The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference will be held for its second year November 19-21 in Istanbul. Building on the success of last year’s event, this year special focus sessions will be held on Turkey, Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and other emerging countries. There will also be an update on the Gulf Cooperation Council cinema industry hosted by The Big Picture Cinema Consultants. Keynote speakers and the full schedule will be announced over the coming months.
Distribution & Exhibition
CinemaNext has opened a branch office in the Portugal city of Porto to meet cinema exhibitors’ procurement and technical services needs. The new entity, named CinemaNext Portugal, is headed by Francisco Lafuente, current general manager of CinemaNext Spain, based in Valencia.
The Cinema Technology Community has published a report about the causes of 3D crosstalk. According to the not-for-profit independent cinema technology organization, while no single piece of equipment (port glass, projector, 3D system, 3D screen and eye wear) is necessarily responsible for the introduction of 3D ghosting, any and all elements in the light path can have a contributing effect inside of a closed ecosystem.
Christie has reached a worldwide reseller agreement to offer Arts Alliance Media’s full range of integrated theater management software and services to its wide-reaching exhibitor base, and further strengthen Christie’s position as the pre-eminent cinema solutions and expertise provider. The agreement excludes Japan.
Cinionic continues its international expansion into Saudi Arabia by announcing a strategic relationship with the Next Generation Company, sister company to Fawaz Alhokair Group, for its first cinema brand, Muvi Cinemas.
Unique X has added South Africa to its Movie Transit DCP delivery network. In other news, Vue Entertainment has chosen the Unique X Movie Transit DCP content delivery solution in all of its 91 cinemas, a total of 870 screens, throughout the UK and Ireland.
Austrian exhibitor Cineplexx is opening the first all-laser theatre chain in the country. Working with CinemaNext, the European specialist in cinema exhibitor services, is installing Barco Series 4 and Barco Laser projectors from Cinionic.
Cineworld Group – the world’s second largest cinema exhibitor – has signed an agreement to acquire more than 1,000 Christie RGB pure laser cinema projectors. Cineworld has nearly 9,500 screens across 10 territories and will take delivery of the projectors beginning this summer.
Odeon Cinemas Group is adding new Dolby Cinema auditoriums at two locations: Odeon Manchester Trafford Centre and Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza.
Samsung has announced four new locations to be opened in Europe, two in Spain, one in Ireland and one in Romania. Two screens will be installed at Odeon Multicines in Spain. The company’s Plaza de Armas, Seville location will be the first to open in September with a 10-meter screen, followed by the CC San Vicente, Alicante location with an Onyx 14 meter, opening by October. This will be the first 14 meter screen installed in Europe. Both installations will be completed by Ingevideo and Equipo de Cine.