New Products at CinemaCon 2014
The CinemaCon trade show runs from 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, through 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. Here are select new products and technologies which will be on display at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Bowling is the perfect enhancement to your customers’ entertainment experience and a proven profit generator. Bowling gets people out of the house and into your building—staying longer, spending more and having more fun. Bowling has been around forever. Brunswick has been around almost as long. They know bowling. When you invest in Brunswick, you’re investing in a team of industry professionals that have your back from the very first stages of planning, all the way through to day-to-day operations. To learn more about the synergies of bowling and cinema, visit CinemaCon booth 126F or view their latest projects at brunswickbowling.com/cinema.
Caiz’s quality-proven hi-tech light sources serve 2,000 digital screens, are officially approved by NEC China, and served the 2012 London Olympics. Caiz is a convenient one-stop source for a complete line of digital lamps and advanced technology at affordable prices. Caiz promises integrated support and zero-defect warranties and zero-risk trial commitments. Visit Caiz at CinemaCon booth 2119A. (caizcorp.com)
Christie’s new 65-inch LED edge-lit flat panels have a thin profile, making for easy installation and complementing any setting where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential. Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior performance.
Mountable in portrait or landscape mode, both flat panels have built-in speakers and offer a wide range of inputs while displaying up to 1.07 billion colors and 4000:1 contrast ratio for true-to-life images. They seamlessly combine with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. Peace of mind is ensured with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty. Stop by booth 2103A to learn more. (christiedigital.com)
Christie Vive Audio
Christie Vive Audio line-array speakers combine advanced ribbon-driver technology with a unique coaxial articulated line-array design to provide greatly enhanced clarity, dramatically reduced distortion and ultra-fast transient response. The extremely low mass of the ribbon drivers allows the Christie line-array speakers to respond very quickly to input signals. This eliminates the effects of high-frequency breakup and power compression while enabling extended high-frequency response and accurate reproduction of the original source material. Christie offers LA1, LA3, LA4 and LA5 series line arrays to fit the needs of any theatre and/or auditorium size. Learn more at booth 2103A. (christiedigital.com)
Cinema Equipment and Supplies
Manage your cinema from anywhere with the new Cielo software. Cielo gives cinema owners, managers and technicians the ability to see exactly what is going on in every auditorium from any smartphone, tablet or desktop—and take immediate action in real time. Cielo bridges the gap between a TMS and a NOC, redefining the way we manage our cinemas and resolve show-threatening issues. See the Cielo software at Cinema Equipment and Supplies booth 2211A. (cinemaequip.com)
Cinema Solutions announces three new modules as part of their e-procurement platform for cinema operators—Budget Tracking, Inventory Management, and Dashboard Analytics. These new features work seamlessly with each other to provide businesses a full view of their purchasing process. Let them show you a more efficient and exciting way to manage purchasing and collaborate with your suppliers. Visit Cinema Solutions at booth 219F for a full demo of these exciting new features. (cinemasolutions.com)
Cinemeccanica’s Cinecloud server does what others can’t do. This efficient cinema server provides functionalities never seen in the market. Using Solid State Drive (SDD) technology, Cinecloud can copy a movie from screen to screen in less than 15 minutes or, with the premium configuration, permits switching of a movie from one auditorium to another in 30 seconds. This is the only server which, while screening, can ingest a movie in one hour. The TMS is included and it is tailor-made for exhibitors’ needs and, due to hot-swap CPUs, able to self-restart. Maintenance is really for everyone. Visit Cinemeccanica at booth 2517A. (cinemeccanica.eu)
C. Cretors and Company
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 in. D x 20.3 in. W x 32.9 in. H.
