Dolby Cinema installation update: 100 Dolby Cinemas now open, 225 more in development

posted on Tuesday, 18th July 2017 by Steve May

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Dolby has opened its 100th Dolby Cinema location, at AMC South Bay Galleria 16 in Redondo Beach, California. Dolby Cinemas can be found in the US, China, Europe and the Middle East. 

Dolby Cinema installations combine Dolby Vision projection with immersive Dolby Atmos audio. The Dolby Vision laser projection system was co-developed with Christie, which supplies, installs, and services all the projector systems. It uses advanced optics and image processing, to deliver a high dynamic range image with wide gamut colour. 

In America, AMC plans to open 160 Dolby Cinema locations by the end of 2018; currently there are 77 sites open. In China, Dolby and Wanda Cinema Group plan to open 100 locations in China, with the first 19 locations already open. Sparkle Roll, including Jackie Chan Cinemas and BHG, have already opened three locations and plan to open 11 Dolby Cinema sites in China within the next two years. In addition, Dolby and Huayi Brothers Film Center opened a Dolby Cinema in Xiamen.

In Europe, Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland, is planning  10 Dolby Cinema installations, with seven in France and three in the Netherlands. Dolby and VUE Cinemas opened two locations in Eindhoven and Hilversum in the Netherlands with UCI Cinesa deploying Dolby Cinema in Barcelona, Spain. Cineplexx Cinemas plans to add four locations in Austria with two currently opened in Linz and Salzburg. However there remain no commercial sites operating in the UK.

In the Middle East, Reel Cinemas says it will open multiple Dolby Cinema locations across the Reel Cinemas portfolio in the Middle East. Dolby and Reel Cinemas recently opened a location in the Dubai Marina Mall and later this year the flagship Reel Cinema location at The Dubai Mall is expected to open.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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