Dolby Cinema is a premium cinema concept created by Dolby Laboratories that combines Dolby proprietary technologies such as Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, signature entrance and intrinsic design features. The technology is expected to compete with other formats such as IMAX and exhibitors own premium large format packages.
The first installations featuring Dolby Cinema were JT (now Vue) Bioscopen Cinema in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 18 December 2014; followed by Cinesa La Maquinista in Barcelona, Spain. Dolby Laboratories has partner contracts with Cinesa, Vue Cinemas, AMC Theatres, Cineplexx Cinemas, Wanda Cinemas and Jackie Chan Cinema to install Dolby Cinemas.
Dolby Vision is an in-house projection system developed by Dolby Laboratories in conjunction with Christie Digital. The system consists of dual Christie 4K 6P (primary) modular laser projectors featuring a customized design to allow for unique light path. The system is capable of delivering up to 14 foot-lambert on unity-gain matte-white screens for 3D (and up to 31 foot-lambert for 2D), a substantial improvement on current generation 3D systems which deliver in the range of 3 to 4 foot-lambert for 3D. The result is improved brightness, color and contrast compared to traditional xenon projectors. The first theatres temporarily used off the shelf dual Christie 4K laser projectors until the Dolby Vision-capable ones were shipped out in spring 2015.
Dolby 3D uses spectrum separation, where the two projectors function in stacked operation and each projector emits slightly different wavelength of red, green and blue primary. There is no polarization present on the projector and the 3D spectacles have notch filters that block the primaries used by the projector that projects the image intended for the other eye.
Dolby Vision is able to display the following resolution / frame rate combinations:
- 2k - 2D at 60fps, 48fps and 24fps
- 2k - 3D at 60fps, 48fps and 24fps per eye / projector
- 4k - 2D at 30fps and 24fps
- 4k - 3D at 30fps and 24fps per eye / projector
Dolby Atmos is an object and channel based hybrid sound format developed by Dolby Laboratories. The system is capable of reproducing ten bed channels and 128 objects, through 64 individual speakers in order to pan sound around and through the auditorium. This allows recreation of effects such as thunder and flyover using the ceiling channels as well as pin point effects such as bumps or bullets using objects.
Most Dolby Cinemas feature a curved video wall entrance displaying content related to the feature film playing in the auditorium. The content displayed on the video wall is specifically generated by the film studio and is intended to immerse viewers in the movie experience before the movie has started. The video is generated using multiple short throw high definition projectors in the entrance ceiling and proprietary software is used to pixel map the different images together along the wall. similarly, the audio is generated using speakers placed in the ceiling of the entrance.
Theatres with Dolby Cinema
- Mesa - AMC Mesa Grand 24
- Phoenix - AMC Desert Ridge 18
- Burbank - AMC Burbank 16
- Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15
- Los Angeles - El Capitan - Not advertised as Dolby Cinema but contains Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
- Newark - AMC Newpark 12
- Norwalk - AMC Norwalk 20
- Ontario - AMC Ontario Mills 30
- Orange - AMC Orange 30
- Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18
- Broomfield - AMC Flatiron Crossing 14
District of Columbia
- Washington - AMC Loews Georgetown 14
- Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18
- Aventura - AMC Aventura 24
- Brandon - AMC The Regency 20
- Orange Park - AMC Orange Park 24
- Tallahassee - AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
- Tampa - AMC Veterans 24
- Alpharetta - AMC North Point Mall 12
- Morrow - AMC Southlake 24
- Crestwood - AMC Loews Crestwood 18
- Oakbrook - AMC Oakbrook 12
- Vernon Hills - AMC Hawthorn 12
- Indianapolis - AMC Castleton Square 14
- Leawood - AMC Town Center 20
- Wichita - Warren East - Not advertised as Dolby Cinema.
- Harahan - AMC Elmwood Palace 20
- Kansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24
- Las Vegas - AMC Town Square 18
- Paramus - AMC Garden State 16
- New York City - AMC Empire 25
- West Chester - AMC West Chester 18
- Broken Arrow - Broken Arrow Warren - Not advertised as Dolby Cinema.
