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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.

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

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

Strong MDI, 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.  

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.

Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is the global leader in digital cinema software and services, offering a wide range of solutions which help exhibitors to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve the cinematic experience for their customers.

AAM’s extensive portfolio, including Producer, Screenwriter, Lifeguard, MX4D, and HeyLED, touches over 42,000 screens worldwide, while their network operations centre (NOC) supports several thousand screens.
AAM is part of the Luxin-Rio Group, the world’s foremost cinema technologies provider.

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.

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.

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.

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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 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.

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.​ ​

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. 

Shows & Events

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.

CinemaCon 2023 has been scheduled for 24-27 April 2023 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.

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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Tokyo—Apr 3, 2009

“CLAVIS”–– Digital Cinema Release Support System For Efficient & Reliable Distribution and Screening

IMAGICA Corp (head office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President and Representative Director: Tsuguya Kitade) has developed a system named “CLAVIS,” which supports releasing digital cinema titles via the Web. The system is the first of its kind in Japan and on line, starting in March 2009.

CLAVIS is a proprietary Web-based online management system developed by IMAGICA that improves the reliability and efficiently process of digital cinema distribution and exhibition in Japan.

In order to release digital cinema titles, at present, distributors spend many hours to confirm the up-to-date status of screening equipment and specification of software version installed at each theater’s screen. They also have to manage the status of DCP1 delivery and expiration dates for KDM2 for each showing, which becomes significant burden for them. As the number of digital cinema titles and screens increases, such a burden on them is expected to increase furthermore in the near future.

By registering information of their digital cinema titles on CLAVIS, distributors can manage theater booking, handle issuance of KDMs and confirm the status of delivery and installation of DCPs efficiently, while reviewing the latest information of digital cinema screening equipment implemented in theaters around the country. Exhibitors, meanwhile, are able to manage on the web the specifications of screening equipment installed in their theaters and the DCP/KDM delivery status. Moreover, they are able to change screening theater or equipment quickly on the web. Using CLAVIS, it is possible for them to share with distributors information of digital cinema releasing easily and manage DCP/KDM more simply and efficiently.

CLAVIS is operated on a highly reliable and secured network. Distributors and exhibitors are given an account which provides them with access to functionality suited to their needs. The system also supports the user interface in English, making it to be useful for international users as well.

Since its foundation in 1935, IMAGICA has provided high-quality production and post-production services to the entertainment industries in keeping pace with the times. In the field of digital cinema, IMAGICA became the first company in Japan to have provided mastering works for digital screening in 2000. From there, it developed its digital cinema mastering studio and proprietary color management system in 2001 and completed the workflow which conforms to the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) specifications in 2006. With its services for digitalization, it has been running at the forefront of the industry at all times and has developed in-depth know-how expertise.

Features of CLAVIS
1. Users (distributors and exhibitors) are able to access the theater database developed and maintained by IMAGICA to register/view the latest information on digital screen installations and screening equipment into Japan. (note that certain restrictions apply to the range of data that can be viewed, depending on the individual account)
2. Distributors are able to register information of feature films to be shown, screens to be used, screening period etc. and manage issuance of KDMs online based on the latest information on the theater database. Moreover, they can re-issue KDMs via CLAVIS, responding to the change of equipment between theater screens or the extension of screening period.
3. In the theater database, exhibitors can register/update the latest information regarding their own screening equipment, thereby managing screening equipment, screen booking, KDM acquisition status, etc. for each theater at the same time. Moreover, they can ensure that their exchange with distributors of data and booking informations are safe and reliable by allocating their screens to online and downloading issued KDM data on CLAVIS.

- Notes
1) DCP: Digital Cinema Package; digital cinema screening data compressed and encoded to be screened in theaters.
2) KDM: Key Delivery Message; key for unlocking DCPs. Unique serial numbers are set for digital cinema screening servers installed in individual screen equipment. For security purposes, the encrypted DCPs cannot be unlocked without the specific KDM file corresponding to each serial number.

IMAGICA Group Web Site
About IMAGICA Group: IMAGICA GROUP manages a group of companies which are engaged in a wide range of media and entertainment related businesses, including creative and post-production services, content production, media distribution and imaging systems & digital video solutions. The company has long-standing relationships with major studios, content owners, content creators, and broadcasters. Imagica provides a full range of services to multiple market segments including theatrical, home entertainment, broadcast, and advertising. Today, IMAGICA GROUP is based in Tokyo and holds 45 companies with their facilities spread nationwide and worldwide to deliver the media services and products around the globe. IMAGICA Group Directory page

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