For more information about Cretors’ services and products, Stop by booth 413F. (cretors.com)
Crown XLC Series amplifiers are specifically designed for small-format cinema applications. Both XLC models incorporate Crown’s DriveCore™ Technology, which significantly reduces the amplifiers’ size, while yielding much more energy-efficient operation—without sacrificing performance. For a total cinema solution, XLC amplifiers are compatible with Crown’s CXM2000, which monitors either processor input signal or amplifier output signal monitoring and amplifier fault detection. The CXM2000 also optimizes the performance of a wide range of JBL cinema loudspeakers, with adjustments for crossover points, EQ, delay and other parameters. Compact, powerful and cost-effective, the XLC Series provides ease of installation, outstanding sound quality and the reliability inherent in every Crown product. See the XLC Series at booth 301F. (crownaudio.com)
DepthQ / Lightspeed Design
Lightspeed Design announces DepthQ® CineBright™, a high-brightness passive polarization solution for 3D digital cinema. The new system, with patent-pending light recycling, delivers a dramatically brighter 3D image for your guests while maintaining DepthQ’s superior optics, speed, sharp focus, low-crosstalk, advanced heat protection and five-year optical warranty. Increased light efficiency coupled with the shortest dark time in the industry provide new revenue-generating and cost-saving opportunities through flexibility in screen, audience and lamp sizes. DepthQ CineBright begins shipping Q2 2014. See CineBright at booth 2712A. (depthq3D.com)
Dolphin Seating has developed a line of $400 electric recliner seating to install perfectly on sloped-floor cinema auditoriums, turning a sloped-floor cinema into a modern VIP recliner cinema. See the recliners and their full line of seating priced from $90 to $400 at CinemaCon booth 429F. (dolphinseating.com)
The IMS1000 from Doremi is an 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 using web based version of Cinelister, 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 HFR, and accepts alternative content including Live stream and 4K inputs for HDMI® and 3G SDI. See the IMS1000 at booth 2503A. (doremicinema.com)
Enpar Audio announces the release of the new VIBE Seat. This technology will make every seat in the house have the option to Vibrate/Rumble to the movie. Running off the film’s audio plan, every time an action scene has bass in the audio, your seat will experience the same action. This helps your customers experience the movie at its highest potential and sets your theatre apart from the competition. Customers who are not interested in the VIBE can use an easy on-off button. Visit Enpar Audio at booth 428F for a demo. (enparaudio.com)
Eyes3Shut, a French hi-tech company specializing in the manufacture and marketing of active 3D glasses and related equipment for 3D digital projection and displays, introduces Purple Two glasses. Purple Two are rechargeable, lightweight and unbreakable. Their high-quality shutters have a high transparency level and offer clear-cut 3D images with no "ghosting" or color banding. With an 18-month warranty on shutters, electronics and frames, HFR-ready Purple Two offers stylish design, comfort and greater transparency, and provide 40 hours of use. Try on Purple Two glasses at booth 2705A. (eyes3shut.com)
GDC Technology introduces the CLA-1000 Content Library Adapter, providing exhibitors a one-stop solution for safeguarding content. The CLA-1000 can be connected to GDC’s Portable Storage or Enterprise Storage with or without Theatre Management System (TMS), which makes it suitable to all kinds of theatre scenarios. The CLA-1000 Content Library Adapter complements GDC’s storage solution with the following outstanding features:
* It’s applicable to various TMS platforms including Windows and Linux, with easy interface between backup storage and TMS.
* Backup storage can be safely ejected from the CLA-1000 user interface to replace a failed storage device, thereby minimizing downtime.
* It allows easy content transfer for theatres without TMS and IMB, saving time and labor costs of ingesting content manually from CRU to storage devices one by one, and transferring content from one screen to another through Ethernet cable without physically relocating a device.
Visit GDC Technology at booth 2318A to learn more about their total storage solution with SX-3000 Standalone IMB®, Portable Storage, Enterprise Storage and CLA-1000 Content Library Adapter. (gdc-tech.com)
Gold Medal Products
Sell popcorn where the people are and configure it for your venue. The #2242 Elite Mobile Serving Station has a deep well with a forced air crisper, a serving shelf, heavy-duty casters and a transport handle. Quickly transfer popcorn with the sliding side panels and chutes. Setup is simple thanks to a retractable 15-amp power cord and external power outlets for the cash register. Additional options include a lighted Popcorn sign (neon or standard LED available, and front or rear facing). Add the proven #2396 topping dispenser with a pullout drawer for the 35-lb. Bag-in-Box and a bolt-on side shelf. See the Elite Mobile Serving Station at booth 707F. (gmpopcorn.com)
Golden Link continues to bring innovation to their Licensed Movie Promotions, with the worldwide launch of their newest promotional product in conjunction with Paramount Pictures’ summer blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction. Golden Link will bring added excitement (and profits) to the concession stand with their new Embossed Tin Popcorn Tubs. This product is sure to “Transform” your popcorn sales to new heights, and is a must-see for anyone on the concessions side of the business.
