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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.  





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.



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.





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.





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.

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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 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 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 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



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




-- cancelled --  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.



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.


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Rancho Cordova, Calif., USA—Oct 14, 2015

Santikos Theatres and Barco Pioneer Movie Industry’s First All Laser Projector-Powered Multiplex

Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema projection, partners with Santikos Theatres to make history by deploying the first ever multiplex powered exclusively by laser cinema projectors. The Texas-based exhibitor’s new Casa Blanca Theatre will utilize Barco’s Flagship and phosphor laser projectors to brilliantly and efficiently illuminate all 16 screens, offering Santikos’ customers exceptional image quality and unmatched 3D brightness. The agreement marks the first 100% laser-powered projection cinema in the world.

Santikos was one of the first exhibitors to embrace Barco’s Flagship Laser projector. Based upon their success, Santikos is expanding to all laser for its new Casa Blanca Theatre. Barco’s laser fleet provides the ideal combination of performance output and economic value, simplifying operations by removing the costs and maintenance associated with lamp-based projectors. 

“Laser projection is a game changer for moviegoer experiences and our internal operations,” comments Art Seago, President of Santikos Theatres. “Laser projects the best images and completely eliminates the labor, cost and variability of xenon bulbs. Our guests expect Santikos Theatres to be at the forefront of technology, and Barco laser is now the pinnacle of cinema projection. We are proud to outfit the Casa Blanca Theatre with the best products our industry offers.”

The new site, slated to debut in early 2016, offers other exciting entertainment features including a specialty restaurant, in-theater dining service, a 16-lane state-of-the-art bowling venue, and luxury recliner seating for ultimate comfort. 

Barco Laser projection – the best investment
Offering a broad range of projectors to ensure the perfect match for every screen, Barco has designed its laser projectors to realize unprecedented image quality at a very attractive total cost of ownership. The first DCI-compliant projector capable of showing 4K 2D content at 60 fps and 4K 3D at 30 fps, the Barco DP4K-60L projector presents pristine images using 40 percent less power than xenon lamp versions. The Barco Flagship laser projectors are based on an Intelligent Projector concept that combines cost effectiveness and the unmatched Alchemy technology. 

“We are proud to further strengthen our long-standing relationship with Santikos Theatres and admire their commitment to delivering the most innovative cinema technology leading to the ultimate moviegoer experiences,” comments Stijn Henderickx, VP Cinema for Barco. “Our flagship laser projectors are the ideal complement to their upscale cinema concept, reflecting Santikos’ reputation for uncompromising quality.”

Fueling the next wave in digital cinema
Based upon a strong foundation of a loyal customer base of 60,000 projector installations and award -winning DLP Cinema® projectors, Barco is well positioned to lead the next wave of transition from lamp-based cinema projection to laser-based projection.

“Barco leads the cutting-edge of digital cinema innovation, continually introducing new experiences that elevate the entertainment experience for moviegoers and boost revenues for today’s movie exhibitors,” comments Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President, Entertainment for Barco.


About Santikos
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Santikos Theatres has been making movie memories in South Texas for over 100 years. Our purpose is to benefit the communities in which we operate. With nine locations in San Antonio and Houston, Santikos Theatres continues to be a leader in the industry with amenities such as IMAX, AVX, D-BOX and DOLBY ATMOS at select locations.


About Barco: Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop visualization and collaboration solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting, classroom and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2020, we realized sales of 770 million euro. We have a global team of 3,300 employees, whose passion for technology is captured in 461 granted patents. For more information, visit us on www.barco.com, follow us on Twitter (@Barco), LinkedIn (Barco), YouTube (BarcoTV), or like us on Facebook (Barco). Barco Directory page
About Santikos Theatres: Santikos Entertainment is the only theater group to operate as a social enterprise for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. Since 1911, Santikos has created unique experiences with large format screens, cutting-edge audio and visual technology, and ground-breaking amenities for the cinema industry, like bowling and full service in-theater dining. Now organized under the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, the company operates 10 theater and entertainment venues in San Antonio and Houston. The newest location, the Casa Blanca, opening in 2016 in the Alamo Ranch community in the northwest sector of San Antonio, will feature 16 screens, in-theater dining, full bar service and 16 lanes of bowling. Santikos Theatres Directory page

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Jun 9, 2021 Cinionic and Barco Celebrate Belgian Cinema Reopening
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Barco and Cinionic, the companies at the forefront of worldwide technology and solutions for cinema, join with audiences across Belgium to celebrate today’s reopening of the movie theaters in the country. Moviegoers return to a blockbuster line-up at the cinema after Belgian authorities announced the ability to reopen as of June 9, 2021.

