RealD announced today that the European Patent Office’s Opposition Division has upheld the validity of one of the company’s key patents for light-doubling 3D cinema projection systems. Volfoni and MasterImage had both challenged the EPO’s grant of RealD’s European patent, which covers optical architectures in light-doubling 3D cinema systems.
CinemaNext has signed a distribution deal with Spanish seating supplier Ezcaray International recognizing CinemaNext as an official distributor in 17 European countries as well as in the US, Russia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Morocco. CinemaNext is currently the exclusive reseller of Ezcaray’s full range of seating products for cinema in Germany.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and key operators, today released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2017.
Italy’s historic Istituto Luce–Cinecittà has selected WCPMedia Services to manage its massive catalog of Italian feature films and documentaries. The state-owned film producer, distributor and archive will use WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform to market, sell and distribute films to buyers worldwide.
Éclair and German independent film distributors organization AG Verleih have concluded a three-year agreement for the electronic theatrical delivery of feature films and promotional materials to cinema exhibitors across Germany.
Germany’s Cinecitta’ Nuremberg, one of Europe’s largest and most technically advanced multiplexes, has purchased two Sony Digital Cinema SRX-R815DS 4K laser dual projection systems. Meanwhile, CineSpace also purchased a SRX-R815DS system for the 25-meter screen at its luxurious Waterfront complex in Bremen. The auditorium also features Dolby Atmos sound.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé announced today that it will open at least 50 CJ 4DPlex 4DX locations in Europe by 2020.
In response to the patent infringement lawsuit filed by RealD against it Volfoni today issued the following official statement on innovation to the cinema industry:
RealD today filed a complaint with the District Court (Landgericht) in Düsseldorf, alleging that Volfoni SAS, Volfoni GmbH and CinemaNext Deutschland have infringed three of RealD’s European patents by the importation, sale, or offer for sale of the Volfoni SmartCrystal Diamond cinema systems in Germany. In the complaint, RealD requests an injunction banning the sale of the infringing devices and seeks financial damages.
Registration is now open for the fourth Munich Seminar of the International Cinema Technology Association, which is being held January 15-16 following Munich Film Week.