Almost 400 cinema industry professionals gathered in London this week to discuss the opportunities presented to the sector by exciting new developments in cinema technology.
The event, which was held at Vue Westfield, White City, saw a host of industry experts offer their thoughts and opinions on a range of areas where technology contributes to the big screen experience. Audience members included a large number of UKCA members as well as colleagues from not just the UK but also international sector.
The event kicked off in the best possible way with a surprise recorded address by film director Christopher Nolan, who delivered a thoughtful and upbeat message on what he saw as the ‘renaissance’ in the UK cinema offer over the last decade and more. Encouraging cinema operators in the audience not to forget the need for high standards of presentation and showmanship, Nolan was optimistic of the sector’s exciting future.
Other highlights of day one included discussions and presentations on a range of key issues, including: the extent to which the audiences sees and understands technological developments; premium experiences; laser illumination; and funding options.
Day two began with an engaging and heartfelt opening address by Kevin Markwick of The Picture House, Uckfield (winner of Screen Cinema of the Year 2018) during which he encouraged colleagues to continue to invest in the best technology they could afford. Other issues discussed on the day included: ‘Direct View Display’ (LED screens); e-ticketing; digital signage; skills; technology-assisted lobby design; and accessible technology.
The conference was delivered by the Association in partnership with colleagues at the Cinema Technology Community and was only made possible by the generous support of a wide range of sponsors listed here.
More images from the event, and the various presentations seen across the two days, will be posted shortly.