The Star Cinema Grill of Richmond, Texas has become the second movie theatre in North America to install a Samsung Onyx LED Cinema Screen. And in true Texas style at 46-feet wide, it’s the largest Onyx screen in North America.
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Odeon Cinemas Group is adding new Dolby Cinema auditoriums at two locations: Odeon Manchester Trafford Centre and Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza.
Samsung has announced four new locations to be opened in Europe, two in Spain, one in Ireland and one in Romania. Two screens will be installed at Odeon Multicines in Spain. The company’s Plaza de Armas, Seville location will be the first to open in September with a 10-meter screen, followed by the CC San Vicente, Alicante location with an Onyx 14 meter, opening by October. This will be the first 14 meter screen installed in Europe. Both installations will be completed by Ingevideo and Equipo de Cine.
ScreenX, the panoramic format from CJ 4DPlex, has grossed $22 million in the worldwide box office in five months, surpassing its own box office record from the same time last year. This marks a 85 percent surge in box office gross and the fastest record-breaking milestone in the history of the innovative format. Spider-Man Far From Home is scheduled to release in ScreenX on July 5th.
Sony Pictures has announced that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released in the 270-degree panoramic ScreenX format on July 2nd. It marks the first Sony Pictures film to be converted into ScreenX. Previously Sony Pictures released Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 4DX, another immersive cinema technology from CJ 4DPlex. The new Spider-Man will also be available in 4DX.
B&B Theatres, the sixth largest theatre chain in North America has added four ScreenX theatres and 10 Grand Screen premium large format rooms, bringing to 29 the total number of auditoriums with DTS:X sound. The installations were part of DTS’s partnership with GDC Technology.
Kinopolis Gruppe today announced that it has opened Germany’s first Dolby Cinema at the renowned Mathäser Palast in Munich. In addition, the Dolby Cinema at Mathäser will have its own entrance as well as a lounge area for film fans to enjoy the refreshments and beverages that will be on offer in a VIP style lounge.
Barco and Imax have renewed their partnership for the development of projectors for the Imax with Laser brand. The partnership began in 2012.
From the earliest days of feature length films until the 1980s, the movie going experience typically happened in a very large theatre with a really big screen. Faced with rising costs and increasing competition from television, exhibitors of that sad era cut their buildings into multi-screen complexes to increase ticket sales and maximize profits on concessions. Today, faced with a different set of economic realities, exhibitors around the world are increasingly responding by creating movie palaces that rival all but the most spectacular theatres of the turn of the last century. One trend at this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up last week, was the continuing rise of premium large format theatres. Another trend was the almost comical trashing of Netflix. PLF theatres and Netflix are both here to stay; we’ve been here before
A highlight of this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up Thursday, April 4, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was the announcement of the formation of the Cinity Cinema System, a joint effort between the Huaxia Film Distribution Company, Christie Digital Systems and GDC Technology to “develop, leverage and promote premium format movies driven by new, advanced configurations.” The announcement follows several years of debate in Hollywood and around the world regarding the best way to move forward with critical technology issues including high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut and immersive sound. Those issues were widely discussed at CinemaCon and we will have more to say about the show in the coming days. But the Cinity Cinema System announcement stands out because it feels like a watershed event. The question now is this: is Hollywood still the center of the motion picture industry or is that center shifting to China?