Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations are known for introducing firsts to their customers, and they can add another to the list: the first U.S. installations of Sony’s 4K laser projection systems, installed at the just-opened Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands theater in Dallas, Texas. According to the location’s owner and COO, Bill DiGaetano, rolling out the new projectors is right in line with the Alamo Drafthouse approach of putting the customer experience first.
GDC Technology announced today that it has won a solicited tender proposal to be CJ CGV’s exclusive provider of digital cinema servers for the next two years. CJ CGV, an affiliates under the CJ Group, operates the largest number of screens and cinemas in Korea. The agreement involves the deployment of GDC digital cinema servers in all CJ CGV cinemas in Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and the United States.
With Cineworld Group acquiring movie chains at a breakneck pace, the exhibitor is now focused on partnering with a premier cinema solutions provider to deliver unforgettable movie experiences. Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, is the company of choice, offering the industry’s best and brightest projectors.
CinemaNext today announced the signing of an agreement with Austrian cinema circuit Cineplexx for the installation of a Samsung 3D Onyx CinemaLED at the Cineplexx Wienerberg in Vienna. It will be the first Samsung Onyx CinemaLED deployed by CinemaNext.
“We wanted to be first to market in Houston with laser projectors,” said Jason Ostrow, vice president of Star Cinema Grill. With the installation of 30 Sony 4K laser digital cinema projectors over three locations, starting with College Station, Texas, Star Cinema Grill is accomplishing their goal. “Houston is becoming a very competitive market, not only with traditional theaters but also dine-in theaters now,” he said. “We need to make sure that with any dine-in theater we open going forward, we’re doing whatever we can to differentiate ourselves. This gives us a true competitive advantage.”
Baby Boomers remain a significant part of the movie-going audience with more than 70 percent of this population going to the movie theatre and experiencing its amenities. However, there are significant gaps in this audience’s awareness of new theatre offerings/attractions and premium experiences. A new study released today by AARP, What Boomers Want: Insights into Cinema Experience Preferences and Behaviors, examines the specific preferences of movie-goers in an effort to reveal what Boomers want from their movie-going experience as well as reasons why they may not choose to go to theatres more frequently.
Vista Entertainment has announced an expanded partnership with National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas. Vista is already the software provider to Showcase Cinemas UK and the addition of Showcase Cinemas USA including Showcase Superlux in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, represents very significant growth of Vista’s North American market foothold
Cineworld Group has announced that there will be 145 total CJ 4DPlex 4DX auditoriums across Cineworld Group's worldwide footprint, adding 79 Regal Entertainment locations in the U.S and 20 Cineworld Cinemas and Cinema City theatres across Europe and the Middle East.
The sales, services, and marketing teams from Cinionic – Barco’s cinema joint venture – are now brought together with Barco’s cinema manufacturing and engineering departments at one location in Kortrijk, Belgium. With a focus on automation and innovative technologies, Barco’s branewand production facility, called the Engine, is geared to create the cinema projectors of the future, both in terms of volume and technology.
The National Association of Theater Owners’ Cinema Buying Group today announced a global partnership with Eclair USA to provide participating CBG movie theaters with easy and cost-effective access to EclairPlay, a digital cinema package broadband delivery platform currently in use at more than 180 North American cinemas. Through EclairPlay, CBG’s members will have access to expanded programming options and an ever-increasing portfolio of first-run independent films and event cinema fare.