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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.  





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.





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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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.





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.



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.



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.

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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.
 




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.

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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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ELKHART —Jun 1, 2006

CEC Theatres Opens With Crown-JBL Digital-B-Chain™ System

CEC Theatre UltraScreen in Waterloo, Iowa
Digital B-Chain (DBC®) technology has an increasing presence in cinema today as CEC Theatres in Waterloo, Iowa opens the newest theatre equipped with Crown’s DBC System. CEC sound technician Craig Seidenkranz applauds the system: “By using a DBC System, with Crown CTs Amplifiers, HiQnet™ modules and DTS XD-10, we have a true digital signal from start to finish. The clarity and power capability is awesome. It’s the best sound I’ve heard in a theatre since I began working as a sound technician in 1981.”

The DBC System is an advanced approach to digital cinema audio. The heart of the system is the Crown DBC Network Bridge. This central unit accepts standard analog and/or AES digital audio and CobraNet™ digital channels from other cinema processors, cinema Servers, or alternative content media players; and bridges them to a DBC network over standard Fast Ethernet hardware and cabling to DBC-compatible Crown amplifiers. The DBC Network Bridge also provides necessary system processing, which can be stored and recalled via onboard presets. JBL ScreenArray® cinema systems featuring Academy Award® winning technology complete the DBC System.

Equipment rack at CEC Theatre UltraScreen in Waterloo, Iowa

In the Waterloo example, the primary signal source is a DTS XD-10 digital audio output cinema media player and a second source using a Dolby DA 20 digital adapter with an Ultra-Stereo JSD 80 sound processor. Located behind the screen are JBL 4632 three-way ScreenArray speaker systems for screen channels, six JBL 4642A subwoofers and twenty JBL 8340A surround speakers. Three CTs 2000 amplifiers are used for the stage speakers, three CTs 3000s for the subwoofers and three CTs 2000 amplifiers for the surround channels.

This technology offers several unique advantages. The system provides redundancy to minimize the possibility of sound problems. In addition to two digital sound format sources, CEC implemented two complete network systems and conventional analog wiring as a third system. From a projectionist’s perspective, the system is easy to operate as it shuts down automatically when not in use and wakes up when it receives a signal.

Chuck Goodsell, JBL Professional’s Director of Cinema Marketing notes: “Digital B-Chain Technology is being applauded by audiences and exhibitors alike. Incorporated into the cinema experience at CEC Theatres are Crown DBC enabled amplifiers and JBL’s award winning ScreenArray speakers. CEC Theatres realize the advantages of lower infrastructure and operating costs, system wide diagnostics, and applications for alternative content, while the audience experiences superior digital sound provided by DBC networked digital cinema audio.” Stephen Morris, Director of Marketing for Cinema at Crown, adds: “DBC also offers unprecedented customization and multiple layers of password protection. By setting up simple and intuitive custom control pages in the software, CEC Theatres assured that the appropriate information and control is available to all users of their system, at all times. This flexibility makes the DBC System the perfect platform for everyone from system designers to projectionists.”

Custom Control Screen for DBC System at CEC Theatre UltraScreen in Waterloo, Iowa

CEC Theaters is so pleased with the success of the Digital B- Chain system that they are planning to install the system in additional theaters. According to Vice President of CEC Theatres, Tony Tillemans, “As part of our theatre project in Waterloo, we wanted to build one auditorium that would stand out from the norm. We not only wanted to impress the customers with the size of the auditorium but also “wow” them with the sound system. We feel the decision to go with the Crown/JBL Digital B-Chain system allowed us to accomplish this. We look forward to installing the same system in an auditorium we have being constructed in Fargo, North Dakota.”


About JBL Professional: JBL is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com). Harman International Industries, Incorporated designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. Harman International maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. JBL Professional Directory page
About Harman: HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Harman Directory page
About CEC Theaters: CEC Theatres began a half-century ago in 1955, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. CEC Theatres currently operates over 137 screens in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. With company headquarters still located in St. Cloud, MN, CEC Theatres remains a family-owned company with a commitment to bringing state-of-the art theatre facilities to the communities it serves. CEC Theaters Directory page
About Crown Audio, Inc.: Crown is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).  Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.” Crown Audio, Inc. Directory page

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Aug 19, 2011 GDC Lands A Major Contract for the Deployment of 372 Digital Cinema Servers in the U.S. with Minnesota-Based Theatres
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GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is proud to announce today the signing of a major deployment contract with four Minnesota-based individual theatre chains: CEC Theatres (137 screens), Mann Theatres (79 screens), Muller Family Theatres (104 screens) and UEC Theatres (124 screens).The agreement calls for the installation of a total of 372 state-of-the-art GDC SX-2000A Digital Cinema Servers with Integrated Media Block (IMB) at these theatre circuits, with full deployment scheduled for completion by December 2011.

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