Barco laser stars in Korea’s first all-laser multiplex
SOUTH KOREA: Barco’s laser projector technology has been installed into the new CGV Kwangyang cinema complex operated by broadcaster Yeosu MBC, a branch of Mumhwa Broadcasting Corporation.
The installation at the seven-screen CGV Kwangyang, the country’s first all-laser multiplex, comprises one Barco flagship laser and six laser phosphor projectors. ‘We poured a whole lot of time and effort into finding the best solution in the projection industry, and the choice was clear,’ explained Jinho Lee, business operation senior manager at Yeosu MBC. ‘Barco technology really stands out from its competitors in all areas – ease-of-use, reliability and superior quality.’
Company representatives from Yeosu MBC carried out extensive research into laser projection technology, visiting almost every laser projection site in Korea to verify on-screen picture quality, 2D, brightness and ease of installation and use. According to their findings, Barco laser projectors had the optimum combination of innovation, simple and lamp-free operation, reliability and centralised network control, plus the regional sales and service support of Barco Korea and its partners. ‘But above all, it was about the viewing experience,’ said Mr Lee.
The largest screen in the multiplex has been installed with the Barco flagship laser DP4K-30L projector, while the other six smaller cinemas are equipped with 20,000 lumen Barco DP2K-20CLP laser phosphor projectors. ‘We’ll be able to offer Kwangyang moviegoers a cinema experience featuring the best possible imaging technology,’ claimed Mr Lee. ‘Even better, our choice of Barco’s flagship laser and laser phosphor projectors simplifies operations and cuts costs, thanks to the absence of lamps.’
Added Youngwook Yoon, CEO of Yeosu MBC, ‘We believe that this all-laser theatre will be a new evolution in Korean cinema that will go down in history. We’re glad to write this history together with Barco.’
The new multiplex is due to open at the end of the month.