Industry

  • December 28, 2007

    Wal-Mart cancels movie download program

    Wal-Mart has eliminated its movie download service after less than year.

    Wal-Mart shut down the download site after Hewlett Packard Co discontinued the technology that powered it, Walmart.com spokeswoman Amy Colella said in an e-mail. She added that it will not look for another technology partner.

    HP spokesman Hector Marinez said the company decided to discontinue its video download-only merchant store services because the market for paid video downloads did not perform “as expected.” He noted that the Internet video business remains uncertain and is changing rapidly.

    Wal-Mart will continue offering physical DVDs for sale at its stores and online, but would not continue the online downloads business, said Colella, who declined to disclose the number of downloads sold on the site.

    Maybe a sign that consumers still want something they can touch or maybe it was just marketed poorly? Probably not the last we’ll see of operations like this.

    Read more at Reuters.

  • December 24, 2007

    Old Theatres in Britain Website

    Please take a look at our web pages www.oldtheatres.co.uk which give details of old theatres in Britain which are working, or under threat, or have been demolished. In our first book,d ue to be published in February 2008, we examine OLD THEATRES OF THE MIDLANDS and those wonderful days of variety.

    An introduction to the book, which includes over 150 photographs, is given by the famous Beverley Sisters, an act which topped the bill at theatres all over the country throughout the fifties and sixties, and who each were given the M.B.E. by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in March 2006. We read about Derby Hippodrome, now awaiting its fate as a “live” theatre, but with a massive supporters' association.

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  • December 17, 2007

    Wehrenberg Theatres shopping for a buyer

    One of the oldest motion picture exhibitors in the country and the major theater owner and operator in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Wehrenberg Theatres, is looking to be bought out.

    Although the company is financially sound and is expanding, uncertainties surrounding motion picture exhibition is prompting the company to look for a suitor.

    Read the complete article here.

  • December 11, 2007

    Loew’s Pitkin stars in new book on Brownsville

    A new book on Brownsville, Brooklyn is being readied for January 2008 release via Amazon.com.

    Title: Brownsville:The Jewish Years

    There is a chapter in it dedicated entirely to the Loew’s Pitkin experience. Other cinemas are mentioned in the text, but the Pitkin is properly the star — I have gathered a series of photos to give people an idea of what is was like in its heyday as well as some current shots. Delicious.

    Sad to say, Poko Development has hung out a sign in front of the building — does destruction lurk?

    Creativa

  • December 10, 2007

    IMAX will expand into AMC theaters

    Imax will expand into 100 AMC theaters, doubling the number of large format 3-D theaters in the US. Imax has struggled, in the red, so this is a huge help. Digital projectors for 3-D cost half a million dollars each….

    Imax and AMC Entertainment are teaming up to open 100 Imax theaters, doubling the number of large-format 3-D outlets in the United States and adding momentum to Hollywood’s growing interest in the genre.

    The deal involves equipping 100 of AMC’s existing auditoriums with next-generation Imax projection systems, which rely on digital images rather than film and are meant to provide an immersive viewing experience.

    Imax will shoulder the expense of the projectors, which cost about $500,000 each. AMC, one of the world’s largest movie theater chains, will pay to retrofit auditoriums in top-performing movie complexes in 33 cities, reconfiguring the seats and enlarging the screens.

    Read the full article in the new York Times.

  • November 30, 2007

    Redstone criticizes cinemas

    Here’s an interesting story on the differing views of cinema in the Redstone family.

    Precisely what caused the rift between Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari, may never be known, despite vague suggestions of disagreements over “corporate governance.” But one major source of friction between the 84-year-old chairman of National Amusements, the company that controls Viacom and CBS, and his 53-year-old daughter is clear: She’s sanguine about the movie-theater business, while he thinks it’s on its last reel.

    Amid the glamour of assets like Paramount and MTV, it’s easy to forget that privately held National Amusements, started back in 1936 by Sumner’s father, remains an important player in the theater business, with about 1,500 screens around the world. Shari, who owns 20 percent of the company (her father controls the remaining 80 percent), has run the theater unit since 1999 and is relentlessly upbeat about it, even as insiders speculate that Sumner would rather sell the whole thing off. Does Shari know something about the popcorn economy that her father doesn’t?

    Read the full story in Conde Nast Portfolio.

  • November 21, 2007

    Mr. Movie radio show

    Anyone who likes movies and the old theaters should listen to this show. It’s on the AM dial every Saturday night from Miidnight to 2AM.

    He’s been doing it for 25 years and really knows his subject. He did not give himself the name of Mr. Movie. It was given to him by a reporter in Philly.

    Saturdays, from Midnight to 2AM on 1210AM WPHT

    TRY IT…. YOU’LL LIKE IT

    Mike from ne Philly
    Tyson Regal

  • November 20, 2007

    Things to consider when purchasing a home theatre

    Here are some tips from Gizmodo on building that home theatre.

    Despite how “affordable” they make this sound, I’m pretty sure the only theatre I’ll be visiting anytime soon will be the one I have to drive to.

    What makes home theater projectors so sexy, so compelling and so different from a regular old TV set with its LCD or plasma screen? We’re going to break it down for you, and let you know why it just might be worth it to consider putting together a dedicated home theater room—a temple devoted to the holy projector that makes watching a regular TV show feel just like a trip to a movie theater. The best news is, a ticket to your own home theater is getting to be surprisingly affordable.

    Read the full list here at Gizmodo.

  • November 14, 2007

    The Adventures of George the Projectionist

    (Contributed by Tim Higham)

    Hi,

    I recently completed a movie that was shot (on 16mm and over a period of 5 years) almost entirely at BAFTA headquarters in London (an historic building at 195 Piccadilly and formerly the watercolour artists gallery dating back to c.1830).

    I am delighted to tell you that our new feature film DVD is released this week – The Adventures Of George The Projectionist follows the tale of a lonely projectionist and an illegal Russian immigrant whose dreams of stardom become more than just a twinkle in the eye of a crazy Italian film director, with his combined remake of Cinema Paradiso and Pulp Fiction!

    Secretly filmed at BAFTA headquarters in London, this exciting new film is available here

    “with elements of Truffaut, Godard, and Gerald Thomas!” r.huhndorf

    We’re on IMDB

    With best wishes,
    Tim Higham

  • November 13, 2007

    Movie ticket prices…good for the box office, bad for moviegoers

    By now you have noticed that ticket prices at all theaters, especially newer ones, have increased up to 5% from last year. This as the box office tries to recover from a bad September and October, when Halo 3 and some bad movies were to blame for poor box office and some theater closings. The Ziegfeld Theater is the highest-priced Cinema Treasure and probably the most expensive place to see a movie in the tri-state area. With these higher prices, will you still go out to the movies? I prefer going once or twice every month.