B&B Theatres and CJ 4DPlex have announced the development of several new ScreenX theaters located in B&B multiplexes across the U.S. The new openings will result in a total of eight ScreenX auditoriums across B&B multiplexes by 2023.
What is being called the world’s first interactive virtual-reality theatre is opening in Atlanta. Created by new technology company Exploring Digital, the new theatre, called the Megaverse, combines VR headsets and hand controls with a multi-sensory haptic experience unlike anything on the market. With unlimited freedom to move, people physically interact in this VR theatre, literally stepping into a metaverse environment.
As exhibitors worldwide look for new ways to compete in a world changed dramatically by the pandemic, many of the most innovative and creative cinemas are offering new concepts and new kinds of content that patrons simply can’t get at home. With that in mind, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, known for its enhanced moviegoing concepts, has announced the debut of its Self-Care Sundays moviegoing experience in partnership with the award-winning creator of mental health and personal growth apps Psychological Technologies.
Making a successful feature film is one of the most difficult things there is to do. Having adequate financing in place is just part of the challenge. Several other elements are just as critical including a good script, a talented cast and crew, a laundry list of sophisticated technology, decent weather, and a lot of luck. With a completed feature film in hand, a filmmaker still must find a company that shares a passion for that film and will agree to distribute it properly. For many successful independent filmmakers, that is where their job ends. But should it end there?
Ian Cope, senior visual effects producer at Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary at the company. A significant accomplishment in any career, Cope’s longevity is especially impressive for someone in the visual effects industry, where employment at one studio is often measured in months, not years. And, in that time he has worked on a long list of successful films, including Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Gravity, Ford v Ferrari, and Spiderman: Far from Home, to name just a few.
AMC Theatres has finalized a deal with Bow Tie Cinemas to purchase and operate seven locations in Connecticut, upstate New York and Annapolis, Maryland.
Who said April is the cruelest month? In its second week of release, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 received a major boost as it opened in the Domestic market with a massive $72.1 million, proving the suggestion audiences weren’t coming back to cinemas incorrect, they just needed the product. Sonic 2 opened 24 percent higher than the 2020 original, according to the British analytics firm Gower Street.
CGR Cinemas, France’s second biggest multiplex chain behind Pathé, has been put on the market by its owners, Luc and Charles Raymond. The family-owned business has an estimated value of about $1.1 billion, according to Jocelyn Bouyssy, CGR’s long-time managing director who has been assigned to find a buyer for the group.
Understanding the undeniable power of voice, the global filmmaking and sound engineering communities are rallying around Safe&Sound Ukraine initiative to provide encrypted walkie-talkies and satellite phones for Ukrainians in disaster zones cut off from communication. The urgently needed devices will help coordinate medical, evacuation, and defense needs.
Whipped Sea and Abacus Media Rights have announced that the documentary feature Savage Waters will celebrate its World Premiere as the Opening Night Film at DocLands Documentary Film Festival in Marin County, California on May 5. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A. Savage Waters is directed by Mikey Corker (Beneath the Surface), produced by Ghislaine Couvillat (Girls Can’t Surf, Against the Tides, The Quest for the Wild) of Whipped Sea and edited by Emmy Award winning Editor Jordan Montminy (The 8th, A Courtship), with story consultation from BAFTA award winning Nic Guttridge (The Spy Who Fell to Earth, The Night Caller).