Dolby Laboratories celebrated the opening of its brand-new Burbank office building with a huge party on March 21, demonstrating the company's service commitment to the Hollywood entertainment community. David W. Gray, VP of the Hollywood film division, says, “Our new location in the heart of the entertainment industry's working center means that we will be more accessible than ever to our enormous Los Angeles client base.”
Located at 3601 West Alameda at Hollywood Way, and adjacent to many film and TV production centers, the 21,000-square-foot facility is three times as big as the previous office and houses the 49-seat Larry Umlang Presentation Theatre II, equipped with the latest technology for projecting all formats of film and video with 5.1 surround sound playback. The beautiful and sonically insulated theater, named after Dolby's original Hollywood theatrical engineer who died in 1988, “floats” on neoprene blocks built into the building's foundation. In addition to offices for Dolby's L.A. staff, there are project and home demonstration theaters for DVD and HDTV, rooms equipped for audio testing and experimentation, in-house production suites, conference rooms and event spaces.
In attendance at this royally catered affair were hundreds from the L.A./Hollywood film/TV/music industries, as well as executives from corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Dolby founder and chairman Ray Dolby, and president Bill Jasper.