September 18, 2014—After a rigorous RFP process, D3D Cinema has been selected to upgrade the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s giant screen theater to digital projection technology. Located in Virginia Beach, the theater will be upgraded in October and will reopen to the public later that month after extensive renovations to other critical building systems, and installation of new theater carpeting and seating.
D3D will replace the existing 15/70 3D projection system with dual Barco 4K digital projectors, a Qube 4K server, MasterImage 3D, a premium QSC 7.1 audio system and a new screen from Severtson.
“In addition to helping the aquarium dramatically reduce operating costs, this new theater will inspire a new generation of Virginia Aquarium visitors through unparalleled  ‘you are there’ immersive experiences. Viewers will be transported to the farthest reaches of the planet and beyond to explore these amazing environments in previously unseen detail,” said Derek Threinen, Vice President of Distribution and Business Development for D3D.
“We are honored to have been selected to convert the giant screen theater at the Virginia Beach Aquarium to digital 3D,” said Don Kempf, President of D3D. “In a relatively short period of time, the entire giant screen market will have converted from film to digital projection, and we are proud that D3D pioneered this market trend and now continues to lead the way. Our core mission from the very beginning has been to enable museums, aquariums, and other cultural institutions around the world to dramatically lower their annual operating costs while at the same time maintaining a truly superior theatrical experience. The Virginia Beach Aquarium represents another milestone achievement for us.”
About D3D Cinema

D3D Cinema is a leading provider of digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities – theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Valencia, Spain.
About the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Virginia Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.