Not sure who cares, but i will reprint here part of a press release for those who care...
CULVER CITY, Calif., Jul. 10, 2001 -- Columbia Pictures will release "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" nationally on July 11 in more than 2,500 theaters, with seven premiering the sci-fi action-adventure in digital cinema format, it was announced today by Rory Bruer, executive vice president, general sales manager for Sony Pictures Releasing.
Only 12 theaters nationwide currently possess the capability to present films in digital format. A digital cinema release is often praised for its consistent quality and ability to enhance the visual experience of moviegoing.
The seven cities that will release "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" digitally are: AMC Empire, New York City; Edwards Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, Calif.; AMC Media 6, Burbank, Calif.; Cinemark Legacy, Dallas; Famous Players Paramount, Toronto; AMC Barrington, Chicago; and the AMC Van Ness, San Francisco.
"These screens will be using a Texas Instruments DLP projector, operating from a server called a QuBit," explained Bill Hausch, senior vice president, Strategic Technologies, Digital Studios Division for Sony Pictures Entertainment. "The sensation you get with digital cinema is a picture without a flicker, scratches, dirt or focus flutter. We're providing the moviegoing patron a glimpse of the future of theatrical exhibition."
The presentation of "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" in digital cinema is also the first presentation of an 8 Channel Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) motion picture in an electronic format. The premium audio format utilizes five full-range screen channels instead of the conventional three. SDDS equipment currently installed in theaters will reproduce the 8 Channel audio in the seven digital engagements across North America.
There you go... should you care.