Silverbird, West Africa’s largest cinema chain, and Ozone Cinemas have transitioned to digital cinema with Barco projectors, servers, 3D systems and theater management systems, which are being installed by CineTech Middle East JLT.
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In less than two weeks the major movie studios and theatre owners will gather at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon conference, hosted by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Despite the implementation of new laws, new anti-piracy technology, and I heightened industry awareness, the Motion Picture Association of America estimates it loses billions of dollars each year to movie theft, although some people believe the number is in the millions. In any case, theft is theft, and as movie budgets tighten and theatre owners face increased competition, every dollar counts. Via email I recently interviewed Patrick Corcoran, vice president and chief communications officer for the National Association of Theatre Owners about the state of the piracy battle and for a preview of the trade show.
Cinema chain Cinemagic and Christie have announced plans to jointly digitize 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.
More2Screen has been appointed as the international distributor for the British Museum’s second big screen event, Vikings from the British Museum, a recorded release available to cinemas worldwide (except the UK and Ireland) beginning June 6.
The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation is pleased to announce that Jack Kline, chairman, president and CEO of Christie’s operating companies, will receive the 2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The award will be presented by Susie Beiersdorf, the Inter-Society’s president and vice president of sales at Sony Electronics on March 25 in conjunction with CinemaCon 2014.
USL has launched the CMS-2200 Cinema Media Server with solid-state storage for the digital cinema industry. The new server features cross-platform Android, xOS (Mac), iOS (Apple), Linux and Windows-based Screen Management System and built-in automation with an optional CMSA-100 expansion unit.
Christie today announced that it will demonstrate its most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby 3D in the Christie Innovation Theaters in Las Vegas during CinemaCon 2014 March 24-27 and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show April 5-10. Last August Christie became the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and installed the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre.
Hoyts Chile, part of Grupo Chilefilms, will install Christie digital cinema technology in its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The technologies include Christie Solaria Series projectors, the Christie Avias-TMS theatre management system and select Christie Vive Audio cinema sound systems.
Anu Ega, one of the theatres in the EGA Cinema multiplex in Chennai City, India has installed Barco Auro 11.1 cinema sound.
Studio Movie Grill has opened new theatres in Chatham, Illinois, Colleyville, Texas, The Colony, Texas and Tyler, Texas; more sites are currently in the works. Since 2000 the company has grown to 16 locations and 158 screens in seven states.