Chicago’s Historic Avalon Regal Theater Goes Hologram

Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, Redd Foxx, Bernie Mac and more will return to the legendary theater via Hologram USA’s patented technology, among the first of a planned network of 100 theaters

Beverly Hills, California, UNITED STATES

Chicago, Illinois, June 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hologram USA Networks Inc. today announced a partnership with Chicago’s historic Avalon Regal Theater to install its patented hologram technology on a permanent basis, allowing live artists to be “beamed” in by telepresence, and for performances by Hologram USA’s recreated stars from the past. The Avalon Regal and the Hologram USA theater in Los Angeles, will be the first full time dedicated hologram theaters in the United States, and their launch kicks off a campaign to build and install 100 theaters nationwide. The network of theaters will be supported by Hologram USA Networks and the FilmOn TV and FOTV Media Group.

Work has begun on the landmark theater to create a hologram stage. The grand opening will take place on October 1st, 2017 with an all star show of both living and deceased artists. The Avalon Regal Theater was built on the South Side in 1927. Its exotic, Middle Eastern fantasy architecture by architect John Eberson, served as a vaudeville theater, a movie palace, and hosted live shows by artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to James Brown. It’s new owners has invested $1 million in a massive renovation intended to create a cultural touchstone in the neighborhood not far from the site of the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

“We’ve brought icons back to perform for fans in giant stadiums all over the world, but there’s something about recreating classic performances on a stage like the Regal’s where they actually once performed that adds to the magic,” said Hologram USA Networks Founder and CEO Alki David. “If you’re going to make history, why not do it in a historic place? Our theaters will be the first permanent theater installation of our patented tech in the U.S., and will support and be supported all of the production and digital distribution capabilities of FilmOn and FOTV--along with their audience of 100 millions users as month.”

“As both a musician and millennial from the South Side, I am proud to bring the Avalon Regal Theater into the future with Hologram USA,” said Avalon Regal owner Jerald Gary.

Hologram USA controls the patented Pepper’s Ghost technology behind the famous Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston holograms and is the only company that creates lifelike, life-size images. Hologram USA has signed to create shows around the images of some of the most loved names in entertainment including Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Jakie Wilson, Patsy Cline, Redd Foxx, Celia Cruz, and Chicago's own Bernie Mac. It has partnered with Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, ABC, Anheuser Busch and the Universal Music Group to create hologram events all over the world. Hologram USA has also "beamed" live holograms of Jimmy Kimmel, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Jack Black, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Julian Assange

Hologram USA's Vice President of Business Development Cory Weisman, a Chicago native, worked with Gary to create the partnership.

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About Hologram USA Networks:

Hologram USA Networks Inc. is a fast growing group of interrelated digital media companies which produces hologram, virtual reality, 360 and premium Hollywood content globally with an over-the-top ("OTT") audience of more than 100 million monthly unique users, who consume live and on-demand movies and television, music videos, audio content and social television programming. HUSA was founded by media entrepreneur Alkiviades (Alki) David in 2007 and launched its streaming video site in the United Kingdom in 2009 and in the United States in 2010. HUSA manages its worldwide business from two central offices located in Beverly Hills, California. For more information, please visit


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