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Sound in the Cinema

News (Current);   Published: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The standard level for film sound in an Auditorium is 7.0 on the calibrated Dolby™ Volume level control.

However, many cinemas including this one, have found that this setting can allow excessive sound levels on some film soundtracks.

However, as part of the experience, the sound in a cinema will always be louder than that of a television set playing in a family lounge.

We therefore run our sound level at Volume setting 5.5 which allows the quiet nuances and dialogue on the soundtrack to be easily heard as well as allowing the occasional high level sound such as that of a jet aircraft taking off.  This is done for dramatic effect.

The Auditorium sound level is always checked by the projectionist as soon as the main feature starts.