CBG-NATO takes big digital step for theaters


The Cinema Buying Group-NATO issued a request for proposals in digital cinema equipment and service providers. It was made on behalf of the group's members -- small to medium-sized independent theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Through the request for proposal (RFP), CBG-NATO members seek to acquire digital cinema equipment and service, funded in whole or part through virtual print fee arrangements, in order to provide high quality and reliable digital exhibition service.

"The CBG and NATO believe that smaller and regional independent theater companies deserve a fair opportunity to participate in the digital cinema revolution," said J. Wayne Anderson, CBG-NATO managing director and independent theater operator. "This RFP will help bring the benefits of digital cinema to theater patrons across North America."

CBG management intends to select a digital cinema equipment and service vendor for its members before the end of 2007.