Barco and Cinionic are joining forces with audiences across Belgium to celebrate today’s reopening of the movie theaters in the country. Moviegoers return to a blockbuster line-up at the cinema after Belgian authorities announced the ability to reopen as of June 9. In addition to making more than 1000 subsidized movie tickets available to employees, the companies are making the movies accessible to all through a charitable donation of 2000 tickets in partnership with Film Fest Ghent and local charity Enchante.
Spaces & Between, makers of Atom Seating, and Skeie Seating have announced a partnership to exclusively distribute cinema recliners in 13 European countries. The companies say that the direct connection between Atom Seating’s VIP recliners and Skeie Seating’s years of association in Europe, will allow cinemas in Europe to quickly optimize their seating requirements through comfort, design and cost-effectiveness.
The Cinema Technology Community has launched a new job board service to help support the cinema industry as it emerges from the pandemic. The new free-to-use job board aims to provide a conduit to connect organizations from across the globe working in the cinema industry with professionals seeking employment.
Arts Alliance Media has launched a new release of Producer, the company’s specialized cloud-based circuit management system designed to help exhibitors recover faster and stronger.
Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, has expanded its exclusive relationship with South Korean-based exhibitor CJ CGV Cinemas to power more theatres with its projection systems. Under the new agreement, Cinionic will provide a technology mix that includes Barco Alchemy ICMP-X media servers and Barco projection for all new CJ CGV theatres over the next two years as the circuit pursues its ambitious growth strategy.
MacGillivray Freeman Films has announced a partnership with MetaMedia to bring educational films to conventional commercial theatres and drive-ins across the U.S. and Canada for educational and group screenings. A number of MacGillivray Freeman’s films will be shown at theatres throughout North America, including Into America’s Wild, America’s Musical Journey and Great Bear Rainforest, among others.
After almost seven months of being closed, all French Kinepolis cinemas are reopening their doors, the company announced today. The new Kinepolis complex in Metz, located in the Waves commercial center, will also be welcoming visitors for the first time today. Belgian cinemas will reopen, if all goes well, June 9, as announced by the Belgian government last week. And cinemas in the Netherlands can also count on opening for business again in June, although the exact date still depends on how the coronavirus curves evolve.
As director of distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment Marc Allenby helped bring the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet to cinemas in the UK and launched both NTLive and RSC Live. In 2017 he helped facilitate the management buyout that re-established the company with its experienced team as Trafalgar Releasing, where today he is CEO. In 2018 he established offices in the United States, a move he sees as “a vital part of the companies’ future plans and growth.” Headquartered in London, Trafalgar Releasing today also has offices in New York and Denver. Before the pandemic the company experienced significant growth and won numerous accolades including most recently the largest ever event cinema release with BTS’ Burn the Stage: The Movie. Despite the pandemic Trafalgar was moderately successful in 2020.
CinemaNext today announced an agreement with Kinostar for a Sphera premium cinema and the supply of cinema equipment and installation services for a new six-screen, 926-seat cinema at the Grozny Mall in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.
CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, today announced Sopranos Sessions: A Special Theatrical Triple Feature, coming exclusively to theatres on May 19, in celebration of the beloved HBO series The Sopranos.