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CINEMACON, LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 21ST 2015 — Harkness Screens the world’s leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has launched its new Curolux suite of screen monitoring solutions for digital cinema.


Curolux screen monitoring solutions from Harkness Screens utilises a range of state of the art tools including Qalif technology to provide cinema operators with the ability to ensure that high quality cinema presentation is maintained at all times and that areas of concern are quickly identified allowing for remedial maintenance to take place using remote monitoring.


“Whether its 3D screens with better viewing performance, through to tools and apps that enable exhibitors to optimise on screen brightness, Harkness has been focused in recent years solely on helping its customers and indeed the industry as a whole to improve presentation quality.  This unique suite of tools, which features some ground-breaking technology we’ve been working on for a number of years is designed to allow the entire industry to maintain accurate records of screen performance, optimise equipment and ensure that operating conditions in the theater maintain suitable quality,” says Mark Ashcroft,” CEO of Harkness Screens.


From manual solutions for single-screen cinemas through to multiplexes, premium large format theaters and post-production studios, the range of manual, semi-automated and fully automated tools are designed at helping exhibitors to improve presentation quality.


“Some of the core features in our suite of tools include the ability to measure light on screen and automate many processes such as measurements for colour, contrast, colour convergence, focus correction, spectral analysis of audio channels and multiple projection alignment.  As well as ensuring quality inside theaters in maintained, some of these tools can save immeasurable amounts of time,” Ashcroft adds.


Curolux solutions are designed to assist exhibitors to manage their theaters, with a range of standard reporting tools designed to allow for fully-automated remote screen monitoring from either the Network Operation Centre (NOC), an online portal or through Harkness’ Digital Screen Archiver tool.


Harkness’ new range of screen monitoring tools are available in five variants based on functionality.  For more information on Curolux screen monitoring solutions, visit www.harkness-screens.com/curolux



About Harkness Screens

Harkness Screens™ is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications. 


With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.  

 

Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide.  For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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Rancho Cordova, Calif., USA – 22 April 2015 – Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema, is again the laser projector of choice for Santikos Theatres, which has selected the flagship model of Barco laser for the new Casa Blanca Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. As the first laser projector customer for Barco in North America, Santikos is expanding its laser footprint with Barco laser projection to significantly enhance movie image quality while reaping the rewards of improved operational efficiency.

Last year, Santikos Theatres chose Barco’s laser flagship DP4K-60L projector for its 19-screen Palladium theater, the chain’s premier property in central Texas. Based on its overwhelmingly positive experience with Barco laser projection, Santikos decided to procure additional Barco laser flagship projectors for its newest cinema, destined to be a jewel in the community with its stunning architecture, in-seat dining and full service bar, and plush seating coupled with Santikos’ legendary guest service.  

“Audience reaction to our first Barco laser projector showings at the Palladium was tremendous, affirming our confidence in their innovative technology as a real game-changer for premium cinema,” comments Art Seago, CEO of Santikos Theaters. “We are eager to expand our laser projection footprint with Barco in keeping with our desire to continually offer our customers the best movie presentation possible.”

Barco laser projection – perfect images, delivered efficiently
With the largest global footprint for laser projection, Barco is currently shipping the only fully integrated 6P solution in the industry, and just recently introduced a revolutionary fleet of laser projectors with the perfect match for every screen. The first DCI-compliant projector capable of showing 4K 2D content at 60 fps and 4K 3D at 30 fps, the Barco laser projector presents the brightest, highest quality images to deliver stunning audience experiences available only in theaters. It is also highly energy efficient (more brightness with no lamps), and features a single projector platform that easily and cost-effectively integrates into current systems for the ultimate in simplicity.

Barco laser projectors also embody the company’s latest Alchemy technology, featuring the Intelligent Projector concept. Barco Series 3 Alchemy projectors build upon the powerful engine developed for its Series 2 projectors, which comprise the majority of the installed base of digital cinema projectors worldwide.  

Committed to presenting a premium a moviegoing experience
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Santikos Theatres as they continue to raise the bar for unique and diverse cinema entertainment. Our laser flagship projector family is the perfect complement to their upscale cinema concept, driving image quality to new heights for a one-of-a-kind moviegoing experience,” comments Stijn Henderickx, VP Digital Cinema for Barco. 


About Santikos
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Santikos Theatres has been making movie memories in South Texas for over 100 years. With nine locations in San Antonio and Houston, Santikos Theatres continues to be a leader in the industry.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,250 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.

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Poised to be one of Indonesia’s largest motion picture exhibitors, Cinemaxx underscores commitment to innovation by pacting with global analytics leader.

[Auckland, NZ and Los Angeles, CA; April 22, 2015] – Movio, the global leader in marketing data, analysis, insights, and campaign creation and management for theatrical exhibitors, studios and film distributors, has signed Indonesian cinema exhibitor Cinemaxx for its Movio Cinema Software-As-Solution program.  

Launched in 2014 to enhance the Indonesian cinema exhibition landscape, Cinemaxx is poised to be one of the country’s largest and most preferred motion picture exhibitors with plans for more than 2,000 screens in 85 cities over the next 10 years, which will make it the dominant exhibitor in Indonesia.  Being one of the first in Indonesia to adopt Movio Cinema, integrated with Vista Cinema Point-of-Sale technology, will enable Cinemaxx to engage directly with its audience by learning from their preferences and buying choices, thus offering options better suited to the moviegoers. 

As part of its commitment to provide patrons with a distinctive movie entertainment experience, Cinemaxx offers Ultra XD and Cinemaxx Gold formats.  Ultra XD is the giant-screen immersive format that features an ultra-wide, high-gain curved screen and a high-powered digital projection system. Meanwhile Cinemaxx Gold, the exhibitor’s premier offering, provides a truly first class experience including exquisite dining choices served by attendants on call and seating in twin-motor leather recliners. 

“Indonesia is a growth region for theatrical exhibition,” says Movio CEO Will Palmer. “We’re very excited to be in business with Cinemaxx, which we recognize as a crucial player in the expanding theatrical landscape in that country. Indonesia’s population loves films and yet there is a paucity of quality screens available relative to the population. Cinemaxx has realized that opportunity and is committed to bringing a high quality product to this avid audience, especially in previously underserved cities across the country.”    

Despite a rising middle class, demographics that skew young and the world's fourth-largest population (250 million), Indonesian box office was just $250M last year, largely due to inadequate exhibition infrastructure. With just over 900 screens, the country has just one screen for about 270,000 people. Nearby Singapore, by contrast, has one screen for every 25,000 residents.

“Cinemaxx is committed to provide the best cinema experience to the moviegoers in Indonesia,” says Cinemaxx CEO Brian Riady. “By partnering with Movio, Cinemaxx will be able to significantly enhance the effectiveness and attractiveness of the offering to the moviegoers and thus further up scaling the cinematic experience of the film patrons in Indonesia.”

ABOUT CINEMAXX

Cinemaxx was established to develop and operate modern, state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas. With more than 2,000 screens and 300 locations planned across 85 cities over the next 10 years, Cinemaxx is poised to be one of Indonesia’s largest and most preferred motion picture exhibitors. Cinemaxx’s complexes are 100% digital. Moviegoers can experience 2D and 3D feature films, documentaries, and alternative content in unmatched picture brightness and unparalleled audio fidelity. As part of Cinemaxx’s commitment to provide patrons with a distinctive movie entertainment experience, Cinemaxx is proud to offer Ultra XD and Cinemaxx Gold. By the end of April 2015, Cinemaxx owned and operated 9 cinema complexes and 45 screens. Cinemaxx is a national cinema chain affiliated with the Lippo Group of Companies, one of Indonesia’s largest unconsolidated private-sector consumer and retail services group.

