4K brightens L.A. screens

2 venues get digital presentations

4K content is coming to Los Angeles this month for select presentations.

A Sony 4K SXRD digital-cinema projector is being installed at Pacific Theatres at the Grove in Los Angeles, to be used Friday to project opening-day screenings of "Ocean's Thirteen" in 4K resolution from a 4K Digital Cinema Package supplied by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Additionally, Sony's restored 4K version of the 1964 classic "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" will launch the 4K era at the Landmark's new flagship theater complex at the Westside Pavilion beginning June 15. The Landmark has three theaters equipped with Sony 4K projection technology, one of which will be used to screen "Strangelove."

Grover Crisp, vp asset management and film restoration at Sony Pictures, said that a 4K version of "Strangelove" with a 4K digital-cinema release was a consideration early in the restoration plans. "It's the closest you can get with current technology to showing the film as if you are seeing it in 1964 right off the camera neg," he said.

The 4K resolution contains four times more picture information than 2K, the standard for digital cinema. Industry pundits have varying options on when 4K would be practical or necessary.

Sony is the only manufacturer that offers theaters a 4K projection system.

Crisp said that 4K restoration work is being planned for such additional classics as "From Here to Eternity" and "Easy Rider."