Despite the fact that industry stories continue to sound the alarm about box office woes, Studio Movie Grill, based in Dallas, says that in 2017 it has experienced major increases in off-peak attendance as well as with smaller films. The company credits MoviePass for much of that success
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Cineworld, the U.K.’s largest cinema operator, has acquired Regal, one of the largest theatre circuits in the U.S., for a reported $5.9 billion. The deal would create the world’s second-largest movie theater owner and enable Cineworld to better compete with AMC Entertainment, which is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The Cineworld-Regal combination would create a company with more than 9,500 screens in 10 countries.
The tenth annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 17-21, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles. Submissions are now open, and filmmakers are invited to register their films online. Details are available on the festival’s website.
Later this month Emagine Entertainment will unveil its Super EMAX theatre, which features a 92 feet wide by more than 48 feet tall screen. The company says it is the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan. Located at Emagine’s Novi location, the theatre’s grand opening will take place December 15 with the first showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In advance of the December 15 release of Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, National CineMedia is now presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie as part of its revamped preshow Noovies. The content is part of NCM’s Noovie Backlot series. For Steve Ochs, NCM’s senior vice president, marketing and creative, this is all part of his overall effort to re-imagine the preshow experience.
NEC Display Solutions projector solutions, announced today the appointment of Reiner Doetzkies as director, cinema business and technology. Doetzkies brings nearly two decades of cinema technology experience to NEC where he will be responsible for supporting the global company — including Japan, America, and Europe — in its cinema business and technology development. His duties will include alliance/partner management, industry standards management, building relationships within the movie studio community and supporting global sales and marketing.
Canada's first D-Box VR cinematic experience will officially open to the public Thursday in the lobby of Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa. The new center features 10 D-Box VR motion seats and VR systems.
Barco announced today that it has reached an agreement with China Film Company to change the ownership structure of its BarcoCFG joint venture for the Chinese cinema market.
Ymagis Group today launched EclairGame, a new esports based entertainment system fully-dedicated to gaming in cinemas, and a first agreement with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema circuit in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
MoviePass today announced two key additions to its business development team. Khalid Itum, an accomplished tech entrepreneur, investor, and advisor joins the company as vice president of business development; and former preferred content vice president, Zac Bright, has been appointed director of business development.