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Flix Brewhouse Partners with MoviePass

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 14:23 -- Nick Dager

MoviePass today announced a partnership with Flix Brewhouse, which calls itself the nation’s only cinema circuit that pairs full service in-theatre dining with an award-winning craft brewery at every location. Started in 2011, Flix Brewhouse is based in Round Rock, Texas and operates locations there as well as in Iowa, Indiana, New Mexico. Its newest theatre, in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, is expected to open in April.

AMC Opens New Cinema Era in Saudi Arabia

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:35 -- Nick Dager

AMC plans to open Saudi Arabia’s first cinema theatre, in Riyadh, on April 18. It marks the first time a commercial cinema theatre has opened in the country in nearly four decades. Reports say the first movie screened in the Kingdom will be Marvel’s Black Panther. With a population of more than 32 million, the majority under the age of 30, Saudi Arabia is set to become the largest market for moviegoers in the Arabian Gulf region. The Kingdom is set to have nearly 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens, by 2030.

ÉclairPlay Content Platform Now Available in U.S., Western Europe & Australia

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:27 -- Nick Dager

The ÉclairPlay content platform connecting cinema exhibitors, content owners and distributors around the world, is now available in the following countries: USA, Belgium, Denmark, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. ÉclairPlay will also be launched in Germany in late April as a new and enhanced version of the TrailerLoop promotional tool for cinema exhibitors.

CinemaNext Debuts Sphera Theatre Concept

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:12 -- Nick Dager

CinemaNext recently debuted its new premium format Sphera theatre concept at Village Cinemas in the Mall of Athens. Combining the latest in projection, audio and lighting technologies, the Sphera theatre at Village Cinemas includes an 82-foot wide wall-to-wall screen, 669 luxury seats, 4K digital video projectors and a high-quality Dolby Atmos surround sound system. In order to provide a unique and innovative movie going experience, CinemaNext decided to incorporate Martin VDO Sceptron LED video fixtures to create a dynamic lighting system that complements the visuals on the screen.

Harman Opens New Experience Center, EMEA Headquarters in London

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:18 -- Nick Dager

Harman Professional Solutions today announced the grand opening of the Harman Experience Center – London. The new facility expands the growing global network of Harman Professional Solutions Experience Centers, including locations in Los Angeles, Singapore and Shanghai, and will serve as the new headquarters for the EMEA region.

Creating the Worlds of Ready Player One

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:41 -- Nick Dager

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One features two separate worlds. Each features very different realities and each required a different approach to filming. One depicts a fractured, dystopian future, while the other is filled with infinite possibilities. To help create this, Audiomotion, in collaboration with Digital Doman, relied on Vicon optical systems.

Samsung’s Buchanan to Keynote Future of Cinema Conference

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Chris Buchanan, Samsung’s director, business development, cinema screen, will give the keynote address at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Future of Cinema Conference April 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and is part of their annual convention.

DLP Digital Cinema Projectors in Outer Space?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:48 -- Nick Dager

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers are developing and testing an astronomical imager inspired by an Oscar-award winning cinema projection system. RIT scientist Zoran Ninkov has modified Texas Instruments' Digital Micromirror Device found in Digital Light Processing projectors to simultaneously capture light signatures from multiple objects in the same area of sky. The RIT astronomical imaging system is competing with other technologies for deployment on future NASA space missions for surveying star and galaxy clusters.

EclairGame, Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé Strengthen Partnership with Fifa Tour 2018

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:03 -- Nick Dager

EclairGame, the eSports-based entertainment solution for cinemas from Ymagis Group, and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé are strengthening their partnership established last year with the expansion of the competitions in the Fifa Tour 2018 championship to the Pathé Carré de Soie cinema in Vaulx-en-Velin and the Gaumont Montpellier Multiplex and Gaumont Wilson in Toulouse in addition to the Pathé La Villette cinema in Paris.

Movio Announces Global Launch of Audience Insights

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:50 -- Nick Dager

Movio has announced that its new Audience Insights tool launches globally next week. The company believes it could revolutionize how cinemas engage with their customers by predicting the most likely audience for each film. A world-first, cinema-centric tool, it draws on past audience behavioral data, helping cinema marketers connect moviegoers with the films most suited to them. They can then work out how best to incentivize attendance.

Sony Names Bob Raposo Head of Theatre Business

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:25 -- Nick Dager

Industry veteran Bob Raposo has joined Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas group as head of its theatre business. In that role, Raposo will focus on expanding Sony’s relationships with exhibitors and delivering a new experience for moviegoers through crystal LED direct view technology as well as Sony’s high dynamic range-ready 4K laser projector.

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