On June 17, digital cinema pioneer Arts Alliance Media will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The company was founded in 2003 by Thomas Hoegh and Arts Alliance Ventures, and initiated the first global digital cinema rollout, replacing 35mm projectors with digital upgrades for the UK’s Digital Screen Network. A short time later, AAM became the founding investor of Lovefilm and Picturehouse Cinemas, which were eventually sold to Amazon and Cineworld respectively. In 2007, AAM negotiated financing agreements with the Hollywood studios and that same year launched its first theatre management system. In 2008 AAM completed the first virtual print fee deal in Europe with the French cinema chain CGR.
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Qube Wire and Auwe Digital have announced that the content delivery network the two companies are building together in Brazil has grown to more than 100 theatres. Qube’s new Virtual WireTAP system allows theatres to utilize existing hardware to facilitate their connection to Qube Wire.
GDC Technology has completed integration with Deluxe to completely automate the delivery of key delivery message keys, representing a major step towards fully automated management of booth operations.
Arts Alliance Media and systems integrator Sound Vision Technical have announced a new Screenwriter partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Unique X has announced a resale partnership with Italian cinema integrator Digima Srl. Based in Piemonte, Digima Srl will offer Unique X’s RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet CMS and BaseKey KDM services to the Italian exhibitor market.
Classic Cinemas, one of the most innovative theatre circuits in the United States has renovated the historic La Grange Theatre in La Grange, Illinois into a modern six-screen multiplex with GDC cinema technology.
Unique X has renewed its long-term agreement with the Odeon Cinemas Group, Europe’s largest cinema operator, for the provision of RosettaBridge Theatre Management System, RosettaNet Circuit Management System and BaseKey. Unique X’s global digital cinema package delivery platform MovieTransit is already in operation at all Odeon Cinemas Group sites.
Leading Mexican exhibitor Cinemex has reaffirmed its business relationship with Cielo by embracing all the new features in the company’s Cinema Enterprise software.
B&B Theatres today signed an agreement that makes GDC Technology Limited its exclusive provider of digital cinema servers for the next three years. B&B Theatres is one of the fastest-growing cinema chains in the US adding 144 screens and 11 movie theatres in the last 18 months to become the fifth-largest domestic theatre circuit. B&B Theatres now operates 513 screens at 56 sites in 14 states.
Cinépolis has extended its longstanding relationship with Arts Alliance Media. After employing the combined power of AAM’s Screenwriter Theatre Management System, Producer Circuit Management System, and AdFuser, the Campaign Management Tool designed to revolutionize advertising campaigns, the exhibition giant has agreed to renew their software licenses for another term to ensure circuit-wide centralization, drive operational efficiency, and reach their audiences more effectively.