May 10, 2012
THOMASTON, GA — The Ritz Theatre has had its ups and downs since opening in 1928. With the upcoming end of film distribution though, it’s unclear if this will be its final act.
Read more about this and frequently asked questions about digital in the Thomaston Times.
(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)
May 1, 2012
EAST GREENVILLE, PA — Some theater owners have a bigger sense of humor than others about the “convert or die” mantra that has been passed down to them about converting to digital. The Grand Theater staged a “Farewell to Film” event the other week where they literally carried out the final film reels used at a screening and loaded them into a hearse.
Read more in the Morning Call.
(Thanks to HowardBHaas for providing the photo.)
April 16, 2012
JUPITER, FL — Frank Theatres, a division of the Frank Entertainment Company (1906), today announced the theatre chain has entered into its first agreement with D-BOX Technologies Inc., a leader in innovative motion technology, to install D-BOX MFX Seats in five locations along the East Coast. The following locations are scheduled to introduce the immersive D-BOX technology within the next thirty days:
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ Frank Theatres Towne Stadium 16
Bayonne, NJ Frank Theatres South Cove Stadium 12
Frank Theatres Queensgate Stadium 13
Southern Pines, NC Frank Theatres Sandhills Stadium 10
Murrells Inlet, SC Frank Theatres Inlet Square 11 & Revolutions Entertainment
March 30, 2012
Film Journal International has taken a look at recent advancements in cinema around. Selecting some of the most recent installations from projection to sound and screen, they aim to give a comprehensive look at the latest in technology.
March 23, 2012
IMAX is broadening its reach around the world with the opening of three new screens in Pakistan next year. This will bring their total number of theaters in the Asia Pacific region to 303.
Read the full story in MarketWatch.
March 20, 2012
A new program in select AMC theaters is making it easier for people with sensory issues to go to the movies. In more than 150 theaters across the country, AMC presents screenings with the sound down and lights up in order to making it more pleasant for those with autism.
Read more in the Sioux City Journal.
March 19, 2012
Instead of totally bashing them because of the onslaught of people calling/texting during movies, some chains are celebrating the advance in technology. New apps are helping patrons purchase tickets in advance, read reviews and even figure out the best time to take a bathroom break.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
March 9, 2012
Indie Wire is saying 20% of U.S. theaters could close because they can’t afford to convert to digital. With the National Association of Theatre Owners pushing a “Convert or Die” mentality, are people aware of what’s about to happen? Do they care?
March 5, 2012
A local AMC Theater upgraded one of their theater screens to an IMAX and gave a friend of mine the 38’ x 16’ theater screen that they took down. Here is a craigslist link to the information/pictures and my email is . Looking for around $750 for it. It weighs around 100 lbs so delivery is way too expensive…recommend pickup.
February 28, 2012
BUFFALO, NY — With us quickly approaching a time when studios will supposedly stop making film prints available, the Huffington Post looks at the effects on historic theaters. They focus on local gems such as the Palace and the Riviera and their struggles in making the conversion.
(Thanks to alknoblach for providing the photo.)