Novo Cinemas, part of the Elan Group in Qatar, has launched a new flagship cinema at Mall of Qatar, in Al Rayyan, Doha. The new cinema features 19 screens, including an IMAX Laser theatre that features the largest IMAX screen in the MENA region and seats 530 people. It also includes an upgraded sound system featuring 12 channels plus sub bass that delivers lifelike sound from all directions, including overhead, to fill the cinema with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. I spoke recently with Novo Cinemas CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen about the new theatre and, in particular, her belief in the importance of lobbies.
Beekman Investment Partners, through an affiliate, has acquired select assets from AMC Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas and certain of their subsidiaries to create a movie theatre circuit of 16 locations across the U.S., with 184 screens and more than 500 employees.
Ymagis Group announced today that it has agreed with Dallas-based CinTech to form a new, full-service exhibitor services company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement and subject to the fulfillment of conditions precedent, a new company, CinemaNext North America, will be created with Ymagis Group acquiring a 75 percent stake and CinTech the remaining 25 percent. CinemaNext North America will be managed by industry veteran Stan Hays. Both parties intend to start operations during the second quarter of the year
Maccs International has announced the integration of CineLab software with Maccs’ online platform DCinemaHub.
Green Day and Abramorama are collaborating to distribute the upcoming film Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk to be released across the USA in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour during the summer of 2017. Abramorama will release the film, which was executive produced by Green Day, in theaters across North America and will work with the filmmakers on the global release across all platforms.
National CineMedia has named Scott Felenstein to the role of executive vice president and chief revenue officer in time to kick off the 2017-18 Upfront season. He joins NCM from Discovery Communications where he spent the past 17 years rising through the ranks in various management positions.
The European Audiovisual Observatory is focusing on the impact of video-on-demand on the film value chain in this year’s Cannes conference. This year’s topic Is VoD growing the film pie its impact on the film ecosystem. The discussion will take place May 20.
After standardizing its portfolio on Sony 4K, Vue International has upgraded the remaining DLP projectors across its estate in the UK, Ireland and Germany (CinemaxX) with 44 Sony SRX-R515DS dual projection systems.
If there is one thing for which the recently opened Odeon Sambil Dolby Atmos multiplex in Madrid stands out, it is the number of technological firsts clocked up by its twelve theatres. It is the first multiplex in Spain with all its screens equipped with 4K projectors – all from Christie – and also the first to include Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio sound in all its theatres, and the only multiplex in Spain with more than one laser screen. In this case, Sambil has two screens equipped with laser projection, both with Christie Solaria CP42LH RGB projectors.
Cinesa UCI has signed a new agreement with Unique Digital for theatre management remote hardware and software support across all its Spanish sites.