• April 17, 2014

    Battle for the bigger screen

    It’s not just IMAX that has the huge screens anymore. Chains like Cinemark have been expanding their large-format theaters in an effort to lure more moviegoers in that are serious about getting them best experience possible.

    What could this mean to you and what will happen next? Get the full story in the New York Times for more.

  • April 9, 2014

    Marcus Theatres uses NCR technology to increase sales

    Marcus Theatres is selling more than just tickets thanks to their relationship with NCR Corporation. The company’s technology facilitates to-go orders on concessions and even analyzes ticket sales to advise on marketing decisions.

    Read more at Business Wire.

  • April 1, 2014

    The Flicks installs solar panels

    BOISE, ID — Trying to recoup that investment in digital projection? The Flicks has a solution, solar panels. The theatre is not only saving on its power bills but being more sustainable in the process. They estimate the panels will pay for themselves within six years.

    Read more at KTVB.

  • February 14, 2014

    Shankweiler’s Drive-in goes digital

    OREFIELD, PA — One of the oldest drive-ins in the country Shankweiler’s Drive-In has made the jump to digital and has chosen Barco for its projectors. The popular summer cinema opened up for its 80th season last year and continues to be family run by Paul and Susan Geissinger.

    Read more about Barco and the conversion in DCinema Today.

  • February 10, 2014

    Old Forge’s movie theater goes digital

    OLD FORGE, NY — It wasn’t easy but the Strand Theatre appears set for years to come after completing a $200,000 digital conversion for all four of its screens. They made great strides in reaching that number through events like a community gala and a go-kart race.

    Read more in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

  • January 27, 2014

    Paramount does away with film

    Hinted at for years but finally a reality, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop distributing 35mm film. The timeline for phasing it out has never been set in stone so the move caught some by surprise. The other studios will eventually follow though so the next phase of the digital transition has begun.

    Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

  • October 23, 2013

    IMAX upgrades explained

    First Showing featured a neat video that shows how one IMAX theater upgraded its equipment. They describe the difference between IMAX film vs. digital and even show their screen installation.

  • August 6, 2013

    Historic theaters struggle to make jump to digital

    HAMMOND, IN — NWI took a look at the state of several historic theaters in the area looking to make the switch to digital. The Kennedy Theater in particular has launched a fundraising campaign with t-shirts and live events to raise funds.

  • May 29, 2013

    Sci-Fi and Ray Harryhausen at the Loew’s Jersey


    JERSEY CITY, NJ — Sci-Fi. Myths. Monsters. … plus remembering Ray Harryhausen

    At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 Web:

    Friday, June 7 8PM
    Men In Black

  • May 9, 2013

    Seeking thoughts on a theater membership concept


    My name is Jordan McLaughlin. I’ve been brainstorming on a new concept to try and help privately owned and historic cinemas to sustain and/or improve attendance and profitability. I’d love for your feedback to see if it’s something they’d be interested in me pursuing further.

    The general concept is a membership for both patrons and exhibitors where discounts are provided to the patrons and specific admittance restrictions for the theaters. The membership for both being exclusive to one another. Meaning, the patron membership gets them access to a variety of historic and privately owned cinema’s country wide at a discounted admission, and the theaters are allowed to govern the admission restrictions on-the-fly*.

    This is how I’ve sort of envision it working.