• 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.

  • April 11, 2013

    Leave a legacy at the Historic Clifton 5 movie theater

    HUNTINGDON, PA — The Clifton 5 is looking to raise $250,000 to convert its five projectors. They’re utilizing a local non-profit, Landmarks Inc., to fundraise by offering naming rights for screens and seats.

    Read more plus see a video at We Are Central PA.

  • February 20, 2013

    Bow Tie replaces Regal in Wilton Mall

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — On the heels of announcing their new 11-screen theatre nearby, Bow Tie Cinemas is taking the place of Regal in the Wilton Mall. They plan to demolish the existing space next month and build another state-of-the-art theater for the area.

    Read more in the Saratogian.

  • February 18, 2013

    Historic movie theater escapes the end of an era

    CASCADE, ID — The Roxy Theatre has been serving patrons for 73 years and they hope to be in business for many more. Faced with closure, they were lucky enough to find a new investor to help them make a digital conversion. Hopefully the community enthusiasm for their business will only grow so they can maintain it.

    Read more at KTVB.

  • January 15, 2013

    Movie theater showings on demand gain ground

    There was a panel last week at the Consumer Electronics Show last week focusing on movie screenings on demand, focusing on two new companies, Tugg and Gathr. They’ve become more popular in the past year after successfully scheduling screenings across the country for art-house films by patron request.

    Read more about the new system and its viability in Live Science.

  • January 9, 2013

    Cinema City to offer 4D cinema ads soon

    AUTHOR: Ing. Juraj Misun, PhD.

    A few years ago the Israeli company Cinema City International signed a cooperation agreement with the South Korean firm CJ 4Dplex, a company that provides 4DXTM cinema systems for exhibition firms along with programming content from major Hollywood studios.

    This year, however, it seems the cooperation of both companies will start to bear fruit. Not only will Cinema City restore some of its most visited European auditoriums into the new technology, but from this process also advertisers may benefit.