TheaterEars and the Walt Disney Studios have announced that Disney and Pixar’s Onward is the first movie ever to have Audio Description available on the TheaterEars app, enabling moviegoers with visual impairments the ability to enjoy the film. “We are proud to work with Disney to break new ground with this [new] offering in our app,” said TheaterEars CEO Dam Mangru. “Onward is a fantastic film for moviegoers of all ages, and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy it.”
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ICE Theatres announced today that Sony Pictures’ upcoming action film Bloodshot will be shown in the U.S. utilizing its immersive cinema experience format.
Kino Arena is installing recliners from Atom Seating at its movie theatre in the Sofia Mall in Sofia, Bulgaria. A total of 750 Atom Seating Helium recliners, a Spaces and Between brand, will be installed. Kino Arena owner Stefan Minchev said he chose Helium recliners as a step towards enhancing the overall movie experience of the cinemagoers.
Pathé Netherlands today signed an agreement to deploy Cielo’s cinema enterprise system for all their sites in the Netherlands. The agreement was implemented by Unique X, Pathé’s long time provider of the RossettaBridge theatre management system. Cielo’s software will act as a complement to Unique X's platform. Pathé has 246 screens across the Netherlands.
Vieshow has opened the first all-THX certified theatre in Taiwan. The Vieshow Muvie Cinemas, which opened in late January, is located in the affluent uptown Xinyi district of Taipei. The theatre has the seating capacity for 1,147 moviegoers in eight auditoriums.
Nordisk Film Cinemas has signed with Selligent to use the company’s cloud-based platform to automate omni-channel digital marketing campaigns, enabling it to personalize and optimize the millions of communications sent to its cinema guests across Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The Independent Cinema Alliance and the Cinema Buying Alliance have announced a partnership with Digital Light Sources to launch the first energy efficient LED fixtures and bulbs supply program for facility-wide theatre complexes.
Different trends are emerging and developing when it comes to sustainability in cinema. The European Union is playing a leading role with regulations around eco design and the circular economy; energy efficiency and renewable energy; waste and hazardous substances. The restriction of hazardous substances is one that has a very close link to cinema, given its impact on the production, sales and availability of mercury UHP lamps.
In 2018, a total of 696 European films were theatrically released in at least one of the 15 non-European markets, a new report shows. This is the largest number of European films released outside Europe in the past five years and represents about nine percent of the total number of European films on release worldwide. European films represented 18 percent of the tracked number of films on release in the 15 non-European sample markets. The European Audiovisual Observatory has released an updated edition of the report entitled The Circulation of European films outside Europe.
The French immersive cinema experience, ICE Theatres, with 36 screens and counting, and its parent company, CGR Cinemas, the leading French multiplex company with 700 screens in France, today announced that Guillaume Thomine Desmazures will assume the role of senior vice president, sales and strategy, effective immediately.