Mark Louis is Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas director of presentation. In that role, he is responsible for maintaining the level of technology that has become central to the exhibitor’s brand and identity. Louis is currently overseeing the opening of seven new Alamo theatres across the United States, while simultaneously maintaining the quality control of the established sites. When I contacted him to talk about how he approaches new builds he described himself as “busier that a one-armed reel-to-reel projectionist,” but he agreed to talk via email. Here’s an excerpted version of our conversation.
Distribution & Exhibition
The International Union of Cinemas, the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has today released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2019. While some data remains to be collated and figures for certain territories are based only on initial estimates, the overview provided by UNIC represents the first wide-ranging assessment of the performance of the European cinema sector in 2019. More detailed final data on the performance of each territory will be released in Spring 2020.
A coalition of companies and organizations from across the media and entertainment industry, EIPMA is dedicated to nurturing the industry’s next generation of talent. It plans to partner with high schools, universities and entertainment industry organizations to increase student awareness for career opportunities in the entertainment industry through job fairs, speaker programs, webinars and other events. It will also connect aspiring professionals with mentoring and career counseling programs.
CineLife Entertainment and CinemaLive are bringing a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto, captured live at the 74th Bregenz Festival, to U.S. cinemas February 10-16. One of Verdi's most popular works, Rigoletto is a story of sacrifice and revenge, of a father's rage and a daughter's shame.
Showcase Cinemas has named company veteran Laura Correia assistant vice oresident, film & event cinema. Correia, who started her professional career with National Amusements in 1997, will oversee the event cinema program as part of her new role. Showcase Event Cinema exhibits more than 250 events annually and includes fine arts, classic films, anime, documentaries, inspirational content and concerts. Showcase Cinemas is committed to continuing to expand this program and offer the most engaging content for moviegoers.
According to Fandango, South Korean genre-bending hit Parasite is the top pick in the Best Picture race with 20 percent of the film fans’ votes, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ WWI epic 1917 with 19 percent. Parasite also took the number-one spot in the Best Director category, with first-time nominee Bong Joon Ho winning with 34 percent of votes.
Headroom has completed production of the first season of the sci-fi thriller Dani Who? for Viacom International Studios. Now airing on Paramount Channel and available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, the show is set in the 1990s and centers on a group of teenagers looking into the mysterious disappearance of a girl from their small Mexican town.
The board of twofour54 Abu Dhabi has appointed Michael Garin as its CEO. Following the formation of a board of directors for twofour54 last July and the appointment of H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak as chairman and the then CEO H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri as vice chair, the CEO position became vacant.
QSC’s Q-SYS Development team has been honored with a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for its work on the Q-SYS Audio, Video and Control Ecosystem. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor Q-LAN network media distribution technology specifically in the category of Development of Synchronized Multi-Channel Uncompressed Audio Transport over IP Networks at the 71st Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy awards to be presented April 19 during the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
This year, for the first time the organizers of CinemaCon will present and Excellence in Event Cinema Award. The award was designed to recognize innovative content that is transforming cinemas into entertainment venues by expanding the traditional definition of the movie theatre.