January 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA — No longer just a niche product, art house theaters are now sprouting up as the backbone of shopping centers. With the Laemmle and Landmark chains leading the pack in L.A., the independent film market is becoming a more profitable sector.
But lately, Laemmle Theatres has been going uptown. The chain has been attracting a new group of fans — community planners, developers and powerful homeowner associations — that has taken art houses from dusty afterthoughts to project anchors.
The theaters are in demand, not only for their highbrow offerings, but because they also attract an upscale, generally well-behaved crowd that can help set the tone for business developments.
For more, go to the Los Angeles Times.
January 15, 2007
I have just returned from Bangkok – with of course cinema visits at every opportunity —I could not find any ‘older cinemas’ but there are countless brand new multi-screens.
I came upon three special screens in the Paragon Multiplex – this cinema on the sixth/seventh floor of a massive shopping complex has 14 ordinary screens, an IMAX and these three specials [sponsored by Nokia]. The normal ticket price was 140/150 bhat [ £2/2.10p – so low??] but these screens charged 500 bhat [£6.50] – the chairs give back and leg massage and are supplied with blankets and pillows!! – see the photos – I am supprised the UK/US chains don’t copy!??
January 10, 2007
Not just the content on screen, but competition from other leisure activities is pointed out in a new study on decreasing theater receipts.
The global decline in movie theater attendance is not a result of unappealing content, but rather reflects a dissatisfaction with the movie-going experience and increasing competition for the consumer’s share of time and money, this according to a global survey of consumers conducted by PA Consulting Group and the Motion Picture Association of America.
The survey also revealed that while consumer-spending habits will not undergo any fundamental changes over the next five years, movie attendance and home entertainment sales, including the sales of DVDs, will decline as entertainment options increase.
To read more on this analysis, go to PR Newswire.
January 9, 2007
MADRID, SPAIN — A theater is drawing in crowds by using one of its screen strictly for video games.
Yelmo Cineplex, one of Spain’s leading exhibitors, already has made its first step in 2007, saying Wednesday that it has converted one of its screens into the country’s first interactive video game experience on a big screen.
The concept, called Cinegames, uses 7.1 surround sound with smoke and laser lights as special effects in the theater, while 50 gamepads and control consoles allow individual users to connect their 17-inch screens to the larger screen, which shows the interactive game of all the participants. A commentator in the theater gives a blow-by-blow commentary of the game.
For more, go to the Hollywood Reporter.
January 7, 2007
John Bischof, with ties of more than 50 years in the Chicago area Kohlberg and Schoenstadt theater chains, has passed away.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5259 S. Major St., Chicago, IL 60638 Info. 773-767-9788 or Express your thoughts and condolences at our online memorial book at the Chicago Tribune Legacy Guest Book.
For the full obituary, go to the Chicago Tribune.
We at Cinema Treasures send our sincerest condolences to the Bischof Family.
January 1, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, PA — As was reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer for Wednesday, December 27, 2006, productions by the Metropolitan Opera House will be simulcast on various screens in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and elsewhere which will be in high-definition.
The AMC Neshaminy 24 — a multiplex in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (to Philadephia’s immediate north in Bucks County) — will be one of the area theaters participating. And it’s quite unusual, as more often than not this region of Lower Bucks County, where a nearby race track recently introduced slots gambling, is associated with suburban sprawl than anything so refined as opera.
So given that, it’s hard to say just how well this experiment will go over ahead of time. Major opera productions have often been broadcast on PBS. But never before on a sizeable movie theater screens this way.
December 28, 2006
Cellit is introducing texting technology to be incorportated into preshow ads.
Cellit, LLC announced today its landmark agreement with Cinema Screen Media, LLC (CSM) to provide mobile marketing services to CSM’s clients. CSM’s on-screen advertisers will now be able to incorporate text messaging features into their pre-movie slideshow display, creating innovative, interactive promotions. CSM will start offering these services in the Phoenix metro area, while planning for a national roll-out.
Using Cellit’s technology, moviegoers can interact with specific promotions showcased in the pre-movie slideshow. By texting the advertiser’s selected keyword to a special 5-digit phone number included in the pre-movie slideshow, the audience can obtain additional product information, text their vote on a topic, or participate in games and contests.
To read more, go to Broadcast Newsroom.
December 20, 2006
Since movie manners have been brought up a lot lately in a number of pieces on this site, I thought it would be good to visit one of the pioneering voices on this subject, Cinema Sightlines. TJ Edwards wrote an article on it over 10 years ago which has since been imitated but never duplicated. Here is the opening:
Going out to movies has become a rare event for many of us. Is it because of high prices, lackluster theatres, bad presentation, or bad movies? Yes, all of the above … but not entirely. What most of us like least about viewing movies in public is … the public! How often have you had an expensive visit to the movies ruined by the inconsiderate behavior of others? Has your “Cinema Paradiso” become “Cinema Masochismo?”
It happens nearly every time I go the movies. After paying at least $10 to sit in a lackluster cinebox, plus another $11 for cold popcorn and warm soda, I try to enjoy a long-anticipated film. I have arrived early to find a good seat. Inevitably, just as the film begins, someone will come in with big hair, a big head, or a big mouth, who’ll bypass numerous empty seats to park directly in front of me. If the theatre has stadium seating, they will sit directly behind me with their feet on the back of my seat.
Feel free to give your thoughts on any other movie manners not discussed, if you’ve had similar experiences, or how we should deal with offenders?
December 14, 2006
KANSAS CITY, MO — Following in the footsteps of Regal, AMC is testing the waters of going public.
AMC Entertainment Inc. hopes to raise $750 million in its public stock offering, with the proceeds going back to its owners, including J.P. Morgan Partners and Apollo Investment Fund.
The privately held Kansas City-based movie exhibitor, a close second in the U.S. after Regal Entertainment Group, disclosed some details of its potential public offering in a filing late Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The 392-page filing noted that the public offering hinges in part on the successful initial public offering of National CineMedia LLC, an onscreen advertising company jointly owned by AMC and two of its competitors, Cinemark USA Inc. and Regal.
To read more, go to The Kansas City Star.
In an effort to attract more film shoots to the state, Louisiana is leading the charge to have its new high-speed network available to filmmakers.
With Louisiana bent on luring all of the movie-making business it can, LONI could be the state’s star behind the big screen.
Louisiana might make its ultrahigh-speed computer network available to production companies to promote growth in the movie industry. The move could speed the movie-making process in this state.
Digital footage, like dailies or extremely large digital animation files, could be transferred from Louisiana to Los Angeles in a matter of seconds or minutes rather than hours or overnight.
For more, go to The Shreveport Times.