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The next edition of the renowned Seminar Series by the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) will be hosted on European grounds on the 20th and 21st of June, the weekend just before CineEurope. After a successful European kick-off in Munich in January, this time experts of all branches of the cinema industry will come together in Barcelona, to discuss and debate crucial topics concerning the cinema industry. The events' focus will be on topics such as "Immersive Audio & Motion", "IT-Infrastructures" and safety questions, "Live & Pre-recorded Entertainment" as a new source of revenue, as well as challenges of "Content Distribution" considering satellite-dependent and future solutions. Again, manufacturer presentations will alternate with technical lectures and panel discussions. This year's program is strongly tailored towards the pressing needs of European cinema owners. The evening reception holds a highlight, since for the first time two new awards will be given to celebrate outstanding European cinema screens. The Turkish CINEMApink's „Akmerkez" site in Istanbul will be awarded for its stylish and up-to-date cinemas as „new build screen of the year". Nordisk Film Biografer will receive an award for the legendary „Imperial" in Copenhagen/Denmark as „classic screen of the year". Furthermore an introduction of the newly appointed European Advisory Committee around International Vice President Thomas Rüttgers (ECCO) will be given. Oliver Pasch (Sony) and Bernard Collard (XPAND) will continue the success story and assure to live up to the growing popularity of ICTA in Europe.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 grossed $1.43 million on Tuesday to continue to claim first place at the daily box office. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker has led the daily box office for 25 of the past 26 days. Furious 7 was up 23 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $322.67 million in 26 days. The film is running a very impressive 45 percent ahead of the $221.95 million 26-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline held steady in second place with $1.35 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively was up a strong 48 percent over Monday's performance. The Age of Adaline has grossed $15.47 million in five days of release. That is on the high end of pre-release expectations and places the film 3 percent ahead of the $15.03 million five-day start of The Longest Ride earlier this month.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 took in $0.81 million to remain in third. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel was up a healthy 31 percent over Monday and down 45 percent from last Tuesday. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 continues to run in line with expectations with a solid twelve-day take of $44.66 million. That places the film 4 percent behind the $46.49 million twelve-day gross of 2011's Zookeeper.

A24's Ex Machina remained in fourth place with an estimated $0.55 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film increased 10 percent over Monday. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $7.87 million through 19 days of release. The film is currently running 48 percent ahead of the recent $5.32 million 19-day gross of It Follows.

Unfriended rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.47 million. Universal's ultra low-budget horror film was up 21 percent over Monday and down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Unfriended has grossed $25.94 million in twelve days. That places the film 29 percent behind the $36.44 million twelve-day take of last year's Ouija.

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LOS ANGELES - April 29, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is heading for what looks like a historic box office weekend.

"Ultron" is responsible for more than 95% of this weekend's ticket sales on Fandango, selling out hundreds of showtimes at theaters across the country and garnering the highest score possible (100 out of 100 points) on Fanticipation, Fandango's movie buzz indicator. "Ultron" was also selected as the summer's most anticipated movie in a Fandango survey of thousands of ticket-buyers.

"The Fandango presales are looking heroic, due to an unprecedented level of anticipation for this summer's first blockbuster and more fans buying their tickets in advance," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Age of Ultron' is a robust follow-up to one of the highest-grossing movies ever released, and it comes with sensational buzz for its new characters and returning favorites. The result is a rare 100 Fanticipation score and what could be the biggest opening weekend of all time."

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" moviegoers:
96% are already looking forward to seeing the "Avengers: Infinity War" movies;

88% will see the movie on opening weekend;

74% identify themselves as fans of director Joss Whedon;

36% picked Ultron (James Spader) as the new-to-"Avengers" character they're most looking forward to seeing; 21% picked Vision (Paul Bettany); 20% picked Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and 17% picked Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).


On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith interviews "Ultron" director Joss Whedon at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

Fandango is also debuting exclusive artwork inspired by "Avengers: Age of Ultron," including a stylized poster by Chito Arellano at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/exclusive-artwork-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-749196 and an inside peek at what makes Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow tick in a series of "Anatomy of The Avengers" infographics by Kansas City-based graphic artist Rachel Ignotofsky at http://www.fandango.com/movie-news/exclusive-artwork-anatomy-of-the-avengers-749204.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore

 

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Opening April 30, new facility to provide a complete entertainment destination featuring DreamLounger℠ recliner seating, premium large format screens and unique food and beverage options 

Milwaukee, April 29, 2015...This weekend, Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is opening the doors to its new, state-of-the-art Palace Cinema, located at 2830 Hoepker Road in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. As the company's first newly constructed theatre since 2007, the Marcus Palace Cinema is set to become the ultimate entertainment destination for residents in the area.

