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Freeport 5

2003 Photo from the Manny Knowles collection.
Galleria Cinemas
East Mall Drive
Freeport BS

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Information for this tour was contributed by Manny Knowles.

The Freeport 5 opened its doors in 2000 with U-571 and LOVE & BASKETBALL among the very first films shown. Both of those films were April releases, so that is most likely to be the month when operations began there. The cinemas anchor a strip mall that is also owned by the parent company of RND Cinemas.

The color scheme reflects the official uniform decor shared by all of RND's theatres. The color scheme of the original location was beige with dark green accents. The architect for the Freeport 5 is an Italian gentleman who resides in Nassau. One of the most impressive features of this location is the skylight above the lobby and concession areas.

Due to the relatively small population in Freeport, the individual auditoria are modest in size, the largest seating around 200 persons. The theatres are all laid out in a linear fashion which translates into a booth that is very straightforward and easy to monitor because all projectors are nearby and visible at all times. If there is one major flaw in the booth, it would have to be the port windows which are not as clear and free of coloration as projection port holes ought to be. Furthermore, the glass is mounted in such a way that the sound of the projector can easily leak into the auditorium.

RND was the first cinema operator in The Bahamas to use full cinema stereo. RND was also the first to employ digital audio with DTS technology. Freeport #1 is the first RND cinema to employ Dolby Digital audio (with an EX adapter). All of the remaining screens in Freeport are equipped with Dolby CP-45 analog processors. The sound-heads on the projectors use the reverse-scan LED system.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/16/2006.

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