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Daily Cinema Digest – Wednesday 25 March 2015

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France – It is ‘Cinema Spring’ in France for the 16th year when tickets are sold for just 3.50 euro for every show for three days (Sunday-Tuesday) this past week. France is one of the few European markets where cinema going is up, partly thanks to government and industry initiatives like this.

It’s time to refuel dreams and emotions! If gorging cinema is not necessarily accessible to all budgets, the “Spring of cinema” will clearly make things easier. From today until Tuesday night included in cinemas department, all sessions are single price of 3.50 € (Supplement 3 D). The offer is particularly attractive and events are offered in addition to the weekly schedule.  LINK

20 Minutes takes the opportunity to publish “Spring Cinema: Five misconceptions about cinema attendance in France.”

Rentrak

Rentrak has partnered Cinepolis in India to offer daily cinema attendance figures. It’s been a slog for Rentrak to break into the Indian market. The fact that it already has an agreement with Cinepolis in markets such as Mexico and US probably helped this.

The movie measuring consumer viewership information provider Rentrak has joined hands with Indian multiplex operator Cinepolis. With this tie-up, Rentrak will launch its box office service to report daily theater-level information for Cinepolis, the third largest multiplex operator in India, in terms of box office revenues.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Wednesday 18 March 2015

Following the announcement of a dedicated eSports screen in London’s Fulham Broadway (Vue), plus one more site, this now looks set to be the biggest global eSporting event since the Coca Cola-sponsored League of Legends tournament finale. More details on the eSports Cinema website.

The Electronic Sports League and live event broadcaster BY Experience announced plans Tuesday to bring a series of live esports events to 1,500 to 2,000 movie theaters around the world.

The “Esports in Cinema” series will launch in July with the debut of an esports documentary from filmmakers Christine O’Malley and Patrick Creadon, followed by live competitive gaming and a Q&A session in front of a live studio audience.

The event will be broadcast from the ESL studio in Burbank, California, on July 23 for North American and Latin American audiences and from the ESL studio in Cologne, Germany, on July 28 for European and Asian audiences.  LINK

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USA (TX) – Dallas-based independent cinema The Look is upping the ante in the fight against larger chains like AMC that get preferential and exclusive bookings of films.

In a recent letter to the heads of the six major studios, Stephenson blasted AMC Chief Executive Gerry Lopez over a long-standing practice in the exhibition industry in which theaters seek to “clear” certain markets, ensuring rivals in proximity cannot play releases at the same time.

“AMC is using clearances as a competitive weapon to prevent market entrants from building near AMC theaters,” Stephenson wrote in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Times. “The basis of competition between film exhibitors should be the customer experience and not the artificial construct where one theater cannot get a picture because of a clearance.”  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Friday 13 March 2015

TCX toho Dolby Atmos

Japan cinema major Toho is going all out with Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos solutions in several of its flagship cinemas, with particular focus on the Toho Cinemas Extra Large Screen (TCX) premium large format (PLF).

Christie®, a world leader in entertainment solutions, announced that TOHO Cinemas, a subsidiary of TOHO, Asia’s leading film, theater production and distribution company, is poised to launch a new revolution in cinema sound throughout Japan with the installation of Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound solutions, powered by Dolby Atmos® sound technology. Installed by Xebex, a subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., the initial rollout of Christie Vive Audio will include installations at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi, the flagship and crown jewel of the organization, as well as Fujimi, Oita, and Shinjuku.  LINK

UFO Moviez

India – More bad news for India’s e-cinema operator UFO Moviez, which does not need this kind of publicity just prior to a proposed IPO.

The EOW will summon Sanjay Gaikwad, founder and managing director of UFO Moviez, and his partner Narendra Hete, in a case of criminal breach of trust.

Advocate Anjali Jagtap lodged an FIR that she was not paid her fees for a land deal. “When IT officials raided the digital cinema firm’s premises in 2013, it transpired that they had paid the amount. But the complainant stated that she had not got her fees (around Rs 3.5 crore) for the over 1,100-acre deal in Panvel,” said an EOW officer. “We have registered the FIR and are probing the case,” said Rajvardhan Sinha, additional commissioner of police, EOW.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Friday 20 February 2015

Cineworld didsbury

Cineworld has been fined a total of £9,500 and ordered to pay £2,573 costs after two of its staff were given potentially fatal electric shocks by a faulty popcorn machine. Defending Cineworld Kathryn Turner said the exhibitor “has an exemplary record with no previous convictions.” Technically true, but the same Cineworld site had a cockroach infestation in 2014 and staff were allegedly told to hush up the issue.

Staff at Cineworld in East Didsbury failed to prevent a second worker suffering a potentially lethal shock by switching off the wrong machine, a court heard.

The cinema chain has now been convicted of a breach of health and safety laws for the first time in its history after the incident on December 4, 2013.

The machine, which keeps popcorn warm, was being switched on by a member of staff working at the theatre at Parrs Wood shortly after 11am when he suffered a shock.  LINK

PVR Sathyam deal called off

India – So far only a rumour but money control.com claims that the PVR-Sathyam deal may be off.

