More Movie Theatre Stories Emerge

posted by Ross Melnick on August 22, 2005 at 4:51 am

The national coverage of moviegoing continues with new articles from New York Times and Time Magazine. Both articles examine the recent trend towards “luxury” moviegoing and the amenities offered by circuits such as Muvico, Pacific (Arclight), and National Amusements (Cinema de Lux).

Where is moviegoing and theater construction headed? Can older theaters remain viable? Is the “crisis” at the box office another bit of media hype? What does the future hold for the movie theater?

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Comments (3)

KenLayton on August 22, 2005 at 5:08 am

The luxuries that must be provided at any movie theater:
The picture must be bright, steady, focused, and properly framed.
Sound must be clear and intelligible. Be it mono, stereo, or digital.
Sound should never be too loud or too quiet.
The show should start at the advertized time.
No more than two trailers should be shown.
Commercials should never be shown.

davepring on August 22, 2005 at 6:58 am

I endorse the comments above.Muvico have the right idea and here in the U.K a luxury environment is taking off.Two examples being The Rex in Berkhamsted and The Electric in Notting Hill.Of the chains only Picturehouse cinemas offer a great cinema experience.I hope the multiplex chains here follow Muvicos example.

Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch on August 22, 2005 at 11:39 am

Out of all the Cinema chains in Manchester UK the AMC is the only one to offer proper framed pictures and a bit of theatrical pazaz. Would love the return of curtains and tabs in theatres though.

As for ads (commercials) and trailers just love them as they have always been part of my movie going experience. My fave and only advertising company is Pearl & Dean with its 60’s Asteroid intro music, pure nostalgia here in the Uk!!

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