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New Dolby Theatre Sound System Set to Debut with 'Brave' Premiere

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The June 18 bow of the Disney/Pixar animated film will also mark the grand opening of the newly-rebranded Dolby Theatre.

Disney/Pixar’s Brave will premiere June 18 in Dolby’s immersive new sound format, Atmos, as well as as in Dolby 3D, at Hollywood's newly-named Dolby Theatre, which was introduced with its new branding on Monday.

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There was some question about whether the installation and test Atmos mix would be ready in time for the Brave premiere, the first since the former Kodak Theatre was re-branded. The mix is being led by seven-time Oscar winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom, and with additional mixing by sound re-recording mixer Will Files.

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Additionally 14 theatres in the North America are slated to show Brave in the new Dolby Atmos format when it opens June 22. Here's the full list: AMC BarryWoods 24, Kansas City; AMC Burbank 16; AMC Century City 15; AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; AMC Garden State 16, Paramus, N.J.; AMC Van Ness 14, San Francisco; ArcLight Sherman Oaks; Brenden Theatres at the Palms, Las Vegas; Centry at Pacific Commons and XD; West Plano, Texas; SilverCity-Yonge Eglington Cinemas, Toronto; Cinetopia Vancouver Hall 23, Vancouver; the El Capitan Theatre; and Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection, Chicago.

An Atmos logo presentation also will debut with Brave. It is being created by Rydstrom with work from Pixar post-production supervisor Paul Cichocki.

Atmos was installed at the Dolby Theatre a little more than one week ago, on a razor-tight schedule as Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS is performed there six day a week. The sound system can be used for theatres of any size, but the Dolby Theatre is perhaps the most challenging setup, as the auditorium covers 180,000 sq.  feet of space and boasts as 86 ft. high ceiling.

Atmos creates a lifelike sound experience by lining speakers along the theatre’s front, rear and side walls, as well as overhead. It can play up to 128 channels of sound at once. In contrast, today’s widely-used 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound system use five channels and seven channels (plus a subwoofer) respectively.