How Sustainable Is The Chinese Cinema Market?

In 2011 the average ticket price in China was CNY ¥ (USD $5.62) but by 2015 this had fallen to nearly CNY ¥35 (USD $5.32) despite the growth of Imax and premium screens and the increase in cinema ticket prices…

Fathom Events and US Cinemas Find the Faith(ful)

One if the fastest growing genres of event cinema (a.k.a. alternative content) is the uniquely US-focused rise of faith-based events in cinemas. Fathom Events has been a driving force behind this, with three faith-based events this past autumn. Fathom attributes its…

Korea’s CJ CGV to Become “World’s Largest Cinema Chain”

South Korea’s CJ CGV has gone public about its ambition to become the world’s largest cinema chain through “aggressive expansion” in the United States, couple with growth in emerging markets like India and Latin America. The aim is to have 10,000 screens…

CJ @ IBC: Cinema 2020 – Seeing the Future Business Today

This is a live transcript of the presentations made at this year’s IBC Big Screen conference strand held in Amsterdam in September. As such we sometimes paraphrase what is said on stage and any errors are most likely the fault…

Are UK’s PLF Pre-Releases Hurting Smaller Exhibitors?

There is a growing sense of unease amongst smaller UK exhibitors about the recent trend to pre-release blockbusters in PLF (premium large format) auditoriums. The back-to-back Week -1 screenings of “Everest” and next “The Walk” on both Imax and own-brand…

Why Vue’s Acquisition of JT Signals Merger Mania Ahead

Vue has acquired Dutch exhibitor JT Bioscopen in a deal valued at EUR €85 million (USD $97.5 million). The deal is significant in that it represents the first time Vue is acquiring purely for size rather than growth. It also…