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.
March 30, 2010
The TV show that introduced many to Siskel and Ebert will be leaving the airwaves this summer. While we talk so often about what’s changed in the theater industry, the distribution of information on films has also been redefined in the internet age.
Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which distributes “At the Movies,” and ABC Media Productions, which produces it, said in a statement late Wednesday that the current version of the show, which is hosted by Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune and A. O. Scott of The New York Times, would broadcast its last original episode the weekend of Aug. 14.
The demise of “At the Movies” was a blow to the legions of armchair reviewers it spawned in its many incarnations, some of whom went on to professional careers in criticism. “It’s impossible to overestimate the impact of what Gene and Roger did,” Mr. Scott, the co-chief film critic at The Times, said in a telephone interview. “Any one of us who’s doing this now, on any platform or in any medium, is following them.”
Read more in the New York Times.
DALLAS, TX — An article in Moviefone takes a look at Dallas' best movie theaters, some historic and some more modern.
A large portion of Dallas entertainment lies in its deluxe movie theaters, many of which offer the newest in cutting edge theater technology and service. Others draw a loyal following through their smart use of unusual theater offerings that are considered less-than-normal by today’s standards. Of the countless movie theaters in the Dallas metropolitan area, five of them stand out among the rest, offering superior guest services, relaxing theaters, over-the top concessions and an exceptional movie watching experience.
March 29, 2010
The Cinema Preservation Group now offers in-house equipment financing for start up and established theatres.
ASHEVILLE, NC — In the current economic climate, banks and other financial institutions have dramatically scaled back lending to start up theaters. Even established theaters have felt the squeeze in these tough economic times. Barry Flood, owner of the Tryon Theatre in Tryon North Carolina, said “between studios taking a 50% + take on second run tickets and the banks tightening lending, financing the booth equipment would be a great way for a theatre to become established faster and with less headache.”
In-house financing for start up and small established theaters has been a non-existent way to purchase equipment until now. This new offering will allow theater owners to act quickly, enabling them to open additional auditoriums or open a new theater in time for busy seasons.
The group has a specific line of items theaters can finance such as most used projectors, lamp houses, sound heads, sound processors, speakers, wire, amplifiers, lenses, aperture plates, platters, makeup tables and other 35MM components. Applications are processed within 24 hours and equipment can normally be shipped within 10 to 15 days.
March 26, 2010
According to a Wall Street Journal article, 3-D ticket prices at the top three theater chains, AMC, Cinemark, and Regal, will take effect today. The increases will be very large, up by 26% in most theaters. This comes as the success of movies such as Avatar and Alice turned things around for the morbund 3D genre. As more and more movies come out in 3D and theaters get more 3D screens installed, higher grosses for 3D versions of regular movies will pump some much needed cash in Hollywood’s banks.
March 21, 2010
At ShoWest, the head of Sony Pictures called for theater to include healthier options at the concession stand.
Sony Pictures chief Michael Lynton fired a shot across the large-margin concessions bow of theater chains Monday, asking exhibitors to add healthier food options at the box office.
Delivering his remarks at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas, Lynton cited skyrocketing childhood obesity rates before noting, “adding healthier options to your existing menu is the right thing to do for our industry, for audiences and for our country.”
Read more in The Wrap.
March 19, 2010
AMC is rolling out its ETX Format in theaters with a combination of packaged amenities.
AMC Theaters has announced a new way for movie goers to experience films on the big screen with the AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX).
This new movie-going experience will have:
– 20% larger screens
– An upgraded sound system
– 3D technology
– Digital projection
– 12 audio channels with 50,000 watts of power
ETX will debut in the United States on March 5th at the AMC Theatre at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Read more in Disney Dreaming.
MILWAUKEE, WI — Although Marcus Theaters does screen 3-D films on some of its screens, current digital systems do not work on their UltraScreens which measure up to 75 feet wide and 32 feet high. A system to project 3-D films on these screens is being tested, and the company is also installing and expanding digital 3-D throughout its chain.
Greg Marcus told conference attendees that company executives have concluded that 3-D is more than just a fad, noting the box office success of the 3-D film “Avatar.”
“We’re excited about it,” he said. “We will continue to grow it.”
A company spokeswoman said after the presentation that Marcus and Neis had nothing additional to say about how long the tests would take or when the 3-D UltraScreen capability might be available.
Read the full story in the Journal Sentinel.
March 18, 2010
First it was the cell phone application that let you know when an opportune moment in the film was coming up so you could quickly exit to use the restroom. Now someone has created software that allows a movie to become “interactive.” In connection with an upcoming German-made horror film, patrons can provide their cell phone numbers upon entry; one audience member will be called and, via the voice-recognition software, will assist a character in the film make life-and-death decisions with rest of the audience listening in on the conversation. Here’s the news item which includes a demo via YouTube:Movie Viral
March 2, 2010
John Huston’s “The African Queen” (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn shall finally be released on U.S. Region 1 DVD on March 23, 2010. For many years, this was the only film on the American Film Institute’s original Top 100 List that had not been released on DVD.
This, of course, is great news for fans of the film, as well as Bogey and Kate. But as I rejoice in the news and prepare to open my wallet for the inevitable purchase, I also find myself asking, “What about the rest of them?”
The rest of them – you know, the other essential film classics that still have yet to see the light of DVD. Classic titles like “Wings” (silent), “The Crowd” (silent), “The Island of Lost Souls”, “The Magnificent Ambersons” and “A Guy Named Joe” have, to this day, still gotten no further than American-made VHS tape (that’s probably why I still own those films in that now-ancient format).