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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

CinemaCon 2023 has been scheduled for 24-27 April 2023 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 

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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Berkeley, CA—May 11, 2009

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Unveils New Complex

Meyer Sound Acheron Loudspeakers Provide Clarity and Smooth Translation for Cinema Sound
The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the oldest and largest film school in the US, opened the first two buildings of its entirely new Cinematic Arts Complex in March 2009. The SCA features one of the first deployments of Meyer Sound’s Cinema Experience of low-distortion, high-power loudspeaker products, installed in several screening rooms and mix stages. Based on the new Acheron line of self-powered screen channel loudspeakers, the Cinema Experience product line is designed to provide a smooth translation across sound design, dubbing, and exhibition.
The Meyer Sound Acheron system in the new facility has made an immediate impression among the faculty members, including Midge Costin, the academic head of the school’s sound department and a veteran sound editor whose credits include “Crimson Tide,” “Broken Arrow,” and “The Rock.”
“The Acheron speakers really reveal a level of detail that’s absolutely critical for teaching,” remarks Costin. “I have a clip from “Road to Perdition” that I use with my students every year, and I was hearing a ticking sound I’d never noticed before. I looked up at the picture and noticed water dripping in the corner, which turned out to be the source of the ticking sound. In all this time, I’d never heard that before.”
Meyer Sound Acheron offers two different coverage patterns: 100 degree horizontal by 50 degree vertical and 80 degree horizontal by 50 degree vertical, to provide a complete coverage solution to the widest possible variety of spaces. The small mix stages B128 and B130, and the large mix stage 127 at the new complex are outfitted with Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers in left and right locations and Acheron 100 loudspeakers in the center. Low-frequency content is covered by X-800 high-powered subwoofers.
The complex’s screening rooms are also equipped with Meyer Sound systems. The small screening room 110 uses a similar layout to the mix stages, while an Acheron 100 loudspeaker is installed in the large screening room 112 for center channel, along with 18 UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers for surround channels.
Meyer Sound engineers have worked closely with USC through the system design and installation process. “One of the age-old challenges in mixing for cinema is consistency,” observes John Meyer, Meyer Sound CEO and co-founder. “The rooms where the sound is created need to sound the same as the rooms where it’s mixed, and those rooms need to sound the same as where the final product is shown to the public. Particularly with multi-channel surround formats, it’s a complex undertaking to achieve that consistency. The new USC facility is unique in that it follows the entire creative process, from creative content creation to post production editing, and from mixing to public exhibition all under one roof.”
“Our overarching goal in designing the Acheron line has been to achieve an exceptionally linear response,” says Meyer. “That linearity, along with greatly increased headroom, allows for a singular solution that can handle everything from classic film to simulcasts of rock concerts, while delivering constant performance at any output level, from the first seat to the last.”
Meyer Sound’s Galileo™ loudspeaker management system covers each room’s complex signal processing needs and, along with RMS™ remote monitoring system, is shared across the building’s network, allowing for real-time monitoring and remote control from anywhere in the complex. “The main control station is portable,” Meyer explains. “It normally resides in the main engineering suite, but can be moved to anywhere else where access might be needed for a specific project.”
Douglas Wellman, director of facilities and operations, comments: “The Meyer speakers are a tremendous addition to the school, particularly in our sound mixing rooms. Faculty, students, and staff have all commented on the clarity and detail of these speakers in our sound critical rooms. Working with the Meyer speakers is a big help in making the transition from school to the professional world as transparent as possible for our students.”
Sound Department Manager Richard Hyland is pleased with the support he has received from Meyer Sound, including the installation and calibration of the systems, and agrees that the new system will have a direct impact on the program’s graduates. “Meyer Sound's loudspeakers provide a remarkable amount of detail, clarity and power,” says Hyland. “And the company’s commitment to our facilities will have a truly positive and enduring effect on our student's educational and creative experiences.”
The installation of the sound system at SCA was handled by Gary Schneider of Suisun City, Calif.-based Media Vision Integration; system design was handled by Stephen Sutter of Berkeley-based Sand Hill Media with assistance from Meyer Sound Design Services.
A joint venture with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts was founded in 1929, and among the school’s notable alumni are filmmakers Ron Howard and Robert Zemeckis; producers Jon Landau and Laura Ziskin; and writers Andrew Marlowe and Shonda Rhimes. George Lucas’s private foundation, Lucasfilm Foundation, has contributed $175 million for the school and the construction and renovations of its educational buildings, with the four remaining structures of the SCA complex to be completed in 2010.

About Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.: Family owned and operated since 1979, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. designs and manufactures high-quality sound solutions that include self-powered sound reinforcement loudspeakers, digital audio systems, passive and active acoustic systems, cinema sound systems, and sound measurement tools for the professional audio industry. Founded by John and Helen Meyer, the company has grown to become a leading worldwide supplier of systems for theatres, arenas, stadiums, theme parks, convention centers, houses of worship, and touring concert sound rental operations. Meyer Sound’s main office and manufacturing facility are located in Berkeley, California, with field offices and authorized distributors located throughout the USA and around the world. Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. Directory page

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