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COURTHOUSE SCREENING ROOM OPENSoldsthotel

At 197 seats, the new screening room sits alongside a bowling alley, large swimming pool and an amazing array of function spaces and guest rooms.

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW
How about setting up an Alchemy server for Dolby Atmos. Loads of useful Barco training videos here...

NEWLYN FILMHOUSE OPENSnewluyncinemas

A conversion of a former fish processing plant to two cinemas, space limited and determined to get only the best, we worked with Alastair and Suzy for three years prior to breaking ground. THE CINEMAS ARE STUNNING ! Our systems include two screens of Barco 2k DLP projectors, 7.1 sound and control and monitoring systems toroughtout, allowing remote and unmanned operation as required.

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QUADROPHENIA at the HAMMERSMITH ODEON / APOLLO / EVENTIM

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NEW - DP2k-6E, low cost integrated projector and Alchemy serverdp2k6e

The largest portfolio of D Cinema proejctors presents it's smallest family member - the DP2k6E. Super cost effective, the 6E comes complete with an Alchemy server, motorised lens and twin UHP lamps guaranteed for an industry leading 1500 hours. Low cost of operation and super simple set up makes this the ideal unit for smaller cinemas, alternative content venues and educational uses. The 6E is designed from the ground up for long term heavy duty use and is quiet and cost effective to run.

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Training resources
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HIGH END SYSTEMS


We're pleased to be working with High End Systems - the worlds best theatre lights. These arent for everyone - as the name suggests they are not cheap but are the best - no more replacing Chinese moving heads or LEDS every couple of years or climbing the rig weekly to reset or repair. Thes are simply the best. More here, or look at what they can do - Moving video, mounts for 4k projectors - the sky is the limit and they are build to last. More here..
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P-PAA20 SIMPLE AUTOMATION SYSTEM

The PAA 20+ makes it easy to interface digital cinema playback equipment with existing cinema control systems, thus enabling fully automated presentations. Low cost and does more than units twice it's price

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Long distance HDBaseT true HD, 4k image scaling and transmission - long distance, durable signal transmission and scaling.
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Portfolio of past works
Cinemas
Cinema has been the mainstay of our business since it's inception. See some of our past projects here ..
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Our portfolio of past works The Odyssey St Albans
Odyssey St Albans
A Quickfire Guide to The Odyssey Cinema

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James Hannaway

What's this all about?
We are restoring the old Odeon cinema in London Road, which has been lying derelict for 15 years. It was renamed The Odyssey in Nov 2010 as a result of a naming competition among the St.Albans public.

Who is restoring the cinema?
James Hannaway, CEO of The Rex Cinema up the road in Berkhamsted, along with a small team of dedicated folk including Project Managers Martell and Co.

What will the cinema be like?
The Odyssey will go from being a 4-screen multiplex to a glorious one-screen art deco (much like The Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted). We'll seat approx. 500 people and hopefully have a cafe & bar too.

What kind of films will you show?
A repertory programme of old and new, well-known and films to discover. There'll be something for everyone, including kids.

What work needs to be done?
Everything from the ground up. It is derelict. New roof and all necessary infrastructure to return it a glorious 500 seat cinema

How much needs to be raised?
We bought the building for 1m April 2009, and now we need c. 1.5m for the restoration

When does it need to be raised by?
Now and until it is fully repaired and opened. ETA 2014.



The History

St. Albans' first cinema on London Road was originally built in 1908 by Arthur Melbourne-Cooper, the son of a local St.Albans photographer, in a bid to lift cinema-going from its lowly status. At that time, it was known as the Alpha The Odyssey St Albansture Palace. The cinema is cited by The Shell Book of Firsts to be one of the first cinemas as we know them today.

The cinema was destroyed by fire in 1927.

It re-opened as the Capitol Cinema on 3rd December 1931. Somewhere in between it became The Poly, then The Regent. In 1945 it was bought by Odeon, under whose banner it continued as a working cinema until its closure in 1995. It has lain empty, under threat of demolition, ever since.

For fifteen years a steady campaign in St. Albans and surrounding towns and villages has kept the hope alive to protect the building and see it returned to its original glory. This year, thousands of local people played a key role in securing the site by helping to raise 1 million in a mere, heart-stopping, eight weeks. The cinema was rescued from development by managing to Complete on the site by 9th April, and work has slowly begun to return it to a glitzy all-singing-in-the-rain, queues around the block, happy cinema again.

While the first hurdle has been leapt, there is still is much work to do. Its new name - The Odyssey (in homage to the work of Stanley Kubrick alongside the notion of journey) - was announced on Sept 12th 2010. Next we will see a huge fundraising push to find the 1.5million needed to bring the cinema back to life over the following three years.

It is our determined wish to open the big screen again at the beginning of 2014.

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The Odyssey St Albans

Services we provided
Pre build design and consultancy
Digital and film projection equipment
Sound system


Venue Credits
Venue
Odyssey

Client
Odyssey

Project leader
James Hannaway / Ed Mauger

Rooms
1

Capacity
650

Projection
Future Projections

Sound
Ed Mauger


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