A malfunction of Sony movie projectors interrupted the showing of films in many US theaters on New Year’s Eve
Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain reported about problems with Sony movie projectors, which led to the cancellation of movie screenings on New Year’s Eve in a number of US cities. The failure did not affect all of the company’s cinemas.
Cinema personnel warned visitors about possible problems with the showing of films, said one of those who came to the screening. According to him, the show did take place that day.
The Alamo later announced that most theaters had resumed screenings. The company also published a list of points affected by the failure. The network advised ticket buyers to check their email in case customer service tried to contact them.
Alamo said four films will be postponed or canceled due to projector problems: Burn it Down (2021), Americana (2023), Ferrari (2023) and The Boy and the Bird (2023).
A Reddit user suggested that Sony’s hardware failure was due to the expiration of digital certificates used to unlock encrypted movies. However, this information has not yet been confirmed by Alamo and Sony.
In 2020, Sony Digital Cinema announced the end of production of projectors for professional cinemas. The company is committed to honoring all service agreements entered into with existing customers. The manufacturer also promised to continue selling movie projectors until the end of 2020. At the moment, all existing models of Sony projectors are considered discontinued.