The Laser Illuminated Projector Association has released to the public its Recommended Practice: Measurement of Speckle in Laboratory Conditions, a guide for laser projector makers, installers, and theater operators to measure and compare this common laser attribute caused when coherent light bounces off a rough surface. The practice is the first of its kind to detail procedures and equipment for obtaining a reference figure, and is being made available by LIPA at no cost as an industry service at the LIPA website at www.LIPAinfo.org/speckleRP.
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Screenvision has formed a strategic alliance with with Kaos Connect, a newly formed event cinema company. Kaos Connect was founded by former NCM/Fathom executives, Shelly Maxwell and Dan Diamond, who are recognized experts and leaders in alternative content for movie theatres. Kaos will be Screenvision’s exclusive source of event cinema programming beginning in early 2016.
Movio has released insights on the audience buying tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The opening night audience of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is 70.4 percent male which is 6.5 percentage points greater than opening night audience of Jurassic World (63.9 percent, on par with a typical blockbuster), Movio found.
The Department of Justice has approved the sale of Starplex Cinemas, which operates 33 movie theatres with 346 screens in 12 states, to AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. for approximately $175 million, subject to final working capital and other adjustments. The sale and purchase agreement was originally announced in July.
Christie provided guests attending the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with truly spectacular red carpet displays. “Disney and Christie have been sharing projection and display ideas and innovations for several years now to provide audiences with unparalleled moviegoing experiences,” said Michael Kern, Disney’s vice president, special events production and technical services, “so there was no question regarding who we would enlist to provide spectacular red carpet displays to make this a special night for everyone attending.”
ArcLight Cinemas has collaborated with Christie and Dolby to bring an advanced movie-viewing experience its guests at the legendary Cinerama Dome in time for the most anticipated movie experience of the year Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Christie has announced that it is the exclusive provider of digital cinema projection and immersive audio technology for global cinema exhibition company CinéGrand’s newest theatre, the Fremont 7 in Fremont, California.
Chinese exhibitor JinYi Cinemas will establish the first all-laser multiplex in Asia. JinYi will install a Barco DP4K-30L flagship laser projector and a wide range of laser phosphor projectors throughout its brand-new Guangzhou multiplex.
Weischer.Media and Ymagis Group today announced that the 2.1 version of the Theatre Management System Melody has been certified by Weischer.Media as Cinema.Reloaded ready, signifying that Melody TMS is fully compatible with Weischer.Media’s digital cinema advertising solution, Cinema.Reloaded when interfaced with the required OneDCN pre-show system.
A group of broadcast and media industry suppliers including Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Lawo and Snell Advanced Media have collaborated to form the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). This new, independent trade association’s mandate is to bring IP solutions to market that offer complete interoperability, are based on open standards, and integrate seamlessly into media workflow environments to foster industry innovation and efficiency. The group’s efforts will be focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67.