New Products at CinemaCon 2013
The CinemaCon trade show runs from 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, through 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. Here are select new products and technologies which will be on display at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Ballantyne Strong has relocated and revamped their Network Operations Center (NOC) to better manage their commitment to cinemas of all sizes. The Strong NOC continues to add services for projection systems, digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and kiosks. Directing a field service group of over 60 engineers coast-to-coast, Strong manages your technology so you can manage your business. Call them at 1-800-424-1215 to learn more about their programs to save you from lost shows and revenues, or visit them at CinemaCon booth 2403A. (strong-world.com)
Designed to maximize the brightness and reliability of today’s digital-cinema projection solutions, the Christie Superior Performance Xenolite® lamp series uses the latest Xenon lamp technology to provide increased brightness, improved stability and a longer lifespan. This increased brightness offers more captivating 2D and 3D experiences, without a cost to overall lamp performance. In fact, the Superior Performance Xenolite lamps are not only brighter, they last 30% longer than comparable Xenon lamps while still offering the same extraordinary 99.999% in-theatre uptime. Learn more at booth 2103A and Milano room 1. (christiedigital.com/xenolite-lamps)
Cinemeccanica’s Cinecloud Server, combining innovative technologies with a totally new approach, will allow cinema exhibitors to reduce purchasing costs and to efficiently manage and optimize digital-cinema systems, from small theatres to multiplexes.
Exploiting cloud computing and data center features, Cinecloud is being promoted as the only digital server for centralized cinema management which can improve efficiency and reliability and increase flexibility of your cinema. The movie, stored and encrypted on the central server, is processed and the data is streamed over the cinema network in real time an Integrated Media Block inserted into the Series II cinema projector. Visit Cinemeccanica at booth 2817A. (cinemeccanica.it)
C. Cretors and Co.
C. Cretors and Company, leading designer and manufacturer of food-processing and concession equipment for more than 127 years, introduces Poppi, the first industrial-construction air popper small enough to fit on a counter. Poppi produces healthier popcorn and reduces food costs because no oil is used. The lack of oil also makes for easier maintenance, faster cleanup and increased product shelf life. Poppi creates a 12-oz. batch in about three minutes. Operation is simple. Its compact dimensions are 18.5” deep x 20.3” wide x 32.9” high. See Poppi at booth 413F. (cretors.com)
Crown introduces the new DriveCore series of multi-channel amplifiers, featuring True Rack Density with power points of 300 watts and 600 watts in two-, four-, and eight-channel configurations, all in two rack unit form. The DCi series includes network monitoring and control, Blu-Link audio transport and digital signal processing, plus balanced analog inputs. It’s an ideal amplifier choice for new multi-channel surround formats. Check out the new DriveCore series at booth 301F. (crownaudio.com)
Dolby’s newest audio processor brings the most natural, realistic and immersive sound experience to your theatre—Dolby AtmosTM. Using specific speaker location and performance attributes, the CP850 renders in real time a custom mix for the room that accurately replicates the audio experience intended by the sound mixer. The CP850 supports Dolby Atmos playback up to 64 speaker feeds, configurable between 16 analog outputs and a Dolby Atmos Connect output. The CP850 supports Dolby Surround 7.1 and 5.1 digital playback as well as common Dolby formats used with alternative content in cinemas: Dolby Digital Plus™, Dolby E and Dolby’s latest up-mixing technology. To ensure proper setup and playback, each CP850 also includes Dolby’s Commissioning Service. Learn more at booth 2303A. (dolby.com)
