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.
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Frame.io, one of the world’s leading video review and collaboration platform used by more than one million filmmakers and media professionals, has hired Michael Cioni as senior vice president of global innovation. Cioni, one of the industry’s most prominent production and post workflow experts, joins Frame.io from international camera company Panavision, where, in a similar role, he spearheaded numerous breakthrough products and workflows, including the Millennium DXL 8K large-format camera system.
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.
Movio has named Shona Grundy head of product. Grundy will work out of Auckland and report to Movio co-founder and CEO William Palmer. A seasoned entrepreneur and product leader, Grundy will be responsible for capturing the required outcomes of the market, related industries, as well as the Movio front-line team and distilling this information into a product vision that provides clear and cohesive direction for the company.
Combining one of the oldest architectural designs in the Western world – the amphitheatre – with some of the most advanced motion picture exhibition technology available today may sound like a great idea for a new movie theatre. Applying that concept to an existing theatre, though, makes the challenge seem truly daunting. But that’s exactly what happened when B&B Theatres acquired an old movie house in Overland Park, Kansas and set about the work of making it their own. The result is the world’s second largest ScreenX auditorium and its first ScreenX Amphitheatre, complete with a unique approach to the DTS:X sound system.
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.
Three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s much anticipated new film, Paramount Pictures’ Gemini Man, premieres October 6 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. As has been the case with Lee’s most recent work, the film stretches technological boundaries by being produced in 4K resolution, stereoscopic 3D, and shot at 120 frames per second. The premiere will use Cinity, the new HFR cinema projection system developed by Christie for Huaxia Film Distribution. Christie’s strategic partnership with Huaxia Film Distribution and GDC Technology Limited resulted in the development of the Cinity Cinema System based on two Christie CP4450-RGB HFR projectors.
Apple Cinemas in Simsbury, Connecticut has installed nearly seven hundred Atom Seating Neon Recliners with swivel tables in eight auditoriums.
A new study reports that art house movie patrons greatly value their local theatres and show that both with their attendance and their money. For the sixth consecutive year, the Art House Convergence, a trade organization, partnered with Avenue ISR to learn more about art house audiences in the U.S
The Hollywood Professional Association awards committee has announced the nominees for the creative categories for the 2019 HPA Awards. A standard bearer for creative excellence and technical innovation, the HPA Awards honor outstanding achievement and artistic excellence by the individuals and teams who help bring stories to life.
Alamo Drafthouse’s newest location – its 39th – in Westminster, Colorado continues the cinema-eatery’s tradition of implementing Sony’s 4K laser digital cinema projection technology. The nine-screen, all-laser complex features Sony’s SRX-R815P and 815DS 4K laser projectors in auditoriums ranging in size from 78 Seats to 245 Seats. The projectors deliver a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and are high dynamic range and high frame rate capable.
CJ 4DPlex and Paramount Pictures have expanded their ongoing partnership to release the action-thriller Gemini Man in the ScreenX format. Directed by Ang Lee. Gemini Man in ScreenX will be shown in theaters worldwide beginning October 2, on 233 screens, across 22 countries. The film opens in the U.S. on October 11 at Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres and CGV Cinemas.
Leading Hindi films distributor Yash Raj Films has teamed with California based MediaMation to release the Indian feature War in MX4D. The film is one of the most anticipated features of all time for the Indian film industry.
National CineMedia and Screenvision are joining the next phase of Feed our Future, a global cinema ad campaign that shines a light on the United Nations World Food Program’s life-saving work on the frontlines of world hunger. Starting today, the advertisement will be shown on movie screens across the U.S. through November. The Feed our Future campaign is part of a unique partnership between SAWA, the Global Cinema Advertising Association and the WFP, which is the leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
Dolby and Guangzhou Jinyi Media Corporation, owner of Jinyi Cinemas, one of the largest cinema circuits in China, today announced the opening of the 2,000th Dolby Atmos cinema screen in China at Jinyi Cinemas Jiaxing site. Jinyi has established its presence in more than 60 cities across China, such as Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Suzhou, and Wuhan, with more than 170 self-owned cinemas, in which 88 screens are equipped with Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos has become the largest premium format in China by screen count, according to the latest statistics from EntGroup Inc.
FotoKem has expanded its creative post-production services in Santa Monica, furthering the company’s ongoing commitment to filmmakers in the Los Angeles area. By providing access to its talented roster of artists and technical expertise, the expansion provides a convenient location on the west side connected to the company’s Burbank and Hollywood sites.
San Francisco’s One Union Recording Studios has received certification from Dolby Laboratories to provide sound mixing services in Dolby Atmos. The certification applies to One Union’s Studio Four and includes a Dolby Laboratories wall plaque signifying that the space conforms to technical specifications consistent with the immersive sound format.
B&B Theatres will install ten MX4D auditoriums in new builds, existing theatres and retrofitted cinema acquisitions across the United States by the end of next year. “The expansion of our relationship with MediaMation proves our belief in MX4D,” said Brock Bagby, executive vice president of B&B Theatres.
Sony Electronics has announced the expansion of its Sony Digital Cinema premium large format movie theatre auditorium in its first location in Texas, at Galaxy Theatres in The Colony. The contemporary cinema is planned to open next spring at Galaxy Theatres’ newest venue at Grandscape in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – a one-of-a-kind, mixed-use real estate development featuring shopping, dining and other attractions.
AMC has selected Cineplex Digital Media to manage and enhance AMC’s digital network at approximately 630 locations across the United States, including its box office signage, theatre menu boards and other ancillary signage. As part of the agreement, CDM will deploy its Flex Experience Platform throughout AMC’s domestic theatre circuit.