“In acceptance of this, Christie has made the decision to phase out all new production of film equipment. Christie remains committed to its film customers and plans to support its film products well into the future. Parts and upgrade kits will remain available for as long as Christie customers require them.”
In a little noted press release, perhaps because of CineAsia‘s large number of announcement, perhaps because Christie asked us to embargo the information after the release was sent out…but never followed up with a de-embargo. (I had to ask the Press Consultant, having to use a few thousand email electrons from my personal stash to get approval.) Or, perhaps it is because no one thought anyone would care. Or perhaps because the press release hide the story 3 paragraphs in, clearly not wanting to give the wrong impression. Notwithstanding, this marks the end of an era.
Cinemeccanica, an OEM licensee of Barco’s in the digital domain, will still make 35mm projection equipment from their factory in Milano, and Kinoton’s web-site still has 3 product lines of their superb equipment listed.
Attached is a pdf of their press release, in English and French.
And just to prove that I don’t want to leave the wrong impression, here’s Christie’s Brian Claypool talking about their latest innovations to the digital line: