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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 (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.  





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.



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.



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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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.





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 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 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 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.
 




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. 

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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 www.cineasia.com.



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.



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



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Rancho Cordova, CA—Jan 27, 2011

Cobb Theatres Selects Barco for Conversion of its Circuit

Cobb Theatres will complete the digital conversion of its entire circuit with the purchase of an additional 100+ Barco digital cinema projectors for eight of its theatres serving Florida, Alabama and the Southeast.

Digital cinema pioneer Barco announced today that Cobb Theatres of Birmingham, Alabama has purchased an additional 105 digital cinema projectors to complete the digital conversion of its entire 19-theatre chain with Barco's Series 2 projectors. Cobb already has over 60 Barco Series 1 and Series 2 projectors installed throughout its circuit, and the proven reliability has cemented Barco's standing as Cobb's projector of choice. Cobb is planning to install a Barco projector in every auditorium and every theatre throughout the circuit, with many venues featuring Cobb's innovative new “CineBistro” concept, a rapidly emerging trend in digital cinema entertainment. 

As a “leader in providing the ultimate entertainment experience,” Cobb has fully embraced the concept of a “destination theatre,” offering specialty cocktails and gourmet restaurant-quality fare, with an emphasis on plush comfort and elite-class customer service. The cornerstone attraction is its “CineBistro,” an intimate lounge and restaurant area in a boutique setting surrounded by multiple theatres seating 80-100 customers. After dining, tables are retracted and patrons enjoy a movie in true “private Hollywood movie screening” style. 

“Cobb is building a premium brand targeted to the sophisticated moviegoer who looks beyond merely catching a quick movie to seek a richer, multi-faceted cinema experience. Barco projectors are a natural part of this equation, perfectly complimenting our offering with unparalleled quality, high efficiency and proven reliability,” commented Jeremy Welman, COO of Cobb Theatres. “Moreover, we can count on Barco to stand behind their products with excellent service, making a 'Barco exclusive' the natural and easy choice for us.” 

Cobb installed Barco's DP-1500 and DP-2000 projectors in its first three CineBistro venues, attracted by the crystal-clear images displayed by the combination of Barco's superior optics and Texas Instrument's DLP Cinema® technology. Additionally, for the Hyde Park (Tampa, FL) CineBistro, a Barco ACS-2048 alternative content switcher was installed to expand the theatre's display capabilities, enabling input and scaling of alternative content formats such as DVDs and satellite feeds directly into the projector. With this innovative and inexpensive addition, the CineBistro venue is a viable option for showcasing private corporate events and screening live telecasts such as sports and musical entertainment. The new deployments will include an additional 105 Barco projectors spanning the full gamut of Barco's extensive suite of DCI-compliant 2K projectors, including the brightest digital cinema projector in the world – the DP2K-32B. 

“We are honored that Cobb has chosen to partner with Barco for this innovative CineBistro concept and to deploy our projectors throughout Cobb's entire circuit. They clearly recognize the importance that supreme image quality and top-notch service play in delivering an upscale entertainment experience,” commented Todd Hoddick, VP Digital Cinema for Barco North America. “Cobb's innovative spirit and attention to detail are traits that we highly value at Barco, and we share their enthusiasm for bringing this new avant-garde concept to a new genre of moviegoers.”


About Barco: Barco is a global technology leader that develops networked visualization solutions for the entertainment, enterprise and healthcare markets. Our solutions make a visible impact, allowing people to enjoy compelling entertainment experiences; to foster knowledge sharing and smart decision-making in organizations and to help hospitals provide their patients with the best possible healthcare.
Headquartered in Kortrijk (Belgium), Barco realized sales of 804 million euro in 2021 and has a global team of 3,000+ employees, whose passion for technology is captured in +500 granted patents. Barco has been listed on the Brussels Stock Exchange since 1985 (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB) .
For more information, visit us on www.barco.com, follow us on Twitter (@Barco), LinkedIn (Barco), YouTube (BarcoTV), or like us on Facebook (Barco).
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About Cobb Theatres: Cobb Theatres, based in Birmingham, Ala., is a progressive motion picture exhibitor operating 231 screens at 19 locations throughout the Southeastern United States. We are committed to being the leader in providing the ultimate entertainment experience, while maintaining a rich heritage of family values and integrity. Consistently surpassing our guests' expectations is a natural outgrowth of our dedication to empowering team members to deliver excellence in guest service. Cobb Theatres Directory page

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GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is delighted to announce that it has secured a repeat server  supply contract with loyal customer Cobb Theatres, an Alabama-based theatre chain. GDC servers were selected in July 2010 for Cobb’s lavish CinéBistro Theatres, and this new contract will see the completion of Cobb Theatres’ digital conversion program, with servers installed at theatres serving Florida, Alabama and the Southeast.


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