If you’re a true cinephile, you’ll know where to get the most epic cinema experience in Singapore – GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. It boasts a 22.4m cinema screen (the length of 2 SBS buses combined), which is one of the widest screens in Singapore. It is also equipped with a Dolby Atmos surround sound system with 67 speakers, offering the most immersive cinematic experience in Singapore. But you already knew that, right?

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And now it’s going to get better – with the implementation of a laser projector at GVmax.

 

What are laser projectors?

Previously, GVmax was using a conventional lamp-based projector to screen movies. While conventional projectors are pretty good, the laser projector outclasses it by a mile. So what’s the difference?

If you paid attention during your Primary Science lessons, you’ll remember that light rays gets diffused (spread out) from a light source. That’s why shining a torch 2cm in front of your eye will blind you (because most of those light rays are going to enter your eye), but shining a torch 2m away from your eyes is bearable (because not all of those light rays will enter your eye). That’s how the conventional lamp projector works – so the closer away it is to the projection screen, the brighter the image will be (because more light rays hit the screen).

Laser projectors use laser projectors (“laser” stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), which project light rays a little differently. Instead of diffused light rays, the light rays don’t spread out and are parallel to each other. Since they are the same distance from each other whether it’s projected 2m or 2cm away, the resulting image is much, much brighter, as well as being consistent across the entire screen.

 

What effect does that have in the cinema?

Left: laser projector. Right: conventional projector. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Left: laser projector. Right: conventional projector. 

If you take a look above, you’ll immediately notice which is the better image. Laser projectors are quantifiably better, because the images they project are:

  • more detailed (more light rays per square inch hit the projection screen, because the light rays are parallel to each other)
  • brighter (also because more light rays per square inch hit the projection screen as compared to conventional projectors)
  • more uniform (the same number of light rays hit each square inch of the projection screen)

That last point might sound intriguing – what does it actually mean? Remember that light rays are spread out from a conventional projector? That means the centre of the screen will receive the most number of light rays, while the edges of the screen will receive fewer light rays. Basically, there will be fewer light rays hitting the screen, the further you move from the centre point of the projection.

The most affected parts of the screen are the corners – which are usually darker than the rest of the image.

With a screen as large as the one at GVmax, that can sometimes be an issue. But not anymore with the new laser projector installed!

 

The effect is more prominent with blockbusters and action movies

Avengers: Infinity War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Avengers: Infinity War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

To experience the full cinematic effect, blockbusters and action movies are best viewed with a laser projector. Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, and John Wick: Chapter 3 are truly mesmerising when viewed with a laser projector in GVmax, accompanied by Dolby Atmos sound.

Imagine watching the final battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame in perfect detail, or catching every nuance of the Genie’s song and dance routine in Aladdin with a crisp, huge and bright image in GVmax.

3D films benefit even more from the projection, since the nature of a 3D film requires more light to showcase the different angles.

 

When will the laser projector be installed in GVmax?

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The good news is that it’s already installed! So if you head down to Golden Village Vivocity and catch any GVmax film, it’ll be projected in full laser glory.

So the next time you want to enjoy the biggest, brightest, and best cinematic experience in Singapore, you know where to head to.

GVmax.

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

GVmax at Golden Village Vivocity. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

 

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