National CineMedia today announced that Manu Singh has joined the company as senior vice president of strategic insight & analytics. She will lead the company’s marketing, sales, and advertising research team, including NCM’s proprietary Behind the Screens community of more than 5,000 movie fans, and will be based in New York.
During June, the U.S. Domestic market outperformed China for the first time since China’s July 2020 re-opening, according to a report from the British research firm Gower Street. Bringing the best box office result since the pandemic began in the Domestic market, June lay further foundational stones for recovery despite a slight retraction in global box office compared to May, the report said. According to Gower Street’s latest monthly Global Box Office Tracker, the global box office retracted slightly in June from the previous month grossing $1.3 billion, down from $1.4 billion in May. However, this is a normal trend and no cause for concern.
The China Film Cinema Bei'ao, Beijing, China has installed Unilumin’s UC-A41 LED Cinema Screen. The cinema is built with 21 halls, including a Cinity Giant Screen hall, a 4D hall, a standard laser Hall and a multifunctional Hall. It's a reflection of the current development level of the world's cinema technology. Hall 4 is newly installed with the UC-A41 LED cinema projection system.
For the fifteenth time, Christies is the projection technology partner for the Cannes Film Festival, which began today and runs through July 17. It will be the first in-person edition of the Cannes Film Festival since 2019, and Christie will provide installation and show support for the occasion.
While it has been widely understood that, because of the pandemic, 2020 was a terrible year for the cinema business, a new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory documents just how bad it really was. The theatrical market collapsed in 2020 with cinema attendance in the EU and the UK plummeting by 70.2 percent to an estimated 300 million tickets, down from more than one billion admissions in 2019 (the highest level since 2004). Gross box office earnings dropped correspondingly from Euro 7.20 billion to Euro 2.13 billion (US 2.4 billion), down by 70.4 percent from 2019, as the average ticket price in the EU remained stable at Euro 7.1 (USD 8.1).
CinemaNext today announced the roll out of its dedicated e-commerce platform, CinemaNext Shop, across Europe and internationally. The largest online sales platform for the cinema technology industry, CinemaNext Shop is designed to allow exhibitors around the globe to easily order from CinemaNext’s catalogue of thousands of spare parts, consumables, projection & sound equipment, software solutions, and much more.
B&B Theatres, the sixth largest exhibitor in the U.S., is installing Cinionic Grand Screen laser projectors in its newly renovated Blacksburg 11 theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia, opening this month. B&B Theatres premium Grand Screen auditoriums are home to some of the largest screens in the U.S. The reimagined Grand Screen powered by CGS at B&B Blacksburg 11 will offer moviegoers an exceptional cinema experience in every visit.
The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has announced that longtime film industry veteran Howard Kiedaisch will take the reigns as CEO, effective July 7. Kiedaisch succeeds Randolph “Randy” Blotky, who is stepping down as CEO.
The International Union of Cinemas, the European cinema trade grouping, has launched the fifth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a 12-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition.
Movio and Numero, the box office collection and reporting platform, have announced that they will produce Behind the Screens, a new weekly podcast providing actionable insights on the moviegoers behind the box office numbers. The podcast will feature interview segments with Vista Group studio and exhibition partners, data scientists, colleagues, and others.