One of the highlights of the Christie exhibit at BIRTV 2016, now underway in Beijing, China is the Christie CP2208-LP laser phosphor cinema projector. Delivering up to 11,000 native lumens of brightness for screens up to 35 feet, the 3D-capable Christie CP2208-LP is virtually maintenance free with no lamps to change, offers a lower total cost of operation, and provides a lower carbon footprint for theater owners.
Cinépolis is expanding its long-standing partnership with Barco as the exhibitor continues to grow its footprint in Mexico, Latin America, India, Europe and the United States. Since initially selecting Barco as its exclusive digital cinema projector partner in 2011, Cinépolis has significantly grown to operate nearly 4,000 screens featuring Barco projection technology across three continents. Cinépolis, the largest cinema chain in Latin America and the fourth largest in the world, has now decided to extend its partnership with Barco into the next decade, with plans to install more than 1,000 projectors in Latin America and across the globe to grow its ever-expanding circuit.
Arts Alliance Media has signed a new direct agreement with Shanghai SFC Film & Television Technology Development to deliver its Lifeguard system monitoring software. Lifeguard provides centralized equipment monitoring and support ticketing capabilities, enabling a comprehensive maintenance service to be provided to cinemas. The deal will see 5,000 cinema screens covered by AAM’s Lifeguard, enhancing the capabilities of SFC’s Network Operations Centre as it serves both SFC screens and those of its external exhibitor customers.
AMIA and the Alamo Drafthouse, in partnership with The Film Foundation, are offering a three day projection workshop for projectionists and staff presenting 35mm film in theaters. The workshop offers speakers and hands-on tutorials for projectionists working with 35mm film prints and will focus on film preparation and projection as well as special stipulations for archival projection, and coordinating with lending institutions. The workshop is aimed at those who have some booth experience and are looking to expand their knowledge and skills.
Classic Cinemas’ Classic Charlestown theatre in St Charles, Illinois recently enlarged its auditorium one screen by 126 percent and now delivers images over 53-feet across in a wall-to-wall scope presentation. CineActive Solutions was hired to ensure the screen met DCI-specified light levels.
National CineMedia today named Katie Scherping chief financial officer effective August 11, 2016. Scherping will also serve as CFO of NCM LLC. With more than 30 years of finance, accounting and managerial experience, Scherping comes to NCM from Quiznos, where she had served as interim president and CEO since June. Previously, she had been a part of the Quiznos management team in the role of chief financial officer since December 2013.
In response to what they say has been impressive guest reaction and the overwhelming success of Dolby Cinema at AMC in its first full year, Dolby Laboratories and AMC Theatres today announced plans to accelerate Dolby Cinema at AMC installations to 100 operational sites by the end of 2017, seven years ahead of the originally announced schedule. The original agreement, reached in 2015, was for 100 auditoriums over a 10-year deployment.
Seven new 4DX immersive seating auditoriums have opened in Japan through partnerships between CJ CGV subsidiary CJ 4DPlex, Aeon Cinemas, United Cinemas and 109 Cinemas. 4DX recently released two highly anticipated Japanese titles, One Piece Film Gold and Shin Godzilla and received positive responses in Japanese box office. For the first screening weekend, One Piece Film Gold and Shin Godzilla represented 75 percent and 59 percent occupancy rate, respectively.
Barco partner Clover Solutions signed a multi-million deal with Maze for the installation of up to 100 Barco digital cinema projectors across Myanmar. The agreement is part of an ambitious project to revitalize Myanmar’s film industry. In the course of two years, 100 new cinemas will be built across the country
Suning Cinema, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese electronics retail giant Suning Commerce Group, has deployed Christie’s RGB laser projection system for its new theaters in Shanghai and Zhenjiang.