May 4, 2010
Echoing the complaints heard far and wide last year when “Star Trek” was released, don’t forget to do your homework before seeing a movie in IMAX these days.
And friends, ain’t nothin' you have access to, save for looking out your own two eyes, that’s more high-definition than IMAX, but do not — let me repeat — DO NOT see ‘Iron Man 2’ (or any film for that matter) in a fake IMAX theatre. To be blunt: it looks horrible, and you’re wasting your hard-earned cash for a non-upgrade.
What you want, what you NEED, is to either find a real IMAX, or the largest, high-quality DLP or 35mm screen in your area.
Read more in High Def Digest.
April 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA — Blog writer Steven Zeitchik sees the recent TCM film festival as more than just a retrospective of great films of the past; he thinks that it may serve as a model of how to present cinematic gems on a regular basis in the future all over the country by creating and event-like atmosphere around great films paired with a live element.
The reason it all worked was because the festival took something that’s part of our pop-culture canon and made it fresh. In some cases, these screenings were simply a way of introducing a piece of art or entertainment to a new generation with the extra flourish of a large-scale screening; in other cases, they added something specific to our understanding of the work. (“L.A. Confidential” director Curtis Hanson, for instance, introduced “In a Lonely Place.” Who better to talk about the history of noir than someone who’s made the best modern example of the form?)
The movie business often frets about the relevance of film-going in the YouTube age, when entertainment is disposable, portable and inexpensive to view (read: typically costs nothing). Hollywood has been intent on trying to compete with these many out-of-theater experiences by mounting ever larger spectacles — see under: the 3-D revolution, a particular hobbyhorse for us and others these days. And theater owners, eager for anything that will give them a leg up or stave off obsolescence, have gone along, sometimes grudgingly, sometimes enthusiastically.
But the entertainment world, as it often does, offers another way. And the TCM festival shows us what that way might be — namely, creating a buzz around a screening of a previously released film.
The full article is in the L.A. Times.
April 26, 2010
TOKYO, JAPAN – Canada’s IMAX Corporation has announced that it will expand the number of its IMAX screens in Japan. In association with Tokyu Recreation, five additional 3-D capable screens will be constructed in addition to the four which the latter company already operates. This agreement follows previously announced IMAX expansions in South Korea and France. The company is also developing a prototype inflatable dome transportable theater, and thinking about offering a 3-D system for the home.
Megascreen theater company IMAX Corp. said Tuesday it will expand in Japan — the latest in a series of international deals inked recently amid growing demand for 3-D movies following the success of science fiction blockbuster Avatar.
“Performance has been really strong,” said IMAX chief executive Richard Gelfond of the Japanese theaters. “It’s probably the strongest start that we’ve had in any territory in our history.”
There is more detail here from theAssociated Press.
April 23, 2010
Check out the Popcorn N Roses podcasts that discuss different aspects of moviegoing and the many experiences offered today:
Subject:CINEMA #224 – “A Theater Near You!"
All about movie theaters, the types of theaters, and how to enjoy yourself at the movies. We devote most of segment five to the CT site, and my love and constant use of it…
Subject:CINEMA #225 – “Movies In Your Backyard!"
A guide to different ways to enjoy the movies in your local neighborhood – non-profit theaters, film groups and societies, and the like. We gave the site extensive coverage on this show as well.
April 22, 2010
The Kinopanorama Widescreen Preservation Association, Incorporated, was formed on 27th January 2010 in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia. We have submitted our business plan to Federal and State funding agencies. We have purchased 3 projectors from The Aranda Group for modification. Fifth Continent Movie Classics owns a 7-track Rotovision 35mm recording/playback unit designed for any 6-perf 3-panel system. This unit, which will undergo modification to accept full-size reels, will be leased to the Association on a gratis basis.
Further details and updates are available from time to time on Facebook [Kinopanorama Widescreen Preservation Association] and our webpage.
April 19, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle thinks that intermissions should be a part of certain films once again. The last film that he can recall that had one was “Gandhi” in 1982.
One of my favorite Chronicle stories involved waiting in the lobby of the theater during an advance screening of the third “Lord of the Rings” movie, and interviewing the Tolkien fans running — no sprinting — from the theater to the bathroom in the last half of the marathon film. Every one of them wished it had an intermission. I also found a professional movie critic with one kidney, Chris Gore, who has to urinate more than most and has become an outspoken advocate of the return of the intermission.
With a greater number of popular movies approaching and sometimes exceeding three hours in length (even the lightweight “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” lasted 2 ½ hours) bringing the intermission back seems logical. Contrary to popular belief, the theater owners I’ve spoken to say they would like to have the option — they could sell more concessions, where they make the real money — but their contracts with the studios prohibit intermissions.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
PARIS, FRANCE — IMAX has signed an agreement with Gaumont-Pathé, operator of the EuroPalace theather chain, to install IMAX-branded screens in Paris, Lyon, Rouen, and Toulose.
“It is clear to us that there is a strong demand for The IMAX Experience in France, particularly with the new catalog of movies like ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Avatar’ and Alice in Wonderland,‘” EuroPalaces’ managing director Franck Lebouchard said.
EuroPalaces boasts 74 movie theaters and 747 screens in France in addition to locations in the Netherlands and in Switzerland.
The full story is in the Hollywood Reporter.
April 14, 2010
CHICAGO, IL — Although negotiations to open a cinema in Chicago’s Block 37 are still ongoing, the chances for success appear dim. The major issues involve construction costs and rent and the complications wrought by the ongoing property foreclosure proceedings.
“I really would love to do a theater,” said Whalen in an interview with the Tribune. “But given the uncertainty of whether Bank of America and the other lenders would fund the required tenant allowance to construct a theater, at some point, we have to move on.”
Muvico Entertainment LLC, one of the first tenants to agree to lease space at the long-troubled retail development in 2007, initially pulled out of the project last June, setting off a string of events that led Bank of America to move to foreclose on Block 37 developer Joseph Freed and Associates in late October.
Read more in Chicago Breaking Business.
SPOKANE, WA — Independent theaters in Spokane (and other cities) are facing increasing challenges in securing both current releases and independent films due to a number of factors. The large chains dominate the distribution of major films, and there are fewer prints available of art and independent films.
The Garland Theater’s only crime is selling movie tickets for $3.50. For that, they suffer.
“They categorize us,” owner Kathy Fritchie says. Labeled a “third-run” movie theater, most distributors refuse to give the Garland movies until after Regal and AMC have finished.
Studios make their money by taking a percent of movie profits. It makes sense that they’d rather get a chunk of $8 instead of $3.50. To receive films the day of release, all Garland would have to do is raise its prices — but then it wouldn’t be the Garland, would it?
The whole story is can be read here in the Inlander.
April 12, 2010
KNOXVILLE, TN — Although it already has over forty IMAX installations, Regal Entertainment group, the nation’s largest theater operator, will be introducing its own proprietary giant screen digital format to be called the Regal Premium Experience or RPX. The first will be open May 15 at the Regal E-Walk Stadium Cinemas 13 in NYC.
“Regal patrons have shown a strong preference for viewing films in premium environments,” stated Greg Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer for Regal Entertainment Group. “Each RPX location will be individually designed and tailored by our technicians and will feature high-quality digital projectors and screens complemented by a custom surround sound system. The addition of the RPX locations to Regal’s already successful IMAX® strategy will complement and extend the number of Regal theatres featuring premium movie-going experiences.”
Read the full press release in Market Watch.