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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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.​ ​

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.

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.

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.

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SAN FRANCISCO—Dec 18, 2007

San Francisco Opera and the Bigger Picture Jointly Announce Four-Year Worldwide Digital Cinema Agreement

San Francisco Opera Will Be The First Opera Company To Utilize Hollywood Feature Quality Digital Cinema Format
San Francisco Opera and The Bigger Picture, a subsidiary of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (AccessIT) (NASDAQ:AIXD), have announced an agreement for world-wide distribution of six operas per year beginning in early March 2008. Marking the first time that any opera company will utilize the Hollywood feature film quality digital cinema format, the agreement underscores how the era of digital cinema is transforming how and where great entertainment reaches new audiences.

San Francisco Opera embraced technology in May 2007 by transforming its historic War Memorial Opera House into a state-of-the-art production facility with the installation of the Koret-Taube Media Suite, the first permanent high-definition, broadcast-standard video production facility installed in any American opera house. The media suite gives the Company the permanent capability to generate a high-definition, multi-camera live feed of the stage for many uses including digital cinema presentations, its expanding tradition of free outdoor simulcasts and a new program, OperaVision (a program that debuted in June offering full stage, close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video on two 5 1/2' x 9 1/2' retractable screens for patrons seated in the balcony section of the War Memorial Opera House).

The combination of the San Francisco Opera's stunning performances, high-definition recording capabilities, and The Bigger Picture's distribution of operas through its network of digital cinema-equipped theater partners represents a new paradigm for in-theater entertainment. The agreement calls for an all digital 2K release with 5.1 surround sound, ensuring premium picture and sound quality, on theater screens that conform with the highest digital cinema standards as set by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI). DCI, a joint venture of the major movie studios, was created in March 2002 to develop specifications for the technology shift to digital cinema in theaters. San Francisco Opera will be the first opera company in the world to utilize technology at this level, including the highest quality projectors with technology from DLP Cinema(R) made by Texas Instruments, a key differentiator from other opera series that are currently playing in theaters on projection systems designed for cinema advertising rather than feature movies.

A landmark revenue sharing agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) paves the way for these digital cinema presentations and other electronic media projects. The parties have reached a tentative agreement, pending final ratification, for a four-year experimental agreement that involves a supplemental media fee to clear vastly expanded rights for up to six titles per year. In this new agreement, union members would also participate in revenue sharing on top of the supplemental fee. Earned revenue received by San Francisco Opera, less 20% to the Company as a flat all-inclusive distribution and administration fee, would be split 50/50 with the unionized groups, the conductor, and the designers. The Company's significant capital investment in technology allows for revenue sharing from the first dollar earned rather than from any calculation of net profits.

"My very first opera experience was actually in a movie theater - hearing Mario Lanza sing in the film, The Great Caruso," stated San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley. "I vividly remember the power of hearing that incredible voice at a young age and the feeling that I absolutely had to experience a live opera. I am thrilled that this partnership will bring opera to large audiences at a very reasonable price point, an undertaking that I firmly believe will bring more new people to the art form and ultimately into opera houses all over the world. San Francisco Opera strives for the highest possible artistic quality onstage and therefore we're doubly grateful that our partners at The Bigger Picture and AccessIT are able to take us into the theaters via the highest possible quality digital cinema technology."

"The promise of digital cinema is about more than simply exchanging 35 mm film prints for digital satellite delivery," said Jonathan Dern, Co-President of The Bigger Picture. "It enables theaters to become cultural centers for their communities, bringing audiences together to enjoy entertainment experiences previously limited to specific live venues. Audiences will be thrilled with the innovative and world-class operas from San Francisco Opera delivered in stunning 2K digital cinema quality on the big screen - there is nothing that can compare to that experience. Our exhibitor partners across the country are delighted to be able to offer their audiences the opportunity to share in the magic of the San Francisco Opera experience through this new Bigger Picture Opera Channel."

The initial Digital Cinema Program will feature four showings each of Puccini's La Rondine; Saint-Saens's Samson and Delilah; Mozart's The Magic Flute; Mozart's Don Giovanni; Appomattox, a new opera by Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton which premiered in October; and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. For further information, please visit

About Cinedigm: Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is a leader in providing the services, experience, technology and content critical to transforming movie theaters into digital and networked entertainment centers. The Company partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors to bring movies in digital cinema format to audiences across the country. Cinedigm's digital cinema deployment organization, state of the art distributor and exhibition software, and marketing and distribution platform for alternative content and independent films are a cornerstone of the industry's digital cinema transformation. With the April acquisition of New Video, the world's largest aggregator of independent digital content and leading distributor of quality entertainment, CIDM has created a new full service end-to-end digital studio, enabling the Company to acquire and distribute independent films and specialty content both theatrically and via digital, mobile and home media platforms. Cinedigm Directory page
About Cinedigm Content and Entertainment Group: Cinedigm Content and Entertainment Group is a leader in the digital distribution of entertainment targeted to specific audiences. The programs include Kidtoons, G-rated movies for kids on the weekends, world-renowned operas from the San Francisco Opera, anime films for teen and college audiences, inspirational faith-based movies, concerts and High Octane Sports. Cinedigm has released more than 60 movies digitally. Cinedigm Content and Entertainment Group Directory page

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