Dolphin Seating’s comfortable and handsome $100 Falcon Rocker back cinema seat, the best-selling seat in the U.S. and Canada, will be on display at CinemaCon. The $100 Falcon Rocker back seat can install on 21.5” up to 23” cc-widths, and comes in a 38” low back for slope floor installations and a 41.5” high back for stadium installations. It has deluxe, moving cupholder arms and comes with the same great eight-year factory warrant as all other Dolphin seat models. Stop by booth 528F to see the Falcon Rocker and their wide range of cinema seating to fit any project’s needs. (dolphinseating.com)
The Doremi IMS1000 is a DCI-compliant integrated media server that manages and delivers digital-cinema experiences with efficiency and flexibility. It includes digital storage, server capabilities and a secured DCI image media block in a compact form that enables it to fit inside DLP® projectors. The IMS is controlled by Ethernet interface, Doremi’s TMS, or third-party TMS supporting Doremi servers. DCP ingest can be done through USB, eSATA or 1Gb ethernet. The IMS1000 supports highest JPEG2000 decoding capabilities, including 4K (optional) and 3D High Frame Rate, and accepts alternative content including live stream and 4K inputs for HDMI® and 3G SDI. See the IMS1000 at booth 2511A. (doremicinema.com)
Enpar Audio announces the release of their RealD-approved silver screens, a great way to save money on remodels and ground-up construction. They’re the perfect addition to the complete line of digital processors, amplifiers and speaker systems. See what you could be saving by using the famous Enpar Audio sound system. Most customers enjoy savings from 30 to 50%! Ask your dealer about the full line of equipment that comes with a three-year factory parts and labor warranty, backed by a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Visit Enpar Audio at booth 237F. (enparaudio.com)
Entertainment Supply & Technologies
Entertainment Supply & Technologies offers a ticket drop box for $499. It has durable 3/4-inch plywood construction with plastic laminate covering and edge banding, and includes schedule holder, lockable ticket storage, lockable usher storage space and wheels on bottom. Dimensions are 13”W x 13”D x 36”H. Stop by booth 2106A. (ensutec.com)
With their extensive years of experience, Franklin Designs are experts in organizing the installation of your large-format screens. Bobby Franklin and his team have had the pleasure of working with customers such as D3D, IMAX, Carmike and RealD. Let them quote your next project. Stop by booth 317F to learn more. (franklindesigns.com)
Designed as the perfect solution to the DCI-compliant SX-3000 Standalone IMB™, GDC Technology’s PSD-3000 Portable Storage Device (patent pending) provides highly reliable and lower-cost content storage. It allows flexible instant content transfer between storage devices and provides up to 6TB redundant hot swappable storage (applicable to PSD-3000-U). Its compact size and light weight allow easy installation.
The innovative PSD-3000 seamlessly integrates with the SX-3000 to offer premium High Frame Rate playback quality, comprehensive alternative-content support, and perfect compatibility with all DLP Cinema® projectors. Visit GDC Tech at booth 2219A. (gdc-tech.com)
Gold Medal Products
Gold Medal introduces the #2499A Automatic Popcorn Topping Dispenser. The new hands-free design keeps things clean and easy. This automatic dispenser has an infrared beam that guides it to release topping when it "sees" popcorn or the container. The dispenser holds one 35-lb. bag of product, includes an LED sign, a precise stainless-steel pump, and manual push button. Visit Gold Medal at booth 707F. (gmpopcorn.com)
The Digital Screen Modeller from Harkness Screens is a 3D simulation tool that allows architects, engineers and exhibitors to visualise and optimize digital-cinema scenarios in a virtual environment. The information-rich model rapidly created by the Digital Screen Modeller enables key project stakeholders to make more informed decisions about digital-cinema screen, projector and lamp choices before they’re even installed to ensure that these comply with industry-standard brightness levels. The Digital Screen Modeller is also an ideal tool for planned or proposed retrofit and refurbishment projects to visualize the impact on brightness levels and operating costs in existing environments.
