Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Latest Cinema and Exhibition Industry News.

Hello All,

Please find this weeks news headlines, available from: http://www.madcornishprojectionist.co.uk/latest_news.php


2012-04-17
Mexico's Cinepolis Eyeing Stake in India's Big Cinemas (Report) - The world's fifth largest multiplex operator is reportedly in talks with India's largest theatrical chain, Reliance-owned Big Cinemas.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

2012-04-17
Digital Cinema cuts IPO to 2.3M shares from 4.2M - Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. reduced the size of its initial public offering to 2.3 million shares, down from the 4.2 million shares it last month estimated it would offer in its public debut.
Source: Market Watch

2012-04-17
Sundance Cinema taking over the Metro - Last week's news, I know, but I've been on vacation so am just catching up. In case you haven't heard: Sundance Cinemas, a for-profit entity that's part of Robert Redford's Sundance empire (which also includes the film festival and the Sundance Channel), has acquired the Metro, the U-District tenplex operated by Landmark Theatres since it opened in 1989. Sundance will take over the theater beginning May 1, and will keep it in operation while renovating.
Source: Seattle Times (Blog)

2012-04-17
Austin Landing to add Regal Cinemas theater - RG Properties is bringing Regal Cinemas to Austin Landing, a 142-acre development off Interstate 75 just north of Warren County.
Source: Biz Journals

2012-04-17
£100k showstopper - A LISTED building is set for a £100,000 makeover.The work will see a new frontage at the Funny Girls showbar in Dickson Road, while a facelift for the interior is also planned. Owner Basil Newby is seeking permission for the scheme at the venue ñ formerly the Odeon Cinema, and a Grade II listed building.
Source: Blackpool Gazette

2012-04-17
Cinedigm Digital Cinema Strengthens Presence in Canada by Signing Leading Independent Theatre La Maison du Cinema - Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. /quotes/zigman/114691/quotes/nls/cidm CIDM -3.03% , the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 16 Cinedigm-Certified(TM) screens at La Maison du Cinema, a leading independent cinema in Quebec, Canada.
Source: Market Watch

2012-04-17
Cinema Technology Industry Addresses Complaints Over Dark 3D Cinema Screens - NAB Show demonstration will feature new laser projection technology. Many cinema industry leaders complain that 3D digital cinema projection and glasses cut down the light the viewer sees on screens.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

2012-04-17
REI Cinemas Selects Barco for 100 Percent Digital Cinema Conversion - Barco, the global digital cinema technology leader, has been selected as the exclusive digital cinema provider to convert 26 screens owned by REI Cinemas in South Carolina. Working closely with digital cinema integrator CineVision Corporation, Barco deployed its DP2K-20C DLP CinemaÆ projectors in the exhibitor's theaters in three sites.
Source: D Cinema Today

2012-04-17
The Cinema industry is thriving despite the recession - Job prospects might be the worst for a generation, but cinema box offices are thriving after 106 years in business.
Source: Birmingham Post (Blog)

2012-04-17
ArcLight Cinemas redefines the moviegoing experience in L.A. - The theater chain, which is marking its 10th anniversary, serves a mix of programming in a luxury environment.
Source: 0

2012-04-17
Cineworld confirms it will run cinema at the Quays - THE new cinema at Gloucester Quays will be run by Cineworld, it has been confirmed today.
Source: This Is Gloucestershire

2012-04-17
Tampa Theatre will convert to digital picture - Calling Tampa Theatre "a very beautiful picture frame," president and CEO John Bell confirmed Friday that the picture is going digital, while the historic frame remains the same.
Source: Tampa Bay

2012-04-17
Qube Cinema Brings Uncompressed 4K Projection to NAB - Delivering Full 4K Review Capabilities to Postproduction with Quad 3G
Source: D Cinema Today

2012-04-17
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Announces Higher Frame Rate Review - Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI), announced today that it is currently reviewing the development of voluntary guidelines or specifications related to the distribution of motion pictures in stereoscopic 3D at frame rates above the current 24 frames per second per eye.
Source: Market Watch

2012-04-17
Creative England Opens $796,000 Fund for Applications - The organization will use lottery cash to support cinemas, archives, film festivals and the like in the regions outside of London.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

2012-04-16
SmartJog and CineLab Group inks a 5 year agreement for digital cinema distribution solutions in Russia and CIS - CineLab becomes the first digital cinema network operator to license SmartJog’s solutions.

Las Vegas and Moscow (April 16, 2012) - SmartJog and CineLab are pleased to announce that they have reached a long term agreement for the license of SmartJog digital cinema distribution solutions as a white label service and product for the operations of their CineLab Data Delivery Network in Russia and CIS. The agreement was executed after a pilot phase that concluded recently with several multicasts of feature films to cinemas connected to the CineLab Data Delivery Network.

