Ymagis Group announced today that it has agreed with Dallas-based CinTech to form a new, full-service exhibitor services company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement and subject to the fulfillment of conditions precedent, a new company, CinemaNext North America, will be created with Ymagis Group acquiring a 75 percent stake and CinTech the remaining 25 percent. CinemaNext North America will be managed by industry veteran Stan Hays. Both parties intend to start operations during the second quarter of the year
If there is one thing for which the recently opened Odeon Sambil Dolby Atmos multiplex in Madrid stands out, it is the number of technological firsts clocked up by its twelve theatres. It is the first multiplex in Spain with all its screens equipped with 4K projectors – all from Christie – and also the first to include Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio sound in all its theatres, and the only multiplex in Spain with more than one laser screen. In this case, Sambil has two screens equipped with laser projection, both with Christie Solaria CP42LH RGB projectors.
Turkey’s Mars Cinema Group is installing Sony 4K Digital Cinema technology in eight theatres across the country. A total of 69 screens will be upgraded over the next year. The first theatre to be upgraded will be Çorum AHL Park in January, followed by Vadi Istanbul and Emaar Square to be opened in March. South Korea’s CJ-CGV, acquired Mars Cinema last year, adding Turkey’s biggest cinema chain to its global network.
Ymagis Group has increasd its ownership stake in Belarusian exhibitor services business partner Kraftwerk Weissrussland from 20 percent to 60 percent following an agreement with Austria’s Kraftwerk Living Technologies.
CinemaNext has signed an agreement with Empire Cinemas, the UK’s leading independently owned cinema chain, to oversee projection and audio installations, field services and technical customer support. The agreement covers Empire’s entire network of 14 locations across Great Britain, representing a total of 127 screens, including two IMAX Cinemas.
Unique Digital has formed an exclusive reseller partnership with Sagaology Beijing Limited to make Unique’s software products available to the Chinese Exhibitor market. Withexclusive reseller rights for the Chinese market, Sagaology will work with local exhibitors and Integrators to debut RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet eTMS, Basekey KDM management services to the Chinese market. Sagaology will also provide installation, training services, product knowledge and support for the Unique Digital product line.
Russian cinema integrator Asia Cinema has installed a Volfoni Dual 3D system in Cinema Hall Oktyabr, one of the largest theatres in the Gauk Kinodosogovoe Obyedinenie chain
ArcLight Cinemas has selected Meyer Sound cinema audio systems for three screens at new upscale multiplex theaters in Chicago, Illinois; Bethesda, Maryland; and Santa Monica, California. A fourth Meyer Sound system was installed earlier at ArcLight Cinemas’ La Jolla, California location.
The newly branded Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater at Great Lakes Science Center is about to receive a serious projection upgrade – the world’s first giant dome cinema laser system. The theater re-launch, complete with new seats and carpet, is set to open to the public in October. D3D Cinema, in partnership with Christie, is handling the installation.
Venezuela’s third-largest movie theatre circuit, Cinex Plaza, is working with Cinema Equipment and Supplies to lead the design and digitalization of its digital deployment across 60 screens nationwide.