- Addison - AMC Village on the Parkway 9
- Dallas - AMC Northpark 15
- Garland - AMC Firewheel 18
- Houston - AMC Willowbrook 24
- Humble - AMC Deerbrook 24
- Sugarland - AMC First Colony 24
- Hampton - AMC Hampton Town Centre 24
- Mclean - AMC Tysons Corner 16
- Spokane - AMC River Park Square 20
- AMC Santa Anita 16, Arcadia, CA
- AMC Puente Hills 20, City of Industry, CA
- AMC Sunset Place 24, South Miami, FL
- AMC Woodlands Square 20, Oldsmar, FL
- AMC South Barrington 30, South Barrington, IL
- AMC Clearview Palace 12, Metairie, LA
- AMC Star Gratiot 21, Clinton Twp, MI
- AMC Rosedale 14, Roseville, MN
- AMC The Parks At Arlington 18, Arlington, TX
- AMC Mesquite 30 with Dine-in Theatres, Mesquite, TX
- AMC Hoffman Centre 22, Alexandria, VA
- AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16, Lynnwood, WA
Rest of the World
- Beijing - Wanda Cinema（Fengtai Wanda Plaza）（Coming Soon)
- Beijing - Jackie Chan Cinema (Wukesong)
- Changchun - Wanda Cinema (Side plaza)
- Changsha - Wanda Cinema (Huachuang)
- Chengdu - Wanda Cinema (Qingyang Wanda Plaza)(Coming Soon)
- Chengdu - Wanda Cinema (Shuangliu Wanda Plaza)(Coming Soon)
- Chongqing - Wanda Cinema (Nanping Wanda Plaza)
- Dalian - Wanda Cinema (Peace Plaza Aona)
- Jinan - Wanda Cinema (World Trade Plaza)
- Kunming - Wanda Cinema (Justice Square) (Coming Soon)
- Nanjing - Wanda Cinema ( Jiangning Sunny Plaza)
- Nanchang - Wanda Cinema (World Trade Plaza) (Coming Soon)
- Shanghai - Wanda Cinema (Hongqiao) (Coming Soon)
- Shanghai - Wanda Cinema (Wujiaochang Wanda Plaza) (Coming Soon)
- Wuhan - Wanda Cinema (Jianghan Road Yue Hui Plaza) (Coming Soon)
- Eindhoven - Vue Eindhoven
- Hilversum - Vue Hilversum
- Barcelona - Cinesa La Maquinista
Films presented in Dolby Cinema
|Tomorrowland||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||May 22, 2015|
|San Andreas||Warner Bros. Pictures||May 29, 2015|
|Inside Out||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||June 19, 2015|
|Pixels||Columbia Pictures||July 24, 2015|
|Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation||Paramount Pictures||July 31, 2015|
|The Perfect Guy||Screen Gems||September 11, 2015|
|Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||20th Century Fox||September 18, 2015|
|Everest||Universal Studios||September 25, 2015|
|The Martian||20th Century Fox||October 2, 2015|
|Pan||Warner Bros. Pictures||October 9, 2015|
|Goosebumps||Columbia Pictures||October 16, 2015|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||Lionsgate Films||November 20, 2015|
|The Good Dinosaur||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||November 25, 2015|
|In the Heart of the Sea||Warner Bros. Pictures||December 11, 2015|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||December 17, 2015||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D in El Capitan theatre.|
|The Revenant||20th Century Fox||January 8, 2016|
|13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi||Paramount Pictures||January 15, 2016|
|Deadpool||20th Century Fox||February 12, 2016|
|Zootopia||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||March 4, 2016|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||Paramount Pictures||March 11, 2016|
|The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Summit Entertainment||March 18, 2016|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Warner Bros. Pictures||March 25, 2016|
|Hardcore Henry||STX Entertainment||April 8, 2016|
|The Jungle Book||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||April 15, 2016||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D.|
|Captain America: Civil War||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||May 6, 2016||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D in El Capitan theatre.|
|X-Men: Apocalypse||20th Century Fox||May 27, 2016|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||May 27, 2016||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D in El Capitan theatre.|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows||Paramount Pictures||June 3, 2016|
|Now You See Me 2||Lionsgate Films||June 10, 2016|
|Warcraft||Universal Studios||June 10, 2016|
|For a Few Bullets||Wanda Shengshi Film Distribution||July 15, 2016||China release|
|Finding Dory||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||June 17, 2016|
|Independence Day: Resurgence||20th Century Fox||June 24, 2016|
|The Legend of Tarzan||Warner Bros. Pictures||July 1, 2016|
|The BFG||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||July 1, 2016||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D.|
|Star Trek Beyond||Paramount Pictures||July 22, 2016|
|Ice Age: Collision Course||20th Century Fox||July 22, 2016|
|Suicide Squad||Warner Bros. Pictures||August 5, 2016|
|Pete's Dragon||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||August 12, 2016|
|Kubo and the Two Strings||Focus Features||August 19, 2016|
|Deepwater Horizon||Summit Entertainment||September 30, 2016|
|L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties||Le Vision Pictures (Beijing)||September 30, 2016||China release|
|Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||Paramount Pictures||October 21, 2016|
|Inferno||Columbia Pictures||October 28, 2016|
|Doctor Strange||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||November 4, 2016|
|Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk||TriStar Pictures||November 11, 2016|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Warner Bros. Pictures||November 18, 2016|
|I Am Not Madame Bovary||Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation||November 18, 2016||China release|
|Moana||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||November 23, 2016|
|La La Land||Summit Entertainment||December 16, 2016|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||December 16, 2016||Also released in Dolby Vision 3D.|
|Live by Night||Warner Bros. Pictures||December 25, 2016|
|The Great Wall||Universal Studios||February 17, 2017|
|Beauty and the Beast||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||March 17, 2017|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||May 5, 2017|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||May 26, 2017|
|Wonder Woman||Warner Bros. Pictures||June 2, 2017|
|Cars 3||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||June 16, 2017|
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