• 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.

  • March 9, 2012

    Egyptian celebrates 90 years


    LOS ANGELES, CA — It’s had its fair share of ups and downs but the Egyptian Theatre is making it to 90. The theatre will kickoff a year of celebrating the anniversary with a special tour this weekend followed by more events later this year.

    (Thanks to monika for providing the photo.)

  • March 7, 2012

    This is DCP at the Film Forum

    NEW YORK, NY — With theaters around the world making the switch to digital, one of the most famous repertory houses still standing, the Film Forum, decided to use this time of change as a platform for discussion. Their “This DCP” (“DCP” standing for Digital Cinema Package") festival is meant to show their audience what they’ll be missing (or possibly what they’d be gaining), with a conversion.

    Read more in Capital New York.

  • March 2, 2012

    Balboa Theater birthday party not to be missed


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Still going strong after 86 years, the Balboa Theatre will celebrate its birthday Sunday. As part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, they’ll show “Safety Last!” that evening with accompaniment from renowned pianist Frederick Hodges.

    Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

    (Thanks to Patrick Crowley for providing the photo.)

  • February 23, 2012

    Hit the red carpet during Tampa Theatre’s ‘Oscar Night’


    TAMPA, FL — Even if you’re not in Hollywood, you can get a taste of the red carpet life at the Tampa Theatre. They’ll be hosting their annual Oscar Night with souvenir programs, complimentary food and of course the program on their big screen.

    Get more details in the Tampa Tribune.

    (Thanks to ChazBender for providing the photo.)

  • February 22, 2012

    The ShowRoom presents “Passport Cinema” starting February 27

    ASBURY PARK, NJ — This spring, The ShowRoom will continue its partnership with Brookdale Community College to present “Passport Cinema: Dinner and a Movie,” a community-driven partnership offering free movie nights to students and local residents. The first free movie screening is scheduled for Monday, February 27. Prior to each movie, The Culinary Education Center, near the Asbury Park High School on Drury Lane, will offer a prix-fixe dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

    On February 27, a free screening of “Italian for Beginners” will be followed by a post-film discussion with Alex Idavoy, assistant professor at Brookdale Community College. Under the direction of Lone Sherfig, the film follows six Danish students as they enroll in a beginner’s Italian class in hopes of finding romance. Devoid of special effects and the use of technology, it is the first film to be directed by a woman that follows the purist principles of the Dogma 95 filmmaking movement.