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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.

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, that offers a comprehensive suite of cinema-focused services, including installation, maintenance, and technical support, to exhibitors throughout the United States.

Strong MDI, 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.  

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.

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.

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.

Industry Partners

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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

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London—Mar 15, 2007

Empire Cinemas launches its first all digital cinema

Empire Cinemas has today (15 March 2007) announced the launch of its first all digital cinema at its site in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Empire Cinemas, in partnership with Kodak, Barco and Bell Theatre Services, is pioneering digital cinema projection technology as it becomes one of the first cinema operators in the country to go all digital in one of its sixteen sites. All six screens at the High Wycombe site have been equipped for digital cinema.

Justin Ribbons, CEO, Empire Cinemas said: “The transition to all digital at our High Wycombe site is fully compliant with the highest industry standards of today and we are delighted to have made this happen in partnership with Kodak, Barco and Bell Theatre Services. Empire Cinemas is the largest private cinema operator in the UK and the switch to all digital at High Wycombe demonstrates our commitment to delivering an improved and outstanding entertainment experience to our customers as we continue to upgrade and invest in our sites.”

Digital projection has numerous advantages for both the cinema audience and the operator. For the audience at High Wycombe, Barco’s state of the art digital projectors will enable the perfect re-production of film, time and time again ensuring high quality and consistent clarity, contrast and vibrant colours. Barco 2K projectors are unique in placing this technology in a sealed light engine thereby reducing the possibility of contamination and picture degradation over time.

Glenn Wastyn, Market Director, Digital Cinema Barco commented: “The true flexibility of film programming cannot be fully realised until 100% of the screens at a site have digital capability. The Empire Cinema at High Wycombe will enable exhibitors, distributors and advertisers to maximize the availability of digital content for the audience. As one of the first fully integrated sites, High Wycombe will develop a thorough knowledge of the procedures and advantages of operating a digital cinema of tomorrow.”

The Kodak unit at the Empire Cinema in High Wycombe will handle 2D or 3D movies and automatically recognises the compression format used – JPEG or MPEG – and employs that for playback. It is designed to be used in network configurations, to take full advantage of the system’s capability, flexibility, efficiency and Kodak’s future Theatre Management System (TMS). TMS is designed to automatically load all content from multiple suppliers via hard drive or satellite in the future and distribute it to targeted screens over the in-cinema network. Decryption keys are also loaded, migrated and managed over the network.

Brian Kercher, regional manager, Kodak Digital Cinema said: “Kodak is delighted to be working with Empire because it’s been our experience that when strong brands connect, great things can happen. This relationship is consistent with the commitment that our companies share – to bring the finest image quality to the screen in ways that continue to add value to the cinema experience.”

Bell Theatre Services carried out the digital installation at the High Wycombe site. Max Bell, Managing Director, Bell Theatre Services commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this project. Over recent years digital cinema has been gradually growing in Europe, however now that we are seeing the first fully digital multiplexes appearing, it is indeed an exciting time for the industry.”

For further information on Empire Cinemas please visit

About Bell Theatre Services Ltd : Bell Theatre Services specializes in providing digital and film projection equipment, sound equipment, and services to the cinema industry, film productions, and beyond. With a wealth of practical sound and projection experience, Bell Theatre Services have supplied over 700 screens to multiplex and independent cinemas with film projection and sound equipment. Bell Theatre Services also specializes in equipment for film studios, preview theatres and laboratories, supplying high-speed projectors, digital projectors and stereo optical recording equipment. Bell Theatre Services Ltd Directory page
About Empire Cinemas: Empire Cinemas is the largest independently-owned cinema chain in the UK. Currently operating 185 screens in 18 cinemas across the United Kingdom, Empire Cinemas screens everything from mainstream blockbusters to art-house classics in quality cinemas, staffed by individuals who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about film. Its flagship London location, Leicester Square, was the first cinema in Europe to launch IMAX's new laser projection system this September. Empire Cinemas Directory page

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