IMAX today expanded its longstanding partnership with Wanda Cinema in China by signing a 20-theatre agreement. Under the deal, Wanda will upgrade to IMAX with Laser technology at ten of its top-grossing IMAX locations and install ten IMAX systems at new locations throughout the country.
My intimate contact with COVID-19 started last December. Looking back, I remember I was trying to arrange interviews for a new business development director in Beijing. I would fly out for a full day of interviews plus a quarterly business review with our China general manager, Allen Xing. Harkness had been developing a partnership for a high gain silver 3D screen with a premium format cinema brand.
Wanda Film Online held a 2019 annual performance briefing on May 9 where it was announced that the company plans to open as many as seventy new theatres by the end of 2020, according to a report in The Guardian.
Wanda Cinema, China’s largest film distributor and cinema operator, has chosen Christie’s compact all-in-one, DCI-compliant RGB pure laser cinema projector, featuring RealLaser illumination technology, for its 600th multiplex in the country. Located in the southern port city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou Haizhu Wanda Cinema comprises nine auditoriums, including a branded Prime at Wanda premium auditorium equipped with power reclining seats, surround audio and the Christie CP4330RGB cinema projector.
William Chan has joined QSC as senior director, North Asia, reporting to Markus Winkler, senior vice president Asia and EMEA. In this newly created role, Chan is responsible for sales and business operations in the North Asia region, including a focus on driving new revenue growth in Greater China and Japan for QSC’s live sound, cinema, and systems portfolios.
Dolby and Guangzhou Jinyi Media Corporation, owner of Jinyi Cinemas, one of the largest cinema circuits in China, today announced the opening of the 2,000th Dolby Atmos cinema screen in China at Jinyi Cinemas Jiaxing site. Jinyi has established its presence in more than 60 cities across China, such as Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Suzhou, and Wuhan, with more than 170 self-owned cinemas, in which 88 screens are equipped with Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos has become the largest premium format in China by screen count, according to the latest statistics from EntGroup Inc.
The July 19 opening of CJ 4DPlex 4DX with ScreenX at the Grand Cinema Sunshine in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, of Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Far From Home, extended its run by four weeks due to sold out screenings during prime-time slots and recording attendance rates as high as 99 percent during peak showing times. In China, 4DX with ScreenX attendance numbers also soared, with occupancy rates doubling that of standard 2D formats for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Huaxia Film Distribution recently held a grand launch in Beijing to formally introduce the Cinity Cinema System, which was unveiled earlier this year in Las Vegas at CinemaCon. A trailer of Gemini Man, the new film by Oscar award winning director Ang Lee was shown. Lee used the Cinity Cinema System to produce his latest film, Gemini Man in 4K stereoscopic 3D at 120 frames per second. He screened a trailer of the new film and made a video address to the audience gathered for the event.
The Chinese action film The Bravest was released at 48 frames per second on Pixelworks’ TrueCut platform. This is the fourth film to be released in high frame rate in China using the TrueCut platform, and a look into the cinematic opportunities to come for filmmakers using this video platform.
At the 2019 iResearch Awards Ceremony held last month in Beijing, CJ 4DPlex was honored in the Originative Cinema Technology category for its 4X with ScreenX technology.