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Sony Featuring 4K Laser Projectors, Crystal LED Screens at CinemaCon 2018

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:37 -- Nick Dager

At CinemaCon 2018 Sony is highlighting its 4K laser projector systems and direct view Crystal LED display technology. First introduced to the exhibition industry last year, Sony’s Crystal LED display system is now in the market. The DCI certification process is underway and compliance testing is currently being executed.

Barco Unveils New Manufacturing Facility: the Engine

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:32 -- Nick Dager

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.

Cinema Buying Group Offers Members Access to EclairPlay

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:27 -- Nick Dager

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.

Fridley Theatres Joins Screenvision Network

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:23 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media today announced the latest exhibitor to join its network — Fridley Theatres —the largest Iowa-owned theatre circuit. Fridley Theatres, which previously had not run a national advertising preshow, will become the newest affiliate of Screenvision Media’s national advertising preshow, Front + Center. The partnership brings Screenvision Media’s screen count to 15,000 screens nationwide, a milestone.

Fathom Events Adds 200 Screens to Live Cinema Broadcast Network

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:18 -- Nick Dager

Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network, the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, will receive more than 200 additional theaters over the next 12-18 months, according to the company. This will expand its live event delivery capabilities to more than 1100 total cinemas and 1700 screens across the U.S. The expansion and upgrade is part of an extended agreement with DISH Network for the delivery of both pre-recorded and live cinema events.

Group Forms Independent Cinema Alliance

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 21:58 -- Nick Dager

A group of independent movie theatre exhibitors have formed a new, unincorporated non-profit organization named the Independent Cinema Alliance. The ICA invites all independent cinema operators, ranging from single screen venues to multiplexes, including drive-ins, to join this organization and support its mission to advocate on behalf of independent exhibitors.

Samsung Cinema LED Screen Certified for EclairColor

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:33 -- Nick Dager

Engineers and technicians from Samsung Electronics and Ymagis Group have successfully worked together to develop a component that allows the Samsung Cinema LED Screen to showcase movies and other content with EclairColor HDR picture quality while meeting EclairColor’s technical specifications. The combination of these two technologies means HDR images are shown at a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 to deliver a more detailed and resonating viewing environment.

CinemaCon 2018: Understanding the Opportunities

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:44 -- Nick Dager

The motion picture industry convenes April 22-26 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the sixth edition of CinemaCon. Vegas has always struck me as the perfect place for the National Association of Theatre Owners to holds its annual convention because the movie business itself is a gamble: for every movie that wins big there are too many others that don’t. Meanwhile, in a world of ever-increasing competition, exhibitors have to find enough steady customers to maintain and, ideally, grow their business. Then there is technology. Today most of the movie theatres in the world operate on a digital platform, which means that a Pandora’s box of technology enhancements are there for the taking. There are a wide range of choices that can boost movie theatre attendance, productivity and profitability. But which ones are right for your theatre? Choosing the right technology and, paying for it, is the challenge. Success requires understanding the opportunities.

Fandango Launches New Rewards Program

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:20 -- Nick Dager

Kicking off what could be a record-breaking summer at the box office, Fandango today launched its new Fandango VIP+ rewards program to incentivize advance ticketing and more movie-going this summer. For the first time, ticket buyers on Fandango can earn VIP+ Points redeemable for discounts and free stuff across Fandango’s family of businesses -- from ticketing to streaming digital movies and TV shows to fan merchandise.

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