MoviePass today announced a partnership with Flix Brewhouse, which calls itself the nation’s only cinema circuit that pairs full service in-theatre dining with an award-winning craft brewery at every location. Started in 2011, Flix Brewhouse is based in Round Rock, Texas and operates locations there as well as in Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico. Its newest theatre, in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, is expected to open in April.
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Jay Wyatt has joined QSC Cinema as sales engineer. In his new role, Wyatt will be primarily responsible for pre-sales technical support, product training, and cinema system design consulting.
AMC plans to open Saudi Arabia’s first cinema theatre, in Riyadh, on April 18. It marks the first time a commercial cinema theatre has opened in the country in nearly four decades. Reports say the first movie screened in the Kingdom will be Marvel’s Black Panther. With a population of more than 32 million, the majority under the age of 30, Saudi Arabia is set to become the largest market for moviegoers in the Arabian Gulf region. The Kingdom is set to have nearly 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens, by 2030.
The ÉclairPlay content platform connecting cinema exhibitors, content owners and distributors around the world, is now available in the following countries: USA, Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. ÉclairPlay will also be launched in Germany in late April as a new and enhanced version of the TrailerLoop promotional tool for cinema exhibitors.
Helios and Matheson Analytics has acquired Moviefone, the entertainment service that serves more than six million people monthly. HMNY is the majority owner of MoviePass.
London’s world famous Abbey Road Studios has added DTS:X mixing tools to its mix stage facility. The installation is fully operational and available for professional content creators to mix both feature films and music.
CinemaNext recently debuted its new premium format Sphera theatre concept at Village Cinemas in the Mall of Athens. Combining the latest in projection, audio and lighting technologies, the Sphera theatre at Village Cinemas includes an 82-foot wide wall-to-wall screen, 669 luxury seats, 4K digital video projectors and a high-quality Dolby Atmos surround sound system. In order to provide a unique and innovative movie going experience, CinemaNext decided to incorporate Martin VDO Sceptron LED video fixtures to create a dynamic lighting system that complements the visuals on the screen.
Harman Professional Solutions today announced the grand opening of the Harman Experience Center – London. The new facility expands the growing global network of Harman Professional Solutions Experience Centers, including locations in Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai, and will serve as the new headquarters for the EMEA region.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has announced that Skip Kimball has joined leading color grading and post house EFilm as senior colorist. Kimball brings to the company more than 30 years of experience spanning features, television, music videos, and commercials.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One features two separate worlds. Each features very different realities and each required a different approach to filming. One depicts a fractured, dystopian future, while the other is filled with infinite possibilities. To help create this, Audiomotion, in collaboration with Digital Doman, relied on Vicon optical systems.
Abramorama, in association with Apple Corps and Universal Music Group, will theatrically release The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America this July in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
CJ 4DPlex has reached the 500th 4DX screen milestone with the launch of its newest location at Pathé Belle Épine Cinema in Thiais, France. The first film screening in 4DX at this location was Ready Player One.
IMAX Corporation, IMAX China Holding and Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation, one of the largest exhibitors in China, have announced an agreement for 30 new IMAX theatres to be located in a combination of new and existing complexes across the country.
FilmLight has introduced BLG for Flame as the latest product in the Baselight Editions range. BLG for Flame is a Linux-only plugin for Autodesk Flame that applies a Baselight grade automatically, either from Baselight Linked Grade files or directly from a Baselight scene.
Chris Buchanan, Samsung’s director, business development, cinema screen, will give the keynote address at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Future of Cinema Conference April 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and is part of their annual convention.
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers are developing and testing an astronomical imager inspired by an Oscar-award winning cinema projection system. RIT scientist Zoran Ninkov has modified Texas Instruments' Digital Micromirror Device found in Digital Light Processing projectors to simultaneously capture light signatures from multiple objects in the same area of sky. The RIT astronomical imaging system is competing with other technologies for deployment on future NASA space missions for surveying star and galaxy clusters.
EclairGame, the eSports-based entertainment solution for cinemas from Ymagis Group, and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé are strengthening their partnership established last year with the expansion of the competitions in the Fifa Tour 2018 championship to the Pathé Carré de Soie cinema in Vaulx-en-Velin and the Gaumont Montpellier Multiplex and Gaumont Wilson in Toulouse in addition to the Pathé La Villette cinema in Paris.
Opening weekend audiences for Ready Player One at Regal Cinemas nationwide will be the first to preview a trailer for Moviebill, the augmented reality platform. Concourse Media's principals and Moviebill cofounders Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts made the announcement.
Movio has announced that its new Audience Insights tool launches globally next week. The company believes it could revolutionize how cinemas engage with their customers by predicting the most likely audience for each film. A world-first, cinema-centric tool, it draws on past audience behavioral data, helping cinema marketers connect moviegoers with the films most suited to them. They can then work out how best to incentivize attendance.
Industry veteran Bob Raposo has joined Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas group as head of its theatre business. In that role, Raposo will focus on expanding Sony’s relationships with exhibitors and delivering a new experience for moviegoers through crystal LED direct view technology as well as Sony’s high dynamic range-ready 4K laser projector.