• October 21, 2014

    Two Missouri chains combine


    LIBERTY, KS — Two theatre operators with almost 200 years of combined experience are joining forces with B&B’s acquisition of Dickinson Theatres. Rebranding will happen immediately and the new entity will be one of the top ten largest in the country with 408 screens across 50 locations.

    Read the full story in the Kansas City Star.

    (Thanks to Chris1982 for providing the photo.)

  • October 10, 2014

    Theater owners complain about Interstellar film release

    After theater owners struggled to convert to digital the past few years, Hollywood is doing an about face with an upcoming release strategy that will be favorable to those with film projectors. Christopher Nolan, poster boy for keeping film alive, has convinced studios to release his upcoming film “Interstellar” in various formats including 70mm, 35mm and IMAX 70mm. Those film formats will be distributed a few days early too.

    While it’s great for the consumer, is passing another projection cost back to the exhibitor fair?

    Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Johnny Rockets to partner with drive-in theaters

    Johnny Rockets is getting ready to serve up more than just burgers. USA Drive-Ins is planning to open 200 new drive-ins where Johnny Rockets' menu will be available in most locations. This is part of Johnny Rockets' Route 66 Initiative, placing special emphasis on car-culture.

    Read the full story in Business Week.

    Submitted by Ken Layton

  • September 16, 2014

    What about the curtains?

    So much is written about the decline of cinemas in general but how about how curtains have been forgotten? The Chicago Reader took a look at how this one omission has vastly changed the moviegoing experience.

  • August 13, 2014

    Italy invests in cinemas


    KFTV has reported that Italy has dramatically shifted to directing dollars towards its film industry with new generous tax credits for productions. In addition to that, they’re showing some love for their cinemas with a 30% rebate for restoration projects.

    (Thanks to Ken Roe for providing the photo.)

  • August 4, 2014

    New theater regulations from the DOJ

    The Justice Department ruled to put new regulations in place to have most theaters in the U.S. provide closed-captioning and audio description for the visually and hearing impaired. It’s unclear how long it will take to rollout and which theaters may be excluded.

    Read more about the technology and the decision behind it at The Hill.

  • August 1, 2014

    Movie Houses of Greater Newark


    NEWARK, NJ — Arcadia has continued their lovely series of theater history books with “Movie Houses of Greater Newark” by Philip M. Read. You can read the first few pages and buy it on Amazon. The State and Paramount are just a couple treasures featured.

    (Thanks to Porcelain Doll for the Paramount pic.)

  • July 30, 2014

    Survey finds Twitter fills movie theater seats

    Variety recently reported that a growing number of movie ticket purchases are based on promotion through twitter. Users are paying attention more to movies based on the tweets released by friends and content from the studios.

    Will this lead to changes in movie marketing in the near future?

  • July 16, 2014

    AMC announces massive reseating project

    It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to understand why AMC is spending $600 Million to reseat their auditoriums. They plan on raising prices further down the road after patrons get used to them.

    How will other major chains follow?

  • July 8, 2014

    Visiting an iPic Theater and considering moviegoing’s past, future

    LOS ANGELES, CA — After visiting the new iPic Westwood Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times contemplated the future of moviegoing. With ticket sales down, are luxury cinemas the way of the future? He looks at recent fads as well as a new appreciation for classic theaters.