As part of the ongoing expansion of its sound resources, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has upgraded three mix stages on the Sony Pictures lot to support sound mixing for film and television in the immersive Dolby Atmos format. Among them is the 344-seat Cary Grant Theatre, the studio’s largest. Sony Pictures now has seven mix stages that support Dolby Atmos sound and plans to have nine within the next few years. The first project slated for an immersive mix in the upgraded theaters is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far from Home, which opens July 5.
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Lumiere VOD was launched this week at the Council of Europe by Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and the Council’s Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland in the presence of Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Creative Europe and president of the Association of Film Directors and Producers, filmmaker Radu Milaileanu. The database contains information on more than 35,000 European films offered 150,000 times on VOD. This data has been taken from 250 different VOD catalogues available in 28 European countries.
CJ CGV announced today that it will open its third U.S. location at 1000 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, California in early 2020. Strategically located in Downtown San Francisco, near the Civic Center and Union Square, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the nation, the new theatre will feature 14 screens and 2,217 seats.
Each year, Digital Cinema Report presents a Catalyst Award to the best new technology introduced at CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. At this year’s show, held April 1-4 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, motion picture professionals from around the world gathered to discuss the latest issues, trends and technologies in motion picture production, distribution and exhibition. But this CinemaCon was noteworthy as much for the technology that was not on display there as for what was.
Hollywood Esports is adding Dolby Atmos sound in their proprietary MX4D Motion and Special Effects Esports Theatres.Based on MediaMation’s MX4D motion and special effects technology, the Hollywood Esports MX4D Theatres brings motion seats, wind, rain, fog, lightening and other special effects into the spectator experience.
For fans that want to watch every Marvel movie in one sitting, Showcase Cinemas in Revere, Massachusetts has it covered. As the exclusive New England location to host the 22-movie Marvel marathon beginning Tuesday, April 23 and concluding Thursday April 25, Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere is doing its best to make the two-day sacrifice a little easier for Marvel fans. Participants will have access to shower stations to clean up, yoga breaks to stretch and relax in between movies. Portable cell phone charging lockers will also be available. In addition, food breaks are scheduled and concessions will be discounted by twenty-two percent.
GDC Technology has signed a partnership agreement with Veritek Global to provide network operation center services. GDC customers in Europe can expect to be connected to Veritek’s GDC-qualified engineers to ensure equipment is operating without disruption or downtime. As part of the agreement, Veritek’s field engineering teams will be utilized not only for major deployments, but also for any on-site servicing needs across the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy and beyond. This service enhancement across Europe compliments GDC’s industry leading products with an equally robust support solution.
Studio Movie Grill has received a strategic growth investment of $100 million from TowerBrook Capital Partners, an international investment management firm. The partnership will help drive SMG’s next stage of accelerated growth, as the company continues to open in-theater dining locations across the United States.
From the earliest days of feature length films until the 1980s, the movie going experience typically happened in a very large theatre with a really big screen. Faced with rising costs and increasing competition from television, exhibitors of that sad era cut their buildings into multi-screen complexes to increase ticket sales and maximize profits on concessions. Today, faced with a different set of economic realities, exhibitors around the world are increasingly responding by creating movie palaces that rival all but the most spectacular theatres of the turn of the last century. One trend at this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up last week, was the continuing rise of premium large format theatres. Another trend was the almost comical trashing of Netflix. PLF theatres and Netflix are both here to stay; we’ve been here before
Fathom Events has entered into a multi-year master distribution agreement with global independent film distributor 1091, formerly known as The Orchard. Under the agreement, 1091 and Fathom will work to curate and distribute compelling content, including sports and action/adventure films, to cinemas across the United States.