LMT Laboratory of Multimedia Technologies, a digital cinema and AV system integrator from Zagreb, Croatia, was awarded the public tender for the digitalization of independent cinemas as a part of the Croatian national digitalization project.
This is the final stage of the project announced two years ago, which highlighted Croatia as the only country in southeast Europe that provided institutional support in the process of the digitalization of small and independent cinemas.
"After helping the biggest commercial exhibitors in our region to switch to digital, we are honored to help small and independent cinemas to do the same. We are delighted with the opportunity to help small municipal cinemas survive, some of which include cinemas where movies were continually shown since 1907," said Zlatko Jelacic, general manager at LMT. "The national digitalization project is scheduled to be completed within only 90 days and includes 24/7 NOC technical support for all remote sites during the next five-year period."
The digital conversion covers 28 cinemas in different cities countrywide and six major Croatian film festivals, with a few remaining small cinemas joining the wave of digitalization very soon.
"Starting this autumn, Croatian art cinemas, as well as independent and municipality cinemas, will gain access to the largest possible selection of films, including premieres, as well as any and all additional content enabled by digital equipment," Jelacic said.