A highlight of this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up Thursday, April 4, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was the announcement of the formation of the Cinity Cinema System, a joint effort between the Huaxia Film Distribution Company, Christie Digital Systems and GDC Technology to “develop, leverage and promote premium format movies driven by new, advanced configurations.” The announcement follows several years of debate in Hollywood and around the world regarding the best way to move forward with critical technology issues including high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut and immersive sound. Those issues were widely discussed at CinemaCon and we will have more to say about the show in the coming days. But the Cinity Cinema System announcement stands out because it feels like a watershed event. The question now is this: is Hollywood still the center of the motion picture industry or is that center shifting to China?
NEC has introduced what it says is the world’s first digital cinema projector that offers exhibitors the ability to replace the laser module in the projector head for the ultimate in versatility and future-proofing. The NEC NC2402ML is a 3-chip DLP projector that features RB laser technology delivering richer colors, brighter images, and a sealed optical engine and laser module for unsurpassed low cost of ownership.
Florida’s Cinemaworld has installed Christie RealLaser projection systems at its West Melbourne theater complex where systems integrator Bright Star Systems installed 14 Christie CP2315-RGB 2K pure laser projectors.
THX today announced that the world’s first THX Ultimate Cinema at Regency Westwood Village Theatre is scheduled to open later this year. THX company is working closely with Cinionic on the project.
Next week Galaxy Theatres will open the world’s first Sony Digital Cinema premium large format auditorium at its Las Vegas Boulevard Mall location. The opening is timed with this year’s CinemaCon, which is being held April 1-4 at Caesar’s Palace.
Cinema 21, the largest movie theater chain in Indonesia, is expanding its fleet of RGB pure laser cinema projectors by acquiring 100 additional units of Christie’s next-generation cinema projectors featuring Christie RealLaser illumination.
A panel discussion being held at this year’s CinemaCon will discuss how to stretch your investments in booth hardware. CinemaCon, the annual conference of the National Association of Theatre Owners, convenes April 1-4 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Huayi Brothers Cinemas has deployed Christie’s next-generation RealLaser cinema projectors at its flagship multiplex in Shanghai.
Sony Electronics is unveiling Sony Digital Cinema, the company’s version of an experiential premium large-format movie theatre auditorium. The first Sony Digital Cinema, which will open this spring at Galaxy Theatre’s deluxe Boulevard Mall site, will be the largest auditorium in the Las Vegas market, further enhancing Galaxy’s distinction as the Best Movie Theater in Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Sony Professional Solutions China and GDC Technology Limited today announced that Sony’s SRX-R608-DS dual 4K laser projection system integrated with GDC’s SR-1100 integrated media block has completed the full range of tests necessary to receive compliance from Digital Cinema Initiative. As a result of receiving DCI compliance for this latest projection system, exhibitors are positioned to capitalize on the continuing advancement in laser and high dynamic range technologies with a high-end, reliable product designed for small theatres.