October 20, 2006
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
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.
September 21, 2006
This morning, we received an email from a newspaper asking us to remove several theater comments where someone posted the full text of newspaper articles.
While it may seem that it’s ok to post an entire newspaper article, it actually isn’t… so please remember to follow the guidelines below when making a comment (or submitting news) that includes a newspaper article.
– Include a link to the article on the newspaper’s website
– Include a short summary about the article, preferably in your own words. (You can also quote up to a paragraph from the original story, but no more than that.)
– Repost an entire newspaper article
– Post content without attribution — always include the source
September 1, 2006
Lately, we’ve noticed many Cinema Treasures attacking each other. There are several theater pages where spirited debates about preservation have gotten increasingly personal.
These off-topic personal attacks clutter up theater comments, making it difficult to find what people are actually looking for — information and discussion about classic movie theaters. (They also prevent the people who created and help run this website from working on more important issues.)
• Posting off-topic comments that taunt or bait other users
• Attacking or otherwise slandering fellow users, preservation officials, or theater managers — even if you have a legitimate grievance, this website isn’t the place for it
• Creating duplicate accounts for the purpose of attacking other Cinema Treasures users
The first time you violate any of theses rules you will receive a warning. The second time your posting privileges will be suspended for a month. The third time you will be banned from the site.
Please remember why we are all here — to discover, to preserve, and to protect. In the spirit of community and preservation, please leave the personal attacks out on the playground, so to speak, where they belong.
Thanks for your help!
Patrick Crowley & Ross Melnick
June 26, 2006
Apologies to those who were unable to access theater pages recently. Due to a database bug, the theater pages weren’t loading correctly.
June 5, 2006
We’ve run out of ideas for the Cinema Treasures poll, so the poll is on hiatus until we can think of more questions.
If you have any fresh ideas, please submit them here. Just to save time, we don’t need any more polls that ask…
• What is your favorite star/film of all-time?
• How many movies have you seen this month/summer/year?
• About anything to do with Star Wars
Thanks for your help!
May 26, 2006
Greetings, Cinema Treasures fans!
Minor request: if you haven’t updated your email address in a while, can you please do so? We’ve been getting a lot of returned email from comment notifications, so I’d like to make sure we have the correct address for everyone.
Editing your email address is easy. Just login to your Cinema Treasures account, then click on the Profile page link at the top of your screen. Once there, enter the new email address and click ‘Update Profile’. That’s it!
PS: Worried about privacy? We will never send you spam or sell your email address.
April 28, 2006
Today’s edition of the Star-Ledger has a nice writeup about Cinema Treasures.
If you’re curious about movie theaters old and new, their histories and untimely passings, Ross Melnick of Cinema Treasures has just about everything you need.
Melnick, who co-founded the Web site in Dec. 2000 with Patrick Crowley, presides over a vast network of movie house fans. It began with listings for 125 theaters and now Cinema Treasures has nearly 14,000 listings, including theaters in Afghanistan, Croatia and Papua New Guinea.
For those who do read the article, Ross points out: “I never said historic theaters can’t have digital sound, etc. I only said most cannot have stadium seating.”
April 27, 2006
Google Maps has just added detailed maps for Europe. So you know what that means… we now have maps for theaters in England, France, and elsewhere!
Here’s a sample map for the Odeon West End, for instance:
Since this is our first real test of European mapping, we probably have some bad address data. So if you know the correct address for your favorite European Cinema Treasure, please send it in!
March 31, 2006
Yahoo is featuring Cinema Treasures, along with a photo by Cinema Treasures user and volunteer Sean Doerr, on its Yahoo Search Directory homepage.
(And greetings to new users who are visiting us from Yahoo for the first time!)