In the early days of digital cinema, advocates of the new technology said one of the best things about it was the ability it gave theatre owners to show all kinds of content, not just Hollywood movies. The studios scoffed at this and labeled anything they didn’t produce as, essentially, worthless garbage. One early term was ODS, which stood for Other Digital … well, you get it.
DigiNext, a joint venture between Digital Cinema Destinations and Nehst Media Enterprises, released The United States of Football on August 23. A nationwide release to the more than 120 member theatres in the Screenvision network will happen August 30 and September 6. It is the first film in DigiNext’s 2013-2014 slate of twelve features.
Sky-Skan's educational, 25-minute documentary, To Space & Back, which first opened in March to critical and public acclaim at the Fels Planetarium (The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia), will be re-released in September in a new version that, at 8K resolution, stereoscopic 3D and 60 frames per second.
On August 16, Rising Alternative and Unitel Classica will present the opera Don Carlo in a live broadcast from the Salzburg Festival, according to the companies.
Screenvision has announced that it will distribute content for Digital Cinema Destinations (Digiplex). The first joint theatrical title will be the documentary The United States of Football, which will debut August 23.
Qube Cinema partnered with Moving Image Technologies to provide multi-screen projection of synchronized digital cinema content at Comic-Con International in San Diego recently.
Rooftop Films, AT&T, Forest City, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership will present an elaborate, four-screen set-up for the New York premiere of Meredith Danluck’s North of South, West of East at MetroTech Commons on August 2.
On August 20 Robbie Williams will perform at Estonia’s 70,000-capacity Tallinn Song Festival Ground and fans in digital cinemas around the world will have the chance to catch the entertainer live on the big screen.
More2Screen has been appointed by AEG Live to distribute a spectacular rock show event, Def Leppard’s Viva Hysteria, to cinemas worldwide (except the U.S. and Canada) from September 19th.
This year the buzz at CineEurope seemed to be all about alternative content, or event cinema as it’s being increasingly referred to. As chair of the ECA it’s difficult to gain real perspective from the eye of the storm but having seen the business grow from an occasional add-on for exhibitors to a serious revenue stream in more recent years, the sense in Barcelona last month was that in event cinema, the possibilities are endless and the sense of real excitement was tangible. Everyone from major studios to major cinema chains to independents to technical partners seemed keen to know more, hear more, do more to exploit this established and still growing revenue stream.