Arts Alliance Media has launched the latest product in its digital cinema software suite – Lifeguard – designed to monitor equipment across a cinema circuit and to power cinema Network Operations Centers. The software has been developed in-house using the years of experience gained by AAM whilst running their own NOC, which supports thousands of screens worldwide, and is now available to exhibitor and integrator partners around the world to power their own NOCs.
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Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand will open in the Arena District of Columbus in mid-January 2014 and marks the first Ohio location for SMG and its 15th location in the US. The SMG Arena Grand opening is a part of a continuing strategic expansion plan for the Dallas based exhibitor.
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and the second installment in the Hobbit film trilogy, will hold its worldwide premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos sound on Monday, December 2.
Vidiyum Munn, a dark suspense thriller by director Balaji K. Kumar, will premiere in theaters across India in Auro 11.1 by Barco. Kumar says he discovered the capabilities of Auro while watching Vishwaroopam, the first Indian movie to feature the new format.
The Lichtburg cinema in Essen has converted both of its theatres to digital with Kinoton technology. The Lichtburg, one of Germany’s largest and oldest cinemas; it recently celebrated its 85th birthday and one of its theatres seats 1250 people.
Opening night at Teatro alla Scala will be broadcast in high definition by satellite to audiences in cinemas worldwide. The event takes place annually on December 7, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose. This year, La Scala has chosen the Verdi favorite La Traviata, conducted by Daniele Gatti, to kick off the 2013-2014 Season.
On December 22 Digital Theatre will make Merrily We Roll Along available to purchase online. The show was recently awarded the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
German exhibitor Hans-Joachim Flebbe has chosen Arts Alliance Media’s digital cinema software to manage and run his soon to reopen Zoo Palast cinema in Berlin.
Dolby Laboratories and Cinema 21, the largest cinema chain in Indonesia, announced today that it is the first in Indonesia to install the Dolby Atmos sound platform. The first Dolby Atmos film to be showcased at Cinema XXI EpiCentrum, one of the biggest theatres owned by Cinema 21, will be Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which began screening today.
Finnkino Oy has selected Advertising Accord software developed by Unique Digital to drive their full conversion to DCP pre-show management and distribution, making Finnkino Media the only cinema advertising company in Finland. The new technology will enable them to supply pre-show content to 20 cinemas and 113 screens accounting for over 80 percent of the box-office admissions in the country.