The latest movie theater news and updates
September 8, 2004
Just as we have begun to understand the significance of 2K resolution (2048 x 1080 pixels) in the upcoming standards for d-cinema, technology is forging ahead again.
With the June 3, 2004 introduction of plans for not one, but two digital-cinema projectors at 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution (4K) with ‘unprecedented features’ and ‘a high contrast ratio’ (2000:1), Sony declared itself ‘taking the lead in the rapidly emerging digital-cinema market.’
For more information, read this Film Journal International article.
Hello from France. I am an antiques dealer and I have recently bought a 17' stained glass cinema sign. I just wanted to tell your community that it is now on eBay, item number 3928776766.
MILWAUKEE, WI — For those of you in love with outdoor movies, there was a lengthy article with four photos in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about three drive-ins in the state.
It discusses the viability and wisdom of outdoor theaters in this day and age, and profiles one man’s restarting one out of his youthful affection for them.
September 7, 2004
“What, a casual industry-follower might ask, is going on out there?” asks Alma Freedman in the August/September 2004 issue of ‘InFocus' magazine, published by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).
“Have digital cinema’s files, servers, studios, consortiums, governments, and, finally, stars, somehow aligned for every land mass except North America? Have Asia, Europe and Latin America, beleaguered by piracy and a paucity of celluloid prints, taken U.S. exhibition’s spot in the digital-cinema vanguard?”
REGO PARK, NY — The wonderful Art Deco Trylon Theater in Queens is endangered. We have asked the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to calendar and designate this structure, but so far no action has been taken.
Please help us by emailing the chair of the Landmarks Commission Robert Tierney and voicing your support. His email address is .org.
WINCHESTER, IN — The Winchester Twin and Cafe has been put up for sale for $500,000.
According to the Theatresforsale.com listing, “The Winchester is brick and dates from 1883. The local owners are running two screens (95 seats each) and have room for a third. The third screen (under construction) will have 65 seats plus an unusual glass enclosed "Family Room” that can seat 12 and has its own sound system."
September 6, 2004
FLINT, MI — Necessary and long-delayed repairs to the Capitol Theatre building have begun with the removal of loose bricks on the east exterior wall of the auditorium to be replaced by new brickwork.
The water damage now being repaired is due to runoff of rain water from the auditorium’s roof over time. Other repairs planned include fixing the theater’s vertical sign which is original to the theater but was altered in the 1957 remodeling of the theater.
This project was planned for several months and was earlier reported in a March 29 story in Cinema Treasures.
FAIR OAKS, CA — The Sunrise Drive-In, which has operated sporadically over the last few years, is slated for demolition. Local civic leaders have sought its permanent closure due to code violations and public safety issues.
Developers plan to demolish the theater, and the county is revoking the commercial use permit to operate a Drive-in at this site, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.
September 3, 2004
Cinema Treasures concludes its look at the work of artist/photographer Larry Grossman with an interview with the artist.
What are your favorite movie theaters?
All in CA (since that’s where I live and go to the movies): Chinese, El Capitan, Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, Avalon (Catalina), Fremont, Pantages (but they no longer show films), to name few.
What are your favorite movies?
The Maltese Falcon, Bringing up Baby, Chinatown, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Splendor in the Grass, Godfather I & II., L.A. Confidential, American Graffiti, etc, etc.
What tools do you use to create your work?
Olympus digital camera and Photoshop 8