Rooftop Films, in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Hall of Science, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has announced the opening of two drive-in festival locations in New York City. The Queens Drive-In will open in partnership with MoMI and NYSCI on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The Brooklyn Drive-In opened this past weekend on the pier of The Brooklyn Army Terminal, in partnership with NYCEDC. Both venues will present films throughout the summer and fall of 2020.
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South Korean exhibitor Megabox has opened that country’s first Dolby Cinema at its Megabox COEX theatre in southern Seoul.
ATIF Holdings Limited, which provides business consulting and multimedia services in Asia, today announced that the cinemas of its majority-owned subsidiary, Leaping Group, a leading multimedia and advertising firm in Northeast China, are ready to resume operation. The company added that it expects a strong post-pandemic rebound from its cinema business as China allows theatres to gradually resume operations starting today.
German-Swiss distributor DCM Film Distribution has moved into exhibition with the acquisition of a minority stake in Zurich-based exhibitor Arthouse Commercio Movie. It has assumed operational responsibilities for the programming, PR and marketing for the seven screens in five locations in the Swiss city.
Screenvision Media has announced that State Farm and Kraft Heinz will be the sole sponsors of its summer drive-in movie series. Screenvision's drive-in advertising network spans 200 theaters, the largest in the country. "Screenvision is fortunate to have approximately two thirds of all US drive-ins in our network," said Katy Loria, Screenvision's chief revenue officer.
The Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival at Toronto’s Ontario Place is set for July 20-31. The festival, which is sponsored by Christie Digital Systems, is co-hosted by the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and presented by IC Savings and CHIN Radio/TV. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy a curated selection of films from countries hardest hit by COVID-19, in a safe, socially distanced environment.
CineAsia 2020, set to be held December 7-10 in Bangkok, Thailand, has been cancelled by the Film Expo Group. According to the group’s official announcement, “Given ongoing uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic and taking into account travel restrictions by governments as well as employers, we feel this is the prudent decision.”
IMAX today expanded its longstanding partnership with Wanda Cinema in China by signing a 20-theatre agreement. Under the deal, Wanda will upgrade to IMAX with Laser technology at ten of its top-grossing IMAX locations and install ten IMAX systems at new locations throughout the country.
With concern for the health and safety of its attendees as the absolute priority, the organizers of the trade show ShowEast have postponed the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will now run four days at the Loews Miami Beach from December 7-10.
A federal judge has sided with the state of New Jersey, for now, saying that it can keep movie theatres closed at the same time religious services or other indoor gatherings are allowed.