French company CGR Cinemas and Vox Cinemas are partnering to bring a new premium screen concept to the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Vox Cinemas’ parent company is Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the region. Their new format is called ICE Theatre, for immersive cinema experience.
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Sony Electronics is unveiling Sony Digital Cinema, the company’s version of an experiential premium large-format movie theatre auditorium. The first Sony Digital Cinema, which will open this spring at Galaxy Theatre’s deluxe Boulevard Mall site, will be the largest auditorium in the Las Vegas market, further enhancing Galaxy’s distinction as the Best Movie Theater in Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Regal will open a ScreenX theatre on February 13 at its Regal Marq*E location in Houston, Texas. The new ScreenX auditorium brings the current Regal ScreenX count to 12 and is also home to the immersive, multi-sensory film format, 4DX, which opened last month. The latest ScreenX opening is part of a previously announced major expansion plan with the Cineworld Group, the parent company of Regal.
Golden Screen Cinemas plans to launch its first three CJ 4DPlex ScreenX theatres and to open three additional 4DX theatres in Malaysia.
Marking the most significant and wide-reaching purchase agreement yet for the RealD Ultimate Screen by a single circuit, Wanda Cinema Line Corporation announced today that it will install no less than 100 RealD Ultimate Screens in their theaters across China during the next two years.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China. The December 7 opening of the world’s largest 3D LED cinema was timed with the premiere of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics superhero film Aquaman, which has a DTS:X immersive sound track. Aquaman opened with $93.6 million in ticket sales in three days in China, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. title in that territory.
Tahoe Cinemas plans to open 10 Dolby Cinema locations in China, the Beijing Tahoe Film and Culture Development Company and Dolby announced today.
Samsung India and Inox Leisure, one of India’s leading multiplex chains, today introduced Inox Onyx to Mumbai, ushering in the future of cinema to the land of Bollywood. Inox at Malad, Inorbit Mall will play host to Mumbai’s first Cinema LED Theatre.
Cinépolis USE announced today that its Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, California, will reopen this Friday, November 9. The theatre, which was originally designed in 1948 by one of the most prolific American motion pictures theaters architects, S. Charles Lee, will reopen in Palisades Village after being closed for 40 years. The new facility will feature five ultra-lux, customized screening rooms each with over-the-top amenities that cater to one of Southern California’s most coveted communities for families and privacy-seeking celebrities.
One of Europe’s most famous cinemas, London’s Odeon Leicester Square, will reopen this Christmas following an 11 month, multi million pound deluxe refurbishment that has transformed what has been called the home of the premiere back into a global icon in the heart of London’s West End. The building’s largest screen has been fully upgraded to combine luxurious reclining Odeon Luxe seats with the captivating experience of Dolby Cinema.