Cinema West Veranda Luxe Cinema is the first cinema complex to fully integrate all Dolby technologies for an immersive Dolby Atmos audio experience across a total of nine screens. Located in Concord, California, the complex has a grand opening scheduled for December.
As the digital cinema era enters a new phase, exhibitors are increasingly looking at better ways to directly engage with their customers. Regal Cinema, long an industry leader, seems to have found a particularly interesting one. Concourse Media principals James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder announced today a deal with Regal Entertainment Group to distribute Moviebill, an interactive new product that has been crafted to enhance and extend the 21st century movie going experience. The inaugural edition will be announced later this year for a 2018 launch.
Barco has set another record for cinema laser projector deployments, this time for all-laser multiplexes, in which an exhibitor outfits every auditorium with either a Barco Flagship Laser or Smart Laser projector. There are now one hundred Barco all-laser mulitplexes around the world.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, has installed Dolby Cinema at Pathé Massy, south of Paris, and will open today. This marks the first Dolby Cinema in France, with Pathé Vaise in Lyon and Pathé Docks 76 in Rouen opening later this year.
Director Xavier Gens’ horror film Cold Skin premiered today in ÉclairColor HDR at Cines Verdi in Barcelona. The film is being distributed by Diamond Film España. The screening at Cines Verdi was a sneak preview that followed an ÉclairColor high dynamic range technology presentation and a cocktail reception. Cines Verdi, a nine-screen complex, is the first cinema in Spain to incorporate ÉclairColor. Éclair’s exhibitor services company CinemaNext/Proyecson installed the system.
Being by Yourself is one of 20 animated shorts produced by the Imaginary Friend Society, a joint project of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and advertising agency RPA. Each short tackles a different cancer-related subject in a warm and child-friendly manner. In the animated shorts that were created by Renegade Animation, kids suffering from cancer get advice on dealing with the loneliness that accompanies long hospital stays.
CJ 4DPlex today announced that Kinepolis is set to open four 4DX theatres by the end of the year. Kinepolis will open 4DX theatres at its cinemas in Antwerp and Brussels (Belgium), Lomme (France) and Madrid (Spain). The first film that Kinepolis will show in 4DX is still to be confirmed.
The One Network Alliance – a strategic partnership between Barco and in-theatre marketing pioneer Vision Media – will commercially debut its turnkey digital Lobby Experience at Cinemark’s Plano, Texas and Playa Vista, Los Angeles theatres this month. This will enable Cinemark to transform its cinema lobbies into immersive storytelling environments using digital content viewed on billboard-size displays.
Fandango announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MovieTickets.com, the online movie ticket service for moviegoers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Latin America. MovieTickets.com will join brands Fandango, Flixster, Ingresso and Fandango Latin America to create a suite of movie ticketing properties, serving hundreds of millions of moviegoers worldwide. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter this year.
Cinematographer Adam Kimmel ASC used Cooke Optic’s new Anamorphic/i SF lenses to shoot Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, which tells the story of the whistle-blower FBI agent who worked with journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal.