May 20, 2009
According to an article in today’s Hollywood Reporter, Sony has inked a deal with the no. 1 cinema chain in America, Regal Entertainment, to outfit all of its existing theaters with the same 4k technology that will be used in AMC’s theaters.
The deal represents Sony’s second big d-cinema hardware coup in the past few months. In March, it struck an agreement with AMC Entertainment — which operates the second-biggest U.S. circuit — to supply its theaters with digital projectors.
Both rollouts will begin once Digital Cinema Implementation Partners locks into a bank deal to facilitate digital installations for Regal, AMC and Cinemark, the nation’s three biggest exhibitors.
Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.
April 1, 2009
The digital cinema arm of Sony Corporation said last weekend that it will install all existing AMC theater locations with digital projectors starting in Q2 2009.
Sony says it has signed a $315 million deal to install its digital projectors in all AMC Entertainment theaters.
The contract will close the gap between Sony and Texas Instruments in the digital projector market. Texas Instruments has equipped 5,476 screens in North American theaters with its digital light processing projectors. The deal with AMC will increase Sony’s presence to about 5,000 screens.
Read the full story in the New York Times.
March 31, 2009
According to BizJournals, AMC Entertainment plans to upgrade some of its theaters with RealD technology, starting with the release of “Monsters vs. Aliens”.
AMC Entertainment Inc. will add as many as 1,500 of RealD’s 3D-enabled screens to its theaters in the United States and Canada.
Kansas City-based AMC said in a Thursday release that the rollout of the screens already has started and that it is adding more monthly.
March 2, 2009
Sony Electronics and RealD have announced that they will be working together to provide 3D digital cinema systems for exhibitors. The system is designed for Sony’s 4K digital cinema projectors.
[quote]Sony Electronics and RealD are working together to provide exhibitors with 3D digital cinema systems that combine a single Sony 4K projector and its new 3D dual lens adapter with RealD technology, including a specially designed optical filter tuned for the projector, resulting in the ability to deliver crisp 3D images to screens up to 55 feet in width.
Sony and RealD have also entered into a separate agreement that gives RealD the exclusive right to purchase and distribute Sony’s 3D lens adapter for use with polarized filter systems in Sony digital cinema projection system 3D deployments in the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to the Sony 3D adapter, RealD will provide hardware and software, including its Cinema System and 3D EQ “Ghostbuster” technology, for 3D playback on Sony 4K digital cinema systems worldwide.[/quote]
Read more at Yahoo! Finance.
February 27, 2009
January 27, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, LA — The owner of the Prytania Theater looks at the future of the industry as he converts to digital.
After a lifetime in and around movie theaters, second-generation theater man Rene Brunet has officially seen it all.
The 88-year-old operator of the Prytania Theatre — the last of what was once dozens of neighborhood movie houses dotting the city’s landscape — has seen the industry undergo a wealth of changes. Some stuck (sound, color); some didn’t (the first generation of 3-D, Fabio).
Read the full article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
December 18, 2008
AMC Entertainment announced it has signed with IMAX to convert 100 screens in 33 markets to digital IMAX.
The idea is to compete with TV and DVDs by presenting an experience that cannot be replicated at home or with any other form of entertainment.
The digital IMAX screens will be 25% larger than average screens with laser-aligned sound systems.
December 17, 2008
Both Europe and Australia are opening their first digital IMAX theaters.
In the UK, Odeon shelled out £1.5 million to build auditoriums in Greenwich and Wimbledon. The Greenwich digital Imax will actually undercut the non-digital BFI Imax in Waterloo by charging £11.50 compared to £13.
The theaters opened this week with showings of “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”
December 16, 2008
TOPEKA, KS — QuVIS, a pioneer in digital cinema, laid off 29 employees and closed its doors this week. The company is $40 million in debt and its president and founder is trying to find a way to reorganize.
Founded in 1994, QuVIS digitized several hit movies, such as “Toy Story II,” “Bounce,” “Shrek” and “The Perfect Storm,” in its proprietary QPE format.
However, when the Digital Cinema Group adopted the JPEG2000 format as its standard, QuVIS stayed with its proprietary, more expensive, systems, which greatly hurt the company.
Read more in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
December 5, 2008
HOLLYWOOD, A — Iosono, a spinoff of Germany’s Frauhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, has installed its first “3-D sound” system in Mann’s Chinese 6’s digital theater.
The system uses 380 speakers set six inches apart around the walls of the auditorium. Iosono explained that it uses “wavefield synthesis” to envelop the audience with sound. It can play regular movie soundtracks as well as those specially mixed for the sustem.
The system is expected to cost about 30% more than a “good” 5.1 surround sound system as well as additional installation costs.