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Kortrijk, Belgium, 25 June 2015 - Barco, global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that Jan Daem, long-time board member at the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA), has been unanimously elected as chairman of the board.

"As the global leader in laser projection, we are very proud our colleague Jan Daem has been elected as chairman of LIPA," comments Wim Buyens, Vice President Entertainment at Barco. "Jan made a substantial contribution to LIPA and to the simplification of global laser regulation for performance projection."

A proven expert in a critical new field
"After years of development, we're excited that laser projection is finally here," continues Stijn Henderickx, Vice President Digital Cinema at Barco. "However, to accelerate the global adoption of laser projection, the industry needs to continue to support LIPA and its work to smooth the way for laser in cinema and other applications. Jan Daem will continue this important task as LIPA's new chairman."

Building on past success
Jan Daem's work at LIPA has exemplified the required balance between simplifying the regulation of lasers as light sources for projection, while preserving the industry's commitment to operator and end-user safety. Jan successfully led the European regulatory strategy and - together with his colleagues at LIPA and world-class laser safety experts - convinced the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to evaluate laser-illuminated projectors as ‘lamps'. He did this by providing peer-reviewed scientific evidence that laser-illuminated projectors present no greater risk than lamp projectors of equivalent brightness.

Meticulous and methodical
"Jan has been meticulous and methodical, a combination that has been the key to his success," says Bill Beck, one of LIPA's co-founders, past chairmen, and currently The Laser Guy at Barco. "Jan's most recent contribution to LIPA was as head of the financial committee, providing an excellent foundation for his chairmanship." Jan was unanimously elected by his peer directors and began his term on 1 June 2015.

The road ahead
As chairman, Jan will face one more challenge - to complete LIPA's US regulatory strategy, bringing the US FDA/CDRH into alignment with the new IEC regulations he helped to develop. With this, LIPA's primary regulatory mission will be complete. After that, LIPA will shift emphasis to its other missions: to accelerate the global adoption of laser-illuminated projectors in both cinema and non-cinema applications and to provide guidance and best practices to its members and users of laser-illuminated projectors around the world.

 

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Leading in-theater dining chain donates ticket proceeds to children’s charity

What:   Studio Movie Grill Variety® Pin Days

When:   Every Tuesday beginning June 30, 2015 through the end of the summer series program, or while supplies last          

Where:  All Studio Movie Grill locations

             For locations, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Locations.aspx.      

Why:    Each Tuesday this summer, Studio Movie Grill, the leader of in-theater dining, will donate 100% of all Children’s Summer Series ticket sales to Variety® - The Children’s Charity. For each Children’s Summer Series ticket purchased, guests will receive a limited-edition Variety® Gold Heart Minion pin, created to commemorate the charity’s 25th annual Gold Heart Pin Campaign while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit Variety® programs that serve children who are disabled and disadvantaged. For the full Children’s Summer Series schedule, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movies.aspx.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Jurassic World held off Inside Out in a very close race on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary took in $13.13 million on Tuesday, which topped Inside Out by a very slim $91,652 for the day. Jurassic World has led the daily box office for eleven of the past twelve days. The film was up 13.5 percent over Monday and down a solid 46 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Jurassic World stands at a massive $427.50 million. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation that already ranks the film as the 11th highest grossing film of all-time domestically. And by the end of today Jurassic World is set to move into tenth place on the all-time list. Jurassic World is currently running $38.03 million and 10 percent ahead of the $389.47 million twelve-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Inside Out placed in an extremely close second with $13.04 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar increased a healthy 24 percent over Monday's performance. Inside Out has grossed a much stronger than expected $113.96 million in five days of release. Compared to previous blockbusters from Pixar, Inside Out is running an impressive 8 percent ahead of the $105.30 million five-day start of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $141.04 million five-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Fox's Spy held steady in third place with $1.69 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up an impressive 35 percent over Monday and down only 20 percent from last Tuesday. Spy continues to stabilize as of late thanks in part to strong word of mouth and strengthening summer midweek business. The film has grossed a respectable $78.05 million in 19 days.

Warner's San Andreas took in $1.20 million to remain in fourth. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was up 26 percent over Monday and down a very slim 15 percent from last Tuesday. San Andreas continues to significantly exceed pre-release expectations with a 26-day take of $134.86 million.

Open Road's Dope rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.851 million. The critically acclaimed Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama was up 8 percent over Monday. That represented the day's softest daily percentage increase among wide releases. Dope has grossed $7.74 million in five days. That is slightly below expectations and places the film 11 percent ahead of the $6.95 million five-day start of last year's Beyond the Lights.

