• Dolby Atmos for Powerful New Cinema Listening Experiences

    Dolby Atmos propels you into the story and into the music with powerful, all-around sound.

    Dolby Atmos Benefits

    • Dramatic New Moviegoing Experience

      Dolby Atmos® goes far beyond surround sound to create a new level of realism for moviegoers. In a movie with Dolby Atmos, cinema sound moves around the theatre to match what you see on the screen.

    • Overhead Speakers for Added Realism

      Cinemas equipped for Dolby Atmos have overhead speakers that heighten the realism. Rain on a roof, airplanes taking off—you'll hear the sounds exactly where they would be in real life.

    • Always Reflects the Creator's Intent

      Dolby Atmos gives filmmakers full creative control over the placement and movement of sound around the audience. No matter the size of the theatre, you'll always see and hear the full realization of their creative visions.

    • Independently Controlled Speakers

      Theatres equipped for Dolby Atmos employ up to 64 independently controlled speakers. You'll hear extraordinary power and impact when the director calls for it. You'll also hear the most subtle details with amazing clarity.

    How Dolby Atmos Works

    Dolby Atmos takes a unique and innovative layered approach to sound design.

    A Dolby Atmos soundtrack starts with a base layer that consists largely of static ambient sounds, mixed using the familiar channel-based method. Layered on top of these are dynamic audio elements that can be positioned and moved precisely to correspond to the images onscreen.

    Metadata records how these elements should behave during playback—behavior that best matches the director's intent, regardless of theatre configuration. This dual-layer approach gives film creators greater power and freedom while ensuring you have a consistent experience in any theatre.

    Technical Details

    • Object-oriented mixing layers the independent sound elements over channel-based audio content for clearer and more accurately positioned sound.
    • Descriptive metadata captures all the director's intent and provides customized playback for each cinema.
    • The mix automatically generates optimum soundtracks for theatres with 5.1- and 7.1-channel setups.
    • Support for up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio elements in a mix delivers a rich, realistic sound experience.
    • Dolby Atmos scales easily to any size cinema, with up to 64 independent speaker outputs.

    Experience It

    See the latest theatre innovations for Dolby Atmos, the evolution of cinema sound, or director interviews, or find a theatre near you.

    Dolby Atmos for Cinema Professionals

    Dolby Atmos provides a complete platform for cinema sound. It offers powerful solutions for creators, distributors, and exhibitors alike.

    Content Creators

    Tell your story more powerfully, with unprecedented control over the placement and movement of sound within the theatre.


    Greatly simplifies your operations by eliminating multiple format inventories. With Dolby Atmos, the same file will play in any theatre.


    Delivers a compelling experience that your audiences can get only at the cinema and optimizes playback for any speaker configuration.

    Dolby Atmos Testimonials 

    "Dolby Atmos provides the completely immersive sound experience that filmmakers like myself have long dreamed about." —Peter Jackson, Cowriter, Director, and Producer, The Hobbit trilogy 

    "We needed a workflow that matched what we use already. It was the only way Dolby Atmos could work for The Hobbit in the time frame we had. Dolby had really great ideas for integration and developed the tools we needed for a bulletproof process." —Gilbert Lake, Park Road Post Production, Dolby Atmos Rerecording Mixer, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

    "For Oblivion, I chose Dolby Atmos for both its immersive quality and clarity of sound. Sound effects can be placed very accurately in almost any direction, pulling you deeper into the story." —Joseph Kosinski, Director, Oblivion 

    "Dolby Atmos offers a whole new range of creative possibilities for our team of artists creating the mix for Iron Man 3." —David F. Alfonso, Owner, Todd-AO 

    "It's very intuitive, very easy to use, very user friendly from a UI perspective, and it does what it does very well." —Erin Michael Rettig, Twentieth Century Fox, Mix Tech, Life of Pi