Harkness’ new Digital Screen Archiver is a secure, cloud-based data-capture and reporting tool that aids projectionists, managers, engineers and exhibitors to maintain their digital-cinema auditoria. Quick and easy to use, the Digital Screen Archiver allows key digital-cinema data such as auditoria geometry, power settings, lamp life and onscreen brightness to be captured in a standardized format during maintenance visits. Extensive back-end reporting tools allow those responsible for maintaining cinema auditoria to monitor the performance of their entire screen portfolio through one source, schedule planned and reactive maintenance visits, and benchmark screen performance against key industry standards. Learn more at CinemaCon booth 2411A. (harkness-screens.com)
Irwin Seating Company has introduced an upgrade to its line of Signature cinema seating. The plush, fixed-seat rocker creates a bridge between a standard chair and a VIP seat. This chair features full seat-to-seat width, flip-up armrests and that smooth, comfortable rocker motion moviegoers love. This chair can be paired with any of Irwin Seating's Signature back styles to meet the design requirements of any circuit. To take it for a test drive, stop by CinemaCon booth 201F. (irwinseating.com)
JBL’s new, spatially cued SCS12 is a two-way, full-range, 400-watt surround ideal for multi-channel surround applications, designed for overhead installation as well as standard on-wall installs. The SCS12 features a high-power coaxial, 12” low-frequency driver and a one-inch high-frequency driver with 100 x 100-degree coverage pattern. The SCS8, also designed for overhead installation, is a 250-watt, full-range coaxial surround with a 120 x 120-degree coverage pattern. Both models feature extraordinary clarity and extended frequency response. See these new surround models at booth 301F. (jblpro.com)
Kinoton unveils the new DCP 30 SX II-4K, the perfect d-cinema projector for smaller screens with full 4K resolution. The DCP digital-cinema projector series manufactured by Kinoton is based on projection technology provided by Barco. Advanced 4K DLP Cinema® Series II technology from Texas Instruments guarantees precise colors and a superb contrast ratio with 4096 x 2160 pixels, providing outstanding picture quality and brightness. The DCP 30 SX II–4K supports higher frame rates for improving image quality, particularly for fast-moving scenes and 3D content. Visit Kinoton at booth 2213A. (kinoton.com)
Klipsch introduced a proprietary technology several years ago, dubbed Virtual Boundary Array Technology (VBAT), which uses patented skew horns to accomplish ultra-wide horizontal dispersion (up to 140 degrees). The advent of new advanced high-resolution formats for premium sound has brought the KPT-12-VB into focus as a near-ideal surround solution, delivering full-range frequency response (-3db at 47 Hz), 126 db continuous output capability (one meter) and ultra-wide horizontal dispersion. Additionally, the 12-VB has a vertical coverage pattern of 60 degrees to better project sound to the distant side of a large auditorium. Each individual 12-VB is capable of delivering the SPL currently required by an array of surround speakers, ideal for Dolby Atmos™. Learn more at booth 2514A. (klipsch.com)
Magna-Tech Electronic Co. announces the 5-Star DCP-2000, their newest product for a complete 3D digital-cinema solution. This compact and efficient unit works with all kinds of DLP digital-cinema projectors, is easy to set up and simple to use, provides a crisp and clear image, and is certified by the Hollywood studios (WDSMP). Additional features include optimized 3D LCD filter that reduces ghosting; a cooling fan to prolong 3D filter life; compatibility with standard circular polarized 3D glasses; and full support of 3D High Frame Rates. For more information, visit Magna-Tech at booth 2415A. (iceco.com)
Small bites pack big flavors with new Snickers® Bites and Milky Way® Bites from Mars Chocolate North America. These unwrapped, pop-’em-in-your-mouth, bite-sized cubes are a convenient and easier-to-eat format of consumers’ favorite candy bar brands. Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites are available in two convenient sizes: 2.8-ounce sharing size and 7.0-ounce and 8.0-ounce re-sealable stand-up pouches. Moviegoers will be looking for these at the concession stand, as they’ll hear about Bites through an extensive marketing campaign. With the power of these popular candy brands, Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites are sure to be a blockbuster hit! Stop by CinemaCon booth 701F. (mars.com)
Designed for theatres with small screens, NEC’s NC900C DLP cinema projector delivers an enhanced theatre experience with pristine images. With its S2K chip set from Texas Instruments, the NC900C is the most compact 2K DCI-certified digital-cinema projector on the market. Its small size enables it to be installed in small projection booths within the theatre or transported for mobile applications. The all-in-one Integrated Media Server (IMS) with 2 TB RAID5 of storage offers versatile connectivity, while reducing the number of peripheral devices needed. Additionally, NEC offers a standalone solution that allows for compatibility with your preferred IMS. The NC900C features precise 2K (2048 x 1080) resolution, 3D capabilities and 3-chip DMD reflection method and is easy to operate with user-friendly accessibility and minimal maintenance required. See the NC900C at booth 2715A and Milano Room 4. (necdisplay.com)
Omniterm has expanded their online ticketing module within their Out-of-Scope PCI Compliance products. OmniWEB offers theatres the ability to sell tickets from their own website while maintaining an out-of-scope environment. OmniWEB offers a flexible look and feel to the interface with automatic updates directly from the theatre schedule. All transactions are processed securely without any cardholder data being passed through the Omniterm Integra System.
OmniWEB is one of the numerous enhancements to the Integra product line which allows theatres to decide their Internet fees on a “per ticket” or “per transaction” basis. OmniWEB utilizes Mobile 2D ticket scanning for improved theatre access and a paperless entry option.
