China’s market-leading online entertainment service iQiyi today announced that it has officially opened its first Yuke on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong. The company plans to open more Yuke movie theatres in first- and second-tier cities throughout China.
Kinopolis, Germany’s largest independent cinema operator, is adding D-Box motion seats to 18 new screens throughout the Germany. Currently, Kinopolis offers D-Box motion technology on nine screens in Main-Taunus, Darmstadt and Rhein-Neckar. The motion seats will be added to screens in Hanau, Gießen, Rosenheim, Aschaffenburg, Bonn - Bad Godesberg and Koblenz. This brings the total number of D-Box screens with Kinopolis to 27.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2018, ending March 31. Revenue for Ymagis Group fell by 5.4 percent to €39.3 million during the first three months of 2018 due to the anticipated acceleration in the decline of virtual print fee activities. This is partly offset by the growth in service activities (+4.1 percent at €25.6 million).
Vista Group International has signed Aeon Entertainment, its first customer in Japan. Japan is one of the top five film exhibition markets in the world according to box office revenue. Vista Group companies Vista Entertainment Solutions and Movio, will provide their respective cinema management and marketing data analytics software to Aeon who operate 91 cinema sites throughout Japan comprising 774 screens.
As the trend toward boothless cinemas grows, Arttech Cinema has introduced the Tibex T/WS projector lift, the only product of its kind on the market with a turntable, which enables easy access to the projector from every side for service and repairs.
A new Buy Tickets button is now available on Fandango’s Instagram profile, providing movie fans seamless access to show times and ticketing at more than 30,000 screens nationwide. This is in addition to the Shop button, connecting to movie merchandise and ticketing offers, including movie poster and collectible gifts-with-purchase available to Fandango ticket buyers through shopping on Instagram. Fandango ticketing will also roll out on movie-specific Instagram destinations in the coming weeks.
20th Century Fox and ScreenX are in advanced discussions to continue their partnership and release new films in the panoramic 270-degree cinema technology format. Following the success of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 20th Century Fox and ScreenX plan to join forces again in 2018.
Online ticket sales company Fandango has launched an action on the Google Assistant that lets users purchase movie tickets using just their voice. Users can purchase tickets on any compatible device with the Google Assistant, including smart speakers like the Google Home, Android phones, televisions, headphones and more. Fandango ticketing is scheduled to launch on the Google Assistant for iOS devices by the end of the year.
THX has certified more than 200 Cinemark private-label premium large format XD auditoriums in the United States and Latin America. THX announced the new PLF certification program at CinemaCon last week.
In his annual address last week to the CinemaCon 2018 opening day audience, John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, gave a speech laced with familiar, and historically sound, themes: good movies drive people to theatres and good movies need to be seen on the big screen. Yes, there are months when box office numbers are down but those are dramatically offset by months where people of all ages fill the seats for the newest big movie. Yes, there are, and always will be, competition for moviegoers’ time and attention, but nothing will ever replace the big screen experience. Period.