April 28, 2014
NEW YORK, NY — Just when you thought 4-D cinemas have pushed the cinema envelope to its limit, there are now reports of a Hot Tub Cinema coming to New York. Already successful in London, the concept that pairs light-hearted films with food, drink and of course hot tubs is coming stateside. The same company will be producing Hot Tub Speed Dating and Hot Tub Karaoke events soon too.
Read more in Bustle.
March 21, 2014
March 20, 2014
Even with many of the most hardcore fans getting a free download, audiences still showed up last weekend for “Veronica Mars.” Everyone seemed satisfied with the $2 Million opening for the flick which could lead to sequels and more varied distribution models in the future.
Read more in Entertainment Weekly.
March 12, 2014
Connecticut is turning heads by proposing legislation that lower the volume in its movie theaters. They’re pushing for a maximum of 85 decibels for movies or previews but the MPAA is fighting back by saying it’s a violation of free speech.
Go to Fox News for more on the story.
February 24, 2014
We try to stick to the focus of raising awareness for unique, specific theaters. This story, from TIME about a group that tried to purchase every other seat at a movie theater in Shanghai to discourage couples from attending, was just too bizarre to pass up though.
February 7, 2014
ELMHURST, IL — The Chicago Tribune published a piece on the newly revamped Theatre Historical Society. The new research center has space for four staff members (up from only one) and visiting scholars with over a million historical items in the facility. The piece even features some quotes from Cinema Treasures' own Ross Melnick regarding research he conducted at the institution.
(Thanks to Norman Plant for providing the photo.)
February 3, 2014
Starting October 1, your pre-show experience could be a little shorter. Movie theater owners have spoken and have demanded shorter trailers from studios with the maximum length cut by 30 seconds to 2 minutes. There will still be annual exceptions for distributors and the system is completely voluntary for chains to implement.
Will this change improve your experience? Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
January 20, 2014
Fool.com posted an interesting piece about why supporting AMC is the right thing to do to support movies in general. How about that? They argue that AMC’s evolution of the dinner and a movie concept will help save theaters as that’s what a growing portion of the public demands.
Where does this leave smaller chains and independent theaters though?
November 5, 2013
The Wall Street Journal posted a story last week about how movie ratings aren’t law. They’re merely just suggestions. Some states and court cases have attempted to make the regulations stricter but the government has pushed back.
With the cinema industry in such a fragile state, could ratings be holding it back?
November 1, 2013
After an executive from Netflix spoke about the need to shrink theatrical windows last week at the Film Independent Forum, John Fithian of NATO fired back claiming that this practice would only help Netflix. With more and more releases being available outside of theaters, sooner and sooner, where will the future of distribution lead?
Read more in Deadline.