September 11, 2006
Maybe it’s a sign that we are only going to be seeing more advertising at our local theaters very soon or possibly a right step towards cleaner digital presentations. Nevertheless, Screenvision and National Amusements are getting together to bring you a more digital moviegoing experience.
Screenvision, one of the nation’s leading cinema advertising companies, signed an exclusive, multiyear deal with National Amusements Inc. to invest more than $10 million in high-definition digital equipment for more than 1,000 screens.
New York-based Screenvision said it would begin to roll out by year’s end its satellite, networking and projection systems designed to deliver advertising, cartoons and sports for viewing before a film starts.
Screenvision said the systems would be compatible with digital cinema projectors showing feature films.
You can read more in the LA Times.
August 31, 2006
MILWAUKEE, WI — Jane Durment, CIO of Marcus Corp., is at the forefront of digital cinema, looking at new ways to bring a clearer image to the audience.
Durment certainly has her hands full as a CIO, but as a member of the Technology Committee of the North American Theatre Owners Association, she also is involved with the beta testing of projectors and servers that someday will present digital movies in America’s 37,000-plus movie theaters.
She’s also immersed in the development of a digital certification program to avoid interoperability issues from studio to studio.
You can read more about this in the Wisconsin Technology Network.
August 4, 2006
FirstShowing.net had the chance to speak with Larry Jacobson, President of QuVIS' Entertaintment Division, to discuss many aspects of digital cinema and digital theatre, including its future and QuVIS' involvement in it. A great interview from the guys over at FirstShowing.net!
For the whole story, visit the Full FirstShowing Interview.
February 14, 2006
Following in the steps of the recent Landmark Cinemas release of Steven Soderbergh’s film ‘Bubble’, which was released on DVD and in theaters on the same day, British director Michael Winterbottom will also be pushing distribution boundaries with his next film.
According to a report from the Guardian, ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ is set to debut on television, DVD, in theaters, and now online — all at the same time.
The Road to Guantanamo, the story of the three British Muslims who were held at the US military base for two years without charge or trial, premieres today at the Berlin film festival. It will then be shown on Channel 4 on March 9. The day after, the film will be released online, on DVD and in cinemas.
“With a film like this that’s starting with what would traditionally be the last outlet – a television broadcast – we thought it would be better to go with everything else at once,” said the film’s producer, Andrew Eaton. The film-makers are planning to release the film in 30 UK cinemas and are finalising an agreement with an internet company.
July 28, 2005
Digital Cinema Initiatives has finally announced “its final overall system requirements and specifications for digital cinema,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to Walt Ordway, chief technology officer of DCI, these specifications “will allow manufacturers to create products that will be employable at movie theatres throughout the country and, it is hoped, throughout the world.”
March 23, 2005
IRELAND — Ireland will become the first country in the world to completely upgrade its movie theaters to digital projectors.
“Ireland is the perfect pilot test site for a project like this,” said Cummins. “Eighty per cent of the movies shown in Irish cinemas are Hollywood movies, along with the fact that we are an English-speaking nation and have a relatively small number of cinemas makes it the ideal choice.”
According to this report in the Register, the projectors will be installed on 500 screens at 105 diffrent theater sites at a cost of €40 million. Digital Cinema Limited (DCL), an Irish subsidiary of Avica Europe, will provide the equipment and installation.
Read the full report.
March 17, 2005
According to this IndieWire.com article, Landmark Theatres will be launching a digital projection roll-out this summer with the installation of Sony’s new digital SXRD projectors in six Landmark locations, with eventual installation in all 59 of its theatres.
February 28, 2005
ENGLAND — The Arts Alliance Digital Cinema in the UK is setting up a network of 250 screens across the UK for screening of digital films. This BBC article gives interesting facts about this changeover from reels to digital.
February 17, 2005
Does anybody know if old movies such as “Citizen Kane” or “Metropolis” have been digitised and are able to be distributed and screened digitally?
November 11, 2004
BANGKOK, THAILAND — According to a report from the Bangkok Post, Shin Broadcast Internet is testing a new theater concept in Thailand.
The concept, dubbed “My Theatre”, is designed to deliver multiple forms of entertainment to small groups of people. Theaters are rented on an hourly basis by small groups of people — two, eight, or twenty-one patrons — who choose between watching films delivered via satellite, singing with friends in a karaoke session, or playing video games.
The test theater, which cost $250,000 to construct, was built in the Ratchaburi province. If the concept proves successful, the size of the existing exhibition industry in Thailand could double according to the theater’s backers.