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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.

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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.

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.

Introducing the LG Miraclass, the DCI-certified cinema LED screen that will revolutionize the way you experience movies. This is more than just a technology upgrade, it's an opportunity to transform your theater into a space for imagination, creativity, and community. Join us on this journey into a new world of cinema, where the theater becomes a destination beyond entertainment.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

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.

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.

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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London—May 15, 2007

RAAM Digital Conference - BAFTA London June 21, 2007 sets out the following challenges

Europe presents unique challenges – all exhibitors and third party integrators need to engage fully in finding solutions You need 2D digital before 3D Digital – it’s a freight train heading our way

- Fair and equal benefits between operators and distributors required
- Security of digital product has to be guaranteed by studios
- Business models and financial packages need to be finalised
- Alternative product will take years to get right

Steve Perrin, Julian Levin, Millard Ochs, Chuck Goldwater and David Hancock headline speakers

A highly charged one day London conference on Digital Cinema will be driven by Global Cinema Industry leaders. They will present the latest information and strategic reports on how the UK, European and global cinema markets are able to face the challenges ahead.

One of the conference’s key note speakers, Julian Levin, Executive Vice President, Digital Exhibition, Twentieth Century Fox commented

“Twentieth Century Fox remains firmly committed to the transition to a digital cinema platform from conventional 35mm film. For almost two (2) years Fox has been supplying its movies to theatres around the world equipped with DCI compliant digital projection systems. In addition, thus far, Fox has been an active participant in the various financing schemes and development of business models which will spur rapid deployment of digital cinema systems worldwide. While the European markets present some unique challenges that need further discussion and resolution, we encourage all exhibitors and third party integrators to fully engage and be a part of the solution. The benefits of digital 3D exhibition are apparent; but before you can achieve digital 3D capability, you must first have achieved digital cinema 2D. Digital cinema is a freight train, and it’s headed our way!”

Tony Meehan – Chairman of RAAM
“Despite the fact that Digital Cinema has been on the UK and Irish business agendas for more than 5 years the answers to the most important questions remain outstanding. This conference is a follow on from our February event at which this issue was the hottest topic.

“In its April 07 edition, Screen Digest presented the latest figures which show in the UK and Ireland 174 screens have already been converted to digital formats – 87% of these were converted as part of the Lottery Funded UK Film Council Digital Screen Network and Digital Cinema Ireland. There is still no industry wide agreement regarding which business model will be used or how a virtual print fee will be agreed and who has the right to negotiate with whom.

“North America and Europe are recognised as two of the most mature cinema going markets and account for 89% of all current digital installations, but this only represents 5% of the total number of screens in both these areas. So far the use of digital screens has been limited due to the availability of digital films and agreement on terms.

“One other important fact is that the majority of these installations have been paid by either UK Lottery Funding and Digital Cinema Ireland – surprisingly neither the Operators or Distributors have invested any major capital sums. Perhaps one reason is the ability, or inability, to balance short term financial needs to long term business requirements.

“There is a long way to go and a lot of work to be done which is why this meeting is of such importance to the UK and Irish cinema operators and distributors.

“So why the delay? –
“The technical specifications have been agreed within the studio system, the equipment is available for shipping, there is consensus within the industry that the future is digital. What remains outstanding and requires both commitment and compromise on costs and commercial benefit for all.

About RAAM Management Limited: RAAM is a specialist management consultancy serving the cinema exhibition sector in the United Kingdom and International markets. The company’s core business is the development and implementation of best business and management practices across all areas of cinema exhibition. RAAM Management Limited Directory page

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