John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners and Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the trade show CinemaCon issued a joint memo to the industry today to announce that, “It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020.”
Severtson Screens will feature its next generation SAT-4K Acoustically Transparent cinema projection screen line during CinemaCon 2020, which is being held from March 30 through April 2 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, announced today that the award-winning Barco Series 4 laser projection platform has had commitments from global exhibitors for more than 8,000 units since its launch one year ago. According to the company, Cinionic leads in laser solutions with more than 20,000 units worldwide.
On the heels of a successful kick-off event in Los Angeles, the trade group Women in Exhibition is set to make its CinemaCon 2020 debut. Officially introduced at 2019’s Geneva Convention, Women in Exhibition serves as a networking hub for women within the film exhibition industry. Since its launch, the non-profit foundation has welcomed more than 100 new members. At WIE events in Los Angeles in January and at last year’s ShowEast, women gathered to chat, network, and have a little fun.
John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners and Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the trade show CinemaCon have issued a joint memo to the industry offering an update regarding the impact the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is having on CinemaCon 2020, set to convene March 30 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In doing so they made one thing clear: as of now, CinemaCon 2020 will go on as planned.
This year, for the first time the organizers of CinemaCon will present and Excellence in Event Cinema Award. The award was designed to recognize innovative content that is transforming cinemas into entertainment venues by expanding the traditional definition of the movie theatre.
Each year, Digital Cinema Report presents a Catalyst Award to the best new technology introduced at CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. At this year’s show, held April 1-4 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, motion picture professionals from around the world gathered to discuss the latest issues, trends and technologies in motion picture production, distribution and exhibition. But this CinemaCon was noteworthy as much for the technology that was not on display there as for what was.
From the earliest days of feature length films until the 1980s, the movie going experience typically happened in a very large theatre with a really big screen. Faced with rising costs and increasing competition from television, exhibitors of that sad era cut their buildings into multi-screen complexes to increase ticket sales and maximize profits on concessions. Today, faced with a different set of economic realities, exhibitors around the world are increasingly responding by creating movie palaces that rival all but the most spectacular theatres of the turn of the last century. One trend at this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up last week, was the continuing rise of premium large format theatres. Another trend was the almost comical trashing of Netflix. PLF theatres and Netflix are both here to stay; we’ve been here before
A highlight of this year’s CinemaCon, which wrapped up Thursday, April 4, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, was the announcement of the formation of the Cinity Cinema System, a joint effort between the Huaxia Film Distribution Company, Christie Digital Systems and GDC Technology to “develop, leverage and promote premium format movies driven by new, advanced configurations.” The announcement follows several years of debate in Hollywood and around the world regarding the best way to move forward with critical technology issues including high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut and immersive sound. Those issues were widely discussed at CinemaCon and we will have more to say about the show in the coming days. But the Cinity Cinema System announcement stands out because it feels like a watershed event. The question now is this: is Hollywood still the center of the motion picture industry or is that center shifting to China?
GDC Technology announced today that it will launch its GoGoCinema on-demand-platform and app later this year. GoGoCinema was introduced at last year’s CinemaCon.
GoGoCinema enables moviegoers not only to book a theatre on the network, but also to see a movie of their choice listed on the platform from any handheld device or computer.