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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 Cinema is the global leader in signal processing, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for all cinema applications. 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.
Moving Image Technologies manufacturers and markets a full complement of cinema exhibition equipment and services to support the industry’s transition to digital cinema, including: custom engineering, systems design, integration, digital technology solutions for 3D, digital cinema, pre-feature on-screen advertising and components. Moving Image Technologies’ mission is to have the most talented, passionate people in cinema working to provide the best presentation tools for the cinema exhibition industry.
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.
Qube Cinema is committed to creating a seamless world of Digital Cinema with products that are innovative, powerful, reliable and cost-effective. Qube Cinema is a company with a passion for cinema and a thorough understanding of film, video, audio and computer technology along with vast experience in the production, post-production and exhibition industries - a unique combination of expertise that has helped in the development of the company's digital cinema technology.
Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema (DTDC), a joint venture between Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Technicolor, is the market leading provider of theatrical digital cinema mastering, distribution and key management services for clients worldwide. DTDC combines best-in-class technologies, personnel, work processes and facilities, and is based in Burbank, CA. Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. and Technicolor are global leaders in digital services and technology solutions for media and entertainment.
Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Cinionic is transforming cinema, providing comprehensive WOW entertainment solutions to movie exhibitors across the globe. We help turn imagination into reality and ensure peace of mind for our customers by offering innovative services and flexible use of capital for a new era. Combining the technology expertise and heritage of our partners, Cinionic powers exceptional experiences across the entire theater to engage visitors at multiple touchpoints in their cinema journey. 
Unique X, Based in the UK, is a new brand for the future of digital cinema, providing intelligent autonomous solutions and content services.  Unique X operates in 65 countries globally. To date, more than 70 million GB of data have been transferred, and over 60 million advertising playlists have been delivered. Solutions include RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet Estate Management System, Movie Transit (DCP Content Delivery Network), Basekey (KDM management), RosettaPOS (Point of Sale), RosettaLive (Event Streaming) and our pre-show products of Advertising Accord, Ad Transit and Smart Trailering.
GDC Technology Limited is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. In addition, GDC is the appointed worldwide certification services agent, with exclusivity in Asia to certify DTS:X immersive sound auditoriums for DTS, Inc. GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.
Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services,  offering cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.
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 NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. 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.

Sony Digital Cinema 4K gives audiences an entertainment experience they’ll never forget in 2D or 3D. There’s a complete family of Sony 4K projection systems to suit every cinema operator, from small boutique screens to the largest multiplex. All our easy-to-use projectors deliver 4K resolution images that viewers love, bursting with rich colour and industry-leading 8000:1 average contrast ratio. Sony’s SRX-R500 series of projectors are also HDR-ready, meeting brightness and contrast requirements for screening the latest 4K movies mastered for High Dynamic Range presentation. Spectacular 4K images are matched by impressively low running costs. The long-lasting HPM multi-lamp array in all our SRX-R500 Series projectors is more energy efficient than traditional Xenon lamps, reducing routine maintenance and cutting the risk of revenue-threatening dark screens. A compelling choice for the big screens, our Premium Large Format (PLF) projection solution outshines costly first generation laser systems, with unrivalled 4K picture quality at light levels up to 60,000 lumens.

 

Bardan Cinema has been a leader in cinema equipment sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 40 years. With a well-established reputation and broad customer base that spans independent boutique theaters to large multiplexes, Bardan provides total solutions and services ranging from cinema design, equipment sales, installation, monitoring and VPF implementation. In collaboration with D-Cinema NOC, Bardan now offers comprehensive 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and remote support to exhibitors throughout the region.
CES+ is the premier partner in cinema solutions. For the past 35 years has been a pioneer delivering innovative first-in-market technology and will revolutionize the industry with his one-of-a-kind Cinema-as-a-Service solution offering to become the disruptive facilitator of the evolution of the modern movie theater operation. CES+ is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and serves clients globally.
Cielo is true proactive monitoring and support. Customers can access Cielo from any device connected to the internet, giving them the freedom to manage the customer experience outside the confines of their offices. Customers have circuit wide visibility into their theater operations so they are able to solve problems more efficiently.

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 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.
 
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. 

Shows & Events
CinemaCon, held April 1-4 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is expected play host to more than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals. Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.


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Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles, CA—Jan 4, 2018

4DX Closes Out 2017 Reaching $230 Million at the Box Office and 19 Million in Admissions

  • Innovative Cinema Format from CJ 4DPLEX Now Reaches 475 Total Screens Worldwide, Up 37% Year-Over-Year
  • 4DX More Than Doubles its Footprints in the U.S. and Africa, and Expands by 72% Across Europe, in 2017
CJ 4DPLEX, the world’s leading 4D cinema company, finished 2017 with record gross box office and attendance for 4DX, the fastest-growing premium cinema format.  Additionally, more new 4DX locations opened in 2017 than any other year in history, with the immersive cinema experience today reaching 475 locations worldwide.

In the past five years, box office revenue and admissions to 4DX theatres worldwide have grown by 6x, to approximately $230 million and 19 million in 2017, respectively – up from $38 million and 2.9 million in 2012. This success has been driven by a rapidly-increasing global footprint for 4DX, and a growing number of movie titles being made available in the format. For example: 
  • As of December 2017, there are 475 4DX locations around the world – up 37 percent from 346 in December 2016, 223 in 2015, 140 in 2014, 87 in 2013 and 40 in 2012.  
  • From 2013 through 2017, an average of 80 movies per year have been released in 4DX.  In 2017, 101 titles were shown in 4DX – more than triple the 31 available in 2012.
"As 2018 begins, we can feel the wind at our backs – both literally and figuratively – and are excited for the new milestones we will surge past in the new year," said Byung-Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “We have strong partners around the world and are encouraged by the responses 4DX is getting from exhibitors and producers, as well as from moviegoers who are packing theatres around the world to watch their favorite films in the most exciting cinema format.” 

