With a passion for movies that he’s had for as long as he can remember Mark Louis, director of presentation for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, started working in the theatre industry almost 40 years ago. When watching movies, he realized early on that the slightest imperfection in the presentation was a distraction. Even unavoidable distractions like on-screen cue marks on 35mm film prints would grab his attention. He says he found himself wondering why imperfections like those marks were present and could they be avoided. That frustration with a less than perfect presentation and a fascination with how movie magic actually worked is what lured him to the technical side of the business where he remains to this day. I recently spoke with Louis about his career in exhibition and his role at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
Unique X has named Roger Harris chief executive officer. Harris will start his position with Unique X on the October 1 after the successful transition of his responsibilities as managing director for RealD in EMEA and Russia. His role is to direct and oversee the rapid international expansion of Unique X’s portfolio of digital cinema software systems and services.
DCS Events in association with The Big Picture will be hosting an Emerging Cinema Markets Conference November 20-22 at the five-star luxury Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.
The private equity firm Abry Partners has finalized its acquisition of a controlling stake in Screenvision Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
South Africa’s Nu Metro Cinemas is opening Xtreme theatres at Nu Metro Emperors Palace in Johannesburg and Nu Metro Galleria on the KZN South Coast.
AMC Theatres has renewed and extended its 3D agreement with RealD across its domestic platform through 2024. In addition, AMC has committed to installing RealD 3D systems in all new-build theatres and as they upgrade, renovate and improve existing AMC locations in North America during the term of the extension.
IBC2018 today announced a Cyber Security Forum for broadcasters and media. The event will be part of the annual IBC show at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam September 13-18. A one-day, invitation-only event, it will convene chief technology officers, chief information officers, chief information security officers and chief digital officers within media and broadcasting for a conversation on the challenges and opportunities presented by cyber security for broadcasters.
Cineworld Group and Cinemark Holdings have agreed to buy the remaining units of National CineMedia currently owned by AMC Entertainment, 21.5 million units for approximately $156.8 million. Cineworld and Cinemark will each acquire half of the units and will fund the transaction with available cash.
Reel Cinemas has announced that it is adding a ScreenX screen to its theatre in The Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest and most visited retail and entertainment destination and welcomes more than 80 million visitors every year.
Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, will be the exclusive laser projection provider for Kinepolis. The replacement of hundreds of existing and new screens with Barco laser projectors will take place over the next three years across Western Europe and Canada.