To find out more about Golden Link and their full range of high-quality promotions and concessions, visit them at booth 120F. For the North American market, this product will be offered exclusively by Cinema Scene Marketing (booth 831F); sales partner Ping Solutions handles the Latin American market. (goldenlinkinc.com)
From breathtaking 2D through to its spectacular performance in 3D, Clarus XC—the new revolutionary screen technology from Harkness Screens—allows cinema exhibitors to dramatically improve cinema presentation. The new fourth-generation d-smooth coating technology has specific properties more commonly seen in white screens, allowing for improved brightness uniformity and color accuracy. Designed to work with all passive 3D systems, Clarus XC screens create visibly deeper 3D content which draws in the audience, creating a more captivating viewing experience. Learn more at booth 2411A. (harkness-screens.com/Clarus_XC)
JBL Professional announces the new 9320 Large Format Cinema Surround
The 9320 Cinema Surround Speaker offers high power handling with extended base response for extended dynamic range required for large-format cinemas and multi-channel surround formats. The 9320 is a powerful, two-way, full-range surround comprised of an M12-8, 300mm (12”) low-frequency driver and a 2408H-1, 380 mm (1.5”) voice-coil compression driver. The large-format Progressive Transition waveguide provides exceptional 120 x 60-degree coverage. The waveguide is rotatable so the speaker can be used in the vertical or horizontal position. The multi-ply birch enclosure features multiple M-10 threaded mounting points on the rear, top and sides, as well as standard pattern M-10 threaded for mounting on the rear. See the 9320 at booth 301F. (jblpro.com)
Klipsch is displaying a new line of cinema surround speakers at CinemaCon. The aesthetic, molded cabinet designs are flexible for placement in multiple size venues and are perfect for the newest immersive digital surround formats. The eight-inch woofer KPT-8000-M and KPT-8060-H join three 12-inch designs: KPT-1200-M, KPT-1260-H and KPT-1200-VBM. All models, shipping in May, perfectly timbre-match all Klipsch behind-screen systems for an immersive presentation. All utilize exclusive Klipsch Tractrix® Horns while the KPT-1200-VBM incorporates Klipsch Virtual Boundary Array Technology using a pair of skewed horns that cover 150 degrees, flawlessly covering even the largest auditoriums with detailed surround information. Visit Klipsch at booth 2519A. (klipsch.com)
Small Bites pack big flavors! Building on last year’s blockbuster launch of Snickers® Bites and Milky Way® Bites, Mars Chocolate North America introduces three new unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix® Bites, 3 Musketeers ® Bites and Milky Way® Simply Caramel Bites. A miniature version of the iconic bar brands, these bite-sized cubes are ideal for movie fans looking for the full taste experience of their favorite candy bar in a smaller portion. Theatregoers will be looking for these at the concession stand, as they’ll hear about Bites through an extensive marketing campaign. Visit Mars Chocolate at booth 701F. (mars.com)
Outshine your competition with the brightest single-projection 3D available. The new MI-HORIZON3D cinema system delivers extremely bright 3D images and the sharp 3D experiences moviegoers have come to expect from MasterImage 3D. Based on a patented three-way beam optical system, the MI-HORIZON3D is the perfect choice for cinemas looking to provide brighter 3D without sacrificing image quality. Experience the MI-HORIZON3D at CinemaCon in the Livorno Room. Sign up for their mailing list at mihorizon3d.com.
Developed specifically to enhance immersive cinema sound like Dolby Atmos and Auro 11.1, Meyer Sound’s self-powered HMS-12 surround loudspeaker provides exceptional fidelity and logistical benefits for exhibition and post-production. Its 100 x 100-degree constant-Q horn yields wide dispersion and uniform response throughout coverage area, while 48 V DC power affords the flexibility of lengthy cable runs without conduit. Boasting a wide frequency range of 59 Hz to 18 kHz and a maximum peak SPL of 130 dB at one meter with low distortion, the high-performance HMS-12 ensures that the intensity and nuance of surround channels reach each listener without compromise. See the HMS-12 at booth 807F. (meyersound.com)
Packaging Concepts is again expanding their ever-growing line of concession packaging. They have introduced a new line of drink carry bags that are leakproof and will keep spills contained. The bags hold up to two 64-oz. theatre-size paper or plastic cups and allow the consumer to carry both cups with one hand. As movie exhibitors continue to increase their concession offerings, PCI is there to assist with design, graphics, and delivery of quality concession packaging at an economical cost. Visit them at CinemaCon booth 824. (packagingconcepts.com)
Port Window Glass
PortWindowGlass.com introduces the new premium large-format OptiClearTM Port Window to meet the digital projection needs of a market embracing increasingly big screens. As brighter projection systems are being launched, the need for extremely advanced port window technology has evolved as well. New projectors are reaching very high lumen ranges in the 50,000 level and are expected to grow even further. The extra heat involved in these projection systems has required cooling equipment that can generate additional noise in the booth. The extra high light has required sophisticated optical glass to keep reflection the lowest possible on glass.