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Immersive Cinema Experience Coming to Nu Metro's Cape Town and Durban Locations by the End of the Year


BARCELONA-June 24, 2015 - CJ 4DPLEX, creator of 4DX - the world's first 4D cinema technology for feature films - and Nu Metro Cinemas, the fast-growing South African cinema operator, have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a partnership that will for the first time bring 4DX to Africa.

This MOU was signed at CineEurope this week - a preliminary step before signing an agreement shortly - where CJ 4DPLEX has been holding additional meetings with potential exhibitor partners. 4DX, which uses motion, vibration, water, wind, lightning, scents, and more to provide moviegoers with a truly immersive experience, has been expanding at a fast pace and, with this deal, will be available in 182 auditoriums across 34 countries, with a goal to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016. In the past week, CJ 4DPLEX has also announced expansion into Turkey, while also celebrating the one-year anniversary of the debut of 4DX in the United States, where it has attracted 70,000 attendees since last June - an increase of 88% versus the previous 12 months in the same auditorium prior to its conversion to 4DX - and generated more than $1.52 million in revenue.

"4DX continues to outdeliver non-4D feature film performances around the world, as it expands into new markets, and now to its fifth continent," said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. "Nu Metro Cinemas has recently been adding new features and expanding its reach, and we look forward to working with them as both companies continue to grow."

The first South African locations to feature 4DX will be at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (Africa's largest and most popular tourist attraction) and The Pavilion in Durban (a popular shopping mall in one of South Africa's key holiday destinations), both opening before the end of 2015, with three other sites in the planning process. The first Metro Theatre opened its doors in November 1932 in Johannesburg, and the company now operates 17 cineplexes throughout the country. With a presence in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein - reflecting all major regions nationwide - Nu Metro continues to add locations.

"Nu Metro Cinemas is very excited to open the first ever 4DX cinemas for Africa. It is a strategic move, fitting our commitment to supplying customers with a fully immersive cinema experience, utilizing the best, most up-to-date world-class technology," stated Nitesh Matai, Nu Metro Cinemas Marketing Executive. "4DX fulfills those expectations as the new 4D cinemas will involve all five senses for consumers to enjoy a cinema outing like nothing else they've seen, heard, or felt before. With the introduction of 4DX, Nu Metro Cinemas now joins an elite group of cinema chains using this technology, and showcasing popular blockbusters in this groundbreaking format."

Additional features recently introduced by Nu Metro Cinemas include Scene Xtreme - which features Dolby Atmos/Auro 11.1 sound, RealD's new PWS screens, world-class digital 3D technology as well as 4K Ultra High Definition projection - and Scene VIP - adding luxurious, recliner seating, a VIP lounge/bar and an à la carte menu to the cinema experience at select locations.

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Kortrijk, Belgium, 24 June 2015 - Digital cinema pioneer Barco proudly announces that Nordic Cinema Group (NCG) will soon install Barco's DP4K-60L laser-illuminated projectors in its flagship cinemas in Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The choice for laser is key in NCG's constant quest to improve and intensify the cinema experience - a pursuit that has yielded Jan Bernardsson, CEO of NCG, the ‘2015 International Exhibitor of the Year Award' at this week's CineEurope.
When SF Bio and Finnkino Oy, two leading Northern European cinema chains, merged in 2013, Nordic Cinema Group was born. With 66 cinemas, 444 screens and ca. 65,000 seats in six markets (Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and Norway), NCG is the leading actor on the cinema market in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Its vision: to be Europe's most passionate, innovative, and attractive cinema company.

Truly amazing
To achieve that aim, NCG is constantly looking for ways to improve and intensify the cinema experience. Finnkino Oy, one of the four NCG cinema brands, will soon kick-start a new initiative, comprising laser-illuminated projection, in three of its theaters. Janne Uusi-Kölli, Development Manager: "We recently decided to upgrade our three biggest cinemas, i.e. the Forum Cinema complexes in Riga and Tallinn and Finnkino's Tennispalatsi in Helsinki, to offer new levels of excitement to our audiences. Laser-illuminated projection is just a must to enhance the visual experience. You really have to see the difference to believe. The brightness is really unprecedented; it is truly amazing, especially for 3D movies." NCG was happy to chose the laser-illuminated technology of its preferred digital cinema projector provider Barco, on account of this superb image quality/ stunning brightness.

Teaming up with other visionaries
"We are really happy to see that our laser-illuminated projectors are gaining inroads in the Nordic countries," says Wim Buyens, Head of Entertainment. "And we're definitely proud to partner with NCG. This week's International Exhibitor of the Year Award at CineEurope proves how the group is really driven by the goal to create the ultimate cinema experience, just like Barco. Remember, by the way, that last year's ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award' winner was also a long-term Barco customer: Eddy Duquenne of Kinepolis. Kinepolis was the very first European cinema group to switch to laser projection. It's great to see that NCG is following in their footsteps ... "

 

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