GDC Technology today announced that more than 60,000 of its cinema media servers have been shipped to customers worldwide. According to the company, more than a third of the world's cinema screens, from renowned art houses to ultra-modern multiplexes, count on GDC Technology to enable new possibilities for big screen content and experiences. GDC also announced today that its SX-4000 immersive sound media server with a built-in DTS:X decoder, and the XSP-1000 immersive cinema sound processor reached a milestone of 1,000 screens worldwide.
Distribution & Exhibition
Cinepax has announced plans to launch the first two 4DX immersive seating theaters in Pakistan. Cinepax’s flagship location, a 10 screen multiplex, at the Packages Mall, Lahore, will house the first 4DX theatre in the country. The second will be at the Ocean Tower mall in Karachi. Both installations are scheduled for 2019.
Industry veteran Rod Archer has joined QSC Cinema as product manager. In his new role, Archer will be primarily responsible for product strategy and execution for Q-SYS for Cinema, Cinema Media Server, Control and Accessibility Product categories. Archer brings a rich career of product development experience, with more than 30 years of executive product development roles.
Marking the most significant and wide-reaching purchase agreement yet for the RealD Ultimate Screen by a single circuit, Wanda Cinema Line Corporation announced today that it will install no less than 100 RealD Ultimate Screens in their theaters across China during the next two years.
Cielo is joining forces with Goldenduck Group, the largest digital cinema systems integrator in Southeast Asia to expand Cielo’s innovative suite of digital products across the region. As part of the new partnership, Goldenduck will offer Cielo’s enterprise monitoring system that provides digital management, analytics and support of theater operations, enabling exhibitors to streamline and centralize operational processes through the power of automation.
Fathom Events is expanding its distribution beyond the cinema with the announcement of its new Fathom Affinity Network. The company is partnering with Faith Content Network to reach nearly 800 churches nationwide, located in additional markets outside its current exhibition partner locations. This partnership will provide theatrical-quality faith and inspirational content to underserved audiences across the country.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China. The December 7 opening of the world’s largest 3D LED cinema was timed with the premiere of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics superhero film Aquaman, which has a DTS:X immersive sound track. Aquaman opened with $93.6 million in ticket sales in three days in China, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. title in that territory.
PVR Cinemas, one of the largest film exhibition companies in India, today signed an agreement with Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, to upgrade 150 screens at both new and existing PVR properties with Barco’s 2K, 4K and Flagship Laser projection within 12 to 18 months.
Major Cineplex, the largest movie theater operator in Thailand, has invested in Christie’s RealLaser cinema projectors for deployment in its multiplexes in Bangkok.
The Harkness Clarus XC screen has been selected as the official screen for 2D and 3D theatrical presentations during CineAsia 2018, the industry’s leading event for the Asian market.