The first Central Cinema complex to receive the upgrade is Central Cinema Miyazaki in Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture. With 1,821 seats and 9 screens, it is the largest complex of the two. Seven of its screening rooms were already equipped with Barco projectors. Now, the remaining two have received a major upgrade with the installation of two Barco Smart Laser DP2K-20CLP projectors. The same story is true at Central Cinema Omuta, in Fukuoka prefecture. This slightly smaller cinema has 7 screens and 1,414 seats. Recently, the only two non-Barco projectors were also replaced with two DP2K-20CLP units.
Reducing costs, maximizing profit
The decision to upgrade to Smart Laser is in line with Central Cinema’s ambition to provide audiences with a compelling movie-going experience while also significantly reducing downtime and maintenance costs. “We believe the Barco DP2K-20CLP is the best fit for our theaters,” said Kazuko Rikitake, Company Owner (President), Central Kanko. “They perfectly match our screen sizes, offer laser-sharp images, and don’t require projectionists to replace any xenon lamps. This lowers risks as well as maintenance costs, saves us a lot of time, and ultimately helps us maximize profits.”
Just last year, the Barco DP2K-20CLP Smart Laser cinema projector won the 2016 Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Equipment Exhibition’s (BIRTV2016) ‘special product’ award.