• November 27, 2012

    CineMode app makes it pay to be polite and stop texting

    Cinemark has launched an app that rewards you for being polite during a movie. If patrons open the app before the movie and stay in it throughout the feature, they receive coupons for future purchases.

    Read more at ABC.

  • November 20, 2012

    Digital projectors for sale for $35K!


    NEC Digital Cinemas has two slightly used (offlease) digital projectors that came from a recently closed cinema in Oklahoma. They’re looking for $35K each and would provide an exhibitor financing over 5 or 6 years, making the payments manageable.

    Below are the specs

    Two (2) Pre-Owned NEC NC1600C-A Digital Cinema Projectors (specifications below) • NEC NC1600C-A Digital Cinema Projector • Lens: 1.90-3.25 NEC1600C NEC-60LS19Z-71.1mm • Mounting rack USL DAX-RAX • Digital Base Assy Blue • Top Kit NEC NC1600C Base with 4/ Doors • D to A Converter USL DAX-602

    • NEC NC1600C-A Digital Cinema Projector • Lens: 1.4-2.05 NEC1600C NEC-60LS14Z 31.2-45.6mm • Mounting rack USL DAX-RAX • Digital Base Assy Blue • Top Kit NEC NC1600C Base with 4/ Doors • D to A Converter USL DAX-602

    Please Contact Palma Rizzi: (800)451-5361 Ext 314 for any inquiries or questions.

  • November 16, 2012

    List of theaters scheduled to show “The Hobbit” at 48 fps

    As mentioned in September, theatres around the world are preparing to show “The Hobbit” at 48 frames per second, a new process for enhanced presentation. If you were wondering where you can catch one of these showings, 48 fps movies has a list.

  • October 26, 2012

    Eaton Twin Theatres prepare for digital transition

    CHARLOTTE, MI — The second-generation owners of the Eaton Twin Theatres are preparing to make the expensive transition to digital projection. They hope to purchase a digital projector for its main floor auditorium but cannot afford a second digital projector for the smaller upstairs auditorium in the former balcony.

    Further details are in the Lansing State Journal

  • October 12, 2012

    “5-D” theater coming to Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall

    SCHAUMBURG, IL — What’s being billed as Chicago’s first 5-D Cinema is rolling out at the Woodfield Mall later this cinema. PIX 5D Cinema will present 12-15 minute movie shorts that hit all the senses.

    Read more in the Northwest Herald

  • October 8, 2012

    Harvest Moon Drive-in striving to make digital conversion despite the financial challenge

    GIBSON CITY, IL — The Harvest Moon Drive-In is facing a rough road to digital conversion with a $120,000 goal ahead of them. Like other local theatres, they’re trying a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds.

    Read more in the News Gazette.

  • September 20, 2012

    James Cameron shares views on the future of going to the movies

    James Cameron shared his views on why cinemas will survive in USA Today. He feels that new technology to make the theater experience more immerssive is the key to its success.

  • September 14, 2012

    Korean engineers develop prototype of a theater where the walls are part of the show

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Could a pulsating screen be the future for cinemas? Seoul-based collective Jonpasang debuted their Hyper-Matrix screen for an Expo last month that features thousands of moving cubes.

    Read more along with pictures and video at Fast Company.

  • September 10, 2012

    Local theaters in Minneapolis closing in September


    MINNEAPOLIS, MN — While some theaters have been making the jump to digital, others have not been so fortunate. The AMC Block E and the Cottage View Drive-in will most likely not be able to afford the conversion.

    Read more in the Star Tribune.

    (Thanks to biograph68 for providing the photo.)

  • August 31, 2012

    New technology may lead to 3-D without glasses

    Researchers in South Korea are creating technology that could lead to 3-D without glasses. It could lead to a reduction in costs for projection but all the details haven’t been ironed out.

    Read more at Wired.