Christie cinema projectors illuminated all three screens for the September grand opening of New York State’s newly renovated, historic Bedford Playhouse. The original Playhouse first opened its doors in April 1947, and 70 years later the total audio/visual design and installation phase for the new complex was awarded to Digital Media Systems, a valued Christie business partner, as part of the construction of the new facility that began in spring 2017.
With a passion for movies that he’s had for as long as he can remember Mark Louis, director of presentation for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, started working in the theatre industry almost 40 years ago. When watching movies, he realized early on that the slightest imperfection in the presentation was a distraction. Even unavoidable distractions like on-screen cue marks on 35mm film prints would grab his attention. He says he found himself wondering why imperfections like those marks were present and could they be avoided. That frustration with a less than perfect presentation and a fascination with how movie magic actually worked is what lured him to the technical side of the business where he remains to this day. I recently spoke with Louis about his career in exhibition and his role at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
For the third straight year, Italy’s Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo has selected WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to manage film, television, documentary and gaming content. Relied on by festivals, studios and broadcasters worldwide, WCPMedia Services provided a fast and simple way for producers and distributors to submit projects to MIA and share them, securely, with potential buyers both at the market and around the globe.
Kino Lorber has made a multi-year strategic alliance with film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by industry leaders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Going forward, Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films will co-acquire four to five theatrical titles per year to be marketed and released by Zeitgeist Films, which will continue to be operated and controlled by co-presidents Gerstman and Russo.
Éclair today announced the signing of a framework agreement with Gaumont for the restoration of more than 100 feature films. The contract will cover a three-year period and calls 25 to 40 films to be restored annually.
National Geographic's slate of documentary films, both 3D and 2D, will soon be available on Ymagis Group’s CineConductor including U23D, which is timed to coincide with U2's 33-city Joshua Tree Tour.
The Strand Theatre has been entertaining audiences in Rockland, Maine since 1923. Listed on the National Historic Register, the multi-use theatre has evolved over time to host folk, rock, blues, jazz and classical music performances, as well as films, comedy, live theatre and special events. To provide superior sound reinforcement for its diverse programming, the Strand Theatre upgraded their system with Fulcrum Acoustic full-range coaxial horn systems.
Éclair, Ymagis Group’s content services business unit, today announced a strategic alliance with the Art House Convergence, USA’s premier non-profit association in support of independent film exhibition and distribution. This new alliance was sealed during AHC’s 10th Anniversary Conference held just prior to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Targeted at premium art house theatres, Screenvision Media’s new network Screenvision Select launched in theaters this past fall within the top domestic markets across the country.
Alamo Drafthouse opens its 25th, and first New York, location today and to introduce New York City audiences to its strict no talking, no texting policy the company has enlisted the help of some of New York’s funniest people to star in a new series of three in-theater public service announcements exclusively for Alamo Downtown Brooklyn.