an option, it is a strategic imperative. The Solaria Series is the most practical, cost-effective solution today, based on time-tested, highly reliable DLP Cinema technology."
In one significant deal, Integrity Entertainment Systems, an authorised digital cinema reseller for Christie, placed hundreds of orders for the new Solaria Series 2 projector for installations to take place across the US.
"Some of our customers specifically requested Christie's next generation of cinema projectors because they offer a 4K upgrade option," said Integrity president Gary Engvold. "It's inevitable that 4K is the future of cinema, but I truly believe that Christie DLP Cinema projectors are the best choice for our industry because they produce more light with less energy. In fact, the energy and lamp savings from using Christie versus the LCOS technology over a 10-year period is huge. It's almost enough to pay for the projector itself."
In addition to the Christie CP2220, the new Solaria Series of 4K-ready digital cinema projectors includes the Christie CP2210 and CP2230.