Ymagis Group has announced the implementation of the Employment Protection Plan for Eclair Cinema SAS following its approval by the regional labor authority and validation by the official receiver. This decision follows the placement in receivership of the French subsidiary Eclair Cinema SAS last November. For information, Eclair Cinema SAS represented 5.5 percent of Ymagis Group’s revenue for the first half of 2018 and almost all losses recorded over this same period.
CJ 4DPlex closed out 2018 by breaking records in box office and attendance with its 4DX immersive seating cinema technology. Theatres with the technology accounted for more than $290 million in worldwide box office and attracted more than 24 million attendees for the year.
FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
Cineplex has partnered with CJ 4DPlex to open Canada’s first ScreenX auditorium today at Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP in Toronto, Ontario with the debut of Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film, Aquaman.
Golden Screen Cinemas plans to launch its first three CJ 4DPlex ScreenX theatres and to open three additional 4DX theatres in Malaysia.
Cinema 21, one of the largest movie theater chains in Indonesia, has purchased 50 Christie CP4325-RGB RealLaser cinema projectors for deployment in its new multiplexes.
Cinepax has announced plans to launch the first two 4DX immersive seating theaters in Pakistan. Cinepax’s flagship location, a 10 screen multiplex, at the Packages Mall, Lahore, will house the first 4DX theatre in the country. The second will be at the Ocean Tower mall in Karachi. Both installations are scheduled for 2019.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China. The December 7 opening of the world’s largest 3D LED cinema was timed with the premiere of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics superhero film Aquaman, which has a DTS:X immersive sound track. Aquaman opened with $93.6 million in ticket sales in three days in China, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. title in that territory.
PVR Cinemas, one of the largest film exhibition companies in India, today signed an agreement with Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, to upgrade 150 screens at both new and existing PVR properties with Barco’s 2K, 4K and Flagship Laser projection within 12 to 18 months.
Major Cineplex, the largest movie theater operator in Thailand, has invested in Christie’s RealLaser cinema projectors for deployment in its multiplexes in Bangkok.