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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.

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 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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Montebello, CA—Apr 13, 2015

New BGW VXi 16 Channel Immersive Sound Power Amplifiers Installed at Classic Cinemas

See It at CinemaCon 2015, BGW Booth #2803
BGW Systems, a division of Amplifier Technologies, Inc. has announced installation of the first VXi Series Immersive Sound power amplifiers at Classic Cinemas 10 in Elk Grove Village, IL. Classic selected the BGW VXi because of its unique ultra-performance design that has previously only been affordable for price insensitive audiophile applications.

The BGW VXi is the first cinema amplifier that is fully balanced differential, from input all the way to the loudspeakers. Its Class AB operation with fully linear power supplies and ultra-low distortion ThermalTrak™ output transistors was previously not economically feasible for cinema use.  Now, new components and circuitry have resulted in a significant reduction in cost over similar high performance amplifiers.

Alan Gilbertson, Classic Cinemas’ chief of technical services, said “We have been installing BGW’s for several decades because of superior audio quality, but I could hear the improvement with the VXi immediately. Dialog has never been so clear.”

Morris Kessler, president of BGW/ATI and designer of the VXi said, “This amp is a game changer for cinema audio. It has superior clarity, is twice as fast with twice the dynamic range, impossible to overdrive and dead quiet. These are performance characteristics of the expensive high end home theater amplifiers ATI produces, but the BGW VXi is cost competitive with the digital switching amplifiers used in today’s cinemas.”

The VXi can be configured with 16 x 200W, 8 x 400W, 4 x 800W channels or combinations to total 3200W per chassis. Featuring current feedback and dual DC servos, signal-to-noise ratio approaches a staggering 128 dB, slew rate is greater than 60V/uSec and damping factor greater than 400.

John F. Allen, High Performance Stereo founder and president, responsible for assisting in the design and installation of the BGW VXi in the HPS-4000® sound systems at Classic’s Elk Grove Cinema 10 said, “HPS is proud to be the very first to use balanced differential power amplifiers in modern cinema sound systems, and will use the VXi Series exclusively in all future HPS-4000 installations. In addition to stunning music and effects, they deliver the clearest dialog we’ve ever had.”  He added that the first complete cinema complex to be entirely equipped with these amplifiers will be the R/C Theatres Lexington Exchange Movies 12, opening later this year in California, MD.

Attendees at CinemaCon 2015 can see the VXi Immersive Sound power amplifiers in the BGW booth, #2803 in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace, April 21-23.

About Classic Cinemas: Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned business, run by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. It began in 1978 with the operation of the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Today the company operates 13 theaters in 12 communities with a total of 104 screens. Having received numerous accolades for business excellence, preservation, community service, and accessibility, Classic Cinemas endeavors to be the hometown theatre of choice in the Chicago area. For more information visit

About HPS-4000: High Performance Stereo is the developer and exclusive distributor of the computer-designed, digital-ready HPS-4000 sound system. HPS was founded with the goal of improving motion picture sound systems. The HPS-4000® sound systems were first introduced in 1980 and continue to evolve today with new driver technology. In 1984, HPS was the first to bring digital sound to a commercial movie theatre. For more information, visit

About BGW Systems:
BGW is a division of Amplifier Technologies, Inc., Montebello, CA. which ATI acquired in 2003. Back in 1974, BGW was chosen by Universal Studios to supply power amplifiers for use in movie theaters worldwide. These amplifiers were an integral part of Universal's Sensurround® sound system featured in EARTHQUAKE, MIDWAY and ROLLERCOASTER. During that period, thousands of BGW amplifiers were purchased by Universal. Many are still in use today in Universal Studios’ theme parks.  In its 40+ years, Amplifier Technologies has become one of the leading OEM suppliers of high end consumer and professional amplifiers for several of the audio industry’s largest manufacturers. ATI specializes in the design and manufacture of balanced-differential amplifiers. This special class of amplifier is known for exceptionally low distortion and speed, resulting in a sound clarity that cannot be achieved with standard unbalanced amplifiers. 
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