Late last month, 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 acknowledging that while the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a serious concern, CinemaCon 2020 is still set to convene March 30 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Digital Cinema Report published that memo http://bit.ly/2uQJITK in its entirety. This week the two men issued another memo detailing the many precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of everyone who attends the convention.
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ICE Theatres announced today that Sony Pictures’ upcoming action film Bloodshot will be shown in the U.S. utilizing its immersive cinema experience format.
Kino Arena is installing recliners from Atom Seating at its movie theatre in the Sofia Mall in Sofia, Bulgaria. A total of 750 Atom Seating Helium recliners, a Spaces and Between brand, will be installed. Kino Arena owner Stefan Minchev said he chose Helium recliners as a step towards enhancing the overall movie experience of the cinemagoers.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will explore the evolution of video compression, and new ideas for keeping files small, while preserving quality and creative intent, at its monthly meeting, scheduled for March 26 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
DP Nicolaj Bruel and director Matteo Garrone, who first worked together on the award-winning 2018 feature film Dogman, recently repeated their collaboration on the live action Italian language feature film Pinocchio, starring Oscar winner Roberto Benigni. A live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a wooden puppet that is brought to life, the production had to be right on many levels.
Pathé Netherlands today signed an agreement to deploy Cielo’s cinema enterprise system for all their sites in the Netherlands. The agreement was implemented by Unique X, Pathé’s long time provider of the RossettaBridge theatre management system. Cielo’s software will act as a complement to Unique X's platform. Pathé has 246 screens across the Netherlands.
Vieshow has opened the first all-THX certified theatre in Taiwan. The Vieshow Muvie Cinemas, which opened in late January, is located in the affluent uptown Xinyi district of Taipei. The theatre has the seating capacity for 1,147 moviegoers in eight auditoriums.
Nordisk Film Cinemas has signed with Selligent to use the company’s cloud-based platform to automate omni-channel digital marketing campaigns, enabling it to personalize and optimize the millions of communications sent to its cinema guests across Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The Independent Cinema Alliance and the Cinema Buying Alliance have announced a partnership with Digital Light Sources to launch the first energy efficient LED fixtures and bulbs supply program for facility-wide theatre complexes.
Different trends are emerging and developing when it comes to sustainability in cinema. The European Union is playing a leading role with regulations around eco design and the circular economy; energy efficiency and renewable energy; waste and hazardous substances. The restriction of hazardous substances is one that has a very close link to cinema, given its impact on the production, sales and availability of mercury UHP lamps.
In 2018, a total of 696 European films were theatrically released in at least one of the 15 non-European markets, a new report shows. This is the largest number of European films released outside Europe in the past five years and represents about nine percent of the total number of European films on release worldwide. European films represented 18 percent of the tracked number of films on release in the 15 non-European sample markets. The European Audiovisual Observatory has released an updated edition of the report entitled The Circulation of European films outside Europe.
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.
Ymagis Group has completed the sale of its Éclair Classics subsidiary to L’Image Retrouvée, a subsidiary of the Italian company L’Immagine Ritrovata. The company emphasized that this agreement has no impact on the rest of the Éclair business.
The French immersive cinema experience, ICE Theatres, with 36 screens and counting, and its parent company, CGR Cinemas, the leading French multiplex company with 700 screens in France, today announced that Guillaume Thomine Desmazures will assume the role of senior vice president, sales and strategy, effective immediately.
Carnival Cinemas, Mumbai, one of the leading and fastest growing national multiplex chains in India, has chosen Christie’s RGB pure laser cinema projectors featuring RealLaser illumination technology as its projection systems to power theatre screens across the country. The projectors will be installed and maintained by TSR Films Private Limited, Christie’s pre-eminent integration partner of its family of RGB pure laser cinema projectors in India.
The Walt Disney Studios epic live-action film Mulan will be releasing worldwide in the immersive 4DX and ScreenX formats, starting March 25 in certain markets, totaling 734 4DX screens and 314 ScreenX screens worldwide.
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, the new feature documentary from Grammy Award-winning director Mary Wharton, producer Chris Farrell and writer Bill Flanagan, will make its world premiere April 15 as it opens the 19th Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The rockumentary-flavored film, which went through post-production finishing at Sim Post New York, centers on the 39th president’s life-long passion for music and rock’s contribution to his unlikely journey from a peanut farm in Georgia to the White House.
Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney, has installed the first Samsung Onyz Cinema LED Screen in Australia. The new installment features a 14-meter screen. Another 10-meter Onyx screen will also be installed at Hoyts Highpoint in Melbourne, Australia next month.
Multi-award-winning animation and visual effects studio and creators of original kids’ content Jellyfish Pictures today announced the opening of its new facility in Sheffield. The new studio is the result of the company outgrowing its current location following the expansion to the North of England less than a year ago.
The Hollywood Professional Association has named Paul Chapman, Kari Grubin, and Joachim Zell to its board of directors. They will serve three-year terms that began January 1. Michael DeValue joins the board for a one-year term as the SMPTE representative, a role vacated by Chapman at the end of his term.