Cinema Treasures

  • 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.

    Best,
    Patrick

    ….

    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!

  • November 17, 2006

    New feature: Commentaries

    Today, we’re bringing you what we’re hoping will become a regular feature here on Cinema Treasures… commentaries about the theater going experience from a variety of perspectives.

    The first commentary is from our blog editor, Michael Zoldessy, who came up with this idea. But we’re hoping that many of you, our users, will be inspired to submit your own commentaries.

  • October 31, 2006

    Happy Halloween!

    The Chicago Theatre, as photographed by laffy4k. (via Flickr)

  • October 20, 2006

    Cinema Treasures seeks community volunteer

    We’re looking for a volunteer who can help manage us our growing user community.

    With over 100,000 comments, it’s become quite a challenge for our current staff to stay on top of over 15,000 individual comment threads.

    The volunteer position would include these duties:
    – Help us keep theater comment threads on-topic
    – Monitor recent comments for copyrighted material, flames, etc.
    – Warn (and possibly ban) users who can’t behave

    And the ideal candidate should have these qualities:
    – A passion for movie theaters
    – Easy-going personality with great social skills
    – Previous background running a large message board
    – A knack for dispute resolution

    If this sounds like you, drop us a line.

  • October 19, 2006

    New Cinema Treasures volunteer

    We’d like to belatedly welcome our newest volunteer to Cinema Treasures… Michael Zoldessy!

    As many of you probably noticed, Michael has been helping us out with our blog, and we’re proud to say he’s now our official Blog Editor.

    To read a little more about Michael (as well as our long-time theater editor Bryan Krefft), check out our updated Volunteer page.

    Also… thanks to everyone who’s expressed interest in being a volunteer. We plan to add more volunteers in the near future, so look out for future announcements.