Redefining Film Screening with State-of-the-Art Audio at Dolby Screening Room

By Brenna Kehew Sculley

by Celia Cooksey

As ELYSIAN celebrates the launch of our Fall 2023 Art Issue, we will be immersed in the New York City International Fashion Film Festival, where the CatWalk FurBaby documentary will premier in the top-of-the-line Dolby Screening Room at 1350 6th Avenue in Manhattan.

In the world of cinema, the quest for the ultimate audiovisual experience has always been a challenge for cinephiles. From the early days of silent films to today’s high-definition, immersive experiences, technology has played a pivotal role in shaping how we watch and enjoy movies.

Founded by engineer and inventor Ray Dolby in London in 1965, Dolby Labs has been at the forefront of this audiovisual revolution, and it has taken the movie-watching experience to the next level with Dolby Cinema.

At the heart of Dolby Cinema’s allure is its groundbreaking approach to audio. While standard theaters rely on speakers that reflect sound off walls, Dolby Cinema employ a unique innovation known as the “soundbar.” This projects superior quality sound directly at your seat.

Standard theaters typically use just two speakers to deliver stereo or surround sound for moviegoers. In contrast, Dolby Cinema harnesses the power of up to a staggering 64 speakers, all meticulously positioned to emit high-quality digital audio from any conceivable direction within the theater. This innovation transforms the auditory landscape, enveloping the audience in a symphony of crisp sounds that seem to emanate from all around, rather than from a single, static source, as is often the case in traditional cinemas.

In addition to its state-of-the-art sound, the Dolby Theatre features Dolby Vision projection systems. These systems deliver stunningly vivid visuals, with enhanced color, contrast, and brightness. When combined with Dolby Atmos sound, the result is a cinematic experience that transcends traditional movie-watching.

Of course, the name Dolby evokes the renowned entertainment venue nestled in the heart of Hollywood, California, best known for hosting the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Each Dolby venue has that unique, intimate, high-quality ambiance that makes any screening elite.

Dolby Cinema, with its groundbreaking soundbars and an army of speakers, coupled with the iconic Dolby Theatre, are changing the way we experience movies. It has elevated the art of cinema to new heights, offering a level of immersion, audio clarity, and visual brilliance that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

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