Atlas Cinemas’ EastGate location in Cleveland, Ohio recently upgraded its seating with 723 recliners from Atom Seating. Atom Seating, the cinema seating division of Spaces & Between supplied one of its leading models, the Helium Mini, which the company says is known for its ergonomic cushioning that is comfortable and long lasting.
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In the global business of motion picture exhibition the importance of the Digital Cinema Initiative can’t be overstated. It’s entirely possible that the digital cinema transition would not have happened without DCI. What was true more than a decade ago is true today: technology that doesn’t get its seal of approval can’t be used to distribute or show a Hollywood movie. But times have changed and so have the demands of the marketplace. Fifteen years ago, it made perfect sense to have the DCI – a de facto arm of the major Hollywood studios – dictate what technology was favored over another because the studios were funding the transition. However, as the virtual print fee agreements fade into history, manufacturers and exhibitors are on their own financially. Which leaves us with this: everyone agrees that cinema standards are important. The question, in 2019 is, who gets to decide?
Cinematographer Xavier Dolléans chose a Sony Venice camera paired with Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses to shoot Seasons 3 and 4 of Skam France, the French version of the acclaimed and innovative Norwegian youth series Skam, that follows a group of teenagers through their everyday lives of school, love and leisure time. Dolléans and director David Hourrègue wanted to reflect the darker storylines in the look of the show, while maintaining a vintage aesthetic.
Cinema-industry veteran Susie Beiersdorf, vice president of sales, cinema – The Americas, Christie, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. The announcement was made today by Paul Holliman, president, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation. Beiersdorf will receive the award at a ceremony held at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on April 4.
Paramount Pictures is releasing upcoming feature films Wonder Park and Pet Sematary in the immersive, multi-sensory 4DX format from CJ 4DPlex. The companies also announced plans to release additional titles together later in 2019.
Online ticket purchases increased by nearly nineteen percent last year while in theatre ticket purchasing dropped by more than five percent, according to a study released by Webedia Movies Pro and Vertigo Research.
Goldcrest Post, New York has added veteran colorist Marcy Robinson to its roster and unveiled a new, state-of-the-art 4K theatre. The moves are part of a broader strategy to offer film and television productions packaged post services encompassing editorial, picture finishing and sound.
San Francisco-based 1606 Studio, formerly Made-SF, has hired veteran post-production producer Vickie Sornsilp as head of production. Sornsilp, whose background includes senior positions with One Union Recording and Beast Editorial, will oversee editorial and post-production finishing projects for the studio, launched last month by executive producer Jon Ettinger, editor/director Doug Walker and editors Brian Lagerhausen and Connor McDonald.
Fast Company has named CJ 4DPlex as one of the world’s most innovative companies for 2019 for its immersive film technologies for theaters, 4DX and 4DX with ScreenX.
Anthony Bloom, chairman Cineworld Group, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at CinemaCon 2019. Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the show made the announcement. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will be held April 1-4 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bloom will be presented with this honor during opening night festivities.
MoviePass, the self-described future of moviegoing, seems to be a thing of the past, at least as we’ve come to know it. Fortune Magazine reported today that the company, which has been hurt by heavy financial losses, is retooling its strategy again.
Mexican movie chain Cinépolis plans to expand across the Arab Gulf States this year, with new cinemas set to open in the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The publication TradeArabia first reported the deal.
Jérôme Seydoux, co-chairman and CEO of Pathé and chairman and CEO, Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont, will receive this year’s Career Achievement in Exhibition Award, Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon announced today. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will be held April 1-4 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Seydoux will be presented with this honor at the International Day Luncheon taking place on April 1.
Severtson Screens will feature its recently introduced enhanced SēVision 3D GX-WA projection screen coating at CinemaCon 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada April 1-4 at Caesars Palace.
Based on the acclaimed Dark Horse action noir graphic novel, Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, the Netflix feature film Polar was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Lords of Chaos) and shot by cinematographer Pär M. Ekberg with Panasonic VariCam Pure cinema cameras. Born and raised in Sweden, Ekberg got his start as a still photographer at a young age and eventually transitioned into cinematography. He has shot features, commercials and music videos for established artists such as Beyoncé, Pink, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and U2, and many others.
Cines Unidos, Venezuela, is installing 230 Toshiba T10 point-of-sales systems within 188 locations before summer.
In its 14th year of supporting the National Film and Theatre School, this year’s Christie’s prize for Most Promising NFTS Student was awarded to graduating composer, Will Turner. Turner received a Christie DHD599-GS projector.
Wanda Cinemas, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, recently partnered with Samsung and Harman Professional Solutions to create the world’s first Onyx all-LED screen cinema multiplex.
Showtime Cinemas, Taiwan, is automating their content management using Arts Alliance Media’s Screenwriter theatre management system. Local integrator Dacoms Technology is handling the installation.
Todd Douglas Miller, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed Apollo 11 moon-landing documentary, will present the keynote at the 2019 National Association of Broadcaster Show’s Future of Cinema Conference, produced in partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.