The International Cinema Technology Association will present the new ICTA Presentation Excellence Award to Heinz and Marius Lochmann, the owners, and operators of Traumpalast and IMAX Leonberg on May 18 at the German cinema convention Kino 2022 in Baden Baden.
With the new award the ICTA intends to honor cinema operators in Germany who embrace cinema technology and continuously strive towards celebrating the cinema theatre as a social and experiential meeting space, to the benefit of their audiences. Creativity, digital excellence and above the average focus on audiences were further selection criteria.
The winner, Traumpalast and IMAX Leonberg, had been nominated along with 15 other candidates and was selected as the winner by an international selection committee.
ICTA International director Jan Runge said, “We are delighted that our new award is presented to Heinz Lochmann and Marius Lochmann. When during the pandemic our entire industry came to a standstill Traumpalast and IMAX Leonberg made very positive international headlines: the biggest IMAX screen in the World, their innovative BedCinema offer, an integrated Bowling Center and a high-end restaurant meet the increasingly diverse and sophisticated demands of patrons. The family run Traumpalast group is known for its attention to detail and for developing individual concepts for each auditorium and each of their sites. Heinz and Marius Lochmann thereby embody the values of “showmanship”, which we were so keen to celebrate with this new award.”
Heinz Lochmann and Marius Lochmann said, “We are very honored to receive this award. Our ambition has always been to operate state of the art cinema technology and to provide our patrons with an unforgettable experience and a feel-good atmosphere. The biggest IMAX-screen in the world, our BedCinema offer, individually designed auditoriums and the innovative bowling center BOWL & CO. deliver ultimate recreational fun. We are very happy that our efforts have been recognized and honored. Thanks to the ICTA for this amazing award.”
HDF Kino e.V. Cinema president and CEO Christine Berg, speaking on behalf of the German cinema exhibitors’ association said, “We are delighted that this renown award is now also presented in Germany and would like to extend huge congratulations to Heinz Lochmann and Marius Lochmann for the much-deserved recognition. ICTA’s Presentation Excellence Award honors the efforts and ambitions of cinema operators to turn cinemas into very special places of experience. Thank you to all directors of the ICTA for your support and for launching the award. It will be our pleasure to celebrate the award winners with everyone in Baden-Baden.”