The Christie brand turns out 90 candles: many years have passed since the moment it was made, by the engineer S.L. Christie, the first projector in California.
An American engineer attracted by the movies and the largest Canadian appliance manufacturer: it’s from this union that Christie was born 90 years ago. It was 1929 and, with the exception of the Wall Street crack, the times were sparkling, especially on the technological side: a world of far-reaching and promising technical marvels appeared to the public. Furthermore, California was (and still is) the Land of Cinema. In 1929, the year in which S.L. Christie built his first projector, in U.S.A. about 800 films were made, the cinema was establishing itself as the favorite entertainment of the people. It’s well known: the images that move, the actors that talk and the colors that shine all depend on the projection. And here comes the engineer Christie.
Carbon arc lamps were noisy, unreliable and tended to catch fire: Christie introduced xenon lamps. Film reels had to be changed in the middle of the projection: Christie introduced the disc system to avoid it. Christie also invented gearless and self-lubricating projectors, innovations designed to make projection easier and more efficient. In short, cinema and Christie have been inseparable throughout the 20th century.
Meanwhile, to the north of the border, Christie’s future partner, Dominion Electrohome Industries, switched from producing phonographs to radios, to furniture, to electric fans and, in 1954, an entire TV station, with Electrohome devices on which look at her. In short, Christie and Electrohome still did not share a single vision: the Canadian company was projected on the domestic environment, Christie on cinemas. But the philosophical union was remarkable and, when the two companies came together as Christie Digital in 2000, there was the conviction that Texas Instruments’ DLP technology could change everything. Here is a technology that promised brighter colors, higher resolutions and faster frame rates.
Electrohome managed the electronic production and Christie the optical side. Well, not only at the end of 2017, 98% of the world’s cinemas had become digital, but the boundaries of this technology are still booming. The IT and AV worlds continue to converge and artificial intelligence is changing the way content is created. With all his 90 years of history, which is right to celebrate and celebrate, it is more than natural that in Christie everyone thinks that… nothing has been seen yet! Ninety years have passed since Christie made her first projector and nineteen since Christie and Electrohome became Christie Digital. Not all dreams come true, but many do it through work and perseverance, and everything always starts with an idea. Christie’s lesson, with its 90 years of fulfilled dreams, is that we must never stop looking for and innovating.
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