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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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.  

Industry Partners

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. 

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.

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

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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London—Apr 11, 2013

“Event Cinema in European Cinemas”

New Report from IHS Screen Digest in Collaboration with the ECA
The Event Cinema Association and IHS Screen Digest are delighted to announce the release of a brand new body of research in the area of Alternative Content, also known as Event Cinema, for the first time. 
Recognising a need for hard facts in this emerging market, the ECA and IHS Screen Digest have collaborated on this new research, with some surprising findings that stand to shape the industry and ultimately encourage and attract investment. A cross section of European territories from Ireland to Russia was examined, with the assistance of ECA members and others, and while the data confirmed some more obvious patterns, others are emerging that will prove fascinating over the next 12-24 months.
A wealth of pan-European statistics has been collected and analysed for the first time since the emergence of Event Cinema back in 2006, and among the trends established, IHS Screen Digest has learned that contrary to many assumptions, the number of recorded events is actually growing, and business models for both live and recorded are developing and co-existing happily. Certainly exhibitors have the flexibility of recorded events to schedule around their mainstream content, and the opportunity to build their audience and market accordingly, although live events undoubtedly have the thrill factor and temporal experience that appeals to audiences more, and box office results reflect this.
Indeed, the highest grossing event ever screened was a live show by French comedienne Florence Foresti, staged by Pathé Live in September 2012, registering an astonishing 87,000 admissions in France, Belgium and Switzerland (at €10 a ticket, this produced €870,000 in admissions in a single performance). Comedy until now has been the subject of debate about its potential success in the cinema, but clearly this shows that executed properly, the rewards are significant.
3D is also less of a driving factor given the hype it’s had, but event cinema is still young, and this may change as production costs reduce over time. Overall the number of 3D events in the Event Cinema space seems to be slightly diminishing, though that may not be an indication of long term decline, and rather a symptom of the one-off nature of event cinema programming against the high production costs.
TV events are very popular in the Netherlands, making up 23% of all event cinema programming, just behind the behemoth of opera (streets ahead of all other genres in every territory studied); in other words, almost one in 4 events was a TV special.  This seems unique to the Netherlands but much can be learned from such success.
Senior Principal Analyst and Director of IHS Screen Digest, David Hancock, who wrote the report, said, “It’s very exciting to see event cinema data presented for the first time like this. So far, our research has focused on US and UK markets where we maintain a tracking database; until now we have not had access to research from other European markets. I would like to thank the ECA members and other organisations like Nevafilm and CinemaDigitaal for enabling us to put together this report that presents a factual analysis of the state of the Event Cinema market. I hope the results gives people pause for thought and help the market to evolve in a more informed way”.  
He added, “I look forward to updating this once the ECA’s membership builds to such a significant level that visibility in this key growth area becomes not only expected, but essential to the business planning for exhibitors and distributors. That is a sign of a maturing market. “
Melissa Keeping, Chair of the ECA, said, “One of the key missions in setting up the ECA last year was providing the industry with clear and current data and with the analysis provided by David Hancock and IHS Screen Digest, this is a real milestone for the ECA as much as the industry.  The report is fascinating, and European exhibition and distribution will certainly benefit from the willing collaboration of the ECA members, without whose help this would not have been possible.” 
Graham Spurling, Director of Movies@ Ireland and a member of the ECA, said, “In Ireland, our company has been supportive of event cinema since the start and it’s fantastic to see such progress in so many markets, and a few surprises in there as well. Event cinema is the only growth area in exhibition these days and it’s a sign the industry is coming of age with the release of this report.”
‘Event Cinema in European Cinemas’ will be available for download via IHS Screen Digest ( and the ECA ( from April 16 2013.  For more information, please contact Melissa Keeping: or David Hancock david.hancock@ihs .com
The Event Cinema Association
The Event Cinema Association is a non-profit organization, limited by guarantee, overseen by a president and 8 Board Directors comprised of international exhibitors, distributors and technical providers. It was created to both support and promote the developing market for cinemas looking to offer different types of filmed live events to audiences such as operas, ballets, theatre, concerts, sport and special events.   The role of the ECA is to provide a united voice for the alternative content industry in Europe and is striving to rebrand live and recorded cinema programming as ‘event cinema’ in order to engage new audiences. The ECA also distributes a quarterly trailer reel in European cinemas to promote forthcoming events in cinemas, provide a website with useful information for cinemas and alternative content providers, as well as holding events.
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About IHS Screen Digest: Screen Digest is the pre-eminent firm of industry analysts covering global media markets including film, television, broadband media, mobile media, cinema, home entertainment, gaming, and advertising. In November 2010, Screen Digest Limited was acquired by US research company iSuppli Corporation who were subsequently acquired by IHS, one of the biggest providers of market research and insight globally. Together IHS Screen Digest and IHS iSuppli offer the most complete and insightful analysis of the global technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector. IHS Screen Digest Directory page

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