Project Support from Planning to Refurbishment

Nobody understands the importance of presentation quality like Harkness does.  For over 85 years our business has supported exhibitors globally to ensure that they achieve maximum return from their technology investments. Our consultants are able to provide their expertise throughout the lifecycle of a screen, all with the intent of improving the movie-going experience.

Auditorium Design
From pure geometry through to seating rake, seating configuration or projection port height there are a number of factors which can influence the quality of on-screen presentation. Harkness’ technical consultancy team is able to assess potential impacts from proposed new-build of refurbishment designs by interrogating either technical information or 2D/3D CAD drawings and make recommendations for improvements accordingly.

Equipment Specification
Ensuring that on-screen presentation meets industry-standard levels for brightness and uniformity is vital. Due to Harkness’ close relationships with equipment manufacturers (projectors, lamps, 3D systems, etc), Harkness technical consultants are able to make recommendations on proposed equipment specification allowing customers to make informed decisions on their proposed configurations.

Screen Optimisation
Harkness has long argued that the screen is one of the most important parts of a cinema auditorium. Optimising the screen by adding a curve or tilt can help reflect the maximum amount of light back into the seating area in the auditorium and improve brightness uniformity both of which can have a significant impact on visual performance. Harkness’ consultants are able to assess proposed 2D or 3D CAD designs and provide recommendations on screen optimisation.

Light Measurement Reports
From under-performing, defective or ageing lamps, through to dirty or ageing screens or 3D systems left in situ for 2D presentation, there are many reasons why on-screen brightness levels might fall below the expected levels. Harkness’ oncsultants are able to examine light measurements taken in the auditorium along with equipment specifications and auditorium geometry to suggest areas of concern or remedial fixes.

Screen Installation
Large cinema screens, particularly coated 3D screens are by nature somewhat fragile and prone to damage when appropriate care is not taken during unpacking, handling or installing the screen. Harkness’ technical consultants are able to provide guidance on best practice for screen installation or in some cases able to attend site to supervise installation.

Screen Maintenance and Cleaning
Maintaining a clean auditorium environment can ensure that screen performance is maintained. In the event that screen become dusty/dirty or is in need of a minor repair, Harkness’ consultants are able to advise on cleaning or repair procedures to enable the screen to be returned to the best possible condition.

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