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What is Barco Auro 11.1 and Why Does it Matter?

Last Updated on April 19, 2024

Barco Auro 11.1

Originally known as Auro-3D®, the Auro 11.1 sound format takes the traditional 5.1 channel layout and adds two vertical layers of sound; a height layer which is above the traditional layout, and an overhead layer which ceiling mounted to provide overhead sound effects.

Auro 11.1 was introduced in September 2011, with Red Tails being the first movie carrying the soundtrack. As of January 2014, there are 27 North American theaters with Auro 11.1 sound systems installed. Announcements have been made by some of the major theater chains to install more systems across their circuits, so we expect that number to increase in 2014 and 2015 to the point where finding a movie playing in Auro 11.1 should become easier.

In order to take advantage of an Auro 11.1 sound system in a theater, the movie must be encoded with an Auro 11.1 soundtrack. Not all movies are, and you can find a list of such movies on the Movies Mixed in Barco's 3D Sound page.

Finding Auro 11.1 Showtimes

Because of the low number of theaters that have Auro 11.1 installations and that only select movies have Auro 11.1 soundtracks, finding where one is playing can be a challenge. When the theaters provide that information, you will find "Auro" and/or "Auro 11.1" listed in the notes that appear below the showtimes for that theater.

To make it easier to find a presentation in Auro 11.1, we have created a search tool we call Movies Playing in Barco Auro 11.1. That will display all showtimes with "Auro" indications provided by the movie theater.

Below is a promotional video produced by Barco to describe the advantages of the Auro 11.1 sound system:

For more information about this format, please see the Barco Auro 11.1 web site.

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