According to the release below, it looks like digital 3D cinema may be coming ahead of schedule. So fast in fact that Monster House will be one of the first to taste the technology.
Real D Digital 3-D Cinema
REAL D, the leader in the delivery of premium 3-D experiences, and Rave Motion Pictures Theaters, the Dallas-based, all-stadium theater circuit, today announced that the companies will install 20 more REAL D Cinema systems in Rave theaters nationwide. Upon completion of this rollout effort, Rave theaters will have 29 REAL D Cinema systems – more than any other circuit.
Rave Motion Pictures Theaters currently boasts nine REAL D Cinemas in select multiplexes and will add 14 new REAL D Cinema screens in time for the highly-anticipated release of Columbia Pictures’ Monster House 3-D starting July 21, 2006.
This deal underscores exhibitors’ commitment to the REAL D Cinema format and continues REAL D’s worldwide rollout plan. The addition of new screens at Rave theaters brings the total number of REAL D Cinemas worldwide to 124 and gives REAL D Cinema the largest 3-D cinematic footprint in the United States.
“REAL D Cinema creates a unique and innovative entertainment experience that can only be found in theaters,” said Tom Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer, Rave Motion Pictures Theaters. “REAL D Cinema’s presentation of Disney’s Chicken Little was a tremendous success, and we believe the additional REAL D Cinemas will further differentiate Rave theaters and drive attendance.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Rave theaters, an industry leader that is elevating the movie-going experience by embracing new technologies,” said Michael V. Lewis, Chairman, REAL D. “Audiences couldn’t get enough of CHICKEN LITTLE in REAL D and the addition of more screens means we can amplify that success with the release of MONSTER HOUSE.”
Rave Motion Pictures Theaters in the following markets were among the first to offer REAL D Cinema:
· Chattanooga, TN
· Columbus, OH
· Ft. Wayne, IN
· Hickory Creek, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth)
· Hoover, AL (Birmingham area)
· Hurst, TX (Dallas/Fort Worth)
· Indianapolis, IN
· Viera, FL (Melbourne area)
· West Chester, OH (Cincinnati area)
New REAL D Cinema systems will be installed in Rave Motion Pictures Theaters in the following markets for the launch of MONSTER HOUSE in digital 3-D:
· Baton Rouge, LA
· Destin, FL
· Fort Worth, TX
· Houston, TX
· Huntsville, AL
· Little Rock, AR
· Montgomery, AL
· Orange Beach, AL (Mobile area)
· Pensacola, FL
· Peoria, IL
· Port St. Lucie, FL
Stay tuned for updates.