February 20, 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.)
January 26, 2012
While single-screen operators are still lagging behind, European cinemas have accelerated in their digital conversion. According to a study, 52% have now made the jump and recently it hasn’t just been because of 3D.
Read more in the Hollywood Reporter
January 17, 2012
IONIA, MI — With a little help from the city, the Ionia Theatre is entering the digital era. They’ll soon be doing away with 35mm as they convert their two screens to digital projection. Eventually, they will do away altogether with sending/receiving films through mail.
Read the full story in the Sentinel Standard.
SAN ANTONIO, TX — With a new partnership with Santikos Theatres, NCR Corp. is expanding its presence. The company recently launched its “Reel Time” program which helps theaters analyze their sales and marketing initiatives as well as improve services around theaters such as ticketing and ushering.
If you’d like to hear more about what they have to offer, go to the report on this deal at Zacks.
December 13, 2011
With more and more success stories, independent film distributors are realizing that there’s a robust market out there for VOD. Recent releases like “Margin Call” and “Melancholia” have made at least half of their revenue from the platform instead of relying solely on theaters initially.
Read more at Reuters.
December 9, 2011
NASHVILLE, TN — Like so many other cities across the country, Nashville is preparing to say goodbye to traditional cinema presentation as we’ve known it. Nashville Scene looks at the last theaters in town who still project the old-fashioned way.
November 23, 2011
HARMONY, MN — As reported in July, the Jem Theatre has been having some problems raising money for a digital conversion. Minnesota Today announced they were able to raise money for a used digital projection but still had to pay for the bulk of it on a loan.
They’ll only be on the clear once they pay the money back and even then, they still need to continue building attendance. With so few people around the area period, the situation poses quite the challenge.
October 19, 2011
With some major manufacturers ceasing production of film cameras, it seems like the last links to cinema presentation as we knew it are quickly disappearing. Salon looks back on how this day came to be and what this new era means for us.
October 7, 2011
CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Tribune looks at the difficult decision small theaters face as they decide whether or not to make the digital conversion. While they won’t have a choice in a few years, the article poses the question that maybe it’s just not worth it in the long run.
September 20, 2011
Sure to please even the pickiest viewer, Sony is releasing a super high-def 4K projector. It might cost you $25K but it’ll get you 4 times the resolution of standard HD.