July 1, 2011
That old (inaccurate) axiom that all publicity is good publicity wasn’t true yesterday for MoviePass. The new venture that offered moviegoers unlimited movie tickets for $50 a month has placed their beta launch in San Francisco on hold after AMC and other circuits expressed deep concern and refused to participate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “MoviePass insisted late Thursday that the company is not going out of business. A spokeswoman said the New York-based venture has funding and still plans to move forward, but first will reach out again to theater owners including AMC.”
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June 14, 2011
New taxes on imported films is making it tough to see new American films in Indonesia. While so many in other parts of the world are frustrated with the glut of blockbuster films, this country is clamoring for them now.
Read more here
June 9, 2011
While they haven’t lost the battle to cable yet, broadcast network ratings are in serious decline. Advertising in theaters is nothing new, but so far in advance is.
Read more in the New York Magazine.
June 8, 2011
An interesting piece in CNN discusses how movie stars aren’t as alluring now that they can be watched anywhere with a cell phone or your home television.
In reality, the respectability of working in television has been going on for 10+ plus years, especially with the rise of top-quality on premium networks like HBO or Showtime. While tightening the window between theatrical and home media releases has changed the way we look at movie stars, the lack of privacy for anyone in today’s world has done much more.
June 7, 2011
While they continue to hold onto National Amusements, Shari Redstone and some other investors unloaded Russian chain Rising Star to the country’s largest cinema company, Cinema Park. This is only a couple years since they purchased the now 75- theater chain from Shari’s father, mogul Sumner Redstone.
They actually made a tidy profit off the investment as emerging markets like Russia haven’t had as much of a problem with declining attendance like the U.S. They’ve also been more receptive to 3-D, while American moviegoers seem to be a little frustrated with the premium ticket prices. An interesting counterpoint to the decreasing value of cinemas in the States.
Read more in the Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2011
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May 31, 2011
Are major chains diminishing the quality of 2D presentations by leaving 3D lenses on their projectors?
The online publication CinemaSpy, along with a considerable number of other online sources, is reporting that a number of major cinema chains are allowing inferior 2D presentations to occur regularly by not removing the 3D lenses from their projectors. Leaving the 3D lenses on the Sony digital projectors used by many of major exhibitors results in considerably dimmer image. When asked for comment, the chain spokepeople appear to offer ambiguous replies. The story that appeared in CinemaSpy can be read here and another story on the topic can be read at CinemaBlend.
May 4, 2011
NEW YORK, NY — The range of presentations being made available to digitally-equipped movie theaters in rapidly increasing. In addition to well-established offerings such the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series and rock concert events, the options now include Broadway shows. The currently running Broadway musical “Memphis” will showing soon in about six hundred theaters as will “The Importance of Being Earnest” with undoubtedly more shows to follow. There is more in this story from Reuters.
In addition, more opera and ballet presentations are being made available by companies such as Emerging Pictures, which announced its offerings for 2011-12 here.
Another reflection of this trend is evident in the emergence of a new theater operator which calls itself Digiplex Destinations, which has acquired two theaters and intends on further expansion. Perhaps the day is coming when we shall no longer go to the movies, the cinema, or to a theater, but to a DEC – digital entertainment center. There is a story about Digiplex here.
April 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA — The U.S. theater chain best known for showing independent and art house films is being – tentatively – put on the auction block. According to co-owner, Mark Cuban, the move is intended to determine how much the marketplace actually values the operation, and if the offers undervalue the the chain’s worth, the offer to sell will be withdrawn.
There is more in the Hollywood Reporter.