In an event that boasts more than 25 years of industry-changing thought leadership, the unique circumstances of 2021 promise to make this year’s Hollywood Professional Association’s Tech Retreat the most consequential in its history. From March 15-24, in live and recorded content, accessible to a world-wide audience, HPA will present panels, events, and demonstrations that will help our industry share, teach and connect at this most critical time.
Distribution & Exhibition
Costa Rican cinema chain CCM Cinemas has opened the country’s first movie theatre equipped with an RGB pure laser projector. The cinema, located at Plaza Occidente multiplex in San Ramón, the country’s second largest city, has installed a Christie CP2315-RGB projector, as well as Christie Vive Audio speakers and Dolby Atmos sound. The installation was carried out by the systems integrating company Vidicom
National CineMedia and Harkins Theatres, the fifth-largest exhibitor in America, have signed a long-term cinema advertising affiliate agreement to bring NCM’s Noovie pre-show entertainment program to millions of Harkins movie fans across the Southwest. With the addition of Harkins Theatres, NCM’s national theatre network now includes all of the top five exhibitors in the country.
Last month, when the Göteborg Film Festival announced that one person would have the opportunity to watch this year’s festival at Pater Noster lighthouse without family, friends or mobile phone, the idea turned out to be immensely appealing. In less than two weeks, the festival committee received more than 12,000 applications from more than 45 countries. After a comprehensive process involving interviews and tests, one person has finally been selected for the coveted place: emergency nurse and film enthusiast Lisa Enroth from Skövde, Sweden.
The 44th Portland International Film Festival has announced the first wave of titles and special events. Taking place March 5-14, PIFF 44 is a program of the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, one of the oldest and most distinguished media arts centers in the country. The festival centers on both artists and cinematic storytellers who are bold enough to interrupt the status quo, and focuses on those changing for whom, by whom, and how cinematic stories are told
The International Union of Cinemas, the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has today released preliminary 2020 box office estimates for the territories covered by the organization. At the same time the association said that more government support for cinemas is needed.
Germany’s Filmpalast Kassel has equipped 14 of its theatres with the latest JBL Professional cinema audio systems. Located in the heart of Kassel, Filmpalast Kassel’s distinctive architecture and interior design makes it a popular entertainment destination and tourist attraction.
Researchers at Britain’s Gower Street Analytics have released a new report that shows that, as theatres are allowed to open, some cinema markets are slowly beginning to rebound in the wake of the pandemic. This past weekend marked one year from the first closure of the China’s cinema market due to the COVID-19 virus. That market closed just ahead of its lucrative Chinese New Year holiday in 2020 – a holiday that this year falls on February 12, due to the lunar calendar on which it is based. A year on and currently China is the most robust international market, tracking 41 percent ahead of 2020, even before reaching the closure period of last year, and on par with the average of the previous three years: 2017-2019
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just updated its annual report on the prominence of European films and programs on transactional, pay-per-view video on demand platforms. This new analysis of the prominence of films and TV series covers 57 leading services from seven European countries.
Ben Chou, CEO of Welcome Entertainment’s WE Drive-Ins now has an exclusive lease of the historic Santa Monica landmark Sears parking lot to show Hollywood’s newest movie releases.