In terms of attendance, particularly steep year-over-year increases were seen as the number of attendees choosing the 4DX theatre experience continued to rise in several regions around the world. In North America (U.S. and Canada), attendance grew 89 percent from 2016 to 2017. In China, the largest market for 4DX, attendance grew 88 percent. In Europe, attendance increased 34 percent, led by 61 percent growth in the UK alone. 

4DX occupancy rates also continue to outpace industry averages, with the five best-performing countries being Norway (67 percent average occupancy rate), France (52 percent), Egypt (48 percent), Canada (42 percent) and India (41 percent).  

WORLDWIDE EXPANSION
In 2017, 129 new 4DX sites opened across 33 countries. This is the most number of new locations to launch in a single year, and an increase from 123 in 2016, 83 in 2015, 53 in 2014 and 47 in 2013. Notably, 77 new locations launched in Asia and 34 in Europe last year, with both regions showing strong double-digit increases. Meanwhile, the 4DX footprints in North America and Africa doubled year-over-year.

By region, 4DX expansion in 2017 included:
  • Asia (77 new locations in 2017, with the total 4DX footprint up 36 percent from 2016, and making up 62 percent of the worldwide 4DX market share);
  • Europe (34 new locations, up 72 percent year-over-year, with Europe now making up 17 percent of the worldwide 4DX footprint);
  • North America (six new locations, more than doubling from 2016);
  • South America (five new locations, bringing 4DX market share to 13 percent);
  • Africa (four new locations, more than doubling from 2016);
  • Middle East (two new locations, including new penetration in Egypt and Qatar); and
  • Australia (opened the first 4DX location in the country in 2017).
As a result of this expansion, more than 57,000 4DX seats are now installed in 475 4DX auditoriums spanning 57 countries, with the capacity to accommodate approximately 105 million worldwide moviegoers per year. Additionally, 4DX overwhelmingly leads the 4D cinema market, occupying the largest number of screens worldwide.

Europe
A sizable portion of this year’s expansion came from Europe, including the first 4DX locations in France and Norway. The remarkable opening performances in both new markets led exhibitors to quickly agree to bring more 4DX locations to these and neighboring countries across Western Europe, with other new countries opening their first 4DX screens including the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. CJ 4DPLEX is already in talks with additional European exhibitors for further expansion. 

Partnerships in 2017 between CJ 4DPLEX and leading European exhibitors include: 
  • a major expansion with Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont, which will have at least 50 4DX auditoriums in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium by 2020;
  • a new deal with Kitag Cinemas, the largest exhibitor in German-speaking Switzerland; 
  • a deal with Kinepolis Cinemas, which opened four 4DX theatres in Belgium, France, and Spain this year; and
  • an expansion of the partnership with Nordisk Film Cinema, which was the first exhibitor to bring 4DX to Norway, to bring nine more screens to Scandinavia.
The Americas
The U.S. market witnessed massive 4DX growth, doubling the immersive cinema technology’s footprint over the past year, with three new locations in Southern California, as well as the debut of 4DX at Regal theatres in Orlando and Seattle. In December, the newest 4DX location soft-launched in Washington, DC, and more expansion is planned for 2018. Additionally, earlier this week, the next several Cinépolis Latin America and U.S. locations set to install 4DX were announced, following five Cinépolis theatres launching 4DX in 2017. The next to open will be in Mexicali, Mexico on January 15, bringing the total number of 4DX sites in Mexico to 31.  

Asia
The Chinese market has continued to be the largest and fastest-growing for 4DX, with 62 new locations launching over the past year, bringing its total number of 4DX auditoriums to 171. Besides the expansion in China, 4DX penetrated new Asian countries in 2017, including Malaysia and Mongloia.

Australia
This October, the first 4DX location in Australia opened through a partnership with Village Cinemas. This opening marked 4DX being available in more than 50 countries across six continents. 


About CJ 4DPLEX: CJ 4DPLEX is the world's first 4D cinema company, headquartered in Seoul with international offices in Los Angeles and Beijing. The company created 4DX, the first and leading 4D cinema technology for feature films, providing moviegoers with an immersive cinematic experience that utilizes all five senses, allowing the audience to connect with movies through motion, vibration, water, wind, snow, lightning, scents, and other special effects that enhance the visuals on-screen. CJ 4DPLEX brings 4DX auditoriums to exhibition partners along with 4DX codes for both major Hollywood blockbusters and local titles. Each auditorium incorporates motion-based seating synchronized with more than 20 different effects and optimized by a team of skilled editors, maximizing the feeling of immersion within the movie, beyond the limits of audio and video. Since 2009, more than 550 Hollywood and local titles have been screened in 4DX. As of September 2018, more than 65,000 4DX seats operate in 552 auditoriums spanning 59 countries.  CJ 4DPLEX was named a Most Innovative Company of 2017 in Live Events by Fast Company, and its technology has been recognized with silver Edison Awards in the Media and Visual Communications-Entertainment category in 2015 and 2018. For more information, please visit www.cj4dplex.com. CJ 4DPLEX Directory page

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