“It’s like nothing we have ever seen before,” said Graham Spurling, the owner of Movies @ Cinemas, one of Ireland’s largest cinema chains. “The rule book has been ripped apart. But look, we have got to keep positive. We will see good times again.” He’s not the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Showman for nothing. Full disclosure, I consider him to be my friend.
OwnZones Entertainment Technologies has been named newest member of the Trusted Partner Network, joint venture between the Motion Picture Association and the Content Delivery & Security Association.
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.
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.
Strong/MDI Screen Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, has announced that its screens with RealD’s Precision White technology will now be available for use by all cinemas worldwide.
CGV and IMAX Corporation have announced a broad expansion of their longstanding partnership with an agreement to launch 17 new theatres around the world. The expansive agreement includes nine new IMAX theatres in South Korea — one of IMAX's fast-growing markets and home of its highest grossing screen worldwide — as well as theatres across CGV's global footprint, which includes Turkey, Vietnam, and Indonesia.