Industry

  • January 11, 2011

    Dinner theaters becoming more prevalent

    An article in theWall Street Journal discusses trends in new theaters, specifically the wider range of food offerings.

    Under pressure from viewers as well as movie-industry executives, the country’s theater chains are trying to win back moviegoers—with food. Audiences at a growing number of theaters can order such dishes as chinois chicken salad rolls or limoncello-tossed shrimp. More middle-of-the-road fare is also available, like cheeseburgers and chicken caesar salads. Seats in these so-called “in-theater dining” cinemas are big and plush. Lobbies are luxurious, with art on the walls and mood lighting. Popcorn is often complimentary and a full bar is de rigueur.

  • January 6, 2011

    Imax stock up on rumors of takeovers by movie studios

    According to Bloomberg, shares of IMAX Corporation are rising on speculation that Sony Corp. might bid for $40 on the giant screen company. Disney is also interested in buying Imax.

  • December 28, 2010

    New Fandango iPad app

    After coming slow onto the scene, Fandango has introduced an app for the iPad with some brand new features.

    Fandango, a unit of Comcast Interactive Media, developed the app in-house, as it has all its mobile initiatives. Highlights of the app include a feature called The Pulse that shows the top-selling events and movie tickets purchased through Fandango, movie reviews from professional critics and film fans, and movie-related tweets.

    The app also includes mapping technology that detects a user’s location and offers her nearby event and movie titles, theaters and showtimes as well as enabling her to purchase tickets. That feature helps consumers away from home find movies playing in the area—even if they don’t know their current ZIP code.

    Read more at Internet Retailer.

  • December 27, 2010

    Marcus returns to profitablility

    After a rocky start to the year, Marcus Corp., which in addition to its theater assets also owns hotels, was back to making profits in the second quarter.

    The lodging and movie theater operator reported that its net income was $2.1 million, or 7 cents per share, in the quarter thatended Nov. 25. That compares with a loss of $323,000, or a penny per share, a year earlier.

    Read more in the Green Bay Gazette.

  • December 21, 2010

    The Brooklyn Theatre Index

    Good news for theatre lovers (especially those in the New York area). Recently published in 2010 is the definitive appraisal of all movie theatres to have operated in Brooklyn, a borough known to have had the most theatres operating out of the five NYC Boroughs.

  • December 13, 2010

    Prima Cinema brings new releases straight to your home…for a minor fee

    A California company, Prima Cinema, is rolling out brand new releases directly to your home for the cost of $500 in addition to a one time setup fee of $20,000.

    Actually, as crazy as the price tag sounds, Prima Cinema, which has backing from Universal Pictures, as well as Best Buy, is probably the future. For a decade now, Hollywood has been inching closer and closer to simultaneous release of movies in theaters and home video, what’s called day-and-date. Some cable on-demand providers already offer limited day-and-date movies: Time Warner Cable charges about $7 to see indie flicks like I’m Still Here while they’re still playing at your local art house theater. Even for bigger pictures, the window between theatrical release and DVD release has been shrinking, and looks like it’ll be shrinking even more next year, when the major studios will supposedly be unveiling a new VOD window, between theatrical and DVD release, with a premium charge of around $20 to $30.

    Read more in Entertainment Weekly.

  • December 10, 2010

    Changing Ways of Seeing Movies

    An article in The Star looks at not only how we go to the movies these days, but how different generations receive media in general.

    Digital media have not only created a world starkly different from the world of a mere 15 years ago, they have changed the way people who live in the world think, behave, create and consume.

    They have facilitated a generation gap that makes the divide between Boomers and their parents narrow by comparison, and they have accelerated the pace of cultural and political change to something like warp speed. In this world, The Social Network, set in 2004, can seem like the Dark Ages.

  • December 2, 2010

    Sherman Theater book

    STROUDSBURG, PA — “A History of the Movie Theaters in Monroe County, PA” by Roy E. Pipher, published on July 9, 2010, details the history of the Sherman Theatre as well as other Monroe County, PA theaters—the Grand, Plaza, Stroud, Casino, and others; four drive-ins; early nickelodeons; resort (Buck Hill, Skytop, etc.) and camp theaters.

    The book also details the coming of Sunday movies to the County, the coming of sound films, 3-D films, Cinemascope, and more. The books is available for $25 by mail, which covers the cost of the book ($20), packaging, and media mail postage. Book has 296 pages, 8.5 x 11, fully illustrated. Trade paperback. To order book, and specify Book Order in Subject line.

  • November 24, 2010

    Popcorn Extortion in UK

    An article in Money Market takes a look at how the price of moviegoing has changed over the years in different areas.

    What we found was that London was the city with the single most expensive ticket price, both on weekdays and holidays, but with a wide variety of prices according to the time of day or day of the week. The individual price for an adult is $19 (14 pounds), Monday through Thursday after five in the afternoon and before 5pm on a Friday.

  • Harry Potter 7 Part 1 biggest IMAX release of all time

    According to MarketWatch , the first part of the final Harry Potter movie saga, The Deathly Hallows, was released in a record 356 IMAX theaters, in addition to the 4100+ standard and digital theaters showing the film, which opened at midnight last Friday with sellout performances across America. Part 2 will be released in digital 3D and in IMAX 3D next summer.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1: The IMAX Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and theatre geometry that maximizes field of view, IMAX provides the world’s most immersive movie experience.