Cinema Treasures

  • June 1, 2011

    We’ve added over 1,500 movie theater photos


    You guys are amazing! Since launching our new website with photo gallery support, you have uploaded over 1,500 photos to Cinema Treasures.

    Overnight, the photos section of Cinema Treasures has become one of the most exciting parts of the site. Whether you’re a historian looking for vintage images, an architect looking for inspiration, a theater manager or marketer interested in bringing in patrons, or a theater fan looking for theaters to visit, the galleries have already borne tremendous fruit.

    That’s way more photos than we expected less than four days later, but since you’ve been asking us to add photo galleries for a very long time, we totally understand.

    What can you do with our photo galleries?

    We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our photo galleries, so here’s a quick description of what our galleries can do and answers to some common questions.

    • Upload your favorite movie theater images. There’s no limit to uploads, so you can add as many photos as you like. Over time, we expect to have dozens of images for theaters like Grauman’s Chinese, the Grand Lake, the AMC Empire 25, and many others.

    • Browse and search through all of the photos on Cinema Treasures. To see the photos of a specific theater, you click on the Photos tab just under the theater’s name and address.

    • Favorite your favorite photos (and theaters) by clicking the heart on the bottom of the photo. And to see your favorites, just go to your member profile page and click on the favorite photos link.

    • When uploading a photo, you can pick the license for that photo. We currently support several types of licenses: copyrighted, public domain, and a number of Creative Commons based licenses.

    • If your photo was shot on an iPhone or Android device and you upload the original photo, we’ll show a map of where the photo was taken.

    How do we pick the default image for a movie theater?

    We pick the most popular photograph for each theater and that becomes the default image. Popularity is calculated by the number of photo views for each theater, and we update the default image every day based on any changes in popularity. (We also reserve the right to pick the default image ourselves if we have a favorite.)

    What else are we working on?

    • Due to your feedback, we’ll be adding the ability to remove photos you’ve uploaded later today. We hope to eventually support rotating photos, but for now you must rotate your photos manually if necessary.

    • New and better ways to browse all the new photos people are uploading.

    We need your help!

    While we’ve made huge progress in the past few days, there are still thousands of theaters that don’t have a photo yet. If you haven’t uploaded any photos of your favorite theaters yet, please take a moment to upload them.

    (Thanks to Ken Roe for his gorgeous photo of the Grand Lake in Oakland.)

  • May 28, 2011

    Cinema Treasures relaunches with new design, photo galleries, and more!


    We are enormously excited to bring you the new Cinema Treasures website.

    The new site features a brand new logo, revamped site design, upgraded theater browsing and searching (with Google maps, street views, and neighborhoods), photo galleries, and videos.

    For starters, we’ve completely redesigned our theater guide. Browsing theaters has never been easier (or more fun). Our theater pages now have integrated Google maps, so for the first time you can see where theaters are located and whether they are open or closed. Open theaters have green map markers and closed theaters have red markers. Even better, you can quickly see how many theaters in a given area are renovating, restoring, demolished, etc.

    Cinema Treasures has already become the world’s most comprehensive website dedicated to movie theaters with over 31,000 theaters from over 180 countries. With our new photo galleries, we also hope to build the world’s largest and most detailed theater photo archive.

    Adding photos is easy and highly addictive. Find a theater, click on the photos tab, and then upload your images. Once you’ve begun adding photos to the site, you can share the link to all of your photos with friends. You can also “favorite” theaters and photos to bump up their rankings on Cinema Treasures.

    We’ve also added Google street views for thousands of theaters, so even if we don’t have a current photo of a movie theater, you can see what it looks like. Even better, if the default street view isn’t pointing in the right direction, you can rotate the view until you find the best view of the theater and then save the changes.

    With our new video section, you can also now find policy trailers, theater advertisements, documentaries, and other material from YouTube and Vimeo and upload new videos through the site.

    Finally, Cinema Treasures has also created a new YouTube Channel, a dedicated Facebook page, and, most actively, a Twitter feed that is updated throughout the day with news about moviegoing and movie theaters. We’ve also redesigned and refocused our blog to provide more useful and current information about movie theaters, the exhibition industry, and the moviegoing experience.

    We’re excited to bring all of this to you just in time for the summer movie season. So get out of the house, go to the movies, and take some photos while you’re there!

    Next week, we’ll be taking some time to highlight all of the new features. But for now, enjoy kicking the tires! :)


    Patrick, Ross, Ken, and Michael
    Cinema Treasures

  • Updating your password

    To use the new Cinema Treasures, you need to first update your account password.

    Here are the steps you should take:

    • Go to the Reset your password page.
    • Enter your email address or username.
    • Check your email for an email from us.
    • Click the link in the email we sent you.
    • Enter your new password twice and save.

