In 1987, Max Bell established Bell Theatre Services. His goal was to provide projection and sound solutions to the film and cinema industry in the UK.
In 1987, Max Bell established Bell Theatre Services. His goal was to provide projection and sound solutions to the film and cinema industry in the UK where attendances were picking up following the adoption of the US multiplex model.
Max’s experience in film production and as an engineer at Dolby Laboratories in Los Angeles helped make Bell Theatre Services the UK’s main supplier of cinema sound systems and projectors. We equipped close to 1300 screens with 35mm projection and state of the art sound systems during the cinema resurgence of the late 1980s and 1990s.
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In 1999 Star Wars Episode 1 was showcased in Digital on 2 screens in North America. The entire film industry and the public were presented for the first with the future of cinema. Whilst many industry professionals were initially sceptical of the capabilities of digital projection, we purchased our first digital projector for rental in 2001. It was clear to us that the technology would be widely adopted by the industry sooner or later.
Our engineers are the best at what they do due to the fact that they all come from within film production and cinema exhibition and have a genuine passion for the industry. Digital conversion, installation and servicing are two of several phases in the evolution of cinema presentation, but there are still more to come. The ability to display films at an even greater resolution, high frame rates, new surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos and 4D systems are just in their opening phases.