GDC Technology announced today that its immersive sound system has been installed, or has commitments for more than 750 screens, operated by a host of theatre companies around the globe. Within the Asia-Pacific region, China has the highest growth rate of DTS:X installations, increasing the number of screens by 39 percent in 2017.
Kitag Cinemas, the largest exhibitor in German-speaking Switzerland, is installing CJ 4DPlex’s 4DX cinema seating in its theatre in Abaton Zurich. Kitag Cinemas has 85 screens and 17,000 seats at the following locations: Basel, Bern, Biel, Lucerne, Emmenbrück/LU, St. Gallen, Abtwil/SG, Winterthur and Zurich. The Zurich theatre has 12 auditoriums with a total of 1,759 seats. The 4DX screen is scheduled to open before the end of the year.
CJ4DPlex unveiled its new 4DX VR Disk unit at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo, which is taking place now through Thursday in Orlando.
Centerplex Cinemas, one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in Brazil, has announced that it plans to deliver Dolby Atmos immersive audio to 10 screens throughout Brazil. In addition, Centerplex will deploy several Dolby IMS3000 integrated media servers, Dolby multichannel amplifiers and SLS 3-Axis Speakers across its circuit, becoming the first exhibitor in Brazil to install the latest Dolby technology. Plans call for the installation to be completed by the end of 2018.
Australia’s Village Cinemas has opened that country’s first theatre with immersive seating from CJ 4DPlex. With this opening, 4DX seating is now available in theatres in 50 countries spread over six continents.
Cinema West Veranda Luxe Cinema is the first cinema complex to fully integrate all Dolby technologies for an immersive Dolby Atmos audio experience across a total of nine screens. Located in Concord, California, the complex has a grand opening scheduled for December.
As the digital cinema era enters a new phase, exhibitors are increasingly looking at better ways to directly engage with their customers. Regal Cinema, long an industry leader, seems to have found a particularly interesting one. Concourse Media principals James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder announced today a deal with Regal Entertainment Group to distribute Moviebill, an interactive new product that has been crafted to enhance and extend the 21st century movie going experience. The inaugural edition will be announced later this year for a 2018 launch.
CJ 4DPlex today announced that Kinepolis is set to open four 4DX theatres by the end of the year. Kinepolis will open 4DX theatres at its cinemas in Antwerp and Brussels (Belgium), Lomme (France) and Madrid (Spain). The first film that Kinepolis will show in 4DX is still to be confirmed.
El Rey Network’s lucha libre wrestling series Lucha Underground will be the first U.S. television series to screen in the immersive CJ 4DPlex 4DX seating format. Ultima Lucha Tres – Part IV, the season three finale, will screen at a private event for media and fans in the 4DX auditorium at the Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14 October 17.
Ster-Kinekor, the largest cinema exhibitor on the African continent, is installing D-Box motion seats in four auditoriums in Johannesburg (Rosebank Mall and Mall of Africa), Cape Town (Cavendish Square), and Durban (Gateway Shopping Mall).