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CinemaCon 2018 – The Good, the Wonderful, the Innovative…

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by Irina Kobzeva-Pavlovic, TK Architects International

Irina Kobzeva-Pavlovic, Marketing and Business Development Director, making new friends at CinemaCon 2018

SONY opening night at Omnia nightclub at Caesar Palace, CinemaCon 2018

With CinemaCon in the hindsight and CineEurope right around the corner, it is great time to take a moment and recollect all that CinemaCon 2018 has brought this year. Full disclaimer, it has not been easy to report all of this to you (I now feel your pain, reporters and journalists!), as my notetaking at the film presentations was practically impossible in complete darkness during film presentations (or with a laser pointing at you when not quick enough to shut off the devices in between)…

CinemaCon 2018 took place at its usual beautiful grounds of Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV in April 23-26, 2018. It was a busy and luscious and extravagant (as always) networking event for all film industry representatives – from movie theatre operators, to film content creators, editors, service providers (that’s us, yay!), vendors, journalists, members of NATO and ICTA and many more. TK Architects definitely remained busy with the conference (and we are just now trying to catch our breath after the whirlpool of tradeshow-floor action, non stop seminars, intrepid networking, lead and contact follow ups and “star”gazing euphoria). So, here are a few takeaways by TK Architects from 2018 CinemaCon. (more…)

2017 In Review

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New year, new beginnings… and, boy, did TK have many new beginnings this past year 2017.

The Great Move.

We have moved. It was only across the street, but after many years at the Mark Twain historic tower, we moved to the City Center Square building at 1100 Main St, Suite 2200. We love our new place with bird’s eye views of downtown KC. We jumped at the chance to design the new space to our own liking. It was a long road to perfection (as you can see below), but we are loving our finished and new place now! (If you have not stopped by, please do when you are in the area! ) (more…)

“Shaping the Industry with Design” in FilmJournal

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An article by Sr. Principal, Jack Muffoletto, was featured in September issue of FilmJournal magazine, titled ” Shaping the Industry with Design: Amenities, technology, threats and consolidation influence the new theatre environment”.

In it Jack discussed how do we, the designers, address the key topics that influence the cinema industry. Jacks mentions consolidation, content release issues, technology and amenities among other major topics that have a deep impact on the theatre industry today.

For more details, please follow the following link to FilmJournal web version of the article: http://www.filmjournal.com/features/shaping-industry-design-amenities-technology-threats-and-consolidation-influence-new

By Jack Muffoletto, TK Architects International Sep 15, 2017

If you want to get someone’s attention, talk about one of these topics that are influencing the cinema industry:

* Seating, self-service, more service, efficiency, “integrated” and “experiential” are the terms and amenities operators are contemplating today.

* I am continually fascinated by the pace of technology solutions entering the industry and the opportunities they create. If you don’t have technology or it is unavailable or slow, the customer quickly grows impatient and might have to wait or rely on others; this is a pain point to avoid.

* For years, industry leaders have contemplated the release window, piracy, VOD and alternative online entertainment options. Customers are truly moving from bricks to clicks, and this is a real threat. However, touch, feel, taste and special events are impossible to achieve online.

* Consolidation is eye-popping and more than likely will continue and create demand for more differentiation and innovation.

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Around the World in Ten Days

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“OBSERVATIONS FROM BEIJING AND JEDDAH”

by Mike Cummings, TK Architects International Inc.
May 2017

Departed on May 1st from the US and arrive in Beijing the evening of Tuesday May 2nd.

Wednesday morning, I went to the joint venture office in the Vantone office tower. During the morning we reviewed designs for cinema projects for China Film and Perfect World and exchanged preliminary information about the business meeting. We were joined by Tianyu Liu, one of the first people that I met in exploration of the China market. I had not seen her in nearly a year as she has been on maternity leave.

During the business meeting we reviewed our list of projects. Most are in the design and negotiation phases, but it seems to indicate that the market for cinemas in China remains strong and we will be very busy later in the year. We also talked about interoffice work and how we can improve the process and several business issues related to budget. (more…)

CINEMACON HIGHLIGHTS – MOVIES, MOVIE STARS, STRONG RESULTS AND BRIGHT FUTURE

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By Theresa English, TK Architects International Inc.

April 2017

Vegas Strip Views from the Cinemark event at the LINQ

The highlights of the annual CinemaCon Convention in Las Vegas that was held March 20 to 27, 2017 can be summarized as Movies, Movie Stars, Strong Results and Bright Future. 

The primary highlights of each CinemaCon gathering revolve around movies and movie stars.  This year was no different.  Previews of upcoming attractions build positive momentum for exhibitors and allow them to begin planning promotions and special events targeted to specific movies.  Full length screenings of movies, such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (In Theatres May 26, 2017), which CinemaCon screened this year, and also had an unannounced screening of “Furious 8” much to everyone’s delight. (more…)