ShowEast and the National Association of Concessionaires have announced that the 2022 ShowEast Icon Award will be presented to the entire motion picture exhibition industry, as represented by three unique companies and people: Marcus Theatres represented by Rob Novak, Santikos Theatres represented by Rob Lehman and Cranford Theatres represented by Doreen Sayegh are each credited with leading the NAC, and the exhibition industry out of the pandemic and into recovery.
After 30 months of planning and construction, S&B Cinemas has opened Avenue Cinema Minehead, the company’s third theatre.
Yosemite Cinema, an independent movie theatre located inside Yosemite National Park, has opened a Positron XR Cinema virtual reality theatre equipped with 16 motion pods designed to give audiences premium cinematic VR experiences.
Burnham-On-Sea’s Ritz Cinema hopes the replace the street art on one side of its building with a large electronic advertising billboard. The Ritz Social Club, which runs the cinema, has applied to the Sedgemoor District Council for permission to introduce the illuminated display on the north-facing cinema wall opposite the town’s post office.
The Independent Cinema Alliance has added a new program by Digital Light Sources to offer laser phosphor upgrade kits for digital cinema projectors to its members. As the nation’s only buying group for exhibitors, the ICA plays a vital role in leveling the playing field and building a competitive position for independent cinemas operating throughout North America.
Lotus Cinemas, an international and independent film theatre, is set to open on March 25 at Parkside Town Commons in Cary, about 18 miles from Durham, North Carolina. The theatre is a new concept and is the brainchild of Paragon Theatres’ co-CEOs Michael Whalen and Michael Wilson.
Leading British independent exhibitor Reel Cinemas, which operates 15 multiplex sites with 78 screens across the United Kingdom, has retained Showtime Analytics to provide it with an operational data platform and customer communication. Reel Cinemas just entered its 21st year in business. With continued expansion plans underway, the company launched two sites during the pandemic.
The Gregg Theatre in Sedan, Kansas, is preparing to open its doors once again thanks to a dedicated team of local volunteers and some help from Christie’s professional services team. First opened in August 1938, and featuring a beautiful marquee, the Gregg Theatre was one of the first theatres to introduce talking pictures. It was remodeled over the years, and a new, larger projection screen was installed in 1947
The United Drive-In Theater Owners Association and the Independent Cinema Alliance have launched the Blockbuster Summer program, designed to celebrate, and support the comeback of the movie-going experience.
The INDY Cinema Group has signed with Strong Technical Services to provide managed services including equipment monitoring, digital signage, remote access, and reporting for its theatres in Europe.