• April 19, 2012

    CityStrata Cinemapping Project

    BRISTOL, ENGLAND — The University of West England is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded REACT Hub ‘Heritage Sandbox’ project to create a mobile smartphone app linked to Bristol City Council’s Know Your Place arcGIS database which is used by the archaeological officer and planning department to inform the future development of the city.

    ‘City Strata’ is a new mobile curation / authoring platform which enables users to explore different layers of Bristol’s heritage, going back to the first maps of the city in 1750. The platform will enable developers to create different layers or ways of experiencing the city, that their users can then enhance by uploading their own content.

    The platform will be protoyped with the ‘Cinemap’ layer – which provides a way of navigating the city and experiencing Bristol’s cinematic heritage in the spaces where it actually happened. From the ghost of Robert Partington-Jackson, the murdered manager of the Odeon, Union Street, to Cary Grant’s childhood cinema on Clare Street.

  • April 17, 2012

    Better health could be playing at a movie theater near you

    CLEVELAND, OH — A report from ABC 5 suggests that going to the movies could be healthier than you think. They claim that the overflow of emotions and some hidden benefits of theater snacks can provide a rejuvenating experience.

  • April 2, 2012

    Theatre Historical Society establishes Dubuque Research Fellowship


    The Theatre Historical Society of America announces the first annual Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship, with grants of up to $1,500 for research in its American Theatre Architecture Archive in Elmhurst, Illinois.

    The Fellowship was established in 2012 by the Board of Directors to honor and perpetuate the memory of past THS president, Conclave/Theatre Tour planner, and dedicated volunteer Tom DuBuque. Tom had a lifelong interest in theatres and was a member of THS from 1979 until his untimely death in 2011.

    The DuBuque Research Fellowship was created to support scholars conducting research in the Society’s archives and collections, to increase awareness of the archives, and encourage its use. Grants of up to $1,500 may be used to fund travel, lodging, copying, scanning, photo reproduction, publication rights, and other research expenses.

  • March 29, 2012

    5 points in defense of movie theaters and their concession prices

    With no shortage of articles nationwide about one moviegoer in Michigan who is filing a lawsuit over concession prices, a writer at MLive fights back with his take on the situation. He argues that this is just par for the course for a business these days and it goes with the movie experience.

  • 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


    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