The Walt Disney Studios will release four upcoming titles in CJ 4DPlex’s multi-sensory 4DX format. Following the successful global release of The Lion King and Aladdin in 4DX, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be released in October, followed by Frozen 2 and Ford v Ferrari in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December.
Sony Pictures will release more films for 2019-2020 in MediaMation’s immersive cinema MX4D format. The format was programmed for nine Sony Pictures releases this calendar year, starting with Escape Room, through the blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Africa will be a key focus when the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul convenes November 19-21. The conference is run by Digital Cinema Solutions Events. Rob Arthur, founder and director of DCS Events and senior consultant at the Big Picture says, “Cinema in Africa is the new frontier. It is critically important that the industry stakeholders work as a team to best manage the growth opportunities cross the continent.”
Arts Alliance Media and Motion Picture Solutions have signed a strategic co-operation agreement, which will see AAM collaborate with MPS and its invested partner Gofilex on a global content e-delivery system.
European cinema services provider CinemaNext has installed its first Illucity Corner virtual reality system for cinema exhibitors at Belgium’s Kinepolis Liège cinema. The opening comes one year after the launch of the Illucity adventure park in Paris, the first VR location based entertainment center of its kind.
Later this year National Amusements’ Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place will become the exhibitor’s first all Barco laser multiplex in the United States. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the theatre will be the Northeast’s first theatre to feature Showcase XPlus – CGS Enlightened, the cinemas’ enhanced giant screen offering with immersive sound, crystal clear laser projection and reserved seating.
QSC’s CMS-5000 cinema media server has met all of the requirements of the Digital Cinema System Specification Version 1.2 published by Digital Cinema Initiatives, the company announced today. This certification validates that the next-generation cinema media server can reliably play controlled digital cinema content in movie theatres around the world and can reproduce high-quality images and sound as well as secure the content against piracy.
Spotlight Cinema Networks and the American Film Institute are joining in an exclusive yearlong partnership to showcase rare and never-before-seen footage from the AFI Archive within Spotlight’s preshow entertainment to luxury exhibitors and iconic independent film theatres. The inaugural October preshow will feature stories about the making of the classic thriller North By Northwest as told by the “Master of Suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
Kinepolis’ Jaarbeurs, Utrecht opens October 10 and will feature laser projection, RealD 3D and a MediaMation MX4D auditorium. This is the first of several Kinepolis based MX4D locations as part of a recent deal.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the trade body representing cinema operators and their national associations across 38 European territories, has voiced its support for the National Association of Theatre Owners resolution laying out aspects of its digital cinema technology evaluation program. The technology evaluation program was approved last month by NATO’s executive board at the organization’s annual meeting.