Kitag Cinemas, the largest exhibitor in German-speaking Switzerland, is installing CJ 4DPlex’s 4DX cinema seating in its theatre in Abaton Zurich. Kitag Cinemas has 85 screens and 17,000 seats at the following locations: Basel, Bern, Biel, Lucerne, Emmenbrück/LU, St. Gallen, Abtwil/SG, Winterthur and Zurich. The Zurich theatre has 12 auditoriums with a total of 1,759 seats. The 4DX screen is scheduled to open before the end of the year.
CJ 4DPlex today announced that Kinepolis is set to open four 4DX theatres by the end of the year. Kinepolis will open 4DX theatres at its cinemas in Antwerp and Brussels (Belgium), Lomme (France) and Madrid (Spain). The first film that Kinepolis will show in 4DX is still to be confirmed.
ScreenX, the world’s first multi-projection system that provides a 270-degree panoramic film viewing experience within a theatre setting, has announced that Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be available in the immersive format. In addition to opening in ScreenX, the film will be made available for bookings on nearly 400 4DX screens in 49 countries around the world.
The Fate of the Furious is the most watched 4DX film of 2017, and is expected to surpass the 1.5 million-attendance mark. The box office success was driven by the best opening week performance in 4DX history, reaching 760,000 moviegoers – 31 percent more than the first week attendance for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (580,000) in 2015.
CJ 4DPlex has announced the films scheduled to be released in its 4DX immersive seat format in 2017. These new releases include the following titles from global studios premiering in various regions around the world during the first half of 2017:
Immersive cinema seating is one of the fastest growing trends in mainstream motion picture exhibition and shows no signs of slowing. Translating the action on the screen into what a viewer experiences in the seat is no simple task and requires the hard work of many talented people. To learn more about that process, I recently spoke, via email, with Catherine Yi, creative director of 4DX America.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé – the number one cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland – will open France’s first CJ 4DPlex 4DX theatre early next year. The theatre will be located at brand new Pathé’s La Villette multiplex in Paris, which is opening mid-December 2016. This location is the largest cinema in Northern Paris, with 16 screens and 2,900 seats.
Cineplex Entertainment in partnership with CJ 4DPlex, today announced that Canada’s first 4DX auditorium will open its doors on Friday. Premiering at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP in Toronto, Ontario, Cineplex’s 4DX auditorium features 80 specially-designed motion seats that are further enhanced by environmental effects like wind, mist, bubbles, snow and scent that work in perfect synchronicity with the action on the big screen. Amplifying the experience from watching a movie to almost being in it, the new auditorium will feature the latest Hollywood new releases, beginning this Friday with the premiere of the highly anticipated film Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
CJ 4DPlex has partnered with Royal Films in Colombia to expand its number of operations from four to six by bringing the fully immersive 4DX technology, which incorporates motion chairs and multisensory environmental effects to a Royal Films theatre in Viva Barranquilla, the third largest shopping mall in Colombia in late October. Another installation will be added by late 2017.
Regal Entertainment Group will add the 4DX immersive cinema experience to 17 additional screens in the U.S. by the end of 2018. This will include the installation of 4DX seating in Orlando, Florida and Seattle, Washington within the next few months.