Ad revenue for movie theaters rises

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Despite the economy, last year actually ended up as a positive year for movie theater advertising.

There were disparate results, however, by geography. Regional and national movie theater ads rose 5.4 percent compared with 2008, but local movie theater ads fell 9.6 percent compared with the previous year.

Because regional and national ads account for almost 80 percent of the industry total, the large decline in local ad revenue did not drag down the entire category.

Read more in the New York Times.

Comments (4)

moviebuff82 on June 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

This is good news. More money means more ads in the theaters. I was at the AMC in Rockaway awhile ago, and alongside the usual preshow fare, they would insert a local ad for a restaurant or a local place near the theater, which is convienient. Clearview also does the same thing for Mansfield and other cinemas.

PeterApruzzese on June 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

On-screen ads are terrible in theatres – and the AMC in Rockaway is the worst of the lot. I saw a film there a few weeks ago that not only had a ridiculous 7 trailers (1 or 2 is more effective for the audience), it had a horrific 30+ minute pre-show commercial reel. Despicable.

moviebuff82 on June 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

According to AMC’s movietickets website….the movie plays 10-15 minutes after the advertised showtime (most of it trailers). The pre-show is actually a 20 minute preshow that Regal used to employ until NCM brought it to other chains including AMC/Loews. Not only that, but before that and after the movie’s over, there’s animated slides. The digital preshow uses standard def widescreen projectors rather than the 4k/2k projectors used for films. Maybe if AMC uses the 4k for the entire process would ads look better.

moviebuff82 on June 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

PeterApruzzese, you should check out AMC’s 3-D preshow. It’s pretty cool. It might be annoying in 3D but it’s worth watching and it’s quite short. Too bad there are no local ads in 3d lol. Like the feature presentation and previews, the preshow is shown in reald 3d/ sony 4k although the sound is in stereo rather than surround sound.

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