Barco and Imax have renewed their partnership for the development of projectors for the Imax with Laser brand. The partnership began in 2012.
Systems integrator CinemaNext has reached an agreement with Saudi fashion retail giant Fawaz Alhokair Group for the installation of its first multiplex in Saudi Arabia under the new cinema brand Muvi. Scheduled to open in May at the popular Mall of Arabia in Jeddah, CinemaNext will equip the 15-screen multiplex (2,063 seats) with 4K laser projectors and state-of-the-art surround sound.
Indonesia’s Cinema 21 has ordered fifty Barco Series 4 SP4K-25 projectors as part of the chain’s new build and renewal strategy. The Barco Series 4, which was announced last week at CinemaCon, features 4K, RGB-Laser projection and is ready for 4K 120fps high frame rate, high-dynamic-range and wide-color-gamut capabilities.
Christie has named TSR Prova as its pre-eminent integration partner of its family of RGB RealLaser cinema projectors TSR will assist in the adoption of Christie’s latest cinema technology across the burgeoning Indian exhibition market.
A highlight of this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up Thursday, April 4, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was the announcement of the formation of the Cinity Cinema System, a joint effort between the Huaxia Film Distribution Company, Christie Digital Systems and GDC Technology to “develop, leverage and promote premium format movies driven by new, advanced configurations.” The announcement follows several years of debate in Hollywood and around the world regarding the best way to move forward with critical technology issues including high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut and immersive sound. Those issues were widely discussed at CinemaCon and we will have more to say about the show in the coming days. But the Cinity Cinema System announcement stands out because it feels like a watershed event. The question now is this: is Hollywood still the center of the motion picture industry or is that center shifting to China?
NEC has introduced what it says is the world’s first digital cinema projector that offers exhibitors the ability to replace the laser module in the projector head for the ultimate in versatility and future-proofing. The NEC NC2402ML is a 3-chip DLP projector that features RB laser technology delivering richer colors, brighter images, and a sealed optical engine and laser module for unsurpassed low cost of ownership.
Florida’s Cinemaworld has installed Christie RealLaser projection systems at its West Melbourne theater complex where systems integrator Bright Star Systems installed 14 Christie CP2315-RGB 2K pure laser projectors.
THX today announced that the world’s first THX Ultimate Cinema at Regency Westwood Village Theatre is scheduled to open later this year. THX company is working closely with Cinionic on the project.
Next week Galaxy Theatres will open the world’s first Sony Digital Cinema premium large format auditorium at its Las Vegas Boulevard Mall location. The opening is timed with this year’s CinemaCon, which is being held April 1-4 at Caesar’s Palace.
Cinema 21, the largest movie theater chain in Indonesia, is expanding its fleet of RGB pure laser cinema projectors by acquiring 100 additional units of Christie’s next-generation cinema projectors featuring Christie RealLaser illumination.