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USHIO manufactures the highest-quality digital cinema projection bulbs available. USHIO xenon short-arc lamps boast a spectrum that is closer to natural sunlight than that of any other artificial light source. In addition to commercializing products for search and spot lights, which demand precise, powerful white beam lamps, USHIO became the first in the world to develop a xenon short-arc lamp exclusively for large scale, theater-use movie projectors.

Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.

Strong Cinema, a segment of Ballantyne Strong, Inc., consists of:

Strong Technical Services (STS) that offers a comprehensive suite of cinema-focused services, including installation, maintenance, and technical support, to exhibitors throughout the United States.

Strong/MDI Screen Systems Inc. one of the world's leading cinema screen manufacturers that produces and sells specialty screens, screen support structures, and other film exhibition equipment for customers globally.  

QSC is the global leader in cinema signal processing, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for all applications within today's modern cinema entertainment center. Our “SystemSynergy” design approach ensures that the entire system, from source to sound, delivers an audio experience as intended by the filmmakers. Beyond cinema audio for the movies, QSC also provides complete audio systems with network control and monitoring for other areas in the cinema entertainment complex, such as lobbies, concession, food service, arcades, and bowling centers.

GDC Technology is a leading manufacturer and provider of cinema equipment and solutions including cinema automation systems, cinema servers, cinema enterprise software, cinema storage, cinema audio solutions, and cinema projectors that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by motion picture studios.

SHARP NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of SHARP NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. SHARP NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-98” LCD displays, multimedia projectors and desktop monitors for lobbies, concessions and concourses.

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These days, it’s no longer just about technology, it’s about experiences – WOW experiences. We are a team of cinema and technology experts from around the globe – Barco, ALPD, and CGS – who help you in creating surprising experiences.  We combine innovative cinema technologies with our unique and comprehensive service models to guarantee your peace of mind. So you can focus on new ways to surprise and delight your customers for years to come. Together, we engage to deliver a world-class cinema experience - the one you’ve been waiting for.

Industry Partners

The International Cinema Technology Association is a global network of professionals in the motion picture industry. Members of the ICTA are those companies that manufacture, service and create the equipment that goes into movie theatres. Our members are on the cutting edge of new technologies and have been the driving force in digital, 3D, immersive sound systems, high frame rates and lasers. The ICTA promotes technological advancements in the motion picture industry through educational seminars and programs. The ICTA logo stands for excellence and professionalism and when on a member’s letterhead signifies that the company is reliable, competent and committed.

For more than a century, the people of SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. 

The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants, and other industry stakeholders.

The EDCF is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that aims to act as a "Forum" to discuss key issues surrounding Digital Cinema in Europe. The purpose of EDCF is to provide a basis of common understanding across all European territories of the business and technical matters of digital cinema. 

The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 37 countries in Europe and neighboring regions.​ ​

Shows & Events

CinemaCon 2022 has been scheduled for April 25 - 28, 2022 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 

CineEurope 2022, has been scheduled for June 20-23, 2022 in Barcelona.  CineEurope promises to bring you another year with the very best in exclusive studio screenings and product presentations, cinematic technologies and innovations and educational seminars to keep your business on top of industry trends.

ShowEast 2022 scheduled to be held in Miami from Oct 17-20, 2022 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, features a range of exclusive product presentations and screenings from both Independent and Major Hollywood studios to help you make important programming decisions for the 4th quarter box office.  Powerhouse seminars offer valuable insight from top executives on the latest industry trends and concerns; while our EXPO experience offers delegates a glance at the latest and best technologies, entertainment, services, comforts, and conveniences to make their theatres must-attend destinations.  ShowEast’s International program draws a large contingency of Latin and South American delegates – more than any other convention of its kind. A one and a half day program dedicated to the latest content and concerns and within this rising region.

CineAsia 2022 has been scheduled for Dec 5-8, 2022 in Bangkok.  Check links for more information.  The CineAsia trade show is where cinema exhibition and distribution professional come to do business and network. The convention will also feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry.  Additional information on CineAsia can be found at

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LAS VEGAS—Mar 24, 2004

American Cinema Advertising Network and UltraStar Cinemas join in to a Long Term Digital Pre-Show Advertising Agreement

ACAN teams with Vyvx, DPI and EVS; UltraStar becomes first exhibitor in North America to use Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ Technology for Pre-Show
merican Cinema Advertising Network (ACAN) today announced it has signed UltraStar Cinemas of San Diego, CA to a long term Pre-Show Advertising and Media Asset Marketing agreement. Under the agreement ACAN will supply projectors utilizing Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology for digital pre-show advertising content, alternative programming and digital theatrical trailers and feature films.

