Laser-illuminated projection (LIP) is finally becoming available for the general public to view in commercial cinemas around the world. I’ve been very impressed with the LIP systems I’ve seen—they generally exhibit deeper blacks and thus greater dynamic range than lamp-based projectors—and I encourage anyone who lives near a LIP-equipped theater to check it out.
Unfortunately, you might not know if you live near such a venue, so I’ve compiled a list of theaters with a LIP system. I’ve separated them into three groups: the upcoming Dolby Cinema locations with Dolby Vision high dynamic-range LIP, currently operating Imax LIP theaters, and other venues around the world with this technology.
Of course, there may well be other locations I haven’t found yet; if you know of any, please let me know in the comments or by PM, and I’ll add them to the list. Plus, this technology will be installed in a growing number of theaters—Imax says it has sold over 70 LIP systems so far—so stay tuned to this thread for updates. Hopefully, there’s one near you now; if not, there might be soon. In my opinion, it’s well worth the trip and expense to see something you can’t get at home—at least, not yet.
Dolby Cinema (Christie/Dolby Vision HDR LIP, Dolby Atmos Immersive Sound)
*The El Capitan has Dolby Vision HDR projection and Atmos sound, but it is not a true Dolby Cinema venue, because it does not have stadium seating and other features.
Broomfield, AMC Flatiron Crossing 14
Kansas City, AMC Town Center 20
New Orleans, AMC Elmwood Palace 20 (coming soon)
Kansas City, AMC BarryWoods 24
Las Vegas, AMC Town Square 18
Paramus, AMC Garden State 16
New York, AMC Empire 25
West Chester, AMC West Chester 18
Barcelona, Cinesa La Maquinista
Imax (Barco/Imax LIP, 12.1 Immersive Sound)
Chantilly, VA, Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Imax
Dubai, UAE, Vox Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates
Hollywood, CA, TCL Chinese Theatres Imax
Los Angeles, CA, AMC Universal CityWalk 19 Imax
Seattle, WA, Pacific Science Center Boeing Imax
Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Toronto Imax
Antwerp, Belgium, Kinepolis Antwerp, Theater 5 (Barco 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Broken Arrow, OK, Broken Arrow Warren, Grand Infinity Auditoriums (2); (Barco 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Brussels, Belgium, Kinepolis Brussels, Theater 9 (Barco 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Lille, France, Kinepolis Lomme (Barco 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Madrid, Spain, Kinepolis Madrid, Theater 7 (Barco 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Seattle, WA, Cinerama (Dual Christie 4K, Dolby Atmos)
Shanghai, China, Shanghai Film Art Center, Hall 1 (Dual Christie 4K)