• August 23, 2012

    Big city movie woes don’t affect Portland’s indie film scene

    PORTLAND, OR — While other cities are struggling to find a place for art house releases, Portland is sitting pretty with a surplus of cinemas. Oregon Live reports that compared to Boston, Portland has numerous avenues for successful indie releases including second-run options as well.

  • August 17, 2012

    Cinemark second-quarter financials rise

    Despite a supposed slowdown due to the Olympics, Cinemark is reporting a modest gain from last year in Q2. They also claim there is a renewed commitment from studios to protect the lucrative theatrical window.

    Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.

  • August 16, 2012

    Movie ticket prices hit all time high though rate of increase is slowing

    The Hollywood Reporter claims movie ticket increases are slowing down. While the average has risen to $8.12, a saturation in 3-D has caused the momentum to cease a bit.

  • August 1, 2012

    Adults crave original content while tentpole enthusiasm wanes

    Thompson on Hollywood is arguing that recent successes like “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Ted” have proven that adults aren’t so keen on blockbusters and are looking for original stories. While this may be true, are the studios really going to listen unless a smaller film can be a true blockbusters on its own?

  • July 27, 2012

    Oakland startup DealFlicks tries to fill movie seats emptied by Hulu, Netflix

    OAKLAND, CA — DealFlicks is turning some heads in California with their promise of moving unsold movie theater seats on their new platform. The new site sells theater and concessions at a discount and according to the article, isn’t even taking a cut right now.

    Read more in the Mercury News.

  • July 26, 2012

    Fandango on top in online ticket war

    An industry once divided between and Fandango is quickly moving in the latter’s favor. Fandango pushed ahead by landing AMC as one of its partners earlier this year and they’ve been at the forefront of ticketing technology.

    Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • July 18, 2012

    A new cinema operator in the Czech Republic

    Author: Ing. Juraj Misun, PhD.

    Maybe if the Israeli company Cinema City International would know what happens when it closes the oldest multiplex theater in Prague, it would never had so decided.

    On 31st March 2012 the oldest multiplex theater in Prague closed its doors. During its existence it was operated under three different brands. For the first two years as Ster Century Cinemas, then from 2002 to 2011 it was named Palace Cinemas and last year has had the name Cinema City. Its last owner, however, decided to conclude the site.

    He did not realize, however, that he could anger the owner of the Park Hostivar shopping center, where the theater was located. The Austrian investor company Immofinanz was well aware that the existence of the multiplex has a positive impact on overall traffic of the shopping center. The center has a large grocery store, but it lacks prominent fashion tenants.

  • Projectionist project looking for help

    Planetary Projection will document, where possible in their own words, the work and experiences of the world’s film projectionists, today an endangered species. Accompanied by photographs of projectionists at work, brief vignettes will present some of their views on cinema and their trade, its past, present and future.

    They’re looking for projectionists to contribute to the project.

    With time, they hope to publish a selection of the on-line vignettes in book form. Please visit their website, where you will find a one-page PDF description of the project you can circulate or post. You will also find there a scholarly article on the film projectionist in early cinema by Timothy Barnard, in its published English, French and Spanish versions.

  • July 16, 2012

    Big-Screen theaters promise more exhibition riches

    3-D isn’t the only new trend exhibitors are buying into to drive business. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that there could be as many as 2,600 digital large screens by 2016. Industry leaders IMAX along with Cinemark XD and Regal RPX are leading the charge to widen the gap between cinemas and home theaters.

  • June 26, 2012

    In Poland, up to 250 new screens could be built soon

    Authors: Ing. Juraj Misun, PhD. – Ing. Ivana Misunova Hudakova, PhD.

    In the next five years 200 to 250 new cinema screens could be built in the Central European country Poland. This results from the analysis of the company AMB Group Polska, which specializes on construction and reconstruction of multi-screen theaters.

    “According the analysis of the investment plans of cinema operators, the construction of 200 to 250 new screens in the next five years seems very real” said Michael Michalowski from AMB Group. He added that only about 20 to 30 percent of these projects will be located in major Polish cities like Warsaw or Cracow. Shopping centers are also built in towns with about 100,000 inhabitants and the Polish population is increasingly looking for cinema entertainment.