Omniterm has also expanded their financial accounting interfaces with an Accounts Payable Export application. Having the ability to automatically import theatre invoice details into your accounting program will eliminate days of data entry work. Immediately following the Inventory Receiving function, authorized personnel can allocate invoices to general ledger accounts and record additional shipping and/or administrative costs. The AP disbursement interface provides an onscreen invoice reconciliation, historical look-up data, and a flexible export process. A control report can be printed to accompany original hard copies for head office reference and eventual payment processing. In addition to a nightly GL file that accounting applications can take advantage of, Omniterm’s AP Export will enable a streamlined interface containing detailed expenses consumed by the theatre. Learn more at booth 625F. (omniterm.com)
Now that you made the big switch to all-digital projection, why not do the same to your preshow? Many preshow providers create a digital graphic program which lacks any true motion. 1 Better LLC is one of the few “full-motion” advertising companies to incorporate full-motion video into its preshow digital graphic program. And now the video is all shot in High Definition. Let 1 Better LLC provide you with an HD-quality preshow that your advertisers will be proud of, entertaining trivia your movie audience will enjoy, and an assortment of concession ads that you don’t have to pay for. The best part of the program is your monthly share of the advertising revenue. All this without any effort or additional equipment on your part. Whether you want a program that projects through your Big D projection equipment or prefer they present it on their equipment through your side window, 1 Better offers both options. For more details, stop by booth 907F. (1better.net)
Philips Specialty Lighting
Philips will announce at CinemaCon the new digital-cinema Xenon lamp XDC 4002N, customized for NEC 1600C and 2000C d-cinema projectors. This 4 kW lamp model will have a warranted lifetime of 1,000 hours. With this new addition, Philips expands the range of lamps available for NEC digital-cinema projectors and shows again a clear commitment to providing a complete range of best-in-class digital lamps for d-cinema projectors and to becoming the preferred partner for cinema exhibitors around the globe. Visit Philips at booth 2607A. (philips.com)
QSC announces the availability of their new loudspeaker series for immersive sound surround formats in cinema applications. For large theatre applications requiring high output capability, the AcousticPerformance series offers three models: AP-5102, AP-5122 and AP-5152. All AP loudspeakers feature Directivity Matched Transition (DMT), a QSC design approach that matches LF and HF coverage in the crossover region, resulting in remarkably consistent coverage and smooth, accurate reproduction on and off-axis. AcousticPerformance grilles are unadorned to present a clean look, and are lined with acoustically transparent backing to enhance the enclosure’s professional appearance.
For surround applications requiring low-frequency extension, QSC also announces two new subwoofers designed for overhead suspension or floor placement in the theatre: the GP-118 and GP-218 subwoofers. See QSC’s cinema audio solutions at CinemaCon booth 613F. (qsc.com)
Designed for the future of digital cinema, the DCI-certified Qube XP-I and Qube Xi IMB offers true 4K 3D, HFR 3D up to 120fps, and decoding DCPs up to 1Gbps. The Qube Xi is the only IMB with Inter-IMB sync and optional Quad 3G SDI inputs. Learn more at booth 2519A. (qubecinema.com)
Retriever Software supplies comprehensive ticketing and point-of-sale solutions for movie theatre operators. They offer integrated solutions for box-office sales, concessions sales, inventory, labor management; digital signage, website management and corporate controls. They continue to develop product enhancements for improved functionality and ease of use. Recently launched modules include:
* Mobile Internet Ticketing App
* Mobile Real-Time Revenue Monitor
* Enhanced Barcoded Single-use Ticket Vouchers
* Image Delivery Services for digital box-office signage
* Split Tender Function for multiple forms of credit payment
* Day and Time Pricing for concessions and table-service restaurant items
* Schedule XML Updates for digital projection, signage and film gross reporting
Ask Retriever how they can partner with you to optimize your ticketing and theatre management systems. Visit them at CinemaCon booth 829F. (retrieversoftwareinc.com)
With the introduction of their new 26mm DiStar lens, Schneider Optics now offers 11 lenses in its Wide-Angle Digital Cinema range. Designed for mega-screens, the lenses work with both 2K Series II and 4K Texas Instruments DLP Digital Cinema projectors by Barco, Christie and NEC. The suite of 10 wide-angle lenses features throw ratios between 0.72:1 and 1.36:1. The Distar+HD lenses are optimized for 4K projectors with a 1.38” DLP chipset. Because they were designed for the 4K format, they are among the sharpest digital-cinema lenses ever made. See the DiStar lenses at booth 2212A. (schneideroptics.com)
schüttlercinema® presents a new way for theatre owners to save and earn money. Why spend time changing the paper movie poster at your cinema? They have found a much easier way to do it. schüttlercinema is a system which allows you to present posters and trailers/animations on 27’’ to 82’’ screens designed especially for this purpose (both indoor and outdoor). Take advantage of their advanced technology and display your own advertising spots. The ability to place your own advertisements makes schüttlercinema displays especially interesting. Control your displays from anywhere in the world. Visit schüttlercinema at booth 2022A. Looking for sales representatives worldwide. (schuettlercinema.com)
Scrabble Ventures LLC announces its Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program for North American exhibitors, with a simplified, affordable leasing arrangement that enables exhibitors to convert to DCI-compliant digital-cinema projection systems with minimal out-of-pocket expense. The program is supported by the major Hollywood studios and independent distributors, and is targeted to exhibitors with first and second-run theatres, art houses and drive-ins. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and set an appointment to discuss the program at CinemaCon.
