The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival opened with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored in 4K. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece.
Christie today announced that it has installed a laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The first movie screened on the new system was Godzilla. The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has also just installed the Oriental Mega Screen.
In the three years that Doremi has partnered with Wanda Cinema Line, its servers have delivered an uptime of 99.99 percent. Measured across 700 screens from 2010 to 2013, this is an extraordinary standard that the company says is matched by no other cinema technology company in the world.
China’s largest movie media group, China Movie Media Group (影时尚 Ying Shishang), announced today it will open its first United States office in Los Angeles, California. In tandem, it will team with its first U.S. studio, Paramount Pictures, to launch the marketing of Transformers: Age of Extinction (TF4) in China, a movie that has incorporated many Chinese elements and locations.
Evergrande Real Estate Group, one of the ten largest real estate developers in Mainland China, is expanding its business to the cinema industry. In an initial phase, the Evergrande Cinema Line is building 77 cinema complexes in residential neighborhoods across the country, five of which are already operational.
Broadway Circuit, one of the largest cinema circuits in Hong Kong with 62 screens in 12 theatres has reported a film delivery rate of 99.99 percent in 2013. The theatre credited GDC Technology for its success in presenting more than 150,000 performances that year.
Wanda Cinema Line, a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group Corporation, has selected software from Arts Alliance Media to manage cinema screens in its new build sites in China. The deal, completed through AAM’s Chinese reseller partner, ACE (Shanghai) Digital System will equip 270 screens with AAM’s theatre management system, Screenwriter, to manage their content, playlists and scheduling.
AAM’s partnership in China with ACE will see ACE representing AAM across China and reselling AAM digital cinema software to exhibitors and integrators.
Harkness Screens has begun making its new passive 3D screen surface Clarus 170 at its Asian facilities in India and China.
Designed for use in large format auditoria (using two projectors) or smaller to mid-sized theatres where 3D systems using polarized light are deployed, the Clarus 170 3D surface also enhances conventional 2D presentation enabling DCI compliance with optimized theatre geometry.
The American Film Institute has announced the AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship, a new scholarship program at the AFI Conservatory aimed at developing feature-length screenplays that foster greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature.
UltraStar Cinemas, a U.S.-owned movie theatre group, and Letian Entertainment, a subsidiary of China’s most influential broadcast network, have announced the formation of a joint venture to develop and operate theatres in China.