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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.





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.  





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.



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.





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.

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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 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 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. 

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




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.



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.


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Los Angeles, CA—Dec 1, 2002

Entertainment Technology Center Named Official Testing Site By Digital Cinema Initiatives

Industry Groups Take New Steps to Realize Digital Cinema
The Entertainment Technology Center at USC's Digital Cinema Laboratory was named by Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) as the official site to test digital cinema technologies, it was announced today by Entertainment Technology Center executive director/CEO Charles S. Swartz.

A neutral research center funded by Hollywood studios and high tech companies and dedicated to evaluating new entertainment technologies, the Entertainment Technology Center will work with DCI, a joint venture of seven major studios, to establish uniform, open and voluntary standards for digital movie release that will be scalable into the future.

"To aid with the design and testing of digital cinema is among the highest purposes of the Digital Cinema Laboratory," said Swartz. "We are thrilled that DCI has shown its faith in our ability to help solve the central technical issues facing digital cinema today and to make digital cinema a reality for all."

"The Entertainment Technology Center has become the industry's de facto digital cinema test bed," according to DCI chief technology officer Walt Ordway. "There was no need for us to reinvent the wheel, because the Center provides a state-of-the-art facility, expertise and non-partisan stance we need to move our work forward."

Swartz and Digital Cinema Laboratory director Paul Miller will collaborate with Ordway, DCI chief executive officer Chuck Goldwater and DCI director of technology Howard Lukk to develop and implement procedures with which to evaluate digital cinema equipment and systems. They will focus on final mastering, distribution and exhibition to devise solutions that provide a perceivably higher quality image to audiences. Competing digital solutions will be compared to each other as well as to film solutions. The overall goal is to develop a global, interoperable digital cinema standard that will be the basis for suppliers to compete to provide equipment at a reasonable cost.


About Entertainment Technology Center-USC: The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the media & entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content. The ETC@USC Executive Board includes: Disney, Fox, Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Iron Mountain, Cisco, Technicolor and NAGRA Kudelski Group. Entertainment Technology Center-USC Directory page
About Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC: Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The primary purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, interoperability, reliability and quality. See www.dcimovies.com for more information. Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC Directory page

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Director James Cameron (ALIENS OF THE DEEP, TITANIC), a pioneer in using new technologies including digital 3D, will deliver the Sunday keynote at NAB2006’s Digital Cinema Summit. Cameron, who consistently takes filmmaking into new territories, will address near and far horizons for digital 3D. In addition, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) president John Fithian will join Cameron in a Sunday afternoon dialogue that will bring together two industry leaders with overlapping goals and concerns. The pair will explore the future of the theatre going experience, digital cinema and digital 3D. Cameron’s keynote will take place at 9:00 AM and the Cameron/Fithian dialogue at 1:30 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.

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Jan 10, 2012 Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Signs Additional Licensing Agreement for Compliance Testing
Nov 28, 2011 Christie CP4220 and CP4230 Projectors Earn DCI Compliance
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Christie®, a global leader in visual display technology, is pleased to announce that its Solaria™ Series 2 CP4230 and CP4220 projectors have obtained Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) certification following compliance testing by CineCert, LLC.

Oct 13, 2008 Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC Signs Licensing Agreements for Compliance Testing
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Feb 21, 2006 Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) Announces Collaboration With Fraunhofer Institute to Develop Digital Cinema System Compliance Test Procedures
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Mar 19, 2004 DCI Announces Completion and Availability of “StEM Mini-Movie” for Digital Cinema Testing
Nov 12, 2003 DCI Member Studios Unanimously Approve Pursuit of Delivery System Architecture for Digital Cinema to Accommodate Both 4K and 2K Projectors
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