Industry

  • May 28, 2012

    Movie magic to leave home for?

    The Wall Street Journal reported that some new technology has been rolling out lately that could widen the gap between the theatre and home viewing experiences. Dolby will be testing out its Atmos audio system with Pixar’s “Brave” this summer and “The Hobbit” will be the first film to be presented at 48 frames per second, a new digital high point.

  • May 25, 2012

    Is Paramount movie studio getting into the hotel business?

    Hollywood-themed hotels could be coming to cities around the world thanks to new company, Paramount Hotels & Resorts. While not owned by the movie studio, they’ll use the brand to offer luxurious properties with mini movie theaters inside. None are planned for the U.S.

    Rad more in USA Today.

  • May 23, 2012

    U.K. exhibitor Vue acquires Apollo Cinemas

    Vue is increasing its assets in Britain with its acquisition of the 14 cinema Apollo chain. The deal for 20 million pounds gives Vue these esteemed independent theaters with top-of-the-line equipment.

    Read the full story in the Hollywood Reporter.

  • May 22, 2012

    AMC to be sold to Wanda Group

    Hinted at weeks ago, AMC is being sold to China’s Wanda Group for $2.6 Billion. Their headquarters will remain in Kansas City and the new owner will continue their strategic upgrades plan.

    Read more in the Huffington Post.

  • May 8, 2012

    AMC said to be talking to Chinese buyer

    Wanda Group, one of China’s largest theater owners, could be purchasing AMC. Talks have intensified recently between the two companies after negotiations for over a year. Such an acquisition could drastically change the cinema marketplace as well as China’s power over the American film industry.

    Read more in the New York Times.

  • May 4, 2012

    The big picture gets brighter for movie theater owners

    At Cinecon last week, a prettier picture of the future was painted for theater owners. With box office numbers up and more open communication with the studios, optimism for the industry was a main theme.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • April 26, 2012

    Schools visit the movie theater

    For once, students can celebrate going to the movies as more of an educational experience. A piece in [The Eagle}(http://www.theeagle.com/entertainment/Schools-visit-the-movie-theater—7065655) details how schools across the county have brought students to the recent hit, “The Hunger Games”, to go along with reading the book in class. But did it get them excited to read more?

  • April 23, 2012

    Movie trailers become a main event

    A piece in the L.A. Times looked at the growing popularity of movie trailers thanks to the internet. What used to be an afterthought thrown into theaters for advertising, has now become an event on its own.

  • April 19, 2012

    CityStrata Cinemapping Project

    BRISTOL, ENGLAND — The University of West England is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded REACT Hub ‘Heritage Sandbox’ project to create a mobile smartphone app linked to Bristol City Council’s Know Your Place arcGIS database which is used by the archaeological officer and planning department to inform the future development of the city.

    ‘City Strata’ is a new mobile curation / authoring platform which enables users to explore different layers of Bristol’s heritage, going back to the first maps of the city in 1750. The platform will enable developers to create different layers or ways of experiencing the city, that their users can then enhance by uploading their own content.

    The platform will be protoyped with the ‘Cinemap’ layer – which provides a way of navigating the city and experiencing Bristol’s cinematic heritage in the spaces where it actually happened. From the ghost of Robert Partington-Jackson, the murdered manager of the Odeon, Union Street, to Cary Grant’s childhood cinema on Clare Street.

  • April 17, 2012

    Better health could be playing at a movie theater near you

    CLEVELAND, OH — A report from ABC 5 suggests that going to the movies could be healthier than you think. They claim that the overflow of emotions and some hidden benefits of theater snacks can provide a rejuvenating experience.