The Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival will once again be held in Culver City, California with opening night scheduled for October 24 and closing night November 1. This year's theme will focus on the female empowerment, said the festival’s executive director Georges N. Chamchoum.
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Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, will be the exclusive laser projection provider for Kinepolis. The replacement of hundreds of existing and new screens with Barco laser projectors will take place over the next three years across Western Europe and Canada.
The International Union of Cinemas, the European Cinema trade group, has launched the second edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a 12-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. Building on the success of a ground-breaking pilot program, itself launched at CineEurope in 2017, this year’s edition will provide seven talented female European cinema professionals with the opportunity to receive one-to-one career advice, network and learn from outstanding women executives, recognized for their leadership and business success across the cinema landscape.
One of the biggest exhibition news stories of 2018 was the return of cinemas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban. Vista Entertainment supported AMC Entertainment and the Development & Investment Entertainment, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, tin their efforts to open the country’s first commercial cinema this past April.
The Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in ScreenX, CJ4DPlex’s panoramic film format. Ant-Man and The Wasp is set to premiere around the world beginning July 4.
The Odeon Cinemas Group has agreed to install seven Dolby Cinemas, marking the premium large format’s first implementation in the UK. Additionally, Odeon Cinemas Group has confirmed that Dolby servers, processors, and speakers will be utilized for all of its European entities going forward.
Cineworld Group says it will open 100 ScreenX locations at its theatres in the next few years. The agreement, which marks a major milestone for both companies, will include installing the multi-projection cinematic system in 10 different countries: U.S., U.K., Israel and seven other European countries.
MoviePass announced today that it has exceeded three million paying subscribers since announcing its low-cost subscription plans last August. The company says MoviePass’ rapid growth is within its projections that estimate the service will exceed five million paying subscribers by the end of 2018.
The Kuwait National Cinema Company has signed an agreement with CJ 4DPlex to bring its panoramic film-viewing experience ScreenX to the Middle East. The agreement represents the first ScreenX screen to be installed Kuwait.
Cinema Intelligence, a Vista Group company specializing in business intelligence for cinema exhibitors, has signed a deal with Nordisk Film, its first Scandinavian customer. The agreement covers both Denmark and Norway territories where Nordisk operates a total of 43 cinemas.