"UltraStar Cinemas will be the first exhibitor in North America to be equipped with the necessary equipment (DLP Cinema™) to show all digital programming using one projector, including movies. The quality of the theatrical presentation should be the absolute best, including the pre-show. Anything less is a dis-service to the advertiser and an insult to the audience," said Alex Gorovitz, President and CEO of ACAN.

"We've been a leader in the adoption of digital cinema and are hopeful that other exhibitors will follow our lead by making the jump to DLP Cinema™ for all applications rather than giving in to the temptation of using inferior non-DLP technology. "ACAN obviously shares our vision and commitment to superior digital presentation as evidenced by their willingness to provide this technology without any financial or technology risk" said Alan Grossberg, President and CEO of UltraStar Cinemas.

In addition, ACAN will be UltraStar's exclusive sales representative for all Media Assets including alternative content, special events, in-theatre signage, etc. "This consolidation allows advertisers to buy from UltraStar's entire selection of media assets from one source which is important to the advertising community and therefore important to UltraStar" added Grossberg.

ACAN has assembled a team of leading companies in the execution of digital cinema for this project. Texas Instruments, Digital Projection International, WilTel Communications' Vyvx division and EVS, Inc. "ACAN has selected teammates, which as individuals are experts is their respective fields, but more importantly as a team are a very power and cohesive group which will continue to successfully forge the road to digital theatres, said Fred Garroy, General Manager of the Americas for EVS.

ACAN will utilize DPI/TI DLP Cinema™ projectors in 20 screens initially which represents more DLP Cinema™ screens than any other exhibitor in North America. All 81 screens are expected to be converted within a year which will likely make UltraStar the first exhibitor in the world to be equipped for DLP Cinema™ and cinema grade servers for every screen. UltraStar currently has 6 Barco digital cinema projectors which will be replaced with DPI units. "We are so pleased that a company and an exhibitor have finally stepped up to put into place high quality projection technology for the exhibition or all digital content" said Peter Nicholas, Director of Cinema Sales and Marketing for DigitalProjection Inc.

"With the announcement of 20 DLP Cinema screens UltraStar is moving forward with a significant deployment that shows their commitment to the best presentation quality for theatrical applications," said Doug Darrow, Business Manager, and TI DLP Cinema™.

ACAN will utilize EVS for the storage, management, and playback of all digital content within the theatre, providing a single solution for UltraStar. "This is the future of digital theatres", said James Campanella, Chief Systems Engineer of EVS. "Combining pre-show, alternative, and digital cinema content into one system provides the exhibitor with the most flexibility and enables them to leave no potential revenue source untapped. Utilizing digital cinema quality equipment for all aspects of the show raises the picture quality bar of pre-show and alternative content. EVS is very excited to once again be part of another digital cinema milestone".

To deliver content - both file based and live video - to theaters across the country, ACAN will utilize WilTel Communications' Vyvx division, a market leader in providing fiber-optic and satellite transmission solutions to the media and entertainment industry for 15 years. On an annual basis, Vyvx provides broadcast transmission services for nearly 10,000 live sports events; transmits nearly 200,000 live video feeds, or the equivalent of more than 12 million video minutes; and nearly 3,000,000 national television and radio spot advertisements.

About UltraStar Cinemas: UltraStar Cinemas is headquartered in San Diego County and has operated theaters throughout Southern California and Arizona. Recognized for pioneering the digital age of cinema, UltraStar was the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations. In 2009, the company also became the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for movie goers. UltraStar Cinemas Directory page
About EVS Broadcast Equipment sa: EVS Broadcast Equipment designs media servers, with the associated control software and production networks, for the international television and motion picture communities. EVS Broadcast Equipment sa Directory page
About American Cinema Advertising Network: ACAN, formerly Century Media Advertising, was founded in 1982 and has been a major provider or pre-show slide advertising representing exhibitors such as Loews, Mann, Village, Century, Village, and others. American Cinema Advertising Network Directory page

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Mar 5, 2003 Digital Cinema Providers Group Announces Formation of New Trade Association
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At ShoWest, digital cinema industry providers today announced the formation of a new digital cinema trade organization, the Digital Cinema Providers Group (DCPG), which has been created to provide a forum for digital cinema equipment and service providers to respond to market needs and concerns in order to promote the further commercialization of digital cinema.

Oct 31, 2002 Sweden Has Opened its First National Digital Cinema Network on EVS Cinestore™ !
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