World’s first boothless multiplex opens
BESSEMER, AL — Premiere Cinemas has announced the opening of the world’s first multiplex theater without a projector booth.
The Tannehill Premiere Cinema 14 features all digital projection using Barco projectors hung from the ceiling.
Each projector is mounted to a platform suspended about 10 feet above the floor at the top row of each stadium. The enclosure is insulated to prevent noise and vibration leaking through.
In addition, the chain has installed a black-light illuminated command center booth on the main floor of the multiplex where moviegoers can look in and see the digital movie server in operation.
The multiplex uses several sizes of Barco projectors depending upon screen size. Four of the auditoriums are 3D capable.
Premiere plans to open another all-digital 14-screen theater in Alabama next month using the same design.
The company installed some digital projectors in Orlando last year and “(we) have had nothing but happiness from our management staff,” said Premiere’s President and CEO.
Read more in Digital Cinema Today.