Luxury cinemas go with Barco

AUTHOR: Inavate

Cobb Theatres, based in Birmingham, Alabama, has installed Barco cinema projectors in its three CineBistro theatres located in Tampa and Miami, Florida areas. The company chose Barco DP-1500 and DP-2000 projectors to offer customers both 2D and 3D films.

For Cobb Theatres, CineBistro is a new entertainment concept that combines premium dining services with luxury movie-going and reserved seating. While enjoying gourmet cuisine and premium wines and cocktails, customers can view first-run or independent movies in their own luxurious leather rocking chair.

A CineBistro consists of an intimate lounge and restaurant area in a boutique setting, surrounded by multiple theatres — each seating between 80-100 customers. After dining, the tables are rolled back and patrons enjoy a movie in what Cobb Theatres describes as a true “private Hollywood movie screening experience.”

In addition to the projectors, a Barco ACS-2048 alternative content switcher was installed at the Hyde Park cinema in Tamps. The switcher effectively expands the theatre's display capabilities beyond movies, with the ability to input and scale “alternative content” formats (such as DVDs or satellite feeds) directly into the projector. With this addition, the CineBistro venue can be hired for private corporate events and can screen live telecasts such as boxing bouts and concerts.