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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Industry Partners

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 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 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 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.

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. 

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

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.

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IBC, Amsterdam—Sep 12, 2004

European Docuzone Reveals Technology Selected for the World’s Largest Digital Cinema Network

European DocuZone (EDZ) today announced that the technology for the world’s largest digital cinema network includes servers from GDC Technology and digital projectors from Panasonic. Over 180 independent cinemas across Europe will install customised GDC Technology DSR™ Servers alongside DLP™ projectors from Panasonic which reach a resolution of 1.4K.  EDZ’s budget is €20 million for hardware, software and supporting infrastructures. The EU’s MEDIA programme is contributing €2.2 million. The network will go live across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and the UK with an opening showcase on November 12th and 13th, 2004. The headline documentary Peace One Day will open as a pan-European premiere with a satellite-linked Q&A with the director, followed by seven other European documentaries over the weekend.

Although there are debates raging over the technical merits of d-cinema over e-cinema, we like to call our solution c-cinema -- it is about content, culture and communities,” said Kees Ryninks, managing director of EDZ. “We are using the latest in digital cinema technology to bring European documentaries and other specialised films, such as animation and shorts, to new audiences.”

EDZ conducted thorough testing earlier this year with an evaluation team of nearly 100 cinematographers, producers, cinema owners and post-production houses at test beds in Germany and The Netherlands. The evaluation included 14 servers and four ranges of projectors. The test-bed, particularly during side-by-side comparison testing, brought some surprising results. For example, the audiences perceived the Panasonic projectors to offer a more cinematic experience despite being half the list price of DLP Cinema-based systems. Both Panasonic and GDC were chosen on their technical merit as well as meeting other criteria. In the case of the server, EDZ required a software-based solution to easily upgrade the systems to support new standards and features as they become available. Subtitling support was also essential. For the DLP™ projector, EDZ wanted to offer cinemas a range of projectors and expected every model in that range to be of high quality. The new Panasonic PT-D7700 and PT-DW7000, which will be available in October, offer a contrast ratio of 4000:1, far superior than most DLP Cinema™-based projectors which are up to 1400:1. Another key influencer was that these solutions were all very price competitive.

The resolution of the Panasonic projectors starts at 1K for the entry level single chip PTD5500E, increases to 1.35K with the PT-DW7000 and for the PT-D7700 is 1.4K. Given that a typical EDZ screen is up to 250 seats, the audience will have the same viewing experience with a mid-range 1.35K projector as a 2K projector in a mainstream multiplex cinema with 600-800 seats. Launched in June 2004, the widescreen PT-DW7000 and high-resolution PTD7700 3-chip large venue DLP projectors are brighter and sharper than competitive models Built on the robust LINUX operating system, GDC Server’s software design provides features such as multiple content packaging formats, digital rights management, encryption scheme, remote monitoring, compression standards and easy upgradeability over the Internet. The Server is being customised for EDZ to ensure compatibility with other server technologies including those to be selected by the UK Film Council. The EDZ server can hold up to 10 films with 13.5 hours storage. It is ideal for the multi-lingual European community because it renders different subtitles on the pictures independent of the compression and projector technologies. GDC has installed more than 200 DSR Servers worldwide since Q1 2003 and more than 80 full-feature movies have been released for DSR Servers to date.

About DocuZone : DocuZone Directory page
About CinemaNet Europe : European DocuZone (EDZ) is transforming 180 independent European cinemas into digital cinemas that receive films by satellite. DocuZone in the Netherlands has distributed documentary films digitally since 2002, offering audiences a broader selection of films and cutting costs. In its first year, attendance figures from the ten cinemas beat expectations by 50 percent. Interest from other countries led to the creation of the EDZ network in 2003. CinemaNet Europe Directory page

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