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AMC Makes Bid for Saudi Arabia’s Exhibition Business

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

AMC Entertainment Holdings today announced the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the public investment fund of Saudi Arabia. In line with the fund’s mandate to help unlock promising new sectors within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, PIF and AMC Entertainment will explore a range of commercial opportunities for collaboration that will support the growth of the Kingdom’s entertainment sector.

GDC Spotlights Cinema Automation 2.0 at CineAsia 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:17 -- Nick Dager

GDC Technology showcased its next generation of cinema automation system to motion pictures exhibitors during CineAsia 2017 this week at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The company says its Cinema Automation 2.0 is the first-ever centralized solution to provide comprehensive automated management of content storage and playback, show scheduling, power supply and screening quality.

Christie Unveils Lower Cost CP4325-RGB Laser Projector

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Christie today introduced the Christie CP4325-RGB pure laser cinema projector, which delivers a premium movie-going experience to mainstream theatres. Featuring CineLife electronics and RealLaser illumination, this compact, all-in-one DCI-compliant projector excels in image quality and operational lifetime, while providing a low cost of ownership. With the CP4325-RGB, exhibitors can fill their auditorium seats by attracting audiences with incredibly colorful and detailed, true-to-life images.

Vista Introduces Cinema Manager

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Vista Cinema has introduced Cinema Manager, a browser-based application designed to enhance box office and concessions sales activities and frees cinema personnel from the back office, allowing for increased mobility, more efficient execution and improved focus on customers. Cinema Manager is the result of nearly two years of development.

Kinepolis Group Completes Landmark Cinemas Acquisition

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:56 -- Nick Dager

Belgium based Kinepolis Group has completed its acquisition of Landmark Cinemas in Canada. In mid-September, Kinepolis reached an agreement with the shareholders of Landmark Cinemas to acquire the company subject to Canadian regulatory approvals. The approval by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honorable Mélanie Joly, on December 7, allowed Kinepolis to successfully complete the acquisition.

Cineworld Buys Regal for Nearly $6 Billion

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:23 -- Nick Dager

Cineworld, the U.K.’s largest cinema operator, has acquired Regal, one of the largest theatre circuits in the U.S., for a reported $5.9 billion. The deal would create the world’s second-largest movie theater owner and enable Cineworld to better compete with AMC Entertainment, which is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The Cineworld-Regal combination would create a company with more than 9,500 screens in 10 countries.

Emagine Opens Super EMAX Theatre

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:47 -- Nick Dager

Later this month Emagine Entertainment will unveil its Super EMAX theatre, which features a 92 feet wide by more than 48 feet tall screen. The company says it is the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan. Located at Emagine’s Novi location, the theatre’s grand opening will take place December 15 with the first showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Exhibitors Speak: The Future of Cinema

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:24 -- Nick Dager

Digital Cinema Report recently teamed up with global cinema software leader Arts Alliance Media to ask exhibitors around the world how they see their businesses evolving over the next five years. We especially wanted to know their thoughts on technology, both what they’re using today and what they plan to use in the future. I sat down with John Aalbers, CEO of AAM to discuss the survey results.

Noovie Presents the Making of Star Wars

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

In advance of the December 15 release of Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, National CineMedia is now presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie as part of its revamped preshow Noovies. The content is part of NCM’s Noovie Backlot series. For Steve Ochs, NCM’s senior vice president, marketing and creative, this is all part of his overall effort to re-imagine the preshow experience.

NEC Names Reiner Doetzkies Director, Cinema Business and Technology

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:56 -- Nick Dager

NEC Display Solutions projector solutions, announced today the appointment of Reiner Doetzkies as director, cinema business and technology. Doetzkies brings nearly two decades of cinema technology experience to NEC where he will be responsible for supporting the global company — including Japan, America, and Europe — in its cinema business and technology development. His duties will include alliance/partner management, industry standards management, building relationships within the movie studio community and supporting global sales and marketing.

Learning the Importance of Post

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:15 -- Nick Dager

Making a film for the first time is a challenge enough in itself, but post-production can sometimes be even more daunting. Aspiring filmmaker Michael Thibault said, “Strangely, all the things we were warned about – actors, scheduling, permits, etc – weren’t a problem at all. But when it came to post-production, it was a complete nightmare until we brought the show to AlphaDogs. We tried to get by cheap and skip using a professional post house, only to find out these freelance colorists and audio mixers have no clue as to what they are doing.”



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