• Explore the Evolution of Cinema Sound

    Dolby has pioneered the creation of cinema sound technology for decades, from stereo to surround sound. Dolby Atmos marks a fundamental change in how filmmakers position sound, and in how we experience movies.

    In the 1970s, We Introduced Stereo Sound

    In 1977, when audiences "heard" the massive spaceships passing overhead in Star Wars (recorded in Dolby Stereo®), the experience forever changed moviegoers' expectations. It paved the road for a future of rich cinema sound.

    In the 1990s, We Launched Surround Sound

    In 1992, we debuted Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound. It split the theatre in half, with one bank of speakers on the left and another on the right. In more recent years, we introduced Dolby Surround 7.1 to theatres, adding a spatial dimension to sound movement.

    Today, We're Delivering a 3D Sound Experience

    Dolby Atmos transforms the cinematic experience. Now, filmmakers can move individual sounds from speaker to speaker, anywhere in the theatre. Not only do you hear more powerful bass, but overhead sound heightens the realism of your cinematic experience.

  • Why Filmmakers Love It

    Filmmakers around the world are embracing Dolby Atmos and its powerful set of sonic tools.

    Riveting Sound in the Jungle

    Director Francis Lawrence explains how Dolby Atmos intensified emotion in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

    Hunger Games Filmmakers Background

    An Audio Journey in Outer Space

    Director Alfonso Cuarón discusses how Dolby Atmos opened up new possibilities for his latest movie, Gravity.

    Gravity Filmmakers Background

    An Audio Montage with Creatures from the Sea

    Director Guillermo del Toro talks about why Dolby Atmos was an integral part of the storytelling technique for Pacific Rim.

    Pacific Rim Filmmakers Background