Shake N’ Share
Introducing new Shake N' Share popcorn bucket lids. These patented lids allow moviegoers to enjoy and share fully seasoned popcorn. The Shake N' Share clear dome lid snaps over the popcorn bucket, so that seasoning and butter can now be distributed easily throughout the popcorn with just a few shakes. The lid becomes a bowl for sharing. When the show is over, moviegoers can snap the lid back on and take home their remaining popcorn to enjoy later. Large buckets will no longer end up in your trash or be spilled on your floor. Discover a new way to increase popcorn sales and grow revenue while improving your customers’ experience. Visit Shake N’ Share at booth 1026F. (shake-n-share.com)
Sony Digital Cinema
Sony Digital Cinema Solutions’ Content Exchange Platform is an online marketplace designed to create a new model for distributing and accessing alternative, independent and repertory content. It can bring together content owners, cinema exhibitors and promoters in a secure and easy-to-use environment. It is designed to provide exhibitors with easy access to programming, facilitate scheduling flexibility, and increase revenue by creating exciting new viewing experiences for cinema audiences. This web-based platform can create new opportunities for distributing and exchanging independent, repertory and alternative content, with future plans including the distribution of live 4K content.
The Sony Content Exchange Platform provides exhibitors with a broad view of all content available, and gives content owners an easy and standardized distribution model for reaching exhibitors. The platform will make a vast catalogue of content available for exhibitors and aggregators/curators to use in a range of applications. Learn more at booth 2701A and Neopolitan rooms 1 and 2. (sony.com/digitalcinema)
Taste of Nature
Taste of Nature’s Despicable Me 2 Sour Gummies 3.1-oz theatre box will start shipping to exhibitors in May. President Scott Samet commented, “Now people who love sour gummies and the Despicable Me franchise have another option to choose from when selecting a movie candy treat.” Visit Taste of Nature at booth 320F. (candyasap.com)
USL, Inc. introduces the IMS-1200 Integrated Media Server with High Frame Rate (HFR). The advanced HFR media server supports JPEG-2000 decoding of 4K and HFR 2K images with state-of-the-art 1.536 TB solid-state storage.
The IMS-1200 has many features that include JPEG2000 and MPEG2 decoding, AES-128 decryption/HMAC-SHA1, ingest through USB 3.0 or eSATA, two HD-SDI inputs and two HDMI inputs, sync input and output for dual projectors, auxiliary control port (RJ45), built-in six-port automation and 16-channel digital audio. The IMS-1200 is a compact, projector-mounted unit and comes with a clear, concise operation manual for smooth, efficient installations. See the IMS-1200 at booth 313F. (uslinc.com)
White Castle now has steam-grilled Jalapeno Cheeseburgers available for theatre operators. Jalapeno Cheeseburgers provide a little spicy flavor kick. They’re a great addition to the traditional White Castle hamburgers and cheeseburgers and they’re popular with an ice-cold beverage too.
White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, that owns and operates more than 400 restaurants in 12 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921 and is America’s first fast-food hamburger chain. All White Castle Sliders are 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. White Castle stated selling frozen sandwiches in retail locations in 1986. Stop by booth 125F for a taste of Jalapeno. (whitecastle.com)