National CineMedia has strengthened its network with the addition of five new affiliate partners, adding 71 new theaters, 533 screens and approximately 20 million attendees to its national theater network, enabling it to better compete in the broader premium video marketplace. The newest theatres in the NCM network include: Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinergy Entertainment Group, Main Street Theatres, Megaplex Theatres, and MJR Digital Cinemas.
Distribution & Exhibition
For more than a decade, theatre management software has been the backbone of every cinema that made the transition to digital projection technology, which is to say, virtually every movie theatre in the world. Many different manufacturers provide their own approach to the challenges that TMS was designed to address. I recently spoke with five TMS manufacturers and asked if they thought exhibitors were getting the most from their TMS, where their TMS fits in a movie theatre enterprise and, most of all, what new ideas in TMS can we expect to see when the industry gathers in Las Vegas next week for CinemaCon 2017. We’re presenting the companies alphabetically and will be offering their answers over the next five days. First up: Arts Alliance Media.
Sony Digital Cinema 4K will unveil its prototype 4K RGB laser projection system next week during CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Demonstrations will be held hourly in Pompeain Ballroom 1 on the Promenade Level.
Seattle’s SIFF Cinema and the Northwest Film Forum will present the world premiere of Danger Diva, a Robert McGinley film, with a live rock concert from Thunderpussy on April 13. Danger Diva is a cyberpunk musical thriller that McGinley wrote, directed and produced.
More than 200 cinema professionals from around the world gathered in Auckland, New Zealand last week for the eighth biennial Vista Customer Conference. The conference was the largest yet that Vista has held. Vista Group, provider of cinema management, film distribution and customer analytics technology to studios, distributors, exhibitors, and moviegoers, provided updates on current and future product developments.
Movio has promoted Sarah Lewthwaite to the position of managing director, senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously she had been director of strategic partnerships, EMEA. The promotion is effective immediately and was announced by Will Palmer, co-founder and chief executive of Movio.
Ymagis Group’s CinemaNext and Éclair will be showcasing EclairColor digital high dynamic range technology during CinemaCon at Caesars Palace March 27-30 in Las Vegas.
Prior to its opening this Friday, Disney’s live-action movie Beauty and the Beast has already set a new record as Fandango’s number one family pre-seller of all time, with Beauty pre-sales (through Monday night) already eclipsing total pre-sales for any other family film in Fandango’s 17-year history.
FireFly Cinema’s FirePost color grading application was used to produce the EclairColor mastered version of the Academy Award nominated film La La Land directed by Damien Chazelle.
The message from Barco at CinemaCon 2017 is that the company is delivering the future of cinema today, powering immersive entertainment experiences from the lobby to the auditorium and beyond. Featuring the brightest RGB Flagship and smart laser projectors, immersive digital lobby experiences, a unique panoramic storytelling platform, and lifelike 3D sound, Barco raises the bar for memorable movie experiences.