In his annual address last week to the CinemaCon 2018 opening day audience, John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, gave a speech laced with familiar, and historically sound, themes: good movies drive people to theatres and good movies need to be seen on the big screen. Yes, there are months when box office numbers are down but those are dramatically offset by months where people of all ages fill the seats for the newest big movie. Yes, there are, and always will be, competition for moviegoers’ time and attention, but nothing will ever replace the big screen experience. Period.
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Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation have announced a multi-year partnership to restore a handpicked selection of the studios' classic titles. With this collaboration, Universal will fund the restorations as well as provide research and technical services. Through The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg will be personally involved in the process contributing their unique artistic expertise and historical knowledge throughout the restoration process. The restored versions will be screened at film festivals and archives around the world. The 2018 restoration slate includes the following:
Fandango announced today that it sold a third of the U.S. opening weekend box office dollars for Avengers: Infinity War, marking one of its largest shares of weekend box office dollars for any movie in Fandango’s 18-year history.
Screenvision Media today launched Corner Stories, a nationwide promotion in time for National Small Business Week. The Corner Stories – created by Screenvision Media’s in-house creative team, 40 Foot Solutions — provides a behind-the-scenes look into small business owners making a difference in their communities. Beginning May 3 local businesses can nominate themselves for the chance to appear in the inaugural Corner Stories segment as part of Screenvision Media’s Front & Center preshow. The winning spot will debut on July 4 and continue to air across the company’s national footprint for the entire month.
AGC International will handle foreign sales for animation studio Laika’s Film Five (working title), currently in production at the studio. The announcement was made today by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight and Stuart Ford, CEO of AGC Studios. Laika just announced Annapurna Pictures as its domestic distributor on the film.
A new survey conducted by Ernst & Young has found that frequent moviegoers are also frequent content streamers. The study also found that non-moviegoers are also less likely to stream content. The survey was reported by the National Association of Theatre Owners during last week’s CinemaCon 2018 convention in Las Vegas.
This past week at CinemaCon 2018 GDC Technology announced GoGoCinema, the company’s first venture into the consumer marketplace. GoGoCinema is the brainchild of Dr. Man-Nang Chong, GDC’s founder and CEO.
Éclair quietly launched its newest technology – ÉclairLive – with the successful first screening of a live event via streaming at the CGR cinema in Vitrolles, near Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône). This first event of its kind featured the April 22 National Basketball Association playoffs match of the Golden State Warriors versus the San Antonio Spurs.
China Film Cinema Da Guang Road in Nanjing has become the first cinema in China to operate the projection booth with no human intervention by using GDC Technology’s Cinema Automation 2.0, which is designed to fully automated workflow. The multiplex has been running for three months with zero incidents reported, providing significant increase in operation efficiency.
Ymagis Group has introduced hybrid tone mapping technology, which enables the optimized storage of two or more versions – standard dynamic range and high dynamic range – of the same feature film in a single SMPTE-compliant digital cinema package.
Warner Bros. Pictures intends to release up to five titles in CJ 4DPlex’s ScreenX format within the next twelve months. The films announced to date include The Nun in September, Aquaman in December, and Shazam! in April 2019, with additional titles to be confirmed later this year. This will build on the success of Rampage, which was released earlier this month in the panoramic, 270-degree, premium cinema format.
Silverbird Cinemas announced at CinemaCon this week that it is installing the first CJ 4DPlex 4DX theatres Nigeria. The first 4DX theatre will be located at the exhibitor’s Ikeja location – the highest-grossing cinema in West Africa. The second 4DX site will be opened in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. Silverbird has 10 locations across Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana, and is known for bringing innovation to the region. It currently holds 60 percent market share in Nigeria.
GDC Technology it has signed a three-year agreement with Inox Leisure, one of India’s leading multiplex chain to supply Ushio lamps. The agreement, which became effective in January, covers supplying Ushio lamps for all Inox screens through 2020.
Samsung premiered its branded Onyx Cinema LED display at CinemaCon 2018 going on this week at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. All venues currently featuring Samsung’s enhanced screen will operate under the Samsung Onyx Theater name moving forward.
Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, and Southern California-based AdPoD are capitalizing on recent advancements in artificial intelligence to fuel digital conversations using advertising platforms that engage and track moviegoers in the theater lobby.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations are known for introducing firsts to their customers, and they can add another to the list: the first U.S. installations of Sony’s 4K laser projection systems, installed at the just-opened Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands theater in Dallas, Texas. According to the location’s owner and COO, Bill DiGaetano, rolling out the new projectors is right in line with the Alamo Drafthouse approach of putting the customer experience first.
GDC Technology announced today the completed integration of its TMS-2000 Theatre Management System with the Screenvision Media preshow. The integration enables automated ingestion and programming of ad content directly from Screenvision Media’s server to GDC’s new Cinema Automation CA2.0 and its TMS-2000, the second most deployed theatre management system in the world. The integration provides Screenvision Media’s network of exhibitors with preshow trimming functionality to maximize time available for preshow advertising between every show.
Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, unveiled an innovative virtual reality gaming system for cinema lobbies and location-based entertainment venues. What makes it unique is that It doesn’t require the use of a head-mounted display, which many users feel can be isolating.
Vox Cinemas is installing Harkness 3D and 2D Clarus XC screen technology in its new four-screen Riyadh Park, Vox Cinemas first site in Saudi Arabia.
GDC Technology announced today that it has won a solicited tender proposal to be CJ CGV’s exclusive provider of digital cinema servers for the next two years. CJ CGV, an affiliates under the CJ Group, operates the largest number of screens and cinemas in Korea. The agreement involves the deployment of GDC digital cinema servers in all CJ CGV cinemas in Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and the United States.