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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.  





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.





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.





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.



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.



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.



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.



Industry Partners



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 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 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 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.



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



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.



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



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Cologne, Germany—Jun 28, 2021

European Cinema Innovation Project CINNOVATE Secures EU Investment

European cinema innovation project CINNOVATE (working title) today announced the securing of EU investment into a brand-new digital platform, which will enable local cinemas to complement the theatrical experience with a palette of new digital audience engagement and content features. 

The high-profile partnership gathers four of Europe’s leading arthouse cinema networks – Folkets Hus och Parker, Folkets Bio (both from Sweden), Access Cinema (Ireland) and Art kino mreža Slovenije (Slowenia) – that together count 308 screens in three territories and will be coordinated by Cologne-based VOD and digital distribution experts Rushlake Media and independent consultant Jan Runge. Additional content and network partners are the Event Cinema Association (United Kingdom), Spielfabrique (Germany) and IMZ International Music + Media Centre (Austria).
 
Project CINNOVATE (working title) has secured € 380.000 funding through the European Union programme “Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities”. At the heart of the project is an innovative digital content and audience engagement platform that offers experiences in five interconnected areas:

  • Cinema-powered VOD
  • Event Cinema offers online
  • Gaming and VR in cinemas
  • Jukebox Cinema/ crowdsourcing
  • Virtual film literacy offers
All digital features of the platform, which builds on the successfully operating service “Kino on Demand” in Germany, are designed to re-engage with existing and new film fans in order to bring them back to the cinema – a much needed objective after the devastating impacts that the COVID-crisis has had and continues to have on cinema admissions across Europe.
 
Representatives of the project partnership comment on winning EU support:
 
Philipp Hoffmann, MD and founder of Rushlake Media: "The last 16 months have shown how valuable cinemas are as places of culture and experience. But they can also be places of great innovation. Together with our renowned partners from six European countries and based on our powerful KINO ON DEMAND platform and the successful track record in German-speaking territories, we are looking forward to realizing this project with the support of the EU in the framework of CINNOVATE."
 
Maeve Cooke, Managing Director of the access CINEMA network in Ireland:  "Providing access to a wider range of cinema as a shared, cultural experience for people in their local communities has always been at the core of our work. This past year has, of course, been extremely challenging for both our network and the industry in general, but it has also resulted in cinemas trying new ideas and experimenting in very creative ways. Being part of CINNOVATE will allow us to complement and strengthen our network's traditional working model by using emerging innovations to reconnect with existing cinema audiences, whilst also reaching new audiences of all ages. We are also delighted to have the opportunity to work directly with other European cinema networks, which will allow us to share and learn from each other's experiences, as well as with the expert partners who will help us to build new activities in event cinema, VR and gaming."
 
Calle Nathanson, CEO, Folkets Hus och Parker  ”The Cinnovate project is a great opportunity for Folkets Hus och Parker to improve our cinemas, together with some of the most innovative exhibitor colleagues in Sweden and Europe. We look forward to develop new marketing strategies and audience development skills, in order to increase the circulation of European films in cinemas and online.”
 
Jure Matičič, Art kino mreža Slovenije: “A cinema is always more than a cinema in our network, so exploring different ways of introducing alternative content, programming and tech solutions with our colleagues from across the continent will not only be a challenging, but a fun task."
 
Petter Forkstam, President, Folkets Bio: "In this pandemic our cinemas have to find innovate ways to reach audiences. To be part of CINNOVATE we can develop new collaborations between European countries and partners to better understand how after the pandemic our audiences can access and find their way back to their local arthouse cinema."
 
Katharina Jeschke, Secretary General of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre: The IMZ, which is the international business network dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through audiovisual media for already 60 years, is honored to join CINNOVATE as network partner! With our 150 members we are looking forward to be part of this digital and innovative project, that will enrich and strength the performing arts film sector + brings alternative content to new audiences.”
 
Grainne Peat, Managing Director of the Event Cinema Association: "The Event Cinema Association is a honoured to be a project partner in this exciting pan-European funding project. Over the last 15 months we have seen a significance increase in the engagement and programming of event cinema (alternative) content both online and in cinemas. This funding provides a great opportunity for us to further develop and indeed attract new audiences across Europe as the interest and offering of event cinema content continues to grow.”
 
Odile Limpach, Co-founder, SpielFabrique:  "During the last few years, cinemas have suffered a lot from the emergence of new digital platforms, as well as other entertainment activities such as video games. Young target groups have left out the movie theaters in favor of Netflix or their smartphones. Though, we believe that cinemas could catch up with these age groups, by reinventing themselves, using innovative offers. Nowadays, the video game industry covers a large scope of product and services, satisfying all profiles. In particular, cinemas could use the rise of Virtual Reality to offer immersive experiences or take advantage of the attractivity of esport (ie. competitive gaming) to propose a new viewer experience."
 
Jan Runge, Director, Jan Runge Consulting:  “I’m hugely excited to be working with this high-profile group of arthouse cinemas and industry experts to explore how we can (re)engage with audiences in new and innovative ways. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to learn more about the solutions we develop.”
 
Please direct any inquiries to:  Jan Runge,   jr@janrunge.com



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