Behind the scenes of the extravagance cinema opening its entryways in Southampton
Laser projectors have been introduced in all screens at the new Westquay recreation center in Southampton.
The complex, containing a cinema, bowling alley and eateries, was partially opened in December about two years after development began.
Europe's first all-laser cinema was opened at Breda in the Netherlands in August.
Business examiners IHS said lasers were turning into a "dominant technology"" in cinemas far and wide.
And in addition Hollywood's finest, the cinema will bring the best of Event Cinema - opera, ballet, theatre, classic films, music and sport - to Southampton from around the globe. Up and coming highlights incorporate a Valentine's Day screening of the great Casablanca, The Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty live from the Royal Opera House and Daniel Radcliffe in the National Theater's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Mark Barlow, Showcase Cinemas UK general manager, told the Daily Echo: “Every aspect of this cinema is designed to be extraordinary, and to give the people in the region a cinema experience that is unrivalled anywhere else. Southampton is a hub for film activity, so it’s the perfect location to continue our expansion. There will be something for everyone – from film fanatics to families, students and tourists – and we’re certain that no one will have ever visited a cinema quite like Showcase Cinema de Lux Southampton.”
IHS cinema research director David Hancock said: "More expensive Red Green Blue (RGB) lasers have very high light output, make 3D much brighter... although laser phosphor machines for smaller screens are pretty close to a digital cinema projector."
He said the Southampton theater was accepted to be the primary all-laser multiplex in the UK and just the fourth in Europe.