Showbiz Sandbox 260: The Race To Build A Bigger, Louder And More Expensive Movie Theater

December 8, 2014


When it comes to giant screen cinema IMAX is still the most dominant player, but with theater owners building their own premium large format auditoriums new competitors have started to spring up. Dolby, a company known for cinema audio technology, is the latest to enter the fray with their own PLF offering that includes bigger screens, more immersive sound and, of course, a higher ticket price. Whether such offerings will catch on with moviegoers remains to be seen.

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  • Mgiltz

    Our story about the race for “premium” movie theater screens like IMAX and Dolby’s new initiative really annoyed me. I hate it when I’m asked to pay extra by a movie theater for excellent picture and sound. Shouldn’t ALL their screens offer excellent picture and sound? Either most of their screens are substandard or the premium ones are rip-offs. (Hint: it’s the latter.)