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HARKNESS GOES BIG TO SUPPLY WORLD’S LARGEST 3D SCREEN AT LE GRAND PALAIS THEATRE IN PARIS

Towering Spectral 240 Presentation Surface Establishes Guinness World Record as it Takes Viewers to ‘Rio’

PARIS, FRANCE, JUNE 22, 2011 — Harkness Screens, the world’s leading manufacturer of cinema screens, recently established a Guinness world record when it supplied the worlds largest 3D screen for a special viewing of the hit film ‘Rio’ at Le Grand Palais on the bank of the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Harkness’ Spectral 240 3D silver surface was the screen chosen for the record setting event.

The screening, which took place in April, was arranged by LG and MK2 as part of the festivities associated with LG’s launch of its Cinema 3D™ TV. Close to 1,500 invited guests converged in the regal theatre to watch the 3D presentation on the world’s largest 3D screen.

Measuring 27m wide by 11m high, the gigantic Spectral 240 was supplied from Harkness’ factory in France. Four Christie Solaria digital projectors were used to bring the incredible images to life.

“To manufacture and deliver the largest 3D screen we have ever produced was quite a challenge,” says Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, Harkness Screens. “Harkness Screens has five manufacturing plants throughout the world and having a factory in France proved to be invaluable for this project.”

The Harkness Spectral™ 240 3D screen is considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide to be the optimum 3D projection surface for systems using polarised light. The Spectral 240 features a high extinction ratio and provides spectacular 3D images. The surface also supports 2D images and can be used successfully in auditoriums where 2D and 3D are both shown. The intrinsically high gain (2.4) overcomes light losses in 3D systems.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be able to supply this custom screen to such a majestic theatre,” adds Robinson.

Immediately following the screening, Guinness confirmed that two records were established, the biggest audience ever to view a 3D movie and the largest 3D screen in the world.

About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens is the world’s leading manufacturer of large projection screens. Thousands of screens are supplied every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications. Founded in 1929, Harkness has screens in place in over 60 countries. With its corporate office located in Ireland and other offices and factories located in the UK, France, Beijing, Canada and Fredericksburg, VA, Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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