How to get the best Google street view

posted by Patrick Crowley on June 11, 2011 at 7:20 am

Medium

One of the most exciting features of our new website is that we have integrated Google street views directly into our theater pages. So, for the first time, you can really see a movie theater in its real environment, even when we don’t have any photos.

Even better, we’ve added support for customizing and saving the position and orientation of the street view. So, if you come across a street view that isn’t looking directly at a theater, you can virtually move the camera to the correct location and save the view for other users.

The response so far has been amazing. In just two weeks, you guys have already customized over 5,000 street views. Wow!

Since there’s so much interest in this feature, we’ve put together a page with a few tips on how to get the best street view. Definitely worth a read if you’re using this feature.

Street View Tips

Comments (10)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

If I want to re-do a Street View according to your guidelines, how do I get back the button for doing this?

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on June 11, 2011 at 7:49 am

@RonNewman For now, just email if you need us to reset a street view.

KenLayton
KenLayton on June 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

I can’t get the street view to go into the town of Connell, Washington to get a view of the Sunset Theater. Did Google not cover this town?

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on June 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

@KenLayton Yeah, it looks like Google hasn’t gone to Connell yet. There are street views of nearby highways, but nothing available in the town itself.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

So, in other words, whenever we spot a Google Maps view that has been “corrected” incorrectly, we should send an e-mail to and then the correct option will be restored?

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on June 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

@Tinseltoes Yes, please email if you see a street view that is incorrectly set and we’ll reset it.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 13, 2011 at 8:48 am

Just a friendly reminder that I’d like to help out with fixing the wrong locations of various Boston theatres (and that will make the StreetViews much easier to fix, too)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

“200 Motels” haven’t seen that on a marquee since I put it up once.Have the One-sheet.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Ron! Please be in touch with Ken Roe about updating street locations. We hope to have the capability to allow users to edit addresses soon.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on June 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

On some theatre pages there is no street view photo at all. Yet many of these theatres are on major roads where there are views of other theatres within the same area. Did Google not map entire major roads? Would love to have a fix for this.

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