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Author: CinemaVision
Website: link
Type: Program

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Source: Source code
Summary: Create a movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home!
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Create a completely customizable sequence of trivia slides, video bumpers, trailers and much more that will bring the experience of a movie theater straight to your home theater. Easily control your RESTful home automation solutions to create your perfect theater ambiance. Share your sequences, download content and collaborate online at!


This add-on is installed from the Add-on browser located in Kodi as follows:

  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository
  4. Program Add-ons
  5. CinemaVision
  6. Install


What is the CinemaVision add-on?

The CinemaVision add-on is a direct replacement for the Cinema Experience add-on. It will recreate the same experience you get when you go to the movie theater, and allow you to easily customize and share your theater preshow with the community. You can use the default configuration right out of the box, or create your own configuration including video bumpers, trivia (video and still), trailers, audio format bumpers, ratings bumpers, commands and actions.

Why are you trying to replace the Cinema Experience add-on?

The last developer of the Cinema Experience add-on, giftie, has been MIA for about a year as of this writing. Last we spoke to him, he was dealing with real life issues, and didn't have time to continue development. After listening to the issues that the community was having, we decided to take responsibility and pay a Kodi developer to write an add-on from the ground up. We wish giftie, Nuka1195 and anyone else who helped maintain the original Home Theater Experience and Cinema Experience scripts the very best, and will do our best to carry on their legacy in this new add-on.

What versions of Kodi will work with the CinemaVision add-on?

Currently, only Kodi versions 14+ will work, and we will not be adding support for older versions of Kodi. We plan to follow the release cycle of OpenELEC. When OpenELEC releases a new stable version, all support for previous versions will be dropped going forward. We want to continue to develop using the latest and greatest features that Kodi has to offer, and to keep development costs down, we have to minimize the platforms we support. Doing this will ensure the best possible experience for everyone, from our developers to our user base.

Will CinemaVision work with streaming content?

Eventually, yes. Currently, no. CinemaVision only works with content that is scraped into your local Kodi database. We plan to explore adding support for streaming content in the future, but that won't happen for a while, as we have other priorities.

Will home automation support be included?

We have included support for a large and growing number of home automation solutions including Event Ghost, RPi.GPIO, Z-Wave, Philips Hue and anything else that works similarly. You can even launch custom scripts, Kodi add-ons (with arguments) and launch any application installed on your HTPC directly from our action files.

How difficult will the CinemaVision add-on be to configure and get working?

It won't! Our goal is to have the add-on work straight out of the box with CinemaVision content. If you want to change that content, you're absolutely free to do so. We have a ton of content available on our website, and are adding more all the time. We're also making it easy for you to share your entire preshow configuration with the community.

How difficult will the CinemaVision add-on be to customize?

Again, it won't! We've hired a fantastic developer who is a member of the Kodi team. We took all of the feedback from the community, and handed it to him. As a result, he's created something that's incredibly simple from an end-user perspective that we absolutely love, and we think you will too.

Okay, this sounds really cool. How do I get the CinemaVision add-on?

There are two places that you can go to get CinemaVision. Download the latest stable release from the Kodi Add-on Repository. For the bold, go to the Downloads section on the CinemaVision website to get the latest development build! You have to register to be able to download files from the CinemaVision website, but anyone can get it.

I have a great idea for a feature, how do I get it added? We have a feature list (that we haven't made public yet) for the initial release of the CinemaVision add-on. It includes everything that is currently included in the Cinema Experience add-on, and several new features that we think will enhance the movie theater experience of the add-on. That said, unless your feature is something that we simply cannot avoid adding to the initial release, please don't expect it to be added until a future version. You are more than welcome to post your ideas for improvements in this thread, or on our website.


Frankly, there's a ton that CinemaVision is capable of.