Last year the Air Force Museum Foundation (AFMF) announced plans to upgrade to the Air Force Museum’s giant screen theatre to digital 3D in 2013.

Work began in January on the conversion of the theater to 3D and other renovations with plans to open again in March, 2013.

AFMF is partnering with D3D Cinema (D3D) to provide a state-of-the-art digital 3D system featuring dual Barco 4K projectors, Qube’s “Xi” integrated media blocks, MasterImage 3D, and a premium 7.1 surround system from QSC Audio.

In addition to supporting higher frame rates, the system will be capable of true 4K-3D playback at bitrates that far exceed industry standards for conventional cinema. The theatre will also feature state of the art accessibility technology by Doremi, including hearing impaired / visually impaired audio devices, and the CaptiView personal closed captioning system.

“We are truly honored to be working with the Air Force Museum Foundation, one of the nation’s great institutional venues,” said Don Kempf, president and founder of D3D Cinema. “Flight-themed films occupy a special place in the history of the giant screen medium, and we believe that this theatre conversion represents a significant milestone in the accelerating conversion of our industry from film to digital.”

Since 1991, the Air Force Museum Theatre has provided a high quality giant-screen film experience to visitors, from the first titles The Dream is Alive and To Fly!, to the ever popular Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. This year, advances in digital projection have made it possible for the Museum to upgrade to 3D projection while maintaining the theatre’s reputation for high quality.

Currently the theatre is closed until March for the conversion and infrastructure renovations. Exhibit areas, Museum Store, and simulators remain open at normal hours.

Source: United States Air Force Museum Foundation