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.
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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.
Arts Alliance Media today announced the start of operations in Mainland China, with the establishment of a legal entity and the opening of a new office in the country.
Guangzhou Jinyi Media Corporation, owner of Jinyi Cinemas, one of the largest cinema circuits in China, and Dolby Laboratories today announced a partnership to open 20 Dolby Cinema locations in China in the following four years. Jinyi is also committed to deploy 630 Dolby digital cinema systems in China, including Dolby Integrated Media Servers, Dolby cinema audio processors, Dolby Multichannel Amplifiers, and SLS Cinema Series Speaker Systems.
Kinoplex, Brazil’s largest locally-owned theater chain, has completed its digital cinema deployment in its 220 screens with Christie Solaria Series DCI-compliant, DLP cinema projectors. Kinoplex deployed a wide variety of Christie cinema projectors, due to the huge range of screen sizes and projection distances at its film theatres, including CP2215, CP2220, and CP2230 units that deliver value with reliability and low total cost of ownership.
Ymagis Group today announced the signing of an agreement between its subsidiary CinemaNext North America and Texas-based movie theater company Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the installation of EclairColor high dynamic range at ten locations in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Virginia.
After months of speculation, there is now an official name for Barco’s joint venture with Appotronix and China Film Company announced late last year: Cinionic. The company will focus on a combination of innovative cinema solutions, flexible financing and a comprehensive service model enabling exhibitors to focus on engagement with their moviegoers while simplifying their technology and operations.
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, and the Entertainment Technology Center, a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts, have partnered to map Fandom Genomics. This data science study is being conducted to support the launch of myCinema, a new broadband-based in-theatre platform system, which offers a large catalog of alternative content titles to theatre circuits of all sizes and locations. myCinema is being launched for the first time at Cinemacon 2018.
Cinema Park and Formula Kino, Russia’s largest cinema chain with more than 25 million visitors per year, decided to launch dynamic pricing at the three sites: Cinema Park Metropolis, Cinema Park Global City and Cinema Park Mega Belaya Dacha.
Dolby today announced an upgraded line of multichannel amplifiers that allows users to replace up to 16 stereo amplifiers, while saving space, reducing heat and lowering overall costs. Available in either 16, 24 or 32 channel configurations, with the 16 channel configuration now available with enhanced power handling for lower impedance loudspeakers, the changes allow the amplifier to work in traditional 5.1/7.1 multichannel audio rooms as well as continuing to provide amplification for Dolby Atmos surround channels and screen channels.
Cinépolis has selected Arts Alliance Media, global leader in digital cinema software and services, to provide automated scheduling and content management across its entire circuit in India. AAM’s Screenwriter theatre management system and Producer Enterprise TMS software are being deployed in all 273 of Cinépolis’ screens, which span 51 sites across India.
CJ 4DPlex won a Silver award, given to its new concept, 4DX with ScreenX, at this year’s Edison Awards. Honoring products and innovation around the world, the Edison Awards recognized 4DX with ScreenX in the Media and Visual Communication – Entertainment category. The ceremony was held earlier this week in New York City. Among the other two candidates for the award were Fusion by GoPro and Nvidia ShieldTv by Nvidia.
MoviePass and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcasting, on demand and live streaming radio service, today announced a new three-month subscription offer. Available for a limited time for $29.95, it offers new subscribers to both platforms a limited MoviePass membership to see four 2D movies a month for three months and includes a three-month free trial of the iHeartRadio’s All Access on demand feature.
CinemaNext today announced the signing of two separate global agreements with Malaysian and Chinese seating manufacturers, Ferco Seating Systems and Guangzhou Leadcom Seating, respectively. These new agreements recognize CinemaNext as an official international distributor of their cinema seating products in select markets, including Europe, Middle East and Africa. It follows the agreement with European seating manufacturer Ezcaray announced in February.
The monster-sized action adventure Rampage is coming to theaters in the 4DX and ScreenX formats. The film, headlined by action superstar Dwayne Johnson, will be released worldwide April 13 from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Warner Bros. Pictures and TheaterEars announced today that the upcoming release of New Line Cinema’s action adventure Rampage will be made available on the TheaterEars app, which uses the Spanish-dialogue version to playout with the film for those audiences who wish to experience the film in Spanish.
Deluxe has launched Deluxe One, a platform that unifies every stage of the content ecosystem — from creation to viewer experience — in one cloud-based interface. An open platform, Deluxe One is designed to integrate with any vendor or customer system, allowing users to succeed in an age where the lines between creator and distributor are becoming increasingly blurred.
Cineworld Group, the second largest cinema group in Europe, has selected Volfoni for a 3D cinema systems rollout across multiple cities and countries in Europe.
Vista Entertainment has completed the rollout for its first customer in Italy, The Space Cinema, part of Vue International, operates 36 cinemas with 362 screens.
More2Screen will present the live cinema broadcast of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, June 5. This is the third play in the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s year long Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre and will be broadcast live by satellite to 420 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.