As the digital cinema era enters a new phase, exhibitors are increasingly looking at better ways to directly engage with their customers. Regal Cinema, long an industry leader, seems to have found a particularly interesting one. Concourse Media principals James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder announced today a deal with Regal Entertainment Group to distribute Moviebill, an interactive new product that has been crafted to enhance and extend the 21st century movie going experience. The inaugural edition will be announced later this year for a 2018 launch.
The One Network Alliance – a strategic partnership between Barco and in-theatre marketing pioneer Vision Media – will commercially debut its turnkey digital Lobby Experience at Cinemark’s Plano, Texas and Playa Vista, Los Angeles theatres this month. This will enable Cinemark to transform its cinema lobbies into immersive storytelling environments using digital content viewed on billboard-size displays.
Christie Showcased its CP4325-RGB pure laser cinema projector and the 72nd Australian International Movie Convention taking place now through October 12 at The Star Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Metropolitan Theatres has signed Vision Media to oversee installation and on-going management of circuit-wide digital signage and media systems. “Our partnership with Vision Media will further our efforts to enhance the movie-going experience. The investment in digital signage enables highly impactful communication that is flexible to best serve our customers,” said David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres.
At CineEurope 2017 Coca-Cola has joined forces with Barco to set up a Barco Lobby Experience to demonstrate how exhibitors can turn their cinema lobbies into enjoyable destinations to make the movie-going experience memorable.
Novo Cinemas, part of the Elan Group in Qatar, has launched a new flagship cinema at Mall of Qatar, in Al Rayyan, Doha. The new cinema features 19 screens, including an IMAX Laser theatre that features the largest IMAX screen in the MENA region and seats 530 people. It also includes an upgraded sound system featuring 12 channels plus sub bass that delivers lifelike sound from all directions, including overhead, to fill the cinema with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. I spoke recently with Novo Cinemas CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen about the new theatre and, in particular, her belief in the importance of lobbies.
Among a range of new products to be unveiled at CinemaCon next week in Las Vegas, Christie will be previewing a new Christie Freedom Series direct-coupled RGB laser projector; a pure laser innovation boasting higher efficiency and significantly longer life than hybrid cinema laser phosphor projectors.
The message from Barco at CinemaCon 2017 is that the company is delivering the future of cinema today, powering immersive entertainment experiences from the lobby to the auditorium and beyond. Featuring the brightest RGB Flagship and smart laser projectors, immersive digital lobby experiences, a unique panoramic storytelling platform, and lifelike 3D sound, Barco raises the bar for memorable movie experiences.
Barco and Vision Media Management have formed a strategic alliance to offer studios and exhibitors a single-source system for in-theater media marketing. The companies will jointly offer innovative digital products for cinema lobbies designed to enhance the movie going experience while driving customer engagement and loyalty.
National CineMedia has partnered with Twitter and Disney to feature Rogue One trailer assets and fan tweets on NCM's Lobby Entertainment Network of screens strategically located near the box office and other high-traffic lobby locations in select movie theatres nationwide. “This is our way of reimagining the lobby experience,” said NCM president Cliff Marks.