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Digital Cinema Faces a Bright Future

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As digital projection saturates the world’s cinema markets, quality and cost will compete.

MICHAEL EISENSTEIN, SCIENCE WRITER

Over the past 40 years, audiences have grown accustomed to seeing lasers used on screen in blockbuster action and science fiction films. More recently, lasers have carved out an essential role behind the scenes as well, enabling cutting-edge digital projectors that can deliver brighter images with richer color and more consistent quality over time. Digital projectors first reached theaters in 1999, with a push from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox, who wanted to use the technology to showcase the first of the modern generation of “Star Wars” films, “The Phantom...Read full article

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