On the heels of the successful openings of SMG Glendale in Southern California, and SMG Prosperity Village in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of 2019, the exhibitor will be kicking off 2020 with major expansion across the country.
CJ 4DPlex ended a successful 2019 with a record-breaking global box office for theatres with 4DX immersive seats, grossing more than $320 million, according to the company. With its best year yet at the global box office in 2019, ticket sales for movies shown in 4DX theatres increased 12 percent over 2018's record of $286 million. The seven highest grossing 4DX films of 2019 were:
Cinematographer Peter Chang has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. In a break from giant screen tradition, his film features close-ups. To accomplish that, he turned to Cooke lenses.
In Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang from the 2017 hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. The film, which made its way to North American theatres in December, has collected more than $600 million at the global box office. Also marking a return engagement is the team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services that created the earlier film’s soundtrack.
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.
CJ 4DPlex unveiled what it called the world’s first four-sided 4DX Screen movie theatre at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show currently underway in Las Vegas. The company also introduced an indoor AR platform that seamlessly combines reality with virtual objects and announced an ultra-wide zoom lens in development, which can reduce projection distance by 70 percent compared to standard projection lens.
The Aquarium of the Pacific, located near the waterfront in Long Beach, California, recently opened its “aquarium of the future,” called Pacific Visions, which features an immersive theatre, multiple interactive art installations, and hands-on multimedia displays. Brian Edwards, owner of Edwards Technologies, the integration firm that designed and installed the theatre AV and FX system at aquarium, says the project is an example of the future of both the AV industry and of storytelling as a whole.
The organizers of the upcoming Göteborg Film Festival have posed a question: Do you have what it takes to put yourself in a woman’s position? In a unique interactive film experience created by celebrated artist and filmmaker Anna Odell, powerful men such as hockey legend Börje Salming, a former president of Interpol and a Swedish former minister of justice are offered the chance to undergo gynecological exams as a way of showing their vulnerability. Welcome to The Gynecological Cinema Chair at Göteborg Film Festival.
As Hawthorne College winds down for the Christmas holidays, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority sisters one by one. Produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Get Out) for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic for the 21st century audience. The horror film was directed and co-written by Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Although Takal was a fan of the original film, she wanted to bring attention to contemporary women’s rights issues, in particular the Me-Too movement
Aiming to tap the current boom in film and television production, Signature Post, a fully immersive sound editorial and mixing facility, has launched in Burbank, California. Built by Kaiser Comm Construction, the all-new facility features three Dolby Atmos-certified mix stages and an automated dialogue replacement production stage and will cater to high-end feature and television projects.