The trade group Cinema Technology Community has released a white paper focusing on uplifting presentation quality with Series 1 and 2 digital projectors that provides useful insights to cinema exhibitors both large and small who may find themselves needing to operate aging equipment for the short to mid-term.
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The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television call for submissions for its film preservation grants for the 2020 cycle is still open but time is running out. The extended deadline is May 1.
Enhancing its theatres to offer guests a one-of-a-kind movie experience, Humax Cinema hired Xebex to design and install Harman Professional cinema audio technology that delivers incredible sound. Featuring 10 screens and accommodating up to 1,200 guests, Humax Cinema is one of the most versatile movie complexes in Japan. In addition to showing films, the cinema doubles as a multipurpose venue that hosts jazz performances and other live sound events.
Cinionic, the Barco, CGS and ALPD cinema joint venture, has selected Transformation Entertainment Group as a preferred partner of Laser Light Upgrade Kits for cinema projectors in North America, including product sales, integration, installation, and service.
The British mid-market private equity firm LDC has invested in Sohonet, an international provider of connectivity, collaboration software, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry. LDC’s investment will support the existing management team, led by CEO Chuck Parker, to further build on its international growth strategy and explore complementary acquisitions.
Digital Light Sources has supplied Millennium Cinemas in Mombasa, Kenya with UVC disinfection in the HVAC system to improve indoor air quality in their Nyali Cinemax theatre. The proactive safety measure has been a priority project adopted to enhance customer confidence.
MetaMedia today announced the promotion of Frank Bryant to chief operating officer. Reporting directly to MetaMedia CE Jason Brenek, Bryant will help focus the organization on the execution of operational and strategic plans and oversee functions related to the acquisition and delivery of content from studios and other suppliers, deployment and logistics, project management, marketing, legal and corporate strategy.
A new report from the analyst firm Gower Street shows that nearly a quarter (23 percent) of all U.S. movie theatres have stayed closed since March 2020. These locations generated a combined yearly box office of $1.8 billion on average in 2018 and 2019. The report makes clear that the situation will remain difficult until quality movies are available on a regular and consistent basis.
Based on preliminary data the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that cinema attendance in the European Union and the United Kingdom plummeted to 294.7 million admissions in 2020. This is 712.3 million ticket sales fewer than in 2019, representing a decline of 70.7 percent. A similar decrease (69.8 percent) was registered in the European Union only (EU27), where admissions dropped from 831.0 million to 250.7 million, for a total loss of 580.3 million tickets.
Against a backdrop of technological shift and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advanced Imaging Society and Cinionic have started a new podcast series to serve as a source for the vital conversation with key stakeholders in media and entertainment