With this announcement, SmartJog, who is a leading operator of a Digital Cinema Network in Western Europe, with over 800 cinemas connected to its satellite and fiber hybrid platform, is launching a global strategy to offer the SmartJog technology and its innovative cloud based solutions to other international licensees worldwide who want to manage and operate their own electronic distribution network for digital cinema, using the best solutions and technology available in the market. The US office of SmartJog in Los Angeles will lead the commercialization of this new line of products.

Under this agreement, SmartJog provides gateway solutions that are hosted on the CineLab servers and NOC applications for CineLab to manage and supervise their network. In addition, CineLab is sharing resources with SmartJog’s digital cinema network and operations, based in Paris, for commissioning of new sites, traffic monitoring and network supervision. CineLab has been providing DCP mastering services, KDM and physical media delivery to several Russian distributors for three years. Delivery via satellite was a natural extension to their activity and it will simplify availability of digital film content particularly to remote regional cinemas in Russia and neighboring countries.

“CineLab has deployed a digital cinema network which includes today over 200 cinema sites in Russia and Kazakhstan, with a reach to 436 screens and a target to connect all digitized cinemas in Russia and CIS, confirms Denis Glinsky, CEO of CineLab Group. “We are very pleased that with our partnership with SmartJog, along with our recent agreement with RSCC, the national satellite service operator in Russia, we can offer a comprehensive solution using the Express-AM2 satellite, with delivery speeds reaching 45 Mb/s, adds Kirill Kuzmenko, CEO of CineLab Digital.”

Jean-Sebastien Petit, CEO of SmartJog explains: “CineLab has been one of the pioneers of digital cinema in Russia and a client of SmartJog since several years for the secure reception of theatrical material from the US Studios via our network. We are thrilled by this partnership.

Nicolas Dussert, VP Digital Cinema Europe adds: “We are glad to have this technical partnership with CineLab. They deploy rapidly, with an average of ten new cinemas each week and our respective teams collaborate in the operations and management of their traffic on their network. We value our partnership and we develop for CineLab new solutions that contribute to our overall Quality of Service, making SmartJog a market leader in electronic distribution solutions and managed value-add services.”
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
Christie Hosts Cinema Industry Heavyweights at First-Ever High Frame Rate (HFR) Laser Projection Demo - Christie® hosted a high frame rate (HFR) Summit on Thursday, 12th April at Christie’s worldwide centre for engineering, research and development in Kitchener, Ontario, touring cinema-industry luminaries through its manufacturing facility and providing the first-ever laser projection of high frame rate cinema and alternative content on to a 30-foot white screen.

Christie HFR summit and laser demo 1 - loRes
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
The Alcons Digital Cinema Experience hits Las Vegas! - Dutch cinema sound system manufacturer making its debut at CinemaCon.

For the first time ever Alcons Audio will be exhibiting its evolutionary pro-ribbon based loudspeaker systems at this years CinemaCon show in Las Vegas NV.

Alcons C-series_combi packshot
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
The Other Cinema presents La Haine - The Other Cinema, from the creators of Secret Cinema, returns this May for its second edition and global launch with one of the most provocative, truthful and relevant films made about urban youth, LA HAINE, with a live score by Asian Dub Foundation.
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
Kingston bingo hall owner facing trial over demolition - The owner of Gala Bingo Hall in Kingston is to face a Crown Court trial on charges of altering the grade II-listed building, after magistrates declined jurisdiction.
Source: richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

2012-04-16
Barco eNews 12 April 2012: Amon Tobin's ISAM Live tour features Barco projection for 3D musical art installation created by V Squared Labs, blasthaus and Vita Motus Design Studio - Visualization pioneer Barco recently supplied its FLM HD20 projectors to create a spectacular visual journey enlivening electronica artist Amon Tobin's latest international tour, ISAM Live. The centerpiece of the show was a 25' x 14' x 8' multi-dimensional, shape-shifting 3D art installation in which the world-renowned DJ performed his electronic music show from a control booth centrally located within the structure.
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
Digital Screen Brightness in Cinemas - In this video I cover the standards for screen brightness for 2D and 3D on digital cinema screens. I then cover how the eye works and why the lower light levels for 3D are such a big issue when it comes to light levels.
Source: CineTech Geek [Blog]

2012-04-16
'Alternative Content in Cinemas: A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel?' - Recently we've been building on our work in "alternative content" to develop a newsletter-cum-release schedule, which we've called Cinema Events. You may have noticed the ad to the right of your screen. It's got off to a good start, though like local newspapers, the people who like it most seem to be those that are [...]
Source: Press Release

2012-04-16
CinemaxX Mannheim chooses Alcons - After finalizing the extensive refurbishments regarding the conversion to full-digital, the focus of CinemaxX Mannheim is now on bringing the sound quality in line with the perfect silver screen picture quality.

Alcons in Cinemaxx
Source: PK

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