Disney’s The Jungle Book is the first film released in the U.S. in Dolby Vision 3D and is available at two Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations: Empire 25 in New York City and Hawthorn in Chicago. In this video director John Favreau shares how the movie sets a new bar for beautiful visuals and the 3D movie-going experience. “Whatever hesitation people might have in going to see a 3D movie I think completely goes away,” he says, “because the brightness of the image, the quality of the lenses and the fact that…the glasses just disappear and you’re watching a crystal clear image where you feel like you just climb onto the screen is a game changer.”
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Vista Entertainment has launched a product that reimagines how cinemas manage their staffing. Developed in partnership with Harkins Theatres, MovieTeam is a cloud-based application that transforms staffing protocols for the 21st century theatre.
MovieTickets.com has integrated Amazon Payments into its checkout process providing its customers with an additional payment option when purchasing advance tickets online. By integrating Amazon Payments, millions of users can now use Pay with Amazon to purchase advance tickets on MovieTickets.com.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced that Ymagis Group, the European specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, has used the next generation of SMPTE's Digital PROjection VErifier (DPROVE2) to simplify and accelerate adoption of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Package (SMPTE-DCP).
Cinema Equipment and Supplies has announced two new milestones in its partnership with Multicines, the second largest theater circuit in Ecuador. Starting this month, CE+S will start the rollout of their cloud-based, remote monitoring and technical support platform Cielo, and will begin the network-wide deployment of Unique Digital’s RosettaBridge TMS. In addition Multicines will be utilizing Unique Digital’s estate management solution RosettaNet as well as Basekey KDM delivery service.
Christie is expanding its series of laser phosphor projection systems with the global launch of the DCI-compliant Christie CP2208-LP digital cinema projector. Delivering up to 11,000 native lumens of brightness, the 3D capable Christie CP2208-LP is virtually maintenance free with no lamps to change, offers a lower total cost of operation, and provides a lower carbon footprint for theater owners. It is available as a complete system with the optional Christie IMB-S2 integrated media block and also works with other, popular Series-2 IMBs. It delivers superior content flexibility with its ability to display DCI content, alternative content, 3D content and content developed at high frame rates.
Barco has announced deals with two top production companies to release multiple upcoming titles in Barco’s multi-screen, immersive movie format, Barco Escape. Cross Creek Pictures, the production company behind thrillers Black Swan, Everest, Rush, and Black Mass, has committed to go into development on a film in Barco Escape by 2017. Cross Creek Pictures recently announced a three-year co-financing, production, and distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Allure, a Christie Company, has launched a new set of out of the box video wall packages designed to make implementation easier, quicker and more cost effective, all while offering a choice of top quality displays, warranties and installation services.
CJ 4DPplex has announced that the company has signed a contract to open the first 4DX auditorium in Kuwait with KNCC (Kuwait National Cinema Company), the country’s number one cinema operator. Also, 4DX has signed an MOU with China’s SFC (Shanghai Film Corporation) early this month, which opens the way to an in-depth discussion on the actual launch of 4DX theaters.
Vista Group International has signed a strategic partnership with Powster, a digital interactive and motion-graphics company providing film-specific marketing solutions to film studios both in the domestic USA market and internationally. Powster is based in London, United Kingdom.