The new theatre will open its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday, April 30, with an "Avengers" double feature at 4 p.m. That evening, guests will begin to experience amenities that go beyond the standard trip to the movies as well. From DreamLounger℠ recliner seating in every auditorium and two massive UltraScreen DLX®auditoriums, to a variety of food and beverage options, Marcus Palace Cinema has it all under one roof.

"As Marcus Theatres continues to invest in its circuit with new options, comforts and conveniences for our guests, we are thrilled to introduce our first brand-new facility in eight years," said Rolando B. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres. "The Palace Cinema showcases many of the new amenities that help make Marcus Theatres a leader and an innovator, both in the movie exhibition business and the entertainment industry at large."

Marcus Palace Cinema will provide guests with a complete night out, offering several innovations to enhance the moviegoing experience:

• DreamLounger recliner seating - All 12 auditoriums feature DreamLounger leather recliners to provide moviegoers with maximum comfort that feels like home, with seven feet of legroom between the rows. These seats enable guests to go from a seated, upright position to a full recline at the touch of a button. Additionally, guests can select and reserve their seats in advance to provide a convenient, stress-free experience upon arrival.

• Two UltraScreen DLX® auditoriums - The new theatre will house two UltraScreen DLX® auditoriums featuring DreamLounger recliners and massive screens more than 60-feetwide. With Dolby® Atmos® multidimensional sound, these premium, large-format screens provide a lifelike, virtual soundscape with speakers placed in the front, back, sides and even across the ceiling of each auditorium.

• Choices at the concession stand - With freshly-made popcorn, crunchy nachos, soft pretzel bites and sweet candy treats, there is truly something for everyone at the concessions counter. In fact, there are more than 25 choices of candy alone! Add a Pepsi product or an ICEE® as the perfect companion.

• Big Screen Bistro℠ in-auditorium dining - Guests can enjoy dinner and a movie simultaneously inside four, full-service Big Screen Bistro℠ auditoriums, with waitstaff serving up food and beverage items directly to their seats. A complete menu offers entrees, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. The DreamLounger recliners in these auditoriums are fitted with swivel tables for a comfortable dining experience.

• Zaffiro's® Express in the lobby - The Zaffiro's Express concept, based on a renowned Milwaukee landmark pizzeria since 1954,enables moviegoers to enjoy menu items that go beyond the usual concession stand fare. THINCREDIBLE® handmade thin-crust pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, salads, desserts and other menu items are available for quick pick-up in the theatre lobby. Guests can place their order at the concession counter and enjoy their meal in the lobby or inside an auditorium.

• Take Five® Lounge in the lobby - Highlighted by an in-lobby cocktail lounge connected to an outdoor patio with a fire pit, the Take Five Lounge offers beverages, appetizers and meal options in a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Guests can mingle and enjoy menu items before or after a movie, or they can bring beverages from the lounge into the auditorium to enjoy during the movie. The Take Five Lounge also provides a venue for group outings or watching sporting events on a 20-foot-wide screen mounted on the wall.

For more information and showtimes at Marcus Palace Cinema, visit MarcusTheatres.com.

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Three industry leaders got together to successfully demonstrate a coin-less, ticket-less, card swipe, unattended redemption solution to the movie theater industry in Las Vegas, NV April 21st - 23rd. Embed displayed their industry first emONE card system vendor, Benchmark Games provided the its prize delivery system Prize Station and a Monster Drop Single and Tricorp Amusements, a Nationwide Amusement Service Provider to the Theater industry, offered an invaluable amount of operating experiences with both the Embed system and Prize Station products.

"Our booth had an actual game room set up!" stated Anthony Maniscalco - VP Sales Benchmark Games. "The visitors were walked through the entire process to understand the efficiency and simplicity of this new entertainment solution." Lisa Chapman, HelixLeisure, demonstrated their new "emONE" play card vendor. "Once the visitor understood the easy and intuitive guest interaction that emONE provided, they quickly grasped the entire unattended, card swipe solution" exclaimed Chapman. From the emONE, Maniscalco ushered visitors to the Monster Drop Single to demonstrate how the credit was taken from the card and the points/tickets won were added to the card. Then it was on to the Prize Station (aka Tickets to Prizes) where visitors were able to redeem points from the card for prizes. Tricorp representatives Chuck Pietz (President ) and Joe Ingui (EVP -Business Dev.) capped off the product demonstration with the financial and guest satisfaction benefits of this new innovative redemption solution, which by the way, is based on the professional experience of operating these systems in major theaters across the country. "We have seen actual revenues soar over 30-40% above the traditional video game/merchandiser game rooms" said Pietz. "We have piloted numerous Debit Card Systems in the Theater Industry recently and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive" stated Joe Ingui. "There is great opportunity for those seeking a change in their current game room line-up - just contact us and we would be glad to discuss the details!"

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