We’re switching to Apple Maps

posted by Patrick Crowley on August 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

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Hey, folks!

We’re changing how theater maps on Cinema Treasures look.

In the past, we have been using Google Maps for all the maps you see on Cinema Treasures. We used Google Maps on each theater page to show where the theater is located. We also used Google Maps when we displayed a list of theaters so that we can show the location of each theater in a given area.

Unfortunately, though, Google has decided to dramatically increase prices for their mapping service. This price hike has impacted our website and thousands of other sites like it. In our case, if we continue to use Google Maps, our monthly bill will definitely increase. And, not just a little bit — we would need to pay 500 times what we used to pay!

We’re not kidding. Our bill would literally be 500 times greater. And, as you can imagine, that’s not really something we can afford, so we can no longer use Google Maps on Cinema Treasures.

Luckily, however, Apple has recently started allowing websites to use Apple Maps in the same way Google does. (Up until now, Apple Maps was only available for use on the iPhone.) While these new maps from Apple do look a little bit different, they mostly work the same as Google Maps.

In addition, due to this pricing change, we have been forced to disable embedding street views on our theater pages for now. In the future, we may be able to bring these back and there’s a real possibility they will return — but only if we can figure out a way to do so affordably.

For now, if you need to access the street view for a theater, just click on the ‘View larger map’ link on the theater page. This will display a larger theater map. And below the map there will be a direct link to the Google Maps page for that theater. And, once you’re looking at theater in Google Maps, you can load the street view for that location.

Lastly, while we have done a lot of extensive testing, if you do see a bug with these new maps, please let us know.

Thanks for your understanding and support!

Cheers,
Patrick

Comments (22)

Ian
Ian on August 20, 2018 at 11:42 am

I like the fact that the flags are now named, making it easier to identify the theatres. Not noticed any problems yet.

MPol
MPol on August 23, 2018 at 2:03 am

That’s a good idea. It is easier to identify the theatres. No problems so far.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 28, 2018 at 9:56 am

My internet browser has started flashing “Not secure” whenever I connect to the Cinema Treasures website. What’s that all about?

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on August 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

Hey, Comfortably Cool. Currently, we don’t support secure connections (via https), so that’s why you’re seeing that message.

While we do plan to switch to secure connections in the next few months, it’s still perfectly safe to use Cinema Treasures since we’re not storing sensitive data (like credit card information).

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on September 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Sorry, guys. We had a technical glitch with the maps, but they’re working again. :)

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm

If you’d rather not see the unsecure connection message you may want to give Chrome a try. (Google isn’t charging for their browser …. yet.)

Also Chrome gets along very nicely with the CT site.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on September 22, 2018 at 10:27 am

No reason, Comfortably Cool. That was a bug! ;)

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, though. I’ve fixed this issue — that widget is now once again showing the correct movie theaters.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 24, 2018 at 9:18 am

good effort. now how about updating stories…

Biffaskin
Biffaskin on January 20, 2019 at 9:27 am

The new mapping service is more than adequate. Is there any chance that a county search could be introduced?

stevenj
stevenj on February 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

The maps do not seem to be loading.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 10, 2019 at 4:45 am

stevenj. Thanks, I have reported this to the site owners.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on February 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

The maps are working again. Sorry about that, folks!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 28, 2019 at 12:56 pm

any update on newer stories on cinema treasures?

Cheslor
Cheslor on March 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

Can’t load “Find a movie theater near you:”, everything else works just fine…. any thoughts?

etwilson
etwilson on April 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

When I search by my zipcode, it just returns every single theater in the US.

stevenj
stevenj on April 18, 2019 at 6:10 pm

Lucky me. There are 7,021 open movie theaters within 30 miles of my zipcode.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Whether the majority of movie venues operating in 2019 can be described as theaters (or theatres) is open to debate.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on September 14, 2019 at 6:55 am

Moviepass is no more starting today, causing other membership sites to down, specifically AMC.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 16, 2019 at 7:50 am

Note recent comments about cinema ticket prices by New York Times critic Manohla Dargis displayed here

JAlex
JAlex on September 17, 2019 at 10:29 pm

Yes, Comfortably Cool, calling today’s movie venues theatres is like comparing Greyhound to the Pullman equipment on the old 20th Century.

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