Nigeria’s cinema sector is perhaps the most evolving in the nation’s creative industry, as movie going has become a norm amongst many working-class youths and Millennials in the recent past. In metropolitan cities such as Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, the usual #TGIF aura on Fridays is commonly dominated by scenarios of young corporate workers, couples and students, storming cinemas as soon as the clock ticks to call it a day.
Harman has introduced JBL Professional Cinema Expansion Series sound systems for small to medium-size commercial theatres. The company says the line, which includes JBL 3153 and 4253 3-way screen-channel loudspeakers, 3181F and 4281F subwoofers and 8102 surrounds, delivers the highest SPLs in its class and covers rooms up to 85 feet (26 meters) deep and up to 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Harman also debuted the 2-channel, 1,300-watt Crown XLC 21300 amplifier, which supports cinema series speakers in a range of system configurations.
Faced with the new realities posed by the COVID-2019 pandemic, in a statement released today, organizers for CineEurope 2020 said, “With concern for the health and safety of our attendees as our absolute priority, we regret to inform you that we have decided now to cancel the 2020 CineEurope Convention, planned for August.”
ShowBiz Cinemas has added five new members to its corporate office management team: Jeremy Devine as vice president of marketing and content, Aron Barr as vice president of information technology, Chris Younts as vice president of construction, Jalynn Crummel as director of purchasing, and Wesley Cribb as director of food and beverage.
National CineMedia is scheduled to participate in J.P. Morgan’s 2020 Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference to be held virtually on May 13.
Wanda Film Online held a 2019 annual performance briefing on May 9 where it was announced that the company plans to open as many as seventy new theatres by the end of 2020, according to a report in The Guardian.
The trade group Cinema Technology Community is starting an online educational cinema technology seminar series – CTC Tech Talks. The new pre-recorded series, launching today with new episodes fortnightly will focus on all areas of cinema technology and is designed to provide educational resources for CTCs members and the cinema industry.
New research from cinema advertising company National CineMedia shows that a vast majority of regular moviegoers – 95 percent – miss seeing movies in theatres.
Graham Spurling is director of Movies@Cinemas in Ireland and managing director of Spurling Group Cinemas. He was also a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association. His company currently operates four theatres across country with a total of 34 screens. He has been involved in exhibition since shortly after graduating from Welsley College.
Golden Age Cinemas’ drive-in theatre in McHenry, Illinois will reopen for business May 8 and May 9. The first features planned are the animated film The Flintstones, followed by the action-adventure picture Jurassic Park. But, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatre will be operating under guidelines from the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.