UK: The head of Odeon-UCI, europe’s largest cinema group is stepping down. “Sky News understands that Rupert Gavin, who has run the privately-owned group for eight years, is to leave a year after its owner abandoned its latest attempt to sell the company. Mr Gavin will be replaced by Paul Donovan, a former executive at Vodafone and Eircom, the Irish telecoms group.” With Cineworld’s Steve Wiener having announced that he is leaving prior to the announcement of the merger with CCI, this leaves Vue’s Tim Richards as the doyen of the UK exhibition business. However, “Mr Gavin would become an adviser to Terra Firma and join the board of Garden Centre Group. The outgoing Odeon UCI boss will also spend more time at Incidental Colman, his privately-owned theatre and entertainment group.” Link.
India: Youth killed after fight in cinema. “The youth was fatally stabbed by a group in the aftermath of a quarrel which broke out while watching newly-released Tamil film ‘Veeram’ on Wednesday. In the clash that ensued on a playground, two others sustained injuries and were hospitalised.” Link.
Int’l: Harkness has released the third iteration of its popular screen calculation tool – as an app. From FJI: “The Digital Screen Calculator is a free utility on iOS, Android and through the Harkness website that allows engineers and exhibitors to ensure that digital-cinema investments are fully optimized. The tool calculates the capabilities of equipment choices and provides recommendations on projector, lamp and screen choices based upon chosen screen size and light levels for 2D and 3D. It also calculates theoretical operating costs and shows how screen choice might reduce these dramatically.” Link.
China: Parents are pushing for better 3D glasses for children. “Some parents said they were more concerned about hygiene and worried about infectious diseases. Moreover, all 3D glasses in cinemas are the same — too heavy and big for children. Local cinema houses said smaller-sized 3D glasses are available in certain theaters. They said parents can buy small 3D glasses for children.” Link.
Poland: “Orange Poland continues the series of Kino Orange cinema travelling over Poland to bring cinema to municipalities which do not have any. In January, it will bring five premiere films, of which two in 3D. Kino Orange is a joint project of the company Outdoor Cinema and Orange Poland.” Technology used is NEC projectors and XpanD 3D glasses. Link.
Netherlands: Games on the big screen. “On January 25, five students of the Hanze University Groningen will organize the event FIFA 14 in the Wolff Cinema in Groningen. 100 participants will be playing the football game FIFA 14 from 12:00 to 19:00 for a chance to win the tournament title.” Link.