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Gary Davidson
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Technicolor has partnered with the Loews circuit to provide digital pre-show technology, how does that square with Loews new relationship with AMC who uses Christie pre-show technology? In addition how will NCM co-exist with Screenvision?

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Eric Hooper
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My head just exploded.

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John Pytlak
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Simple solution: Use the Kodak pre-show system. [Cool] [Wink]

Kodak Digital Cinema — An Overview
With more than nine hundred Kodak Digital Cinema Pre-Show systems installed throughout the US, and with contracts to more than double that number, Kodak continues to dramatically expand its market offerings — and success. The company is the number one independent suppliers of digital pre-show systems in the world.

Kodak networked systems are currently on the screens of twelve exhibition chains in the U S, Canada, and China. For a seamless and accurate in-theatre presentation, the Kodak digital system connects to the cinema's automation, audio, and ticketing systems, so specific pre-shows can be designed to play with individual movies.

With high-definition images and surround sound, the KODAK Digital Cinema solution puts some serious sizzle in your pre-show - making it a more powerful part of a great entertainment experience.

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Brad Miller

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Even simpler solution:

Don't force your paying audience to sit through those horrible advertising programs.

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Cory Isemann
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Easier said then done!!

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Louis Bornwasser
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Are "we" killing this industry? Louis

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Jesse Skeen
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The only good pre-show is CURTAINS!

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William T. Parr
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The only good pre-show is CURTAINS!
And the truth is spoken.

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Floyd Justin Newton
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AMEN! [thumbsup]

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John T. Hendrickson, Jr
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You don't really expect the major chains and many of the independents to forego all that revenue, do you? Greed is good. [Wink]

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Stephen LaPadula
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Not only Screenvision and NCM, but what about Fandango (Loews) and Moviephone (AMC). Both ticketing companies are at risk to lose a major part of their business.

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Steve Scott
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Give it a few years & it'd be This curtain presented by...

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Dave Williams
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Besides curtains as a pre-show, a good live performer who can get the crowd into the mood as it were is always a welcome twist. It does work, and sometimes is better than the movie itself.

There are plenty of talented performers willing to work for nothing but popcorn just for the exposure.


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Mark Gulbrandsen
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The only good pre-show is CURTAINS!

Not even close man... You forgot about the pipe organ! Then its curtains......


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Monte L Fullmer
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Yea, Pipe organ-big pearl white with gold trimmed monstrosity majestically positioned in its rightful place dead center in front of the stage-just out of projection light.

Then the main house lights begin to dim as the huge tassled red velvet, gold trimmed waterfall curtain begins to rise., As the main curtains are rising, we see the light green satin title curtains behind the main waterfall waiting for the cue to be opened up.

Then, with the colored footlights shining on the title curtain, the mighty IV/85 Wurlitzer blasts out its final eight measures of the overture, and then, the foot lights begin to dim.

Then quietness. All of the sudden, the "Twentieth Century-Fox" trademark with its well-known fanfare hearlds its announcement from behind the screen and the trademark itself shines on the title curtain. Then, the title curtains begin to open up right before as we begin to see "Twentieth Century-Fox presents a CinemaScope Picture" on the screen after the title curtains have fully opened up.

...what a spectacle to witness when getting ready to watch "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" with James 1960.

(course, I'm dreaming most of this up, but at my hometown theatre where I worked at for 14 years, we did have both the waterfall and the title curtains..and we had an excellent opening procedure on each showing. Closing was just the opposite since we had curtain cues on the film to reverse the procedure.

The main goal was to never expose the screen "naked" - the screen was to be continually covered with the curtain(s), or always have a moving picture on it.

Now, THAT was showmanship to the "T" !


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