• May 6, 2008

    Alamo Drafthouse expands to the east

    Alamo Drafthouse is planning to open its first east-coast theater, in Winchester, VA.

    “Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a unique movie theater experience,” says Lisa Limoges, a partner in NL Entertainment. “We give a whole new meaning to the term ‘dinner and a movie’ by combining both experiences under one roof.”

    Eventually, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas hopes to open 10 locations in the state of Virginia and is actively seeking franchisees.

    Get the full story in bizjournals.

  • April 30, 2008

    Merger to bring more Asian Cinema to U.S.

    ImaginAsian and Adlabs are partnering for an expansion of their interests in the U.S.

    Reliance ADAG’s Adlabs Films Ltd, through its US subsidiary Adlabs Films USA, has signed a partnership deal with ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc, a player in promoting Asian Pacific American culture to mainstream America.

    Adlabs will operate a 240-screen movie theatre chain in the US from the second quarter of 2008. As part of its US strategy, Adlabs will show Hollywood films as well as cinema from South Asia and East Asia. ImaginAsian, with its marketing and distributing of Asian Pacific content, will supplement, support and provide content related to South Asia and East Asia.


  • April 25, 2008

    Fandango and Microsoft introduce voice-activated movie times

    Fandango and Microsoft are launching a program for some cell phones that will allow users to get movie times and theater locations through voice-activated technology.

    Today Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, and Tellme, a Microsoft subsidiary, announced the addition of voice-activated movie information for mobile phones. Consumers will be able to simply hold down the ‘talk’ button, say a movie title or local theater name, and see showtimes, purchase tickets and get driving directions to the theater, all from the phone’s screen.

    Read more in Fox Business.

  • April 4, 2008

    More 3-D films coming

    With better 3-D quality than ever before, more 3-D films are on the slate to be issued.

    Katzenberg, though, is evangelising about a brave new world of digital 3D – one with no need for Nurofen hand-outs at the door, and whose images are crisp and bright enough to take your breath away. As well as expanding its horizons with the wrap-around effect of Imax screens, the cinema of the future will push depth of field beyond anything previously experienced. And the only snag? You’ll still need specs to see it.

    This 3D comeback has been creeping up on us, thanks to advances in digital projection, the popularity of the huge Imax screens (of which there are now around 300 across the world), and new levels of expertise in computer animation.

    Read more in the Telegraph.

  • April 3, 2008

    Bow Tie Cinemas appoint Chief Film Officer

    NEW YORK, NY — Bow Tie Cinemas (Charles B. Moss, Jr. and Ben Moss, Owners) has appointed veteran film executive Spencer Klein as its Chief Film Officer. Effective April 7, 2008, Klein will be responsible for booking all films and alternative content exhibited throughout Bow Tie’s broad network encompassing 138 screens in 17 locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. In addition to his film responsibilities, Klein will participate in evaluating new theatre locations, potential acquisitions, digital and 3D projects, as well as theatrical marketing opportunities.

    Prior to joining Bow Tie Cinemas, Spencer Klein was Senior Vice President and General Sales Manager of Domestic Distribution for The Weinstein Company (TWC), where he was responsible for overseeing the domestic sales for TWC, the genre label Dimension Films, the recently formed Third Rail Releasing, and TWC’s research screenings.

  • Facebook group for classic cinemas and theatres

    Here’s a little link to a page for those of you on Facebook. I noticed there wasn’t one single page or group on the community so its just in the beginning stages of an idea. If anyone wants to help them, please join in!.

    Facebook Link

  • March 31, 2008

    $35 tickets for luxury movie theater

    REDMOND, WA — An Australian theater chain will open a Seattle-area theater this fall with auditoriums with no more than 40 seats each but $35 tickets for luxury service.

    An Australian theater chain opening in Redmond this fall is betting affluent audiences will pay three times the typical ticket price for plush, reclining seats equipped with call buttons for service, allowing them to order gourmet food, wine and cocktails from the theater’s restaurant.

    Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas will open at Redmond Town Center in October, replacing the AMC theater that closed earlier this year.

    It will cater to people who “don’t want to go to a cavernous multiplex and be caught up with hordes of people,” said Graham Burke, managing director and CEO of Village Roadshow Limited, the parent company.

    Read more in the Seattle Times.

  • March 28, 2008

    Booze and the cinema

    More and more theaters are using alcohol as a way of luring the adult crowd back into theaters.

    Movie theater owners from California to Massachusetts are increasingly giving patrons the option of sipping a beer or a glass of wine with an expanding array of snacks.

    About 150 first-run theaters serving alcohol have opened within the past three years, bringing the total of such establishments from 14 in 1997 to more than 400 today, says Patrick Corcoran, director of media and research for the National Association of Theatre Owners.

    The full story is in USA Today.

  • March 25, 2008

    Opera and sports broadcasts at cinemas

    Opera and sports broadcasts are gaining momentum in movie theaters. In one case, the Mets sold out the Ziegfeld Theatre.

    Few think nonmovie content will supplant movies as the primary reason people trek to the multiplex. Rather, the hope is that all the niche offerings will add up to steady supplemental income.

    “I love film, but the simple fact is that we can’t count on movie attendance to grow,” said Thomas W. Stephenson Jr., president of Rave Motion Pictures, which operates theaters in 11 states.

    Read more in the New York Times.

  • March 21, 2008

    The architecture of today’s theaters

    An interesting read from Architect Magazine discusses the changing look and feel of today’s theaters.

    Not long ago, the average American movie theater was big on square footage and short on personality. Cookie-cutter interiors made it difficult to distinguish one venue or chain from another. The introduction of stadium seating in the 1990s drew audiences with the promise of enhanced comfort (not aesthetics) and became the dominant trend in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Stadium seating “led to record attendance in 2002 and record box office in 2004,” says Patrick Corcoran of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), an industry group. But its novelty is wearing off, he says: “People are looking for something more.”

    Lots more. Today, the industry is experiencing a burst in construction and renovation activity. Movie exhibitors around the country are tempting patrons with new, carefully designed theaters that cater to increasingly sophisticated desires. Parking lots, popcorn, and box-office lines are being replaced by valet parking, bars and restaurants, and online reserved seating. Companies ranging from industry giants Regal and AMC to the art-house Landmark hope to pull in bigger box offices through enhanced architecture.

    “About every 11 years, there’s this spurt cycle where people reinvent what going to the movies is all about,” says veteran entertainment architect Mike Cummings, principal of TK Architects in Kansas City, Mo. Cummings believes the industry is now in the midst of one of these overhauls. “The [trend] before this, of course, was stadium seating and the big megaplex. But that’s not what we’re seeing anymore. There is a lot more attention to brand and to design.”