IMAX (Xenon and Laser) vs Dolby Cinema

Anyone else who cares about movie theatres…? :grin::grin: Apparently Kenya’s two Imax theatres still use 2k resolution digital xenon projectors instead of dual 4k laser, you can confirm that from Imax Wikipedia page (despite some blogs claiming that its laser). This results in a much dull image with not so good contrast ratio.

There is no Dolby cinema in kenya yet, despite that some use the atmos sound technology (A Dolby cinema has dolby vision and atmos). In my experience, any theatre in Kenya that is not Imax has poor 3d rendering (some images are left with shadows around them). I wish there was a true Dolby cinema in Kenya or an Imax with dual 4k laser projectors. The only reason to visit a kenyan theatre is sound, its really immersive, but only those with atmos and Imax. Atmos is really balanced while Imax tend to have “bassier” sound.

Advantages of Dolby cinema and imax with laser are high contrast ratio and brightness. I hope the much hyped “4d” theatre slated to open at Tworivers mall will have Dolby cinema or imax with laser :unamused:.

Well,I think Dolby Cinema is way more dope than the IMAX setup…Its disappointing that 6 years on,Cinemas locally haven’t caught on to 4K and better sound.Well i think Two Rivers are hyping up their “4D” setup too much but i will give it a try at some point…But in all honesty,Local Cinemas need to evolve,unlike in 2012 when you couldnt get a 4K 3D TV and a home theatre for your place,now you can get the same setup for less than 100k and there is a ton of downloable/subscribable and available 4K HDR 3D content especially movies on the web that one can literary do their own Cinema like movie experience at home…and then there is Netflix,Prime Video,Showmax…Its tough being in the cinema business now with all this competition.Dolby is intergrating a lot of its technology on the panels(Sony/LG/Samsung TV’s),the content(Netflix and Prime video) and home theatre systems(LG,SONY)…For all intents and purposes,i am already immersed in Dolby Cinema 1.0 for everything i am consuming if i can call it that…So Dolby is winning.


I understand your concern as well but you gotta understand, even in the United States very few IMAX theatres have upgraded to the dual 4K laser aligned projection system, in fact only Kinostar in South Africa has Upgraded to the laser system in Africa last time I checked.
It is a very expensive undertaking plus very few movie goers in Kenya even notice these subtle details hence it is not worth it.

About Dolby Cinema, I gotta say this, I think Dolby Cinema beats the IMAX thetres in many areas, the seats are usually really comfy, and Lord the 1,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio gives out some very deep blacks plus their sound is mastered better. I do think IMAX theatres are a little to loud.

The 4D cinema in Two Rivers Mall won’t show full movies but rather short 10 minute films that are specifically shot for the 4D theatre. 4D theatre is not ready for mass production yet. In fact , I don’t think it ever will be

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I believe that Kenya has a long way to go. On the other hand we are beginning to see a trend where private individuals are investing in dedicated home cinema. Have you ever been to Flint Home Integrators? They have a dope sounding demo cinema room.

Is the Room Accessible to the General public…

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Yes it is accessible to the general public for Demo and it can also be booked for private movie watching, gaming, etc. Please email us at

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