Website: www.cinemaxxtheater.com

Twitter: cinemaxxtheater

About Movio

Movio is the global leader in marketing data analytics and campaign management software for cinema exhibitors, film distributors and studios. A company of Vista Group International Ltd (NZX:VGL, ASX:VGI), Movio’s mission is to revolutionize the way the film industry interacts with moviegoers. Our flagship product, Movio Cinema is used by customers in 11 countries and holds comprehensive marketing data covering 21 percent of cinema screens worldwide (15,970 screens). Movio maintains real-time, authoritative data on the loyalty activity and transactions for many of the world’s biggest cinema chains, and captures the behavior of 30 million moviegoers. Movio operates in North America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, and is currently targeting Europe as well as emerging markets in Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Website: www.movio.co

Twitter: @MovioHQ

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/movio

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by Jeff Scudillo, Promotion in Motion
President, National Association of Concessionaires

Jeff_s_2.JPGSince its inception as ShoWest many years ago, the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has been an active and engaged stakeholder in what has now become CinemaCon. Many of our members, now well over 600 strong and growing, belong to both NATO and NAC, so it is a very synergistic and natural partnership that continues to thrive. Don't forget to visit our members on the trade show floor, and please stop by the NAC booth #1030F to say hello.

This long-standing commitment to a strong affiliation with the exhibition industry and its trade groups may never be as important as this year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 1, 2014, that within one year all food-service operations with 20 or more outlets must list calorie counts on all menus and menu boards. These new regulations also mandate that upon request food-service operations must also provide complete nutritional analysis of all products served. These new regulations incorporate movie theaters with 20 or more facilities.

In an effort to address these new regulations and make the mandates more tolerable, NAC, in conjunction with NATO, is hosting a workshop at CinemaCon entitled, "The How-To Guide for the FDA Menu Labeling Regulations." This session will take place on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., and will feature Dr. Claudine Kavanaugh of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who will also be available to answer your questions. This panel will discuss all aspects of the new regulations while providing real-world and practical solutions so that you may be able to comply effective December 1, 2015. Don Lear, the Hershey Company and Government Relations Committee Chair for NAC, will moderate.

NAC activities at CinemaCon get started much earlier in the week. On Monday, April 20, we hosted the 31st Annual Al Lapidus / Variety Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic at the beautiful Bali Hai Golf Club just minutes from Caesars Palace. All proceeds from the event benefit Variety Boys and Girls Club Scholarship Foundation, the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, and NAC Educational Programs. We are pleased to report that sponsorship and participation are up significantly over the past few years, making this an extremely successful fund-raising event for some very important causes.

We are also quite proud to play a part at the All-Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, April 21. Adam Gottlieb, ACS, EVP sales and procurement for Continental Concession Supplies Inc., has been selected as the 2015 Bert Nathan Memorial Award Honoree. The award designates active involvement in NAC, providing positive leadership direction, significant contributions to the development and professionalism of the concessions industry with significant accomplishments and longevity to the theater concessions industry, and current, active involvement in theater concessions at the executive level. We hope that you will join us in congratulating Adam.

In addition to our presence at CinemaCon, NAC is a daily advocate for all things concessions. We are just wrapping up a two-year cycle of the popular Regional Seminar Series featuring "Building the Experience," a four-hour educational experience for entry-level managers, supervisors, and those interested in concessions management. The seminar has already traveled to the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

I would also take this opportunity to invite you to our very own Concession & Hospitality Expo that will take place July 21-24, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and the adjacent Duke Energy Convention Center. The annual event brings together the top food-and-beverage concession leaders in the recreation and leisure-time industry. Expo is an educational conference in its 33rd year, covering a wide range of concessions and food-service topics.

It would take several pages to fill you in on everything going on with NAC, but rest assured we are as active, vital and relevant as ever and are delivering great value to our members and the industry. To find out more about us, I would recommend you visit www.naconline.org. We thank and congratulate Mitch and his team on another great CinemaCon, and wish everyone involved a great show!

 

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