Leading event cinema distributor Fathom Events today reported that 26 of its titles grossed more than $1 million each at the box office in 2017. This statistic sets a new record and is a significant achievement over the company’s 2016 box office success of 14 titles passing this threshold, further demonstrating the increasing value and audience interest in event cinema.
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IMAX and CJ CGV today announced a sales agreement for four new IMAX theatres to be added to existing and new multiplexes in Turkey. The theatres will be operated by CJ CGV subsidiary, Mars Entertainment Group, operator of the largest cinema circuit in Turkey. The agreement brings to 133 the exhibitor’s total IMAX commitment with theatres in South Korea, China, Vietnam and Turkey.
The Indian film entertainment company Eros International announced today that Eros Now, its digital over-the-top South Asian entertainment platform has reached 80 million registered users and five million paying subscribers worldwide. This represents growth of more than 150 percent since the end of 2016.
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees in all categories of the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Winners will be revealed at the organization’s February 17 ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom. This year’s emcee is Ben Mankiewicz, a longtime host on Turner Classic Movies.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group today announced that it has appointed two senior executives to the London-based leadership team to align digital cinema, delivery and localization: Andrew Bell joins Deluxe as senior vice president, operations and technology, EMEA. George Eyles has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial and business development, worldwide. Both Bell and Eyles will report to Walter Schonfeld, worldwide president of Deluxe Distribution.
Less than 30 days after announcing its milestone of one million subscribers, MoviePass announced today that it has added another 500,000 new paying subscribers since December 12, 2017. MoviePass is a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics.
Brazilian exhibitor Spcine, which is focused on bringing cinemas to low-income areas in São Paulo, has deployed Christie digital cinema projection systems in its 20 recently opened theatres in the city. The installation was carried out by Christie partner Seal Telecom.
In Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the game has changed as four teenagers are sucked into the world of Jumanji. Director Jake Kasdan has introduced many clever twists to the action-adventure, and that created plenty of opportunities for the film’s sound crew to get creative with sound. All sound services were completed at Sony Pictures Post Production Services.
CJ 4DPlex says it finished 2017 with record gross box office and attendance for its 4DX immersive seating cinema format. Additionally, the company says, more new 4DX locations opened in 2017 than any other year, reaching 475 locations worldwide.
FotoKem was the facility of choice for providing comprehensive creative and technical services from pre-production through final deliverables on the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Last Jedi from Disney/Lucasfilm. The facility built technically advanced solutions that supported the creative team through their interplanetary production from dailies to color grade.
CJ 4DPlex has announced the locations of the next four 4DX theatre locations to open as part of its agreement with Cinépolis. The next 4DX theatre part of the agreement will open in Mexicali, Mexico on January 15, bringing the total number of 4DX sites in Mexico to 31.
Germany’s Cinecitta’ Nuremberg, one of Europe’s largest and most technically advanced multiplexes, has purchased two Sony Digital Cinema SRX-R815DS 4K laser dual projection systems. Meanwhile, CineSpace also purchased a SRX-R815DS system for the 25-meter screen at its luxurious Waterfront complex in Bremen. The auditorium also features Dolby Atmos sound.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé announced today that it will open at least 50 CJ 4DPlex 4DX locations in Europe by 2020.
In response to the patent infringement lawsuit filed by RealD against it Volfoni today issued the following official statement on innovation to the cinema industry:
MoviePass announced today that it has surpassed one million paying subscribers, an increase in its subscriber base by more than 6,500 percent since the introduction of its $9.95 per month pricing model in August. The company says it has reached this milestone in less time than Spotify, Hulu, and Netflix.
RealD today filed a complaint with the District Court (Landgericht) in Düsseldorf, alleging that Volfoni SAS, Volfoni GmbH and CinemaNext Deutschland have infringed three of RealD’s European patents by the importation, sale, or offer for sale of the Volfoni SmartCrystal Diamond cinema systems in Germany. In the complaint, RealD requests an injunction banning the sale of the infringing devices and seeks financial damages.
Arts Alliance Media, together with their Chinese reseller Beijing Cserv, today announced that Jackie Chan Cinemas is centralizing all their operations using AAM’s enterprise Theatre Management System Producer.
The Event Cinema Association’s fifth annual conference will take place February 7 at Vue West End in Leicester Square, London. A highlight of the event cinema industry calendar, the conference brings together a diverse range of content producers, technical providers, distributors and exhibitors from all over the world.
Barco was named CineAsia 2017 Technology Innovator of the Year earlier this week in Hong Kong. In accepting the award, senior vice president entertainment Wim Buyens said, “Given that this is exactly what we try to achieve, we are particularly proud to be recognized as Technology Innovator of the Year.
FlixCinema is a new chain of Indonesian movie theatres, designed to appeal to all audiences by offering a range of facilities aimed at different budgets. It has five auditoriums labeled silver, gold or platinum, according to the facilities they offer. The premium-priced platinum hall offers the highest level of comfort, featuring a premium lounge, fully reclining luxurious seat, soft blanket, side table and a USB charger for all patrons.