    If you can’t remember your email address or the email address we have on file for you is possibly out of date, then we recommend emailing for help.

  • May 24, 2011

    Comments Back Online

    While we straighten out this technical snafu, we are restoring comments on the “old” (current) site. All of these comments will be imported into the new site so post away! Adding theaters, though, is still disabled as we need to maintain one theater database…

    Thanks for your continued patience. We’re working as fast as we can …

  • May 23, 2011

    New Cinema Treasures Site Update

    Hey, everyone.

    Due to a very last minute and annoying technical problem, we are unable to launch the new site today.

    It’s especially frustrating since we’ve spent hundreds of hours working on the new site and making it as bug-free as possible. This last issue, though, appeared just this morning and it’s a show stopper.

    Since this issue is still unresolved, we had to delay our launch for today. Once we’re able to find a solution to this problem, we’ll post another update with a revised launch schedule.

    Until then, thanks for your patience. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

    More soon …

    Ross & Patrick

  • May 19, 2011

    Cinema Treasures Site Update

    Hello Everyone —

    Just a quick update to let you know that we are close to relaunching the site. Look for it this weekend or Monday at the latest. All of the current site’s content (theaters, blog posts, comments, etc.) has now been migrated to the new site and we’re kicking its tires, updating this and that, and getting ready for Cinema Treasures 3.0.

    Thanks for your enthusiasm and your patience!

    — Ross, Patrick, Ken, and Michael

  • May 14, 2011

    We’re relaunching Cinema Treasures next week

    We’re excited to announce we’re launching a new version of Cinema Treasures next week.

    Over the weekend, we’ll be importing data from the existing website. To insure the import is successful, we’re turning off the ability to post new comments until next week.

    See you next week!

    Patrick and Ross

    PS: Wouldn’t it be cool if you could add photos to Cinema Treasures? ;)

  • December 14, 2010

    Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters

    Cinema Treasures is proud to announce that we have now reached over 30,000 theaters listed from a total of 181 countries! The growth of our theater database over the last two years has been incredible and we simply cannot thank you all enough for your contributions, comments, and support.

    This milestone comes at a particularly special time for us at Cinema Treasures as December 2010 is the official ten-year anniversary of the site’s launch. It is a time for us to look back to all of our users who have contributed so much to this community and, specifically, to our incomparable and tireless volunteer theater editor, Ken Roe. If you’ve ever added or updated a theater, Ken is the man who has formatted, edited, and/or published your information. In other words, there is no Cinema Treasures without Ken Roe. Period. He and our blog editor Michael Zoldessy make this place what it is.

    Reaching 30,000 theaters is not the only achievement worth noting. One of Ken’s more amazing projects is that in addition to editing all of the new submissions he also adds a ton of new theaters to the site from all over the world. If you see a man photographing a cinema in your country, it’s very likely to be him. (Please say hello for me. If it’s not Ken, run!)

    Ken and the site’s contributors have now added every cinema to have ever operated in the London/Greater London area, making this the first major international city on Cinema Treasures to have a fully comprehensive listing. The value of that contribution for film/cultural historians is invaluable and worthy of greater attention.

    Also in the UK, thanks to Ken, Cinema Treasures now lists all currently operating cinemas in the country, which includes England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Cinema Treasures also now lists every historic cinema in the UK which has a designated ‘Grade Listing’.

    If you have a moment, please leave Ken a thank you message below. He deserves our undying gratitude for what he has helped build over the past decade.

    We are also grateful to have the input of the many members of Cinema Treasures around the world who continue to contribute to the expansion and knowledge that makes this site so great.

    I can’t believe this site is ten years old and I can tell you that when Patrick Crowley and I were putting this idea together eleven years ago on nights and weekends in a New York tech incubator, we would have been thrilled with 1,000 contributions. Your support and the site’s growth is simply unbelievable.

    We’ll have more to say about the anniversary in the coming days but for now, my sincerest gratitude to you, our users, and to Ken Roe for being Ken Roe. We couldn’t be luckier to have him.

    Happy Holidays,

    Ross & Patrick
    Cinema Treasures Co-Founders

    P.S. Thanks to “Camera Slayer” for the image.

  • November 25, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Cinema Treasures! We hope all of you have a happy and healthy holiday.

  • September 6, 2010

    Cinema Treasures Closed for Labor Day

    We’re closed today for the American Labor Day holiday, but, if you’re not working, why not head to the movies? If your answer to that question involves listing off the number of films you don’t want to see, why not try an alternative moviegoing venue in a park, on a rooftop, in a microcinema, in a pub … Wherever you are — surfing Cinema Treasures, at a drive-in, or in a movie house — we hope you enjoy the holiday.