Industry

  • March 21, 2012

    Rare movie posters found glued together going to auction

    An attic in Pennsylvania was the site for a recent classic film poster discovery. Glued together for 80 years, the lot purchased for $30,000 is expected to fetch around $250,000 at an auction in Texas this month.

    Read more at Fox News.

  • March 12, 2012

    Join the Independent Theatre Alliance

    THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE ALLIANCE
    www.ita-usa.com

    We cordially invite you to join the Independent Theatre Alliance,

    The Independent Theatre Alliance is an association of independent theater owners and movie industry professionals working together to meet the needs of our members in a rapidly changing communications and entertainment environment.

  • March 5, 2012

    The evolution of movie trailers

    A story from CBS looks at how movie trailers have changed over the years. Their video looks into the origins of them as well.

  • March 1, 2012

    Exhibitor chains and website Tugg join to lure audiences to theaters

    Some major theater chains are working with the website Tugg to let customers choose the films shown. A minimum group will be required but Tugg will secure the film and handle the ticketing.

    Read more about this new venture in Deadline.

  • February 29, 2012

    Study reports piracy has negligible influence on U.S. box office

    Piracy may be growing but one report suggests it’s not much of an issue in the U.S.. They say Americans still prefer to see films in theaters but the greater lag time before the same film is released internationally has hurt the situation.

  • 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.)