Movie theatres are getting bigger and exhibitors have learned that audiences are willing to pay for the kind of immersive entertainment that simply can’t be duplicated in the typical home theatre. This trend has only increased the demand that the audio match, or even surpass the quality of the images on the big screen. Cinema sound has never been bigger or more important. Understanding that, Digital Cinema Report reached out to key manufacturers to learn what developments in sound technology they’ll be highlighting when the exhibition industry gathers next month at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. In part one of this ongoing series, I spoke via email with Jed Harmsen, senior director, cinema products, Dolby Laboratories to get his perspective.
Distribution & Exhibition
Jackie Chan Cinema and Dolby Laboratories today announced that the premium Dolby Cinema experience is coming to the top-grossing movie site in China, Jackie Chan Cinema’s Beijing Wukesong. The cinema site topped China’s box office and attendance rankings from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, it was the only cinema to achieve a box office gross of RMB 100 million in China.
Arts Alliance Media has appointed two new U.S.-based sales managers to handle sales to exhibitors throughout North America. Mark Kamiyama and Peter Kim will be working throughout America and Canada to bring AAM’s market-leading software to cinema owners of all sizes.
Unique Digital has expanded its Movie Transit Network to include the cinemas of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Directed from Unique Digital’s local office in Vilnius, Unique Digital has deployed the Movie Transit network for feature film delivery in all three Baltic countries in a rollout conducted in less than two months.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists has announced May 4 as the date for the New York outing of its annual Digital Asset Symposium, a day of engaging and educational discussions on the most current challenges and breakthroughs in managing digital assets. This year the event will be held at the Victor Borge Theatre in Manhattan.
Dolby Laboratories and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released for Dolby Cinema on March 25. The film’s world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on March 20 will be presented in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos sound. Dolby Cinema, featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, is a premium cinema offering for exhibitors and moviegoers that combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to make every visit a completely captivating cinematic event.
Caspar Nadaud has been appointed managing director of Pathé Live. He succeeds Thierry Fontaine who now holds the title president. Nadaud, 34 years old, started in 2007 as the sales and distribution manager of Arts Alliance Media, one of the leading international theatrical distributors of Event Cinema. From 2012 on he was the director of international sales and business development.
Digital Cinema Report will, once again, present a Catalyst Award to the best new technology introduced at this year’s CinemaCon. The National Association of Theatre Owners’ annual trade show convenes at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 11-14. With the digital cinema transition essentially over and virtual print fee agreements drawing to a close, exhibitors have turned their attention to the future. Quality content is essential to the success of any movie theatre but today more is needed to remain competitive.
AMC has announced plans to acquire Carmike Cinemas for a reported $737 million in cash. Under the terms of the deal, AMC will offer $30 a share, an increase of 19 percent over Carmike’s closing price on Thursday. AMC would also Carmike’s debt, making the transaction worth about $1.1 billion. If approved, the deal would give AMC more than 600 theatres, making it the largest theatre chain in the country.
Last night at an exclusive screening at London’s independent Genesis Cinema in Mile End, London, Philips Lighting brought one of the world’s hottest bands to the silver screen as never seen before. Philips Lighting hosted the immersive concert event with an exclusive screening of the critically acclaimed Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live concert powered by Philips LightVibes.