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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.  

DTS:X transports you into a new dimension of sound immersion by delivering truly captivating entertainment experiences. Be prepared -- this improved lifelike immersion and heightened realism makes horror movies scarier, comedies more laugh-out-loud, and car chase scenes even more intense. Movies are being shown with DTS:X sound at an ever-growing number of theaters in the U.S., China and Europe.

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.

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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.

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.

Dolby Laboratories has been a leader in developing many groundbreaking technologies and advancing the science of sight and sound for more than 50 years. Based in San Francisco with offices around the world, Dolby, through industry-leading research and engineering innovation, is expanding creative possibilities and enhancing collaborative relationships spanning musicians, filmmakers, and other artists as well as with businesses and consumers globally. Along with its partners, Dolby creates and delivers incredibly vivid experiences transforming entertainment and communications at the cinema, at home, on the go in mobile devices, and at work. Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make entertainment experiences more realistic and immersive. By giving everyone the power to see, hear and feel the spectacular, Dolby is ideally positioned to transform the future of audio, voice, and imaging experiences worldwide.

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.

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.

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 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 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 2021, has been re-scheduled for October 4-7 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.

-- cancelled --  CineAsia 2021 has been scheduled for Dec 6-9th 2021 in Bangkok.  Check links for the latest  information. 

ShowEast 2021 -- cancelled --,  scheduled to be held in Miami from Nov 8-11, 2021 at Loews 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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New York—Apr 29, 2005

Wagner and Cuban's 2929 Entertainment Pacts with Steven Soderbergh for Six High-Def Films, Each to Be Released Simultaneously Across Theatrical, Television & Home Video Platforms

2929's "Day and Date" Concept Stacks Traditional Release Windows
Forging a groundbreaking partnership with a filmmaker known for his avant-garde vision, 2929 Entertainment through its HDNet Films production arm has inked an agreement with Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh to direct six high-definition films. The company, which partners Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban have steadily built into a vertically integrated venture, intends to mine its diverse holdings in order to produce, distribute and deliver each of the Soderbergh films simultaneously across theatrical, TV and home video platforms. The result will create a new "day-and-date" paradigm that collapses traditionally staggered release windows and gives consumers a choice, for the first time, regarding how and when they want to see a film. Final deal points were negotiated at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Wagner serves on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute.

Soderbergh will have creative control over the films' content, each produced in 1080i high-definition format through HDNet Films. Currently in production is the first project, Bubble, a murder mystery set in a small town in Ohio. Other projects will be announced shortly, as will the cross-platform release date of Bubble.

Beginning life at HDNet Films, the half-dozen projects will move through a content pipeline constructed almost exclusively from 2929 Entertainment properties. With distribution through its Magnolia Pictures label, domestic theatrical exhibition will take place initially at Landmark Theatres while TV audiences can concurrently see them through 2929's high-definition cable channel, HDNet Movies. 2929 is presently negotiating home video arrangements and also finalizing plans for worldwide distribution.

Wagner and Cuban have long imagined the mutual benefits of a "day-and-date" release strategy, using the digital environment as an organic conduit in the process. Allowing 2929 Entertainment to reap production and promotion efficiencies - streamlining the production and post-production processes; consolidating a film's marketing spend into a single, shorter space; eliminating prints and shipping costs - the approach also caters to the increasing choice-consciousness of consumers in a digital world. The Soderbergh high-def projects will be the first slate of simultaneous releases in movie history, while 2929 Entertainment is initially using the day-and-date release format on HDNet Films' first release, the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Following its premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the project was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures on April 22 concurrent with its television debut on HDNet Movies.

"Given his prolific creativity and expertise for directing quality projects, Steven Soderbergh is the ideal partner to begin this venture," stated 2929 Entertainment's Wagner. "From a consumer standpoint, it's about choice. We're letting people decide, for the first time, if they want to go out or stay home when a movie debuts. We specifically want to reward HDNet Movies subscribers with great, innovative films they can't see anywhere else on TV."

Commenting on his partnership with 2929 Entertainment, Soderbergh stated, "I'm excited to work with Todd and Mark and appreciate the freedom to create independent films under this new distribution model.
All of us see consumer choice driving the future of the movie industry, and this is a giant leap in that direction."

Following his Oscar-nominated breakthrough film Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh has distinguished himself as a preeminent filmmaker, directing such projects as Erin Brokovich, Traffic, Solaris, Ocean's Eleven and its sequel Ocean's Twelve, while serving as producer or executive producer of such films as Pleasantville, Insomnia, Far from Heaven, Confessions of A Dangerous Mind and the upcoming science fiction thriller A Scanner Darkly.

2929 Entertainment (, created by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, is a diversified media and entertainment company that owns 100% of Rysher Entertainment, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures Distribution, and also holds an interest in Lions Gate Entertainment.
The company also owns two movie production companies, 2929 Productions and HDNet Films, along with HDNet and HDNet Movies, two general entertainment high-definition television networks available on most major cable and satellite providers.

Through its acquisition of Rysher, 2929 owns syndication rights to television shows such as "Hogan's Heroes" and "Star Search." Landmark Theatres is the nation's largest theater chain devoted to art and independent film, with 59 theaters in 22 markets. Magnolia Pictures Distribution is an independent distribution company that distributed the Academy-award nominated "Capturing the Friedmans" and has recently released "Woman Thou Art Loosed" and "Ong Bak." 2929 Productions produces films in the $10 - $40 million budget range, and has released "Godsend," "Criminal," and "The Jacket," a co-production with Section Eight. Upcoming 2929 releases include "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Akeelah and the Bee." HDNet Films, which produces smaller-budget movies shot exclusively in high definition, released "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" on April 22, and is in production on "Over the Mountains," "Quid Pro Quo" and "All Fall Down."

About 2929 Entertainment: 2929 Entertainment, created by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, is a Dallas and Los Angeles-based entertainment content and production company. 2929 Entertainment is the parent company of Rysher Entertainment. Rysher owns a substantial film and television programming library, including various distribution rights to shows including "Nash Bridges," "Hogan's Heroes," "Sex and the City," and the rights to "Star Search." 2929 Also recently acquired Landmark Theatres which consists of 185 screens throughout the United States. 2929 Entertainment Directory page

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