• May 16, 2012

    2012 CAPA Summer Movie Series


    COLUMBUS, OH — The longest running classic-film series in the country is returning to the Ohio Theatre this June when CAPA returns. Clark Wilson will guest on organ in the diverse series of landmark films.

    Read more at their official website.

    (Thanks to spectrum for providing the photo.)

  • May 11, 2012

    Way-Bak reopens for 5th Anniversary season


    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

    Liquidation of 16 screen theater now open to the public

    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!

  • Cinerama Dome plays seven fan favorites


    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

    (Thanks to William for providing the photo.)

  • April 25, 2012

    CinemaCon Day Two: High Frame Rate, Mixed Appraisals


    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

    CinemaCon Day 1: Pirates, Dictators, and the Global Box Office


    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

    Seattle Cinerama to present a classic Science Fiction Film Festival April 19-May 2


    SEATTLE, WA — A new science fiction festival is coming to the Seattle Cinerama this month. Highlights include “Metropolis” featuring the Alloy Orchestra and a new 70 mm print of “2001” A Space Odyssey."

    Get more details at their official website.

    (Thanks to Bill Huelbig for providing the photo.)

  • April 12, 2012

    Last of three movie theater murals to be unveiled in downtown Hayward

    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

    LRS tickets onsale today


    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.)

  • March 29, 2012

    Orpheum celebrates 100 years

    NEW BEDFORD, MA — On April 15, 1912, as people in New Bedford were getting ready for the Grand Opening of the Orpheum Theatre, little did they realize that the famed steamship, “RMS Titanic” had struck an iceberg and sank, taking along over 1,500 souls on that very same day.

    But although the Titanic was lost, the Orpheum Theatre and French Sharpshooters' Hall opened to large crowds. It was one of the jewels of this area’s many theaters. It was cherished for its entertainment by many of this region’s local citizens for 46 years until it closed in 1958.

    The organization O.R.P.H., INC. (Orpheum Rising Project Helpers) with support of the Community Building Mini-Grant Program of the United Way of Greater New Bedford, invites the public to join us in celebrating this 100 year milestone and to highlight plans to save this historic landmark.