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Viewing theatre technical details

Technical specifications for the BFI’s viewing theatre. 

Picture formats

  • 35mm, all aspect ratios
  • D-Cinema, all aspect ratios
  • Computer-based presentations
  • 3D not available at this time

Film speeds

  • 16fps – 30fps

Full HD 2K resolution projection

  • (Christie CP2000-ZX Projector, Doremi DCP-2000 2D Server)
  • HD Players can be hired by arrangement
  • HD file-based non-DCP playback available

Sound formats

  • 35mm: Mono/Dolby Stereo A & SR/Dolby Stereo Digital + Dolby Surround 5.1 EX
  • 16mm: Mono/Dolby Stereo A & SR
  • Video: Mono/Stereo + Surround + Dolby 5.1
  • Disability access: audio description playback available

Large screen video projection

  • VHS/Beta SP/DigiBeta/DVD/Blu-ray/HD file-based non-DCP

Not available at this venue

  • 4k DCP playback or 3D DCP playback
  • 7.1 audio not available
  • Viewing theatre hire

    Viewing theatre hire

    We have two 36 seat viewing theatres available for private hire, located in the heart of London’s West End.

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