Technology

  • May 1, 2012

    Grand says farewell to film

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    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

    Frank Theatres announces five locations in first deal with D-BOX Technologies

    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

    York, PA
    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

    Bigger and louder: New cinemas strive for an enhanced movie experience

    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 signs agreement with Cine Star Cinema to open first commercial IMAX® Theatres in Pakistan

    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

    Sensory Friendly Films offers a safe movie haven

    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

    The upside for smartphones

    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

    As many as 20% of theaters to close due to digital conversion

    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

    Theater screen for sale

    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

    Digital Film switch could signal end of historic movie theaters

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    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.)

  • February 20, 2012

    Digital Film switch could signal end of historic movie theaters

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    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.)