Small cinemas unite
In Japan, smaller theaters are joining forces to fight back the multiplexes.
A new cinema syndicate comprising mainly small regional movie theaters began operating this month.
The syndicate has 41 member theaters in 36 cities. The theaters include Theater Voice, run by a nonprofit organization in Kitami, Hokkaido, and Sakura Gekijo in Naha, which was once closed down but has since reopened.
The syndicate aims to increase its membership to 55 theaters in 50 cities by the end of fiscal 2008.
Read more in the Daily Yomiuri Online.