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Wanda Cinema Installs Christie Projection in its 600th Multiplex in China

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:11 -- Nick Dager

Wanda Cinema, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, has chosen Christie’s compact all-in-one, DCI-compliant RGB pure laser cinema projector, featuring RealLaser illumination technology, for its 600th multiplex in the country. Located in the southern port city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou Haizhu Wanda Cinema comprises nine auditoriums, including a branded Prime at Wanda premium auditorium equipped with power reclining seats, surround audio and the Christie CP4330RGB cinema projector.

Elite Media Adds Sony 4K HDR Mastering Monitors

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

Santa Clarita, California post-production facility Elite Media Technologies has added two Sony BVM-HX310 31-inch 4K high dynamic range master monitors to complement several BVM-X300, 30-inch 4K/HDR OLED reference monitors. The new HX310s work in conjunction with the X300s in critical monitoring situations, mastering and quality control environments and advance Elite’s HDR capabilities by offering support for wider color gamuts and providing up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. In addition, the HX310s can be color-matched to the incumbent X300 monitors for accurate color reproduction throughout the facility.

Group Proclaims January 18 to be Independent Cinema Day

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:50 -- Nick Dager

The Independent Cinema Alliance has announced that Saturday, January 18 will be the inaugural Independent Cinema Day. The goal of the holiday is to encourage moviegoers nationwide to support their local independent cinema. The ICA is a trade association dedicated to providing a public voice that promotes the importance of independent cinemas as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and vibrant motion picture industry.

Éclair Announces Deployment Deal with Brazilian Digital Cinema Integrator Quanta

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:19 -- Nick Dager

Éclair today announced an agreement with São Paulo-based Quanta for the deployment of Éclair’s broadband network and digital content delivery systems, including its innovative ÉclairPlay content delivery platform, across Brazil. The joint service offering has been designed to meet the needs of film producers, distributors and cinema exhibitors in Brazil seeking an alternative full-service digital content distribution & broadband delivery network, including mastering and trailer services, key digital message management and content delivery to cinemas around the country.

Goldcrest Post Supports Five Sundance Films

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:17 -- Nick Dager

Goldcrest Post provided post-production services for five films making their world premieres in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Four of those films, The 40-Year-Old Version, Nine Days, Save Yourselves! and Shirley, have each been accepted in the festival’s prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition. The Truffle Hunters is included in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The festival runs January 23 to February 2 in Park City, Utah.

CJ4DPlex Unveils World's First Four-Sided 4DX Screen

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 11:07 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex unveiled what it called the world’s first four-sided 4DX Screen movie theatre at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show currently underway in Las Vegas. The company also introduced an indoor AR platform that seamlessly combines reality with virtual objects and announced an ultra-wide zoom lens in development, which can reduce projection distance by 70 percent compared to standard projection lens.

Aquarium of the Future Opens in California

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:45 -- Nick Dager

The Aquarium of the Pacific, located near the waterfront in Long Beach, California, recently opened its “aquarium of the future,” called Pacific Visions, which features an immersive theatre, multiple interactive art installations, and hands-on multimedia displays. Brian Edwards, owner of Edwards Technologies, the integration firm that designed and installed the theatre AV and FX system at aquarium, says the project is an example of the future of both the AV industry and of storytelling as a whole.

ASC Announces Feature Film Nominees

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:34 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated eight feature films in the theatrical and spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Leading the list of nominees is Roger Deakins for 1917. This is his 16th nomination; he has won four times for The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Skyfall, and Blade Runner 2049.

The Gynecological Cinema Chair

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 10:50 -- Nick Dager

The organizers of the upcoming Göteborg Film Festival have posed a question: Do you have what it takes to put yourself in a woman’s position? In a unique interactive film experience created by celebrated artist and filmmaker Anna Odell, powerful men such as hockey legend Börje Salming, a former president of Interpol and a Swedish former minister of justice are offered the chance to undergo gynecological exams as a way of showing their vulnerability. Welcome to The Gynecological Cinema Chair at Göteborg Film Festival.

Digital Cinema’s Second Decade

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:51 -- Nick Dager

Given the state of the motion picture business today it hardly seems possible that in 2010 a significant number of movie theatres were still running film projectors and that many exhibitors were reluctant to make the transition to digital cinema technology. A lot has changed in the past ten years – digital cinema’s second decade – change that was driven almost entirely by new technology. While predicting what the next decade will bring is all but impossible, I feel safe in saying that moving forward the exhibition business will be increasingly interactive, immersive and local. I also feel safe in saying that eSports and content from companies such as Netflix will both play major roles in exhibition before the new decade comes to a close. And China’s role in all of this seems all but certain to get even more complicated. But let’s begin our look back at the past decade with Avatar, the movie that arguably jumpstarted everything.

Studio Movie Grill Raising Money for Equal Justice Initiative

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

Studio Movie Grill is partnering with Warner Bros. Pictures and Participant to offer pre- and post-opening private screening experiences of the new film Just Mercy, scheduled to release nationwide on January 10. During these special screenings, SMG will donate five percent of the proceeds from food and beverage sales to the Equal Justice Initiative, founded by Bryan Stevenson.

Voolsy Screen Enters Exhibition Market

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:20 -- Nick Dager

Indian digital signage company Voolsy Screen has introduced cloud-based software designed for movie theatres that will enable exhibitors to manage or update content across multiple screens from a single dashboard. Content can be scheduled well in advance, the company said in a press release, adding that the software supports images, HTML or videos.

Cinemark Signs 10-Year with Cinionic for Barco Laser Projection

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Cinemark Holdings, one of the world’s largest movie exhibitors, operating more than 6,000 screens, has signed a 10-year deal with Cinionic to upgrade the chain with Barco Series 4 laser projectors and integrated Barco Alchemy media servers. The agreement further solidifies both companies’ commitment to elevating the movie-going experience for global audiences. Today, Cinionic and Cinemark renew their commitment to the future of cinema, their partnership, and laser to power the next generation.

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