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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.





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.





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 (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.  





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.



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.

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 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 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 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. 

Shows & Events



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.



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.



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 www.cineasia.com.



CinemaCon 2023 has been scheduled for 24-27 April 2023 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 



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NEW YORK—Feb 20, 2007

Panorama Labs’ Breakthrough Technologies to Brighten the Future of Digital Entertainment

Switching Speed and Woven Displays Enable Endless Possibilities
Panorama Labs, the company pioneering digital entertainment technologies, announced today that it has achieved significant breakthroughs in the areas of magneto-optics and fiber-device technology that promise to revolutionize the way images are projected and displayed. Panorama Labs’ technologies will dramatically improve the quality and economics for a wide range of existing product categories from large-area flat-panel displays to theatrical and consumer projectors, head mounted “virtual reality” goggles, and handheld electronic games.

New Speed Record

Because Panorama Labs’ magento-photonic technology uses sub-wavelength, nano-scale structures to directly switch pixel brightness, the switching speed is in the region of 15 nanoseconds--1,000 times faster than current technologies such as plasma and DLP, and one million times faster than LCD. This not only improves image quality due to a wider range of grey scale, and elimination of motion artifacts, but is also important for anti-piracy efforts and 3-D video.

The most significant impact of the increased switching speed—in sheer dollar value—may be in assisting the motion picture industry’s campaign against piracy, which generates estimated losses of $9 billion a year. Panorama Labs’ technology fast switching speed is expected to enable manipulation of frame rates and image sequencing, preventing a usable screen image from being captured by camcorders.

“The industry has been crying out for a hardware solution that is faster than, and can run circles around the CCD chips found in all camcorders. A more nimble shutter speed in a smart digital projector virtually ensures that in theatre camcorder pirated films won’t see the light of day,” said Sutherland Ellwood, founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Panorama Labs. “The software alone is not sufficient to the task, but with our hardware we think the industry will be looking at a “silver bullet” solution to this major problem.”

The switching speed will also dramatically enhance the quality of projection 3-D images, creating an unsurpassed theatrical experience. Panorama Labs technology will be able to project 3-D images at sufficient brightness without requiring that exhibitors install special expensive screens and without creating an uncomfortable visual experience for the viewer.

New Paradigm for Displays

Panorama Labs’ other significant breakthrough is its proprietary method for manufacturing very large and flexible displays. Where other types of flat-screen display—LCD, plasma or OLED—are analogous to a very large computer chip and are very expensive to manufacture, Panorama Labs’ approach will create a display from woven optical fibers. This capitalizes on the economies of high-tech, engineered textiles, which have the potential to cut manufacturing costs to a fraction of those for other flat-screen technologies, and to pass much of these savings on to the end-user.

This same technology, due to aerospace-type tolerances that enable never-before seen precision and structural integrity, will allow Panorama Labs to create incredibly robust flexible displays of virtually any size.

“We are talking with a number of consumer electronics and motion picture-industry companies who are very excited about the new phase of digital entertainment our technology will enable,” said Frank Stirling, president of the company’s Panorama Entertainment Systems division. “A major transformation is coming soon, and Panorama Labs is driving it.”


About Photonica, Inc.:
Photonica, Incorporated was formed in 2007 to create a new generation of groundbreaking inventions in the field of displays and “intelligent visual media systems.” Focusing on immersive entertainment, industrial display markets, and mobile devices, Photonica has developed a new and unique "hybrid" technology to deliver hiperformance, flexible-screen displays and immersive, dimensional visual display systems that will revolutionize what consumers expect from displays and media systems.
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