Cinema Treasures

  • September 14, 2007

    Cinema Treasures Needs Your Help!

    In a few weeks, Cinema Treasures will have been online for seven years.

    As many of you know, a few months ago we moved this website to a much more powerful (and expensive) server. The new server has been fantastic, and has really helped us keep up with the growth of this website and our traffic.

    However, the monthly cost of maintaining this project has become more than either of us can support without additional funding. After seven years, we’ve definitely reached a point where we need your support.

    Starting next week, we will begin accepting donations. As well, we’ll be including some tasteful, text-based advertisements on our pages to help offset costs. (Don’t worry… they won’t be annoying.)

    All of us at Cinema Treasures are very excited about these developments because they will allow Cinema Treasures to not only keep up with our existing growth, but start adding some of the features you’ve long been requesting (like photo galleries, message boards, etc.).

    If you’ve enjoyed this site over the years, please consider making a donation next week.

    Thank you once again to our incredible volunteers, theater editors Bryan Krefft and Ken Roe, and blog editor, Michael Zoldessy. Their hard work and your contributions have made Cinema Treasures what it is today.

    Patrick Crowley & Ross Melnick
    Cinema Treasures

  • September 10, 2007

    1,000 UK Theaters on Cinema Treasures!

    The United Kingdom has become the second country (behind the United States) to have 1,000 theaters listed on Cinema Treasures. We’ve had some great milestones over the years and this one certainly ranks pretty high.

    Thanks to Ken Roe, Bryan Krefft and everyone else for compiling this valuable information. Thanks to our users and the hard working CT Team, we’re well on our way to creating the ultimate cinema history resource.

  • July 4, 2007

    Happy July 4th!

    Happy July 4th from all of us here at Cinema Treasures. Enjoy the fireworks, sunny weather and maybe catch a flick too.

  • June 11, 2007

    We’re back online! (again)

    What started out as a simple upgrade turned out to be a much more complicated problem. And, as a result, the site was offline for most of the day.

    This should really be the last of the hiccups related to our recent server move. We’re just about finished fine-tuning things.

    Thanks for your patience.

  • June 6, 2007

    NEW SITE UPDATE: Email is coming soon!

    Hi, everyone.

    Our move to a new server has been a great success. Cinema Treasures is now much faster and more reliable.

    We’re still working on email, though. Please hold off on sending us any new messages… we won’t be able to receive them.

    Thanks for your patience. Email should be restored soon!

  • May 30, 2007

    We’re moving to a new server!

    I’m very excited to announce that Cinema Treasures is moving to a new home tomorrow.

    Why are we moving?
    Well, as you know, our website has been quite sluggish for over a year, even as we worked very hard to upgrade and optimize our server. (It doesn’t help that our traffic doubled during the same time period.)

    But, since our traffic is still growing every month, we’ve outgrown our current server, and it’s time to move Cinema Treasures to a more powerful (and expensive) server.

    Will the site work during the move?
    Probably not. Once we switch over, the old website will be disabled to prevent new comments or theater submissions from being lost.

    When will the site return?
    It’s hard to say, but our best guess is within 24 hours. Possibly much shorter, but we won’t really know until it happens.

    What time will the transfer begin?
    Thursday, at approximately 3pm Pacific.

    We’ll do our best to ease the pain of migrating, but do expect some bumps on the road.

    Given the complexity of the transfer, please be aware that you may not be able to access Cinema Treasures for up to 24 hours.



    UPDATE: Looks like we’re switched over! Everything seems to be working well, except email (this will probably take another day or two). Please post your comments/feedback below.

  • January 9, 2007

    Beloved Member Jim Rankin Passes Away

    Longtime member and historic theater expert Jim Rankin has passed away.

    We count ourselves among the lucky ones who had the opportunity to speak with Jim on many occasions over the years. As one of our earliest and most passionate users, the site has lost one of its most knowledgeable voices and one of its fiercest advocates. On a personal level, though, all of us who keep this site humming have lost something far more important — a good man and a good friend. Jim was always in our corner, looking out for our best interests, and keeping us and our theater pages in check.

    His passion for Milwaukee and its theaters was also plain to see. If you haven’t had a chance to read some of his exquisitely detailed entries on the Pabst, Alhambra, and other Milwaukee theaters, please take a little time this morning to read some of his work.

    Jim’s knowledge and theater entries truly set the gold standard.

    As Louis Rugani tells us in his post, Jim will be laid to rest on Friday. Wherever you are during that day, please take a moment and reflect on his life and his contribution to the cause.

    Jim’s loss will be felt today, tomorrow, and forever here at Cinema Treasures. The honor of knowing him, and the knowledge he shared with us all, are some of the lasting gifts of his life.

  • December 12, 2006

    Cinema Treasures hits 15,000 theaters

    Hard to believe, but we’ve hit another milestone with our theater guide. 15,000 theaters!

    When Ross and I started this project, we had only 100 theaters in our database and we’ve been amazed to see the site blossom into what it is today. It truly is remarkable.

    Thanks to everyone who helped us get this far, most of all our long-time theater editor, Bryan Krefft.

    PS: While we can’t make any announcements yet, I can tell you that next year is going to be a pretty exciting one for this project.

  • November 22, 2006

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Cinema Treasures! We’ll be taking a break for a few days and returning on Monday with more news. We hope all of you have a happy and healthy holiday.

  • November 21, 2006

    Update on site performance

    As many of you know, we’ve had to temporarily disable our search tool due to the high volume of traffic that Cinema Treasures is receiving.

    We’re making good progress improving overall performance on the site. Theater pages and news pages are now loading near instantaneously, thanks to the caching support we’ve added. We’ve also made a number of optimizations to the site that will help improve performance.

    As a side effect of this, we’ve limited the “Who’s Online?” feature to just the homepage. While it’s nice to know who’s online, this feature was one of the things really slowing down the site. So that means going forward, “who’s online” really means “who’s online on the homepage”. Practically speaking, it might seem like less people are online, but the true number will be much higher.

    So when will search return? The answer is… as soon as search doesn’t make the rest of the website so slow it’s unusable. Our goal is to fix this issue by the end of the year, but we’re making very good progress and may be able to restore this feature soon.

    As always, thanks for your patience and continued support. And have a nice Thanksgiving!