The Kuwait National Cinema Company has installed Unique X’s RosettaBridge theatre management systems product suite within the Kuwaiti territory, enabling KNCC theatres, operating under the Cinescape brand, to automate and centrally manage its theatre portfolio, while automating much of the daily booth operations. The technology package also includes a Basekey key digital messaging system.
Announcing its participation in the Emerging Cinema Markets conference in Istanbul November 19-21, Influx Worldwide has extended its dedicated African program of cinema technology products and services for African movie theatres – It’s Showtime for Africa – into 2020. The program is offered on a low- to no-cost basis to qualifying cinema exhibitors, to enable digital movie ticketing, loyalty and subscription programs for moviegoers across the continent.
CJ4DPlex and The Walt Disney Studios have announced the release of 20th Century Fox’s Ford v Ferrari in the 270-degree, panoramic ScreenX format. Ford v Ferrari in ScreenX will be coming to theatres worldwide beginning November 13 and will be releasing on 270 screens, across 27 countries, including 32 screens in the U.S. with Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres and CGV Cinemas. The film opens in the U.S. on November 15.
The multi-sensory 4DX format from CJ 4DPlex drew $22 million at the global box office in October, which, according to the company is an increase of 16 percent year-over-year, making it the highest ever recorded for the month of October in the history of the company.
Day-and-date film release is still a rarity in the European film market. A new free report by the European Audiovisual Observatory clarifies the release windows situation in Europe by providing a thorough analysis of the system and the economic and legal rationale on which it is based.
D-Box has signed a contract to install its motion seats in four auditoriums and one large format screen at Kinopolis’s Mathäser Filmpalast’s flagship cinema complex in Munich. This brings the total number of D-Box screens 4 auditoriums including one large format screen. This brings the total number of D-Box screens at Kinopolis to 31.
A new organization was formed in recent weeks designed by women in exhibition for women in exhibition. Heather Blair, the founder of the new trade group Women in Exhibition, says the idea had its beginnings one day at a conference when, for the latest in more times than she can remember, she was the lone woman taking part in a panel discussion with a group of all white men. She says she knows many talented and intelligent women who have as much to offer the industry as men do and she set her mind to changing things. I recently spoke with Blair about her plans and goals for the new organization. Here is our conversation.
Fathom Events continues its celebration of Friends’ 25th anniversary by bringing eight Thanksgiving-themed episodes of the legendary series to movie theaters across the U.S. over two days: November 24 and November 25. Each day will feature four unique episodes that have been newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative.
The Middle East and North Africa Cinema Forum, the region’s only cinema convention, held last week in Dubai, concluded with an awards ceremony, recognizing industry leaders in the MENA region. Executives from cinema chains, major studios, film distributors and their global partners attended the red-carpet affair. The awards were quantified by ComScore and presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.
With both an increasingly diverse movie going audience and an increasingly diverse U.S. population, understanding how to attract diverse audiences will soon be paramount to the success of filmmakers and marketers, and to the sustainability of the exhibition sector. Movio’s recently released white paper, The Diversity Demand: Securing the Future of Movie Going, examines how theatrical audience composition correlates to increased representation on screen, and if this suggests an opportunity to drive box office by producing content representative of audiences that have historically been underrepresented in film.