CinemaNext and Lebanese cinema chain Empire Cinemas today announced an agreement for the deployment of CinemaNext’s Sphera premium cinema concept at the Al Andalus Mall in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located on the Red Sea coast, Empire Cinemas’ new 18-screen, 1,176-seat complex featuring Sphera as its centrepiece is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2020.
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At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted movie releases, put an end to red carpet premieres, closed cinemas and forced those that have managed to reopen to block out seats to create social distancing, the Paris based design firm Ōma is proposing something revolutionary.
Last week the Center for Disease Control recommended installing UV-C light systems in buildings where large numbers of people gather to protect against airborne pathogens.
As movie theatres around the world slowly begin to open their doors and begin showing first-run feature films, one of most critical aspects of their business will be reassuring moviegoers that their buildings are as clean and disinfected as can be. To that end, Digital Light Sources has added a long list of items to its offerings to help exhibitors reach that important goal.
More than $2.6 billion in domestic box office might have been sacrificed in 2019 had a 17-day window been in place. A new report from the research firm Gower Street Analytics shows that 24 percent of total box office across the domestic market last year was taken beyond Day 17 of release. In the most dramatic example of this, Sam Mendes’ 1917 grossed $129 million at the domestic box office beyond Day 17 – an astonishing 81 percent of its lifetime gross.
Red Star Macalline Pictures Development of China today announced an agreement to install 120 screens with RealD technology over the next three years. The agreement includes 15 premium format Luxe and 45 RealD Cinema screens in addition to 60 auditoria utilizing RealD's patented 3D systems.
The loosening of restrictions on the media and entertainment sector by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has fueled the demand for public viewing of cinema in theatres. This positive development has created revenue generation opportunities for several stakeholders in the ecosystem, both nationally and internationally, as the region is one of few in the world where cinema exhibition is a new business.
Screen Media has announced that ahead of its limited theatrical and video-on-demand release of Roger Michell’s Blackbird on September 18, they have partnered with Fathom Events for an exclusive nationwide cinema premiere on September 14 and 15. Each screening will be accompanied by a special introduction from Michell and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Juliana F. Hill has been appointed to National CineMedia’s board of directors. She has also been appointed by the board to serve as a member of the audit committee. Hill brings her extensive financial, media industry, and outdoor advertising expertise to NCM, following a long career in finance with iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications), the number one audio company in the United States.
Draken Film, Sweden’s leading streaming service for art house cinema, has launched an initiative to coax audiences back into theatres in a unique collaboration with the country’s cinemas, as they prepare to re-open after months-long closures. Starting today, Draken Film subscribers will have access to the opening weekend screenings of a hand picked selection of new releases as part of their monthly subscription offer.