May 17, 2012
MEMPHIS, TN — In honor of National Preservation Month, Memphis is holding some lectures on the area’s movie palaces. Local collector Vincent Astor will have his theater memorabilia on display at the home of the talks, Howard Hall.
Read more in the Commercial Appeal.
May 16, 2012
May 11, 2012
Lost Creek, KY, near Hazard, may never be the same after the Way-Bak-Wyn Twin Drive-in theatre reopens on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. According to Wilhemina Fugate, V.P. and General Manager of 3C Entertainment, Inc. who operates the rustic drive-in, “we’re pulling out all the stops for our 5th season re-opening”.
Patrons will be treated to live music by Kayla Beth Smith and Southern Chaos. Both groups will perform at 7 PM and during intermissions both nights. Five features will be presented on both screens including: “Zombieland”, “The Devil Inside”, “Dream House”, “Scream 4” and “The Thing”.
May 10, 2012
Sale Dates: Today – May 12th
Sales Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM
Everything must go!
Sale Location: Brenden Pittsburg 16 4085 Century Boulevard, Pittsburg, CA 94565 45 Minutes from San Francisco
This Sale Includes: Over 200 JBL Industrial Series Speakers (Model 8330A’s with brackets and Model 4648A-8’s), Over 2,300 theatre seats, Neon Signs, Popcorn Machines, Candy Counters, Movie Poster Frames, QSC model 1400 Amps, Dolby Cat. 700 Digital Soundheads, Dolby Model CP65 Cinema Processors, XeTron Lighting Controllers & CXN Consoles, DTS 6D Stereo Cinema Processor Readers, Lucasfilm THX 3417 crossover monitor sound systems, safes, metal benches and much more!
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Arclight Cinemas' Cinerama Dome Theatre in Hollywood will play seven classic films on the big screen, May 11 through May 17. Films include 3 MGM roadshows, “Ben Hur”, “Doctor Zhivago”, and “Gone with the Wind” and four films directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Barry Lyndon”, “Full Metal Jacket”, “The Shining” and “Lolita”. All seven films will be presented in 4K digital.
Tickets are available online at arclightcinemas.com.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)
April 25, 2012
Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Company rolled out their stars and their upcoming films for exhibitors attending CinemaCon yesterday, but it was the ten minutes of footage of “The Hobbit” that garnered much of the attention and division. Shown in 48 frames per second, the casino floor of Caesars Palace and the trade show floors above were humming with interest and derision for the footage. For a good breakdown of reactions, read this EW blog post.
Before the Warner Bros. presentation, Chris Dodd of the MPAA and John Fithian of NATO welcomed attendees to CinemaCon. Dodd reemphasized the importance of theatrical exhibition to the global industry and the need to combat piracy here and abroad. Fithian relayed the industry’s continued optimism in 2012, especially considering this year’s numbers to date, and argued for the relative affordability of ticket prices and the overall stability of the exhibition industry.
Across the convention, exhibitors, equipment manufacturers, and distributors seem to be in a very good mood. With box office up across North America—and tensions cooled after last year’s VOD announcement that took place on the last day of the convention—there seems to be little tension this year. In addition, for the first time in ten years, all six majors (plus Lionsgate) will present their slate of films to exhibitors. Yesterday’s tally of stars, directors, and executives greeting attendees included Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, John C. Reilly, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Joe Roth, Sam Raimi, and many others. Is it a show of solidarity for theatrical exhibition or a smart use of CinemaCon to generate publicity for films such as “Brave”? Probably both.
Today’s big technology demonstration will be laser projection and, later, Sony Pictures will promote their upcoming slate to exhibitors. Grab some more coffee and see you at Caesars…
April 24, 2012
The opening of this year’s CinemaCon featured a full lineup of speakers for “International Day,” with panels on the tremendous growth of the international exhibition market, and a gala opening night event from Paramount Pictures. During the day, panels focused on customer service, digital cinema, alternative content, and marketing, amongst other topics. Millard Ochs, President of Warner Bros. International Cinemas, noted that exhibitors need to pay more attention to younger audiences who are online, watching TV, and playing video games instead of going to the movies. In Japan, he noted, surveys show that sleeping is a more favorable activity for youth than going to Hollywood movies.
At night, Paramount’s presentation before a packed audience celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary and highlighted the studio’s 2012 product, including “Madagascar 3,” “GI Joe,” “Rise of the Guardians,” and “The Dictator.” Despite appearances by stars such as Chris Rock and The Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen staged the night’s most memorable moment when he appeared in character as “The Dictator.” Cohen skewered Hollywood (and the West) in his comedic appearance. You won’t find the routine on YouTube anytime soon, though, since cell phones were strictly prohibited. One attendee who ignored this warning was arrested, according to organizer Mitch Neuhauser, part of CinemaCon and the industry’s focus on piracy. A long and busy day ended for some at 1am after a screening of “The Dictator.” The trade show starts up again at 7:45am. Grab some coffee as the trade show floor opens today …
April 18, 2012
April 12, 2012
HAYWARD, CA — The movie theater mural mentioned here is finally complete.
After two and a half years of laborious effort and nearly losing his artist assistant fiance in a near fatal scaffold fall accident on the project, Bay Area, Award-Winning Artist Andrew Kong Knight has completed his third and final monumental mural in the series called “Hayward Meets Hollywood,” located in his hometown in downtown Hayward, Ca.
April 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Conservancy’s popular annual film series, Last Remaining Seats, will go onsale to the general public today. This year’s selections feature such classic as “The Big Sleep” and the “Paper Moon”. Some of the theatres featured are rarely open to the public or even less often show films. The series typically sells out quickly so don’t wait to make your purchase.
See the lineup and buy tickets here.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)