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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.



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.





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.



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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.



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.



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.  





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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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 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.
 




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.​ ​



Shows & Events



CinemaCon 2021 has been scheduled for August 23-26, 2021 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 




ShowEast 2021,  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.



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



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.


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Milwaukee & Omaha, Neb.—Oct 10, 2011

Ballantyne Strong Successfully Completes Marcus Theatres® Full-Scale Digital Cinema Deployment in Only 45 Days

Set to Also Commence Maintenance and NOC Services
Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, today announced the successful completion of the final phase of the Marcus Theatres® (a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS)) large-scale digital cinema deployment, which included installation of 554 digital projection systems featuring NEC digital cinema projectors, in 47 Marcus locations across seven U.S. states in just 45 days. Marcus Theatres has a total of 630 digital projection systems in place at the 47 locations, including previous installations.

Following completion of the recent installations, Ballantyne’s Strong Technical Services group will provide Marcus Theatres with both after-sale annual maintenance services covering their entire circuit in addition to 24/7 monitoring from Ballantyne’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) based at its Omaha, NE headquarters.

President of Marcus Theatres, Bruce J. Olson stated, “After securing the requisite funding for this large-scale digital cinema deployment our next key decision was selecting an organization, or multiple service providers, that could handle the installation work in a timely manner while insuring flawless execution. Ballantyne Strong was the obvious choice for Marcus given their ability to offer us a turnkey, one-stop solution. We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial four-decade relationship with them and that is why we are also relying on their after-care maintenance expertise to keep our projection systems up-and-running smoothly, including proactive monitoring from their NOC. The fact that their Services group was able to accomplish these installations without a glitch on such short notice reflects their skills and dedication.”

“We are extremely proud of our Strong Service team’s ability to complete this large expedited deployment for Marcus Theatres, one of the nation’s leading theatrical circuits and long-time Ballantyne customer,” stated Ballantyne Strong President and CEO Gary L. Cavey. “Whether it is a 500+ screen project such as Marcus Theatres, a small independent circuit, or even a one-screen theatre, our talented team can handle any size project in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. We also continue to focus on further expanding our base of recurring revenue by targeting maintenance and NOC business from both cinema and other related digital applications, and our Service Group’s technology-agnostic skill-set is a key differentiator for us.”


About Ballantyne Strong Inc.: Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.ballantynestrong.com) is a diversified holding company with operations and investments across a broad range of industries. The Company’s Strong Entertainment segment includes the largest premium screen supplier in the U.S. and also provides technical support services and other related products and services to the cinema exhibition industry, theme parks and other entertainment-related markets. Ballantyne Strong holds a $13 million preferred investment along with Google Ventures in privately held Firefly Systems, Inc., which is rolling out a digital mobile advertising network on rideshare and taxi fleets. Finally, the Company holds a 30% ownership position in GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSX: GFP) which has recently completed an investment in a sawmill and related assets and a 21% ownership position in FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) which is a reinsurance and investment management holding company focused on opportunistic collateralized and loss capped reinsurance, while allocating capital to SPAC and SPAC sponsor-related businesses. Ballantyne Strong Inc. Directory page
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About Marcus Theatres: Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or manages 1,110 screens at 91 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® and BistroPlex® brands. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in eight states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com. Marcus Theatres Directory page

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Oct 4, 2021 Strong / MDI Congratulates Partner Kinepolis Leidschendam
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Strong/MDI Screen Systems, Inc., a Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) company, and a leader in projection screen manufacturing and optical coating development, congratulates its partner Kinepolis Leidschendam in winning the ICTA EMEA New Build Cinema of the Year Award.

Aug 24, 2021 Cinionic and Ballantyne Strong Expand Cinema Service and Support Capabilities
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Cinionic, the world’s leading provider of laser cinema solutions, announces a preferred commercial relationship with Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN, “Ballantyne Strong”) to strengthen its cinema service and solution capabilities in the US and Canada. The relationship with Ballantyne Strong’s operating subsidiaries, Strong Technical Services, Inc. (“STS”) and Strong/MDI Screen Systems, Inc. (“Strong/MDI”), continues a long history of collaboration between the companies, reinforcing their joint commitment to deliver laser-powered cinema experiences.

