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Christie Eclipse named recipient of top industry award at IAAPA Expo 2019

Themed Entertainment Association names Christie Eclipse recipient of Thea Award for “Outstanding Achievement – Technical Innovation”

ORLANDO, Fla. – (November 19, 2019) – Christie is pleased to announce that its product, Christie Eclipse, has been named the recipient of a Thea Award for "Outstanding Achievement – Technical Innovation" by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), a global industry association. Christie Eclipse is Pro-AV's first true HDR 4K RGB pure laser projector.

Christie Eclipse named recipient of top industry award at IAAPA Expo 2019

The TEA Thea Award 2020 recipients were announced today during a press conference at IAAPA Expo 2019.  The Thea Awards recognize and celebrate achievement and excellence within the themed entertainment industry around the world. 

The TEA Awards Committee noted that Christie Eclipse "…is a true step into the future of projection, particularly for our themed entertainment industry. This projector has been developed by a Christie R&D group that has for many years focused on projection advancement designed to meet the specific needs of our themed entertainment industry. It is appropriate that this group be celebrated for their specific contribution and continuing interest to support our industry with uniquely relevant technologies."

"We're deeply honored to have Christie Eclipse named to receive the prestigious TEA Thea Award and for TEA to recognize not only the product but also Christie's innovation and dedication to the global attractions industry," says Bryan Boehme, Executive Director, Global Sales and Business Development, Entertainment, Christie. "We are tremendously proud of Christie Eclipse – it's the culmination of years of research and development, working closely with our partners, which has resulted in a product that is unmatched in the industry."

The Christie Eclipse projector pushes the boundaries of projection technology. It is a true HDR, true 4K​ RGB pure laser projector that can display a contrast ratio up to 20,000,000:1, which ensures that the finest details are visible in content even in the extreme black and white ranges. Capable of frame rates up to 120Hz, Christie Eclipse delivers smooth, dynamic content without any distracting motion blur, which is critical for immersing guests in experiences including dark rides and flying theaters.

Larry Paul, Executive Director, Technology and Custom Solutions, Christie, and the product manager for Christie Eclipse, says, "We designed Christie Eclipse to enable attraction designers, planetariums and giant screen theaters to immerse guests in content in a way that hasn't previously been possible. We're thrilled to be recognized with this award."

Christie will formally accept the award on April 18, 2020 at the 26th Annual Thea Awards Gala, a black-tie event held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.  

About Christie®  

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP: 6925). Christie revolutionized the movie industry with the launch of digital cinema projection, and since 1929 has embraced innovation and broken many technology barriers. From the world's largest mega-events to the smallest applications, our technology—from advanced RGB pure laser and SDVoE technology to image processing and LED display solutions—empowers people to create the world's best shared experiences. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

About TEA
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit membership association for the creators of compelling places and experiences. TEA was founded in 1991 and is based in Burbank, Calif. (TEA is celebrating its 25th anniversary.) Nearly 1,600 TEA members represent roughly 12,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in 30 US states and 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE Conference series. TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the highly respected international industry resource, the TEA/AECOM Theme Index.

About the Thea Awards
While the Thea recipients are announced in November 2019, they will be formally awarded the following year, on April 18, 2020 at the 26th annual TEA Thea Awards Gala, to be held at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

The Thea Awards recipients will include a lifetime achievement honoree (the "Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements), a Thea Classic (honoring a project that has stood the test of time), and an award for Outstanding Technology, plus numerous Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) recognizing excellence and creative and technological breakthroughs. The TEA Distinguished Service Award recipient will also be named.

Thea awarded projects cover categories such as theme parks, museums and science centers, zoos and aquariums, corporate visitor centers, retail, heritage centers, resorts, live spectaculars, connected immersion and other out-of-home guest experiences - in all parts of the world.

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