Is 3D the Cause for a Low-Quality Picture in Theaters?

May 22, 2011

In February 2010, Tech of the Hub highlighted the poor picture and sound quality at a local cinema. Today’s Boston Globe had a thorough article on the potential cause for that poor movie-going experience. The proliferation of dual-use 3D and 2D projectors has resulted in poor picture quality. This is due to the fact that the lens should be changed for 2D movies but often is not due to the expertise level required. The end result is a picture that is less bright and has less detail. The Globe has an excellent illustration which demonstrates this. At the end of the day, the only way for this to be fixed is for you the consumer to voice your disappointment to theater management. As a former usher, my suggestion is that you ask to speak to the theater manager and write to the theater’s home office. Alternatively, you could just stay home and enjoy your home theater.

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