Apr 14, 2021 STRONG Technical Services Launches STRONG Restart Initiative In Advance of Summer 2021 Blockbuster Movie Season
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STRONG Technical Services, Inc. (STS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) and a leader in projection equipment sales, engineering and services, today announced the launch of its STRONG Restart initiative deploying 10 BrightNight Drive In packages across the U.S.

Dec 2, 2020 STRONG Technical Services Announces Partnership with INDY Cinema Group to Provide Managed Services in Europe
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STRONG Technical Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) and a leader in projection equipment sales, engineering, and services announces a partnership with INDY Cinema Group (“INDY”) to provide managed services in Europe.

Nov 16, 2020 Comscore Partners with STRONG Technical Services for Theatre Device Monitoring
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Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms, today announced a partnership with Ballantyne Strong, Inc.’s (NYSE American: BTN) subsidiary STRONG Technical Services, a leader in projection equipment sales, engineering, and services, for enhanced detailed device monitoring in Comscore’s Enterprise Web™.

Jul 20, 2020 Strong/MDI Screen Systems Welcomes New Sales Representative for Japan Market
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Strong/MDI Screen Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN), and a leader in projection screen manufacturing and optical coating development for cinemas, commercial venues and amusement parks worldwide (“Strong/MDI”), announced that Yuji Motomatsu has been appointed as its new sales representative in Japan, effective July 1, 2020.

Jun 25, 2020 STRONG Technical Services Expands BrightNight Drive-In Movie Initiative and Theater Readiness Program
Oct 23, 2014 Strong|MDI Introduces PREMIUM HGA 1.9 Screens, Providing Wider Viewing Angles and Improved Contrast and Clarity
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Strong|MDI, a subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE: BTN), announces the release of PREMIUM HGA 1.9 gain screens with a half gain angle of 30° for venues looking to optimize viewing angle in both 2D and 3D.

Apr 15, 2013 RealD Introduces Precision White Screen Technology Combining 2D White Screen Performance with Polarized 3D Capability
Dec 12, 2012 ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ World Premiere Viewed on Ballantyne Strong’s Unique Customized 3D Silver Cinema Screen
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Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment, screens and services as well as specialty lighting equipment, today announced that its wholly owned Strong/MDI cinema screen manufacturing business produced the specialty movie screen for the Embassy Theatre’s world premiere of Peter Jackson’s acclaimed “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Wellington, New Zealand. ‘The Hobbit’ is set for its international release in most of the world later this week.
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Nov 2, 2020 Comscore Inks Preferred Agreement with Marcus Theatres® for Next Generation Theatre Management
Sep 1, 2020 STRONG Technical Services Announces Multi-Year Nationwide Managed Service Agreement with Marcus Theatres®
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STRONG Technical Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) and a leader in projection equipment sales, engineering, and services, announces a multi-year nationwide managed service agreement with Marcus Theatres®. Effective today STRONG Technical Services (STS) will become the exclusive provider of managed services for all of Marcus Theatres’ cinema locations nationwide. These managed services will include 24x7x365 monitoring, technical support, and maintenance on all projection and audio equipment across more than 1,100 screens.

Nov 19, 2018 Vista Cinema Signs Agreement with Marcus Theatres®, the fourth Largest Cinema Exhibition Chain in the United States
Oct 23, 2017 Marcus Theatres® Extends CIELO Contract, Adding Director’s Cut Service Level
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Nov 4, 2015 HARMAN Professional Solutions’ Technologies Help Marcus Theatres Cast Immersive Audio in a Starring Role at Flagship Cineplex
Oct 13, 2015 Hollywood Software Inks Deal with Marcus Theatres To Utilize its Enterprise Web Product
Sep 1, 2015 4DX Cinema to Make Chicago Premiere This Fall
Dec 13, 2013 Marcus Theatres Debuts Dolby Atmos in UltraScreen DLX Auditoriums
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Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) and Marcus Theatres®, a division of the Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), announced today that the cinema chain has installed the Dolby Atmos sound platform in two UltraScreen DLX™ auditoriums—the Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Ill., and the Marcus Crosswoods Cinema in Columbus, Ohio—and will install it in additional select screens over the next two years.

Apr 15, 2013 Marcus Theatres Selects Barco’s Cinema Sound Solution for Ultrascreen Cinema
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