Ambassadors Nova Cinemas, Woking

August 2020

During the Autumn of 2019 the 6 screen Ambassadors Cinema complex at Woking closed its doors for a multi-million pound makeover. The complex, originally opened and equipped with 35mm projection equipment by Bell Theatre Services in 1992, began life as a three-screen cinema, and was enlarged to six screens during 1996. By 2019, the cinema had been converted to run digital presentations, but the auditoria and public areas needed updating.

Wren Architecture and Design were engaged to breathe new life into the cinema, and Bell Theatre Services were commissioned to provide a complete AV package for the new complex. The whole complex was essentially stripped back to the perimeter walls and a revised layout was incorporated featuring seven auditoria, all with stadium-style seating, and a Media Suite, available for meetings and presentations.

Auditorium 1 features a Dolby ATMOS audio system, complete with 5 stage channels and a 15m screen, fully equipped with 5-stop variable side masking. Projection is by a Barco DP4K-20LHC flagship projector equipped with a Barco ICMP server. The JBL audio system is powered by Crown
and Dolby Multichannel amplifiers. The 6P RGB laser projector doubles the contrast of the L-series flagship laser projectors to provide this Premium Large Format screen with an even more significant improvement in image quality, along with stunning, bright 3D images.

Auditoria 2-5 feature Barco xenon lamp projectors, which were refurbished back at our premises in Borehamwood during the cinema closure, and each is fitted with Dolby IMS3000 servers with onboard audio processors. These 7.1 auditoria are equipped throughout with JBL loudspeakers and are
each powered by a single Dolby 16 channel amplifier, saving all-important space within the compact projection suites. Volfoni provides 3D capability in auditorium 5.

Auditoria 6 & 7 are equipped with Barco DP2K-10SLP and DP2K-8SLP projectors respectively, 7.1 JBL audio systems, IMS3000 servers and audio processors and Dolby 16-channel Multichannel amplifiers.

Conferencing facilities, with an outboard PA system have been provided in three of the seven auditoria. The Media Suite is equipped with a pair of NEC Multisync C501 monitors with a Barco Clickshare system for conferences and meetings, while similar displays are employed throughout the foyer
areas for POS advertising and trailers.

All screen surfaces throughout the auditoria are by Harkness and the public area music system features a mixture of JBL Control 23-1, Control 65PT and Control 24 loudspeakers powered by Crown amplifiers.

Centralised audio and video switching facilities are provided through various models of Kramer

The Nova Cinema is most definitely the place to see and experience a great movie in Surrey.


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