Industry

  • February 28, 2012

    Chinese theaters to screen more US films

    A new agreement will bring more US films to China. The annual quota of films to be exported will be raised and the US studio share for these releases will go up as well.

    Read more about this historic pact and how it will affect filmmakers in both countries at China.Org

  • February 2, 2012

    Struggling movie theaters could be a boon for Netflix

    With sales down for another year and less tickets sold, studios could be looking to Netflix to save them. A large segment of the population has made it clear that they’d rather stay home and with the rising popularity of video games, using Netflix as a distributor could be next.

    Read more at Daily Finance.

  • January 19, 2012

    China proposes cap on movie ticket prices

    In a move that could slow down the already sluggish film industry, there is now talk of regulating movie ticket prices. There is a proposal to cap the price so films are more affordable to the public.

    Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.

  • January 12, 2012

    The brand Ster Century Cinemas to be reactivated

    By Ing. Juraj Misun, PhD. – Ing. Ivana Misunova Hudakova, PhD.

    This fall the Israeli cinema operator Cinema City International rebranded all three Slovak multiplexes AuPark, Eurovea and Polus) from Palace Cinemas into its own brand Cinema City. A small Slovak chain, owned by the local film distributor Tatrafilm, experienced a problem as its miniplexes were similarly named (City Cinemas). To avoid customer irritation, even both companies do not have any theater in the same cities, the brand had to be changed.

    To the surprise of many marketing experts, Tatrafilm revived the since 2005 inactive brand Ster Century Cinemas. The miniplexes in Kosice and Zilina will be rebranded soon and two new three-screen theaters in Prievidza (Korzo) and Spisska Nova Ves (Madaras) will have the new brand from its opening later this year.

    Ster Century Cinemas was originally a subsidiary of Ster Kinekor (currently the largest cinema operator in South Africa), with operations in Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, the UK, Spain, Greece and Slovakia.

  • December 20, 2011

    L.A.’s art house theaters squeezed by growing competition

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    LOS ANGELES, CA — With the closing of the Laemmle Sunset 5 last month, it’s been rough for art-house theaters in Los Angeles. However, newcomers like Sundance Cinemas and Alamo Drafthouse are still planning on entering the market. While they think there’s plenty of room for providing a luxury experience, the neighborhoods of Los Angeles can only support so many such theaters. Laemmle is trying to fight this by expanding into less competitive areas.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

    (Thanks to DavidSimpson for providing the photo.)

  • November 4, 2011

    IMAX reports strong third quarter

    The Star reports another healthy quarter for IMAX. Their revenue was significantly boosted by the new Harry Potter and Transformers movies. With the new Spiderman and Batman movies next year, they anticipate even bigger results.

  • October 5, 2011

    Sony to stop paying theaters for 3-D glasses

    According to the Boston Globe Sony has announced that effective next summer, they will no longer pay theaters for 3-D glasses for their films. This is in anticipation of a couple blockbusters. It’s unclear who will cover the cost and who should be doing that is certainly a valid question.

  • September 26, 2011

    AMC finalizes plans to move HQ

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    KANSAS CITY, MO — Despite the city’s overtures to keep them downtown, AMC is moving its headquarters to the Park Place Project. The move will help them increase their space by putting them in a 130,000 square-foot-space.

    Read more here.

    (Thanks to Jessica @ Flickr for providing the photo.)

  • September 14, 2011

    Hollywood struggles to get back into Indonesia

    JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Thanks to its presence on the country’s negative investment list, Hollywood pictures have had a hard time finding a place lately in Indonesia. A company called Group 21 has made it difficult by placing heavy import restrictions on outside films.

    Read more in the Associated Press.

  • September 7, 2011

    Discounts on movie tickets make theaters uneasy

    With ticket sales eroding, some theater chains are wary of offering deep discounts like utilizing Groupon and the recent MoviePass program. Do you think they make their money back off of these customers in the long run?