Projectors now are being stacked in tandem for even brighter light effects and larger formats. The need for the best light levels to allow 3D films to show at their very best is crucial.
That is how the PLF system evolved. It features dual and triple pane designs of OptiClear Port Window Glass to provide less than .5% reflection and 99% transmission of light. This is the highest optical standard and has become the cinema industry choice with over 75% market usage. The glass is designed in differing thicknesses to effectively buffer noise leakage. There is a new patent-pending dehumidifying technology to minimize in-between glass air-gap water condensation. The design can be custom-made by GST to meet any requirements for existing or new construction.
OptiClear provides up to a 16% increase in light levels, which can add one to two foot lamberts at the screen. This is important in many ways: producing the sharpest picture, extending bulb life, and reducing energy costs of operation. The optical coatings are very durable and have a hydrophobic coating to insure easy cleaning.
For a live viewing of the new OptiClear PLF Port Window, visit the Christie Digital booth 2103A at CinemaCon.
As part of its green initiative, Proctor Companies now offers low-energy, dimmable Tempo Industries light strips. Tempo light strips are articulated to conform to curved architectural details. The proprietary design maintains uniform LED spacing, ensuring scallop-free illumination. 90° bends and minimum 12″ radii are possible. Boards, drivers and power supplies are replaceable in the field.
Robust, durable, and approved for damp locations, Tempo lighting creates the ambiance that sets premium theatres apart from their competitors. Visit Proctor Companies at booth 113F. (proctorco.com)
Retriever Software introduces Retriever Mobile, a branded mobile app for individual theatres and theatre circuits. This dynamic app posts schedules by location with links to film details, official websites and Internet Ticket purchasing. Upgrades will incorporate mobile wallet functions including customer card redemptions and PayPal access.
Retriever Software’s updated Internet ticketing module provides a fresh new look to increase your theatre’s advance ticket sales. A clear screen flow simplifies online ticket purchases by your patrons. Retriever’s accompanying schedule iFrame is posted directly on your website, and conveniently updates the show schedule on your web page automatically whenever it changes on the point-of-sale. Visit Retriever Software at booth 830F. (retrieversoftwareinc.com)
Scrabble Ventures LLC’s digital-cinema equipment lease-to-own program for USA exhibitors has been extended to June 30, 2014. Created with the support of the major Hollywood studios, this program has been specially designed for independent exhibitors who are interested in making the move to digital.
Scrabble Ventures’ lease program offers DCI-compliant digital projectors for all types of theatres. This program is uniquely situated to convert to digital projection in a convenient and cost-effective manner. Contact them today to find out how you can make the move. (scrabbleventures.com)
Sony’s VPL-FHZ55 is the world’s first lamp-less projector using 3LCD imaging technology. Get all the benefits of vivid color 3LCD, plus a long-life laser light source and advanced integration features. It’s ideal for theatre lobby, lounge or game-room areas with up to 20,000* hours of operation without maintenance or replacement. Plus you’ll get: 4,000 lumens of color light output, WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), constant brightness mode which maintains its brightness over the life at reduced light output, installation tilt angle-free design, wide lens shift range, and more. See this new projector in Neapolitan room 1. (www.sony.com/laser)
(*Using Auto Light Dimming feature. Actual hours may vary depending on environment.)
The newly developed Premium HGA screen by Strong-MDI is a highly durable and sophisticated 2.9-gain 3D silver surface. The specially formulated coating offers unrivaled viewing angles and brightness. The 25-degree half-gain angle considerably reduces the hotspot effect and allows for the most generous viewing angle of any silver screen with comparable gain. The screen also renders impeccable 2D images. Learn more at booth 2403A. (strong-mdicinema.com)
The new CM-8E has begun shipping and is the replacement for USL’s CM-8B. Housed in a two-rack mount chassis, the newest version offers very useful features for digital cinema. It is capable of both remote audio and remote level monitoring, and an Ethernet RJ45 connector allows for remote viewing of bar graphs and live audio streaming to server rooms or NOC centers. All inputs and outputs are completely balanced to interface with modern amplifiers. Input levels for processor and power amps may be independently adjusted. The bar-graph display on the front may be calibrated to the cinema reference level so the projectionists can see accurate auditorium levels. See the new CM-8E at booth 313F. (uslinc.com)