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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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 over 80 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.

Industry Partners

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.

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. 

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

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

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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Nantes, France—Jun 1, 2006

Screen Research Introduces TheaterCurve™ Acoustically Transparent Projection Screens

The First Screen Material Designed from the Ground Up for Digital Cinema. Award Winning Clearpix2 Microfiber Material Enables Seamless Installation in A Variety of Digital Cinema Applications
Screen Research, industry leader in acoustically neutral projection screens, has announced a new range of curved 1.78 and 2.35 aspect ratio models called TheaterCurve™. Intended for installation in a wide range of digital cinema applications, TheaterCurve is now shipping in a wide range of sizes in both fixed frame and fixed frame with lateral masking panels. The curved design ensures a projection image without distortion while creating a cinematic impression of being surrounded by the projected image.

Appropriate for smaller screens 4 ft. to 23 ft. wide, all TheaterCurve™ models feature Screen Research’s award winning, proprietary ClearPix™ acoustically transparent micro-fiber woven screen formulations. Horizontally seamed bespoke screens for larger venues are available up to 20 ft tall and virtually any length. ClearPix is the first and only acoustically transparent screen material that has been certified THX and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for its sound transparency and outstanding image and colorimetry qualities. ClearPix departs from traditional approaches to AT screen by weaving microscopic fiberglass hairs that have been vinyl coated and then micro-fiber woven into a material that is at once solid looking but perfectly acoustically neutral.

ClearPix2 is fast becoming recognized as the optimal acoustically transparent projection screen fabric for use in post-production facilities, cinema VIP and screening rooms, dance clubs, recording studios, worship houses, and other small to medium commercial venues because of its lack of visual moiré and audio degradation effects (i.e., comb filtering and high frequency loss) that have been reported with a range of 2K and 4K projectors when used with common vinyl-perforated or 90 degree woven screens. Due to ClearPix’s unique design, speakers can be placed at any distance from the screen without the need for re-equalization. ClearPix 2 merely introduces a linear 1.2 dB loss from 2 kHz to 20kHz.

Clients to date report being able to remove large amounts of EQ hardware thus simplifying the signal path and improving the signal to noise ratio significantly. Video quality is uncompromised as well, with no measurable loss in resolution compared to traditional perforated or 90 degree woven screens. With 720P and higher resolutions, there are no pixels lost in the perforations unlike traditional AT screen approaches.

Yves Trelohan, CEO for Screen Research asserted, “TheaterCurve projection screens are the ideal match for today’s digital projectors with anamorphic lenses. The slightly curved screen corresponds exactly to the curve of the anamorphic lens. The image in 2.35 ratio is perfectly balanced. TheaterCurve screens are a hand-in-glove fit with the growing residential theater movement of constant height 2.35 projection technologies. Commercial installers using such projectors as Barco, Sony, Digital Projection Inc and Christie have reported the elimination of hot spotting and visual moiré problems while achieving a more immersive cinema effect.”

John Caldwell, Director of Sales for StJohn Group, Inc., Screen Research’s exclusive North American distributor, stated, “The constant height, 2.35 theater architecture is arguably the cutting edge of technology for entertainment. Screen Research has been positioned from the outset as a brand at the forefront for reconciling the worlds of video and audio performance. TheaterCurve is an amazing experience in either 16:9 or 2.35, and a natural extension of Screen Research’s engineering expertise.”

Screen Research’s new TheaterCurve offerings have been designed to eliminate the pin-cushioning effects that have been shown to be present in short focal distance applications of some anamorphic lenses. Another major benefit of TheaterCurve is its ability to eliminate the “audio hot-spotting” effect caused by traditional solid and less exacting perforated curved screens. Traditional approaches to curved screens result in the creation of a large parabolic reflector in the room, thus focusing reflected acoustical energy into a narrow hot spot in the middle of the listening area. With TheaterCurve, the audio passes right through the screen, unabated, and any reflected energy from the back wall can pass through the screen and be absorbed by acoustic treatment placed behind the screen.

TheaterCurve fixed frame models start at $2,700 MSRP. TheaterCurve XMask masking screens with unique lateral masking panels that can be made in solid or acoustically neutral masking material, start at $16,500 MSRP.

Screen Research’s line of 1.33, 1.78 and 2.35 screens now includes hundreds of models of flat fixed screens, TheaterCurve fixed, TheaterCurve XMask Cinescope with lateral masking, CMask fixed masking systems, motorized screens, and in-ceiling motorized screens with masking. Custom sizes, aspect ratios and models are also available.

Constant height 2.35 system architecture maintains the same vertical picture height at all times and uses all of the projector’s vertical array of pixels at all times. In combination with the proper video scaler and anamorphic lens that moves into position when Cinescope material is present, there will be no annoying grey bars at the top and bottom of the picture There is no loss in vertical pixel count, thus maximum video resolution and picture brightness is maintained regardless of the source material’s aspect ratio.

About Screen Research: Screen Research is comprised of scientists and business professionals with years of experience in Audio Visual Design and Technology with the goal of bringing innovative and solution-oriented products to the video market. Screen Research specializes in acoustically transparent video-projection screens of the highest quality especially designed to match today’s modern fixed pixel projectors (LCD, DLP, L-COS etc). The company offers a full range of fixed and motorized screens up to the most sophisticated solutions - fixed screens with masking systems and award winning “Le Wing”, the only retractable screen with retractable speaker system on the market. The products have rapidly been recognized and awarded for bringing significant improvements to existing technology. Headquartered in Nantes, France, Screen Research distributes its products worldwide via a privileged network of distributors, dealers and integrators. Screen Research Directory page

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