January 5, 2004
An interesting report in the Washington Post examines trends in movie theater pre-show entertainment. Pre-show entertainment typically consists of slide-based advertisements shown prior to the beginning of a movie, while the audience is entering the auditorium.
December 11, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA — a new California state law, set to become active on January 1, will make recording a feature film with a camcorder a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500, according to a report in camcorderinfo.com.
The law, signed by former governor Gray Davis, is designed to cut down on illegal recording activity in movie theaters, which is considered to be a primary source of bootleg movies sold on street corners in DVD form or downloaded from the Internet.
December 4, 2003
November 18, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA — According to a report from Millimeter, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), the digital cinema joint venture created by Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros., has released Version 3.0 of its open digital projection standard. The new version includes support for a “4K” projection system (with 4096 by 2160 pixels) that is also backwards-compatible with existing “2K” digital projectors.
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Boeing has announced its looking to exit the digital cinema business and is seeking a buyer for its digital cinema division, according to an article in the Seattle Times. According to a spokesman, the company believes digital cinema will continue to fail “until the industry adopts standards and comes up with the right business model for it.”
October 31, 2003
FT. WAYNE, IN — According to the Journal Gazette, local filmmakers Richard Yates and Rodney Pasko shot a horror film last year at the now-razed Holiday 1 & 2 movie theater at the Northcrest Shopping Plaza in Ft. Wayne.
October 15, 2003
Building on the buzz from their recent David Bowie digital concert event, Regal Cinemas has announced they’ll be hosting a one-night-only Rush concert to support the band’s upcoming DVD and CD releases.
October 14, 2003
LOS ANGELES, CA — Reporter Eric Taub takes a look into the economics of digital projection, and how the industry plans to shoulder the costs of upgrading.