WATERLOO REGION, ON – (October 11, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, announced that it has donated a professional grade, high resolution Christie HD8K digital projector to one of Kitchener’s leading cultural institutions, the Centre In The Square (CITS). Christie also donated a ChristieTWIST™ image warping and blending module to complement the projector’s built-in edge-blending capability, three HD lenses, and a stacking frame to provide a complete projection system. This new system will dramatically enhance the presentation of performances and help promote the prestigious cultural facility.
Already renowned for the outstanding acoustics of its 2,000-seat concert hall, Christie’s state-of-the-art digital projection system will now create brilliant images to match the superior sound system. The Christie HD8K three-chip DLP® projector features HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a powerful 8,000 lumens to ensure maximum impact with sharp, bright images.
The donation is considered a significant show of support for one of North America’s most respected performing arts facilities, whose unique programs attract more than 200,000 patrons every season. CITS plays host to world-renowned performing artists, musicians, actors, and comedians, as well local plays and Broadway shows.
“Christie’s donation takes Centre In The Square to a whole new level in terms of our dialogue with the audience. It has fundamentally changed what we can do now artistically,” said Jamie Grant, general manager, Centre In The Square. “In the week that we’ve brought the projector live, the reaction from audiences and performers has been extraordinary. The artists themselves are beginning to see the possibilities and seeking ways to incorporate the technology into their performances.”
Grant notes that the stunning images from Christie’s projector bring a new level of visual excitement to live theatre. It is also proving essential to attracting additional corporate support. “We are a not-for-profit organization, and our ticket prices don’t really cover the cost of the shows, so the role of corporate sponsors and partners is critical. The new Christie digital projector now allows us to acknowledge financial contributions in a much more dynamic and effective way,” he said. “It has opened up for us exciting new avenues of possibilities.”
“Already an international technology hub, the Waterloo Region is in the midst of an artistic renaissance founded upon advances in digital media. Christie is proud to be a major driver in this revolution, providing projection technology that is helping facilities like Centre In The Square to create performance stages worthy of world-class artists,” said Gerry Remers, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. “Our projectors already play an important role in many of the public arts pieces like CAFKA.07 HAPTIC, recently exhibited at Kitchener City Hall and surrounding venues. The new projection system at CITS reflects our strong commitment to Kitchener and the future of Waterloo Region.”
For more information on upcoming performances at the Centre In The Square, visit their website at www.centre-square.com.
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. With its recent acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.
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