November 28, 2005
Hope everyone had a great holiday!
As you can see, Cinema Treasures is back online and hopefully a little bit speedier. While we can’t yet say we’ve licked our performance problems, we definitely made some great progress over the past few days.
Most significantly, theater pages are now being cached, which is helping reduce the load on our server quite a bit. We also made a number of other changes which hopefully will bear fruit over the coming days.
Thanks again for your patience!
November 22, 2005
We will be taking the site offline during the Thanksgiving holiday, so that we can take another stab at improving the performance of Cinema Treasures.
Specifically, the website will be offline from Wednesday through Sunday of this week, as we continue to overhaul Cinema Treasures. While we realize this may be an inconvenience to some of our users, it is perhaps the best time for us to make such an upgrade, as everyone is likely to be on holiday.
As before, we expect to make good progress on improving the scalabilty of this website, although there’s no guarantee this round of upgrades will completely solve our current challenges.
Stay tuned, theater fans! And Happy Thanksgiving!
November 14, 2005
While yesterday’s upgrades were quite substantial, Cinema Treasures continues to remain rather sluggish.
We had hoped the upgrades would end the slowdown issue once and for all, but it’s now clear we will need to take additional steps to improve the performance of the website so that it can handle the large amount of traffic we’re now receiving.
Until the site is fixed, everyone should expect the website to be slow (or even inaccessible) at times. You may wish to limit your use of Cinema Treasures to evening or other non-peak hours, or even take a few days off from using the site.
As always, we thank you for your support and continued patience. We’ll post another update on our progress in a few days.
November 11, 2005
We’ll be taking Cinema Treasures offline during Sunday, so that we may do some scheduled maintenance on the site.
Most likely, the site will be offline between 10am and 6pm PST. If you plan to use Cinema Treasures this weekend, try to do so on Saturday.
Thanks for your understanding.
September 5, 2005
Cinema Treasures is closed today in observance of Labor Day.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
August 31, 2005
As many of you have noticed, we have temporarily removed the ‘Recent Comments’ feature from our homepage.
Unfortunately, this action was necessary because the number of comments on Cinema Treasures is growing so greatly that our database is being overwhelmed. (We’re adding approximately 5000 comments a month.) As a result, the rest of the website was sluggish or even inaccessible.
This feature will return, of course. But not until we can safely insure that the rest of Cinema Treasures will not be negatively impacted.
As always, thanks for your patience and support.
Ross Melnick and Patrick Crowley
Co-Founders, Cinema Treasures
July 19, 2005
Cinema Treasures is looking for a volunteer editor (or two) to help us with our daily theater news.
If you’re passionate about movie theaters, a good writer, and have a few hours a week you’d like to contribute, please get in touch.
Extra points to those with blogging experience!
July 7, 2005
Our hearts go out to any Cinema Treasures users in the United Kingdom (which experienced a terrorist attack this morning).
May all of your loved ones be safe and sound!
July 4, 2005
Cinema Treasures is taking today off to celebrate July 4th.
See you tomorrow!
June 14, 2005
In less than five years, Cinema Treasures' database has grown from a small group of 125 theaters to a site that now contains over 10,000 theaters and hundreds of thousands of comments, thanks to all of your support.
Although it took roughly three years to reach 5,000, the number of listings has exploded recently, growing from roughly 6,000 a year ago to over 10,000 today and counting. (It was exactly three months ago that we announced our 9,000th theater added.)
When we first started making these incremental announcements back in 2001, we could name and thank all of our major contributors in a few lines. Today, there are (thankfully) so many of you who have dedicated your time and knowledge to building this incredible database that we can’t possibly list everyone.
However, for everyone who has ever submitted a comment, theater, or news story, or voted in our weekly poll, or if you just show up every morning for the latest news about classic movie theaters, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We won’t bore you with yet another statement about how amazed we are at the rapid growth of this site (we’ve had to switch to a dedicated server, which is already overloaded!), but let’s just say that the site is growing so fast, we were already over 10,000 when we realized it.
Thank you all for making Cinema Treasures what it is today.
See you at 20,000!
[i]Ross Melnick, Patrick Crowley, and Bryan Krefft