One of the largest M&A deals in the multiplex space has been called off. Sources say PVR ‘s ambitious plans to buy Chennai-based Sathyam Cinemas has been shelved.

PVR was supposed to buy Sathyam for Rs 1200 crore. According to sources, the deal got called off due to concerns over valuation.

Sources also add that Cinepolis Group is now likely to buyout Sathyam Cinemas. Cinepolis Group recent bought Fun Cinemas.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Monday 16 February 2015

Cineworld 50 Shades

Women attending the opening night screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey” at Cineworld in Glasgow’s Renfrew Street had their bags opened and searched as they were waiting to enter. It is not known what the staff were looking for.

Cineworld have yet to comment on the searches, but their terms of entry on their website state that: “Cineworld reserves the right to search a customer’s possessions whilst on the premises for any item which a staff member believes may contravene these terms and conditions. Customers must consent to being searched for any item which a staff member believes may contravene these terms and conditions. Cineworld reserves the right to refuse entry or require a customer to leave without entitlement to a refund if consent is not given.”  LINK

50 shades Glasgow

Maybe they were looking for sharp glass that rowdy and drunk women could do serious damage with, as was the case in this cinema also in Glasgow. There were also drunk women throwing up in the isles of the cinema.

Three women were arrested after a man was attacked at a screening of Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine’s Day.

It’s understood the victim was glassed when he asked a group of rowdy women to keep quiet.

Witnesses said cinema staff had to wipe blood off the seats before the next screening of the sexy film, starring Jamie Dornan.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Wednesday 4 February 2015

Fun cinemas

India – Having confirmed its new acquisition, Cinepolis won’t just re-brand the Fun cinema circuit but revamp its entire portfolio, we are told. And it also plans a significant – but realistic – organic expansion.

Cinepolis India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian movie exhibition arm of Mexican chain Cinepolis, is planning to add 60 screens to take its total count to over 250 screens by the end of 2015, said a company executive.

“With the acquisition of Fun Cinemas assets, we now have 193 screens and… we will end 2015 with more than 250 screens,” said Javier Sotomayor, managing director at Cinepolis India.  LINK

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India – A strong end to 2014 for Bollywood translates into a good quarter for PVR.

India’s largest cinema chain PVR announced robust financials for the quarter ending 31 December, the third quarter in the country’s financial year. The company posted revenues of $702 million (rupees 4.21 billion), up 24 per cent on the same period in 2013. Profit after taxes reached $5.26 million (316 million rupees), up by 127 per cent, while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) rose 63 per cent to $14 million (840 million rupees).

PVR claimed the strong results were due to solid hits including Disney-UTV Motion Pictures’ record shattering PK (considered the most successful Indian film), Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang! (a Bollywood remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day), superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year and director Vishal Bharadwaj’s Hamlet adaptation Haider.  LINK

PVR has also announced that it is buying back the stake in the exhibitor owned by luxury good company LVMH.

PVR, India’s leading multiplex cinema chain, is to buy back a 10% share stake owned by an investment subsidiary of luxury goods giant LVMH.

The move followed strong financial results by PVR, which did not disclose the purchase price.

The stake had been held by L Capital Eco, part of LVMH’s L Capital Asia, since August 2012.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Monday 19 January 2015

Microsoft smartphone cinema

Has Microsoft discovered a way to make smartphones less annoying in cinemas? For those who can’t bear to switch them off for a couple of hours, this could be the solution.

A patent granted to Microsoft this week could automatically adjust the settings on your phone to make it less annoying in movie theaters.

Granted on January 13, the patent details an “inconspicuous mode” which would automatically adjust brightness, mute sounds and offer reduced information on the lock screen when the owner goes to the theater or is about to head to bed.

Inconspicuous mode would be triggered using sensors on the device when visiting a venue like a movie theater, or could be manually enabled by the user.  LINK

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USA – Regal is not for sale. The company has decided against putting itself up for sale. It always seemed unlikely, more like a distraction from two consecutive quarters of bad growth.

Regal Entertainment Group, which operates the nation’s largest theater chain, is no longer looking for a buyer, the company said Thursday.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based chain announced that its board of directors has “determined that a sale of the company would not be in the best interest of shareholders at this time,” according to a statement. “The board, consistent with its fiduciary duties, remains committed to evaluating any alternatives that would enhance shareholder value.”

Regal said it arrived at its decision after examining strategic alternatives with the advice of Morgan Stanley & Co.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Thursday 15 January 2015

Cineworld lesbians

UK – Cineworld clearly has to work on more LGBT awareness (not to mention common sense) for its staff, after a lesbian couple were evicted for (wait for it) using the Ladies toilet. A £20 voucher and two free tickets hardly seem like an adequate apology for treating paying customers this way.

A lesbian couple were kicked out of the ladies’ toilets during a trip to the cinema because the security guard thought they were men.

Tracey Seaton and Keira Williams had just popped to the toilet after watching a film at Cineworld in east London.

