Our NextGen theatre complexes have wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screens in every
auditorium, along with the latest digital projection and sound technologies. These theatres generally also have an XD auditorium.
Our CinèArts locations provide moviegoers with the best selection of art and independent cinema in a captivating, unique environment and has set the industry standard for providing distinct,
acclaimed and award-winning films.
The Cinemark Bistro locations offer in-theatre dining with great tasting food options,
such as fresh wraps, hot sandwiches, burgers, and gourmet pizzas, and a selection of beers, wines, and frozen cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed in the comfort of the auditoriums. We currently have two theatres with the movie bistro concept and
we plan to expand the concept to two new domestic locations over the next few years.
During 2014, we opened one Cinemark
Reserve theatre in the U.S., which features a VIP area with luxury seating and other amenities, along with a wide variety of food and beverage products. We will open a second Cinemark Reserve theatre in the U.S. during the first part of 2015. We
have a similar VIP concept in five other domestic locations and in 38 of our international auditoriums, referred to locally as either Cinemark Premiere or Cinemark Prime. We plan to continue to incorporate this concept in certain of our new domestic
and international theatres.
Our XD screens represent the largest private label premium large format footprint in the
industry. Our XD auditorium offers a premium experience utilizing the latest in digital projection and enhanced custom sound, including Dolby Atmos 11.1 or Barco Auro 20.1 in select locations. The XD experience includes wall-to-wall and
ceiling-to-floor screens, wrap-around sound, plush seating and a maximum comfort entertainment environment for an immersive experience. The exceptional XD technology does not require special format movie prints, which allows us the flexibility to
play any available digital print we choose, including 3-D content, in the XD auditorium without any print enhancements required. As of December 31, 2014, we had 179 XD auditoriums in our worldwide circuit with plans to install 20 to 30 more XD
auditoriums during 2015.
Motion Picture Exhibition Industry Overview
The motion picture exhibition industry began its conversion to digital projection technology during 2009. Digital projection technology allows filmmakers the ability to showcase imaginative works of art
exactly as they were intended, with incredible realism and detail. A digitally produced or digitally converted movie can be distributed to theatres via satellite, physical media, or fiber optic networks. The digitized movie is stored on a
computer/server which serves it to a digital projector for each screening of the movie. This format enables us to more efficiently move titles between auditoriums within a theatre to appropriately address demand for each title.
Currently, 100% of our first-run domestic theatres and 100% of our international theatres are fully digital. Digital
projection allows us to present 3-D content and alternative entertainment such as live and pre-recorded sports programs, concert events, the Metropolitan Opera, gaming events and other special presentations. Three-dimensional technology offers a
premium experience with crisp, bright, ultra-realistic images that create an immersive experience for the patron. Thirty-three titles released during 2013 and 31 titles released during 2014 were available in 3-D format. The film slate for 2015
currently includes 28 3-D titles, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A total of 42 3-D titles have already been announced for 2016 and 2017, including two of the Avatar sequels.
During 2013, through a joint venture named Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition, or DCDC, the motion picture exhibition industry
developed a content delivery network that allows for delivery of all digital content to U.S. theatres with the necessary equipment via satellite. Delivery of content via satellite reduces film transportation costs for both distributors and
exhibitors, as a portion of the costs to produce and ship hard drives has been eliminated. The industry is starting the expansion of this satellite delivery technology in certain Latin American markets.