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2020 Vision

IN A WORLD where technology is changing every day, having the latest state-of-the-art tech is no easy task, especially for a little self-funded, not-for-profit cinema.

But Deckchair Cinema has been saving its pennies over the years to purchase a brand-new $150,000 laser projector, bringing the cinema up to date with the highest industry standards.

The new projector is a native 4K with the brightness and contrast of an IMAX cinema. Deckchair’s General Manager James Parker says it’s an important upgrade that’s been a long time coming.

“The cinema has been growing over years and has now become the flagship cinema for Darwin. We only require the one projector, so we can afford to make it the best and we’ve been saving for this for a long time. We hold major special events and film premieres, so we really need the best equipment,” he says.

“We don’t receive any core funding, and we’re a not-for-profit association, so we’ve been able to save enough money to pay for the projector from customers buying tickets and through our membership program.”

The new 35,000 lumen laser phosphor projector couldn’t have arrived at a better time, getting a great run at last month’s Darwin International Film Festival – the first physical international film festival to go ahead post-coronavirus in 2020.

“We had 50,000 visitors last year, and even though 2020 has played out a bit differently, we still have lot of loyal customers that continue to come and watch films. Without them, the Deckchair simply wouldn’t exist!”

Make tracks to Darwin City’s only cinema and settle in for a night of cinema under the stars – who knows what your support could lead to.


Photo L-R: Operations Manager Damien Johns, Chair of the DFS Jeff Coulter, DIFF Manager Blandine Ruffo and Deckchair Manager James Parker

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