Arcadia Cinema in Melzo powers up with Meyer’s Leopard speakers

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Luchino Visconti’s Il gattopardo is one of the true classics of world cinema. Setting out to create a new standard in cinema sound, Italy’s Arcadia Cinema in Melzo became the first movie house anywhere to power all of its screen channels with Leopard line-array loudspeakers from Meyer Sound.

At 30 meters wide (almost 100 feet) and with 630 seats, Arcadia’s Sala Energia now offers “the most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system in the world,” as well as one of Europe’s largest Dolby Atmos systems. When owner Piero Fumagalli first heard the Meyer system, “I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears.” He adds that he “sensed immediately that the clarity, dynamics and musicality of the Leopard arrays represented a major improvement over the previous system. We have patrons raving about both the sound and image technologies. In fact, they often applaud the sound-demo trailers before the features.”

Although he had “some doubts about using compact line arrays for screen loudspeakers,” Fumagalli feels “it has proven to be the best possible solution.”

Here are the installation details: The five screen channels each comprise seven Leopard loudspeakers flown under two 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. Additional low-end support thunders through a steel-framed, behind-screen tower of 10 X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers, while drive and optimization are supplied by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors.

To fully realize the immersive effects of Dolby Atmos, the complete system also includes 30 HMS-12 and six HMS-15AC surround loudspeakers for side, rear, and overhead surrounds, and eight additional X-800C subwoofers for surround effects. The system was provided by Meyer Sound's Italian distributor Linear Sound, a division of Eko Music Group, and installed by Brusaporto-based Sangalli Tecnologie S.r.l. under the supervision of Giancarlo Terzi.

Complementing the high-impact audio presentation is an enormous 30-by-16-meter Harkness Perlux white screen, two Christie 4K digital projectors, and two Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projectors for special 70mm film screenings.

Kinépolis Starts Construction Near Paris

Last month, the developers at Les Promenades de Brétigny began construction on their retail and leisure center located some 35 km (22 miles) to the south of Paris, France. Part of the 24,315-square-meter complex (261,725 sq. ft.) is the first Kinépolis in Île-de-France—and their first new build since Nancy in 2005—alongside nine new bars and restaurants. The cinema will offer 10 screens and 1,530 seats on 6,500 square meters (70,000 sq. ft.) and expects to host no less than 500,000 guests per year.

“We are very keen,” noted Eddy Duquenne, chief executive officer of Kinépolis Group, “to offer the inhabitants of the Paris region the unique cinema experience that Kinépolis already offers in many other regions in France, and elsewhere.” With 46 locations across Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland, the pan-European exhibitor called Brétigny-sur-Orge “a new step in this expansion,” which has doubled the number of cinemas in the Group’s portfolio since 2014.

MEDIA Salles Sets Sail for Sicily

Located not far from Arcadia in Milan, Italy proper, MEDIA Salles provided us with more details of the 2016 DigiTraining Plus seminar. From June 29 to July 3, attendees at the 13th edition will ask, “What do you do with digital now you’ve got it?” in Taormina. The picturesque Sicilian city provides the perfect backdrop to think about pictures and pixels. Talking and learning points include how to create platforms for special programming, and how to use digital tools to more effectively communicate with moviegoers.

In theatre management, “decisions on investments” are looming large, MEDIA Salles’ secretary general, Elisabetta Brunella knows. With manufacturers offering more innovations from seats and sound to illumination and image enhancement, “marketplace dynamics are reverting to those of the earlier days in cinema, where sellers drove innovation,” she feels. “However, today technology is advancing at a much faster pace, and the cinema market is now highly leveraged. This might represent a threat for small/medium-sized exhibitors if they are ill-informed when making new investments. One of the aims of DigiTraining Plus 2016 is to provide the necessary information to offset risks for independent cinemas.”

ICTA Bestows Awards

Beginning the day before CineEurope kicks off and continuing throughout the convention, the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) will host another edition of its Seminar Series. Sony Digital Cinema’s Oliver Pasch and UNIC president Phil Clapp start the program with a discussion on the current state of the industry, followed by the presentation of the ICTA Awards to exhibition. Odeon Leicester Square in London will be recognized as “Classic Screen of the Year.” The “New Build” award will go to Vue Cinema, Alkmaar, Netherlands. And Cinecittà in Nuremberg, Germany, will receive “New Screen of the Year” honors for its “successful technical refurbishment” throughout the complex.)

During CineEurope, ICTA’s discussion topics encompass “Light Field Cinema,” a “Global Laser Update,” advice about “Acoustical Room Measurement,” a session “All About Seats” and a look at “3D Technology for Design.” For more information, check http://ecco-consulting.eu/icta/programme.

Svensk Filmindustri Becomes SF Studios

Ymagis Group is not the only European company going through a rebranding. Founded in September 1919, one of the oldest film companies in the world is doing the same. Now called SF Studios, the Nordic major Svensk Filmindustri has been synonymous with Swedish film, building up a library with over 1,800 titles from across the region, distributing not only its own productions but also foreign films.

“We are in fact a Nordic company with affiliations in Norway, Denmark and Finland.” Jonas Fors, chief executive of SF Studios, noted. He said the new branding highlights exactly that, as “Svensk” means nothing more than Swedish. “SF Studios reflects more of who we are, and is more important as we internationalize as a company.”

EFP Frames Future Filmmakers

Culled from an overall 26 candidates, ten film students and graduates have been selected for the second “Future Frames” program, hosted by European Film Promotion during the 51st Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, International Film Festival (July 1-9). Two days of screenings and presentations in the presence of many of the filmmakers will be rounded off by a master class.

Participants were nominated by the EFP member organizations based on “artistic quality, content and international appeal,” with KVIFF making the final selection. Karel Och, artistic director of the festival, said that KVIFF is pleased “to provide some incredibly talented, aspiring filmmakers with what are often their very first encounters with important film industry players, as well as the highly knowledgeable audience.”

Design Centers on Marilyn

Design Centre at London’s Chelsea Harbour is hosting “Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend.” The exhibition includes many of her “never-seen-before personal treasures and original costumes” from films like Niagara and There’s No Business Like Show Business, as well as her sheer beaded dress from Some Like It Hot. In addition to these iconic fashion pieces from the David Gainsborough-Roberts collection, Monroe’s behind-the-scenes life will be revealed through a “selection of incredibly personal papers” from the estate of Lee Strasberg, including her journals and handwritten letters. The curators also say that visitors will enjoy “an epic journey through her life, transported into her world through the lens of style, photography and film.”