Magazine article Screen International

UK Digital Cinema Rollout Likely Complete by Q1, 2013

Magazine article Screen International

UK Digital Cinema Rollout Likely Complete by Q1, 2013

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The vast majority of UK cinemas will be fully digital by Q1, 2013, according to industry experts; Vue CEO suggests digital upgrade could lead to more UK films in cinemas.

Speaking at the Westminster Forum Projects seminar in London on Wednesday, Phil Clapp CEO of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association said he expected "near-total digital conversion of the UK cinema industry by Q1, 2013."

This estimate was echoed by Vue Entertainment CEO Tim Richards: "There is a very real chance we won't see 35mm film in the UK after Q1, 2013...The Cinema Paradiso days are over."

The UK is currently around 72% digitised and Clapp warned that those exhibitors who do not upgrade to digital "could find themselves in a cold and chilly place."

Richards and Clapp both cited a number of practical, logistical and financial improvements afforded by the digital upgrade. …

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