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An International Perspective

Peter Wilson

Snell and Wilcox Ltd.

Patrick Von Sychowski

Screen Digest

EUROPE

Background—Cinema and Economics

Existing cinema in Europe is very diverse. Cinemas are operated by a variety of owners: US-owned majors, large networks assisted by the European Union (e.g., Europa Cinema), large European multiplex operators, local governments, family businesses, and charitable organizations. Some are quite profitable while others could not possibly operate without subsidy from another source. Facilities vary from 1500-seat auditoriums in prime locations to temporary accommodation in a village hall that might seat only 50 people. Any implementation of Digital Cinema must reflect this diversity of interest. It is ...

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