As cinemas across the United States and around the world suspend operations in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, tech leaders have begun issuing tips and guidelines for proper equipment shutdown and maintenance during the closures.
Below are some guidelines from the Cinema Technology Comunity and Boston Light & Sound on proper steps to care for your equipment during the closures, and prepare for re-opening once cinemas return to operation.
Digital Cinema Projectors
Leave the projector’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) powered with the projector in “standby” mode. Doing this will help to keep the security certificate in your media block from being lost which will result in being unable to play encrypted content without a new media block.
Exhaust fans should be switched off and any dampers closed. Lens caps or other protective coverings may be placed on the outside of lenses to keep airborne dust and dirt from settling on the glass.
Best practice varies considerably and CTC recommends obtaining specific instructions relating to your projector from either your integration partner or product manufacturer.