December 13, 2010
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
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
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
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.
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.
November 18, 2010
NORTHAMPTON, PA — I would like to bring to everyones attention a website called RetroRoadMaps that I think most of those who visit here would enjoy exploring. It lists wonderful nostalgic places including historic theatres.
I was recently visited by Beth Lennon who hosts the site, and she did a fabulous write up and picture presentation about our theatre, the Roxy.
While the many photos posted here over the years by others have done a great job of showing the theatre as it is, nothing truly exhibits the splendor of the marquee until you see it lit up with its flashers and chashers operating, showing off its true theatrical character. A video is posted along with the article about the theatre on RetroRoadmap. If you wish to see it I would suggest that you go there, and while there check out all the other wonderful places as well.
November 10, 2010
HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND — A technology company here has received a grant to further develop an infra-red system behind movie screens to record audience facial expressions and other behavior in 3-D in reaction to films and ads. Supposedly being developed in the name of market research, concerns are already being raised about privacy concerns and the impact it could have on what films get made and distributed.
We’re not talking about a dumb clapometer-style system, either. The intention is to produce rich data that can measure the details of an individual’s face. Aralia will leverage 3-D face recognition technology that the university is already developing. When you sit in the audience of a theater with their system, you’ll be illuminated with an infra-red beam, and three or more cameras will continually monitor the crowd to create stereoscopic images—just like the 3-D digital cameras that are now launching on the consumer markets.
The full story is at Fast Company.
November 1, 2010
I have a chain question that no one has seemed to answer. Why did Kerasotes Theaters bail so quickly out of the Chicagoland market? It seems they were doing a great job, building good new theatres and renovating others. For instance, they did a great job rehabbing the Webster Place Theatre. That theatre used to be so run down but it became a good cinema again.
Kerasotes seemed to do a great job managing its cinemas. They seemed genuinely interested in the movie-going experience. Their Five Buck Club Card was a great idea (being able to see any movie that was out for more than two weeks for only $5.00).
What happened? Why did they sell to AMC?
October 25, 2010
According to The Star , AMC Entertainment, Inc.’s profit is being lifted by high-prices for 3-D movies. This despite that fact that attendance could suffer in the future due to the struggling economy as the second largest theater chain in North America is preparing to return to the stock market this year and expand its relationship with IMAX to the film company’s home base of Canada.
October 22, 2010
BAYSIDE, NY — Our theater the AMC Bay Terrace 6 currently shows Korean films occasionally. The Korean film “Man From Nowhere” is playing there. One of the ushers I’m friendly with tells me a Chinese film is coming and I found this link which shows AMC theaters signing a deal with China Lion Film Distribution for up to 15 films a year. The first of these to be released here will be “Aftershock” on October 29. It will be released simultaneously in a number of other theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Toronto and Ottawa.
CEO Barlow said, “We are delighted to partner with such a U.S. theatrical powerhouse as AMC. After a long absence, Chinese, Asian and European audiences will have access to the very best of Chinese theatrical releases in most cases screening day and date with China. We are honored that major Chinese producer Huayi Bros have placed their faith in us to present director Feng Xiaogang’s epic story of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. While our core target audience will be the 2 million plus Chinese residents in our primary screening markets I believe these films will quickly find accord with mainstream American audiences. Throughout the last few years in Australia and New Zealand many of these pictures have been the No. 1 or No. 2 picture in the opening week at the multiplexes where they have screened and we expect the same profile in North America.”
Read the press release here.