But a guard followed them in and forced them to leave after insisting they were men.  LINK

Odeon wheelchair evict

UK – Meanwhile Odeon staff evicted a disabled man because a few people complained that his ventilator was making too much noise. Seriously, do UK cinemas feel that they have too many patrons to go throwing out ticket-paying customers like this? I mean it as a serious question. Tell me your views in the ‘Comments’ section below, please.

A cinema-goer with Duchenne muscular dystrophy was thrown out part way through a film after complaints his life-saving ventilator was a “noise nuisance”.

Richard Bridger, 31, was asked to leave an Odeon cinema in Epsom, Surrey, as he watched Taken 3, the Liam Neeson thriller, with his carer.

It happened just a week after volunteers from the Motor Neurone Disease Association were allowed to make bucket collections at the cinema, which is screening the film about the wheelchair-bound science genius Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – Wednesday 14 January 2015

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USA (NV) – Is AMC going to ditch Imax for Dolby Cinema? Of course not, but this and other nuggets emerge from a Citi Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference transcript with AMC’s Craig Ramsey, EVP and CFO, where he talks about the company’s five different strategies.

But to my point about our proprietary brands, I want to do a plug on — and we love IMAX. I’m not being negative against IMAX, because it’s been a great partner. But if you think about it, really there’s only one party that needs to make the decision on the proprietary brand whether a film is in the big auditorium with the big-screen, the big seats, and the Dolby Atmos sound system that you’ve spent a ton of money on, and it’s us. Because you don’t have to reformat that film.

And so you can deliver, I think, an IMAX-like experience over a broader range of product. Some that hasn’t been. So I think the growth opportunity, at least for us, we’ve got 17 of our private label and I think we have a big growth opportunity in more rollout of our AMC Prime proprietary product. In some cases where we also have IMAX, because the two can be complementary. LINK

Worth reading in full – this is after all the exhibitor that has 67% of the screens of Regal but generates 90% of the revenue that Regal does. Read about the ‘recliner’ strategy. Nothing is more important in the US exhibition business right now than seating. Repeat: nothing. Not even Imax/Dolby Cinema.

I don’t know if you’ve been — we operate — I said 344 theaters. 55 of those theaters we have remodeled, which has included taking out two-thirds of the seats. Where we had three seats, we have one. And that one is a plush, automatic, motorized recliner, which gives the moviegoer seat east and west more room, and north and south more room. We’ve — it’s been an unbelievable positive response from the guest, more privacy, greater comfort.

What you may be thinking well, but you’ve taken all that capacity out of the auditorium. You probably are missing some attendance because of the sellouts.

On the whole, our industry operates on about 11% capacity utilization. There’s a lot of room in this business to take seats out and deliver a better guest experience through a better seat. Recliner reseats, take two-thirds of the seats out, and attendance on average in these theaters has increased 50%. In an industry that is experiencing declining attendance, our recliner reseat theaters are growing attendance by 50% year over year. Pretty dramatic.

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UK/Europe – Cineworld’s diversification strategy of spreading out across Central and Eastern Europe (and Israel) seems to be paying off in offsetting declines in cinema going in the UK, where higher ticket prices still kept profits ticking.

Cineworld has unveiled a blockbuster trading update, saying its full-year earnings will be at the top end of analysts’ expectations after it managed to persuade British cinema-goers to spend more on their tickets.

The company said that while admissions in its UK & Ireland business declined by 3.7 per cent during the year, this was offset by growth of 4 per cent in the average ticket price.

Visiting cinemas is not a declining trend across its entire business, however.  LINK

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Daily Cinema Digest – post-Christmas/New Year roundup

Happy New Year to all our CJ reader and may 2015 be a good year for cinema everywhere. Other then the circus surrounding the release of “The Interview”, here are some of the other cinema-related news you may have missed over the holidays.

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South Korea: A not-so-Merry Christmas for South Korea’s exhibition majors. We have highlighted allegations of anti-competitive behaviour before and it finally seems to have caught up with them.

CJ-CGV was fined $2.9 million and Lotte Entertainment fined $2.1 million by the country’s Fair Trade Commission.

The fines were imposed after the FTC earlier rejected the two companies’ attempt to obtain a ‘consent decree’ – an offer of voluntary restitution by a guilty party – was rejected.

The FTC said that the two chains had favoured the releases of movies handled by their affiliated distribution companies, by giving them wider releases and longer theatrical runs.  LINK

Megabox

Staying in Korea, not content with buying up cinemas in the /USA and Australia, investors from China (PRC) have bought the third-largest exhibitors in South Korea. Who didn’t get fined.

A Chinese consortium has signed a contract to buy Korea’s No. 3 multiplex cinema operator Megabox, according to reports Thursday.

Megabox is 50 percent owned by Korea Multiplex Investment, a private investment body led by Macquarie Funds and a group of investors.

JContentree Corp., a media group, also holds a 46.3 percent stake in the multiplex cinema operator, with other minor investors holding the remaining shares.  LINK

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