Apr 12, 2021 New Agreement Between IMAX and Barco to Further Collaborate on Cutting-Edge Laser Light Source Technology Worldwide
Dec 18, 2019 Cinemark Partners with Cinionic for Barco Laser in 10-Year Worldwide Exclusive Agreement
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Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture illuminating more than half of the world’s movie theaters, announces an exclusive laser agreement with long-term strategic partner Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), one of the world’s largest movie exhibitors, operating more than 6,000 screens. During the 10-year deal, Cinionic will upgrade Cinemark’s chain with award-winning Barco Series 4 laser projectors and integrated Barco Alchemy media servers. The transformation of Cinemark’s fleet in the United States and Latin America into state-of-the-art, laser-powered entertainment destinations further solidifies both companies’ commitment to elevating the movie-going experience for global audiences.

Sep 12, 2019 Unilumin Collaborates with Barco to Expand its Global LED Display Business
Apr 1, 2019 Cinionic Takes Cinema into the Smart Projection Era at CinemaCon 2019, with All-New Barco Series 4 Laser Projectors
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Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture providing a new visual standard with enhanced services and technology solutions, today returns to CinemaCon with the launch of its brand-new Barco Series 4 projector line-up. This next generation of projectors will deliver an unmatched cinema experience for moviegoers today, future-proofed for tomorrow; leveraging 4K, RGB-laser, as well as being ready for 4K 120fps high frame rate, high-dynamic-range (HDR) and wide-color-gamut capabilities.

Dec 9, 2018 PVR Cinemas and Cinionic Form Long-Term Alliance to Elevate Cinema Experience in India with Barco Projection
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PVR Cinemas, one of the largest and most premium film exhibition companies in India, today inked a long-term alliance with Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture.

Sep 26, 2018 EclairColor HDR Solution for Cinemas to Be Showcased in Deauville at the Annual Convention of French Theater Owners with Support from Cinionic
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CinemaNext, the European specialist in cinema exhibitor services (Ymagis Group, ISIN: FR0011471291, TICKER: MAGIS, PME-PEA, TECH 40), today announced that it will be presenting its revolutionary EclairColor HDR cinema solution at this week’s Annual Convention of French Theater Owners (FNCF) in Deauville (France).

Aug 21, 2018 Theater Pole Pole Thrills Audiences with Barco Laser
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Japanese movie fans are in for a treat next time they visit the Pole Pole theater in Onahama: nine brand new Barco laser projectors will present movies in dazzling brightness and vibrant color.

Aug 13, 2018 Cineplex Renews with Barco Laser at Popular South Bank Brisbane Cinema
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Cinionic continues to lead the digital cinema renewal wave, deploying Barco projectors across the Australian continent. The latest is an exclusive deal with Cineplex, elevating movie showings with Barco Smart Laser projectors at the South Park Brisbane theater.
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Apr 14, 2016 GDC Technology Selected by Santikos Entertainment as the Best IMB Solution for its All-laser Circuit Conversion
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GDC Technology Limited, a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, today announced at CinemaCon 2016 that Santikos Entertainment has extended its five-year strategic partnership with GDC Technology by signing a new agreement to install GDC digital cinema solutions in conjunction with its transition to all-laser projection.

Apr 12, 2016 Santikos Entertainment and Barco to Create the First All-Laser Powered Theater Circuit in the World

Apr 22, 2015 Santikos Theatres Outfits New Casa Blanca Theatre with Barco Laser Projection
Mar 27, 2014 Santikos Theatres Acquires Barco Laser Projection to Deliver Cutting-Edge Movie Presentation
Mar 15, 2010 Santikos Theatres Selects GDC Servers for Digital Cinema Conversion
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GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has won a major digital cinema deployment contract with Santikos Theatres, a leading cinema circuit in Texas. The project will see the deployment of 88 GDC SA-2100A servers into Santikos Theatres and currently work is already underway for the rollout.

Mar 5, 2010 Bigger and Brighter in Texas with Barco and Santikos
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