With the digital cinema standard of 24-bit, up-to-16-channels of PCM non-compressed audio, now becoming reality, new challenges have arrived for existing equipment. Upgrading with just higher powered versions of existing solutions is just not enough to benefit from the new audio standard; speech, music and effect should be reproduced with non-compressed non-colored detail, with lowest distortion and fullest digital dynamics. Alcons has introduced the CR3 screen system to address the problem.
Distribution & Exhibition
Announcing new deals with Twitter and Foursquare, NCM Media held its second annual upfront presentation last month at New York City’s AMC Loews Lincoln Square movie theater. According to NCM, it is America’s No. 1 weekend network, consistently ranking higher in reach than any other network on Fridays and Saturdays. As the largest cinema network in the U.S., NCM delivers national reach and scale that is comparable to – and often bigger than – the biggest TV networks.
The Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction, a new 4D Show, opened last month and its creators believe it is the first and only show of its kind. It features groundbreaking digital technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and the largest year-round team of digital puppeteers in the world. The new show also offers a unique real-time experience with over 100 possible outcomes, as the audience determines the direction of the story through live participation.
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to Visitors, the new film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane. Seven years in the making, Visitors is the fourth film that Reggio and Glass have collaborated on following the groundbreaking, internationally acclaimed, Qatsi Trilogy formed by the films Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi.
Cinedigm and Universal Studios Home Entertainment have entered into a multi-year agreement whereby Universal will provide comprehensive supply-chain services across North America for Cinedigm’s growing DVD and Blu-ray library of independent films, documentaries, TV programs and other content, the two companies announced today. Cinedigm’s existing sales force will continue selling directly to customers.
Cinedigm and Magnet Media Productions have entered into partnership to distribute five feature films over the next three years using Cinedigm’s digital distribution and marketing capabilities.
The Laemmle Royal Theatre in Santa Monica, has worked with Christie to create the first booth-less cinema within Los Angeles. The conversion to digital was part of an upgrade made throughout the Laemmle chain. “Being 100 percent digital made the renovation easier as we were able to carve out multiple auditoriums without having to allocate additional space for a projection booth,” said Greg Laemmle, president of the company.
More2Screen has been appointed by the Dutch National Ballet and 3 Minutes West to distribute an all new Cinderella ballet to digital cinemas worldwide (except the US) beginning May 1. Choreographed by the internationally acclaimed Christopher Wheeldon, Cinderella was premiered by the Dutch National Ballet last December and received a rapturous reception from both ballet fans and critics alike.
ArcLight Cinemas in its first expansion outside the greater Los Angeles market has selected Doremi technology to manage its unique new 14-screen 1,800-seat cinema in San Diego. The complex will feature both 2K and 4K Integrated Media Blocks and Doremi servers. In addition, the installation includes a comprehensive accessibility package for the hearing and sight impaired.