Covid Cinema Heroes: Cornelius Cinemas, Oregon, USA

With the closure of many cinemas and travel restrictions, it has been challenging to maintain the CJ Cinema of the Month in partnership with Vista. Instead we will be featuring submissions from readers about their favourite cinema, particularly small and…

Global Cinema Opening/Closure Overview (UPDATED)

Thursday 26 November 2020 Top – Study by Berlin’s Hermann-Rietschel -Institut finds spread of aerosol particles (i.e. potential Covid-19 infection risk) almost negligible in cinema auditoriums and far below that of offices, as long as people are not talking, only breathing….

Private Cinema Rentals: Innovation In A Time of Crisis

Given the struggle facing international cinema exhibition it’s a real challenge to find a silver lining, especially amongst the latest spate of films decamping to 2021 or heading straight to streaming. Operators are going through a time of crisis and…

Cinemas Lack Movies, Not Audiences

Letter to the Editor Cinemas lack movies, not audiences The Danish movie industry has shown that the turning point is not far away and that few factors are making the difference for recovery. In Denmark, the past weeks have demonstrated…

Cinema of the Month: Arcadia Cinema – Melzo, Italy

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

Cretors: “Honouring The Past, Engineering The Future”

When you sit down for a (phone) chat with Beth Cretors and Shelly Olesen of C. Cretors & Company it becomes apparent very quickly that the company responsible for the creation of the first ever popcorn machine is steeped in…

Vista Cinema In The Time of COVID-19

On the morning of March 12th of this year, Leon Newnham, the Chief Executive Officer of Vista Cinema, woke up to discover much of his hard work over the past several weeks would be for naught. The growing coronavirus pandemic…

Cinema of the Month: Gloria Palast – Munich, Germany

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

Cinema Treasures Celebrates 20 Years

With the banner, “Because you’re tired of watching movies on your laptop” boldly displayed across its homepage, Cinema Treasures is the world’s largest guide to all things movie theater. Now in its 20th year and listing over 53,000 venues and…

We Are Parable: Experience Over Everything

Their first-ever event at East London’s Stratford Picturehouse completely sold out in 2013. In 2017, directing legend Spike Lee collaborated on a central London event with them. In early 2020, they were recipients of a Lodestar award from Film London….

Worldwide Box Office Slowly Sputters To Life As Cinemas Reopen

Global data kindly provided by Comscore.  With almost 50% of cinemas around the world back in business, the big screen is stretching and coming out of its deep sleep. “Tenet” tickets have gone on sale, spreading like wildfire across social…

French Cinemas Are Closing (Again)

It has sadly not been uncommon for re-opened cinema to be forced to shutter their doors again in many part of the world. China was first with the brief re-opening in the spring quickly ending and cinemas in Dalian also…

MediCinema’s Marvellous Movie Medicine

During a long stint in hospital, patients – and their families/carers – often have no respite or distractions from their (often serious) illnesses or upcoming treatment. UK charity MediCinema aimed to change exactly this when it was founded in 1999…

Is 2020 Now a Write-Off Year for Cinemas?

So what now? That seems to be the common refrain from most cinema industry followers as this past week we watched more high profile films moved back to 2021. As cinemas reopen in some parts of the world, and as…

Cinema of the Month: Kino Teatr – St. Leonards-on-Sea, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

Horror and Family Films Help Reboot Global Box Office

Global data kindly provided by Comscore.  This week’s box office – focusing on the first two weeks of July – was widely varied as the pandemic continues to allow some little pigs to go to market while making other little…

Fragmentation Hampers German Cinema Reopenings

In Germany, most cinemas have opened their doors again after the three-month COVID-19 lockdown. “The dates for the reopening have been set,” says Christine Berg, Chairperson of the Hauptverband Deutscher Filmtheater (HDF). “Unlike other European countries, it was not possible…

The First Post-COVID Blockbuster Hit Isn’t a Hollywood Film

With cinemas re-opening all over the world, but major Hollywood tentpoles either repeatedly postponed or going straight-to-VoD, returning moviegoers have had to make do with holdover titles (“1917,” “Little Women”) and older re-releases (“Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” topped North American…

Worried About Face Masks in Cinemas? Ask About HVAC Instead

As cinemas re-open, people have been understandably concerned about the issue of wearing masks within cinema interiors. But are we missing a bigger factor in potential transmission of the Coronavirus, that is the HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning…

CJ Interviews: Steve Knibbs, COO for Vue International

The global COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting government-enforced lockdowns, has pushed the international cinema industry to its limits. But throughout this time, innovation and a strong sense of community has surfaced, with exhibitors around the world using the downtime to plan…

CJ’s Top 50 Women In Global Cinema – 2020

So far, 2020 has been an eventful year for the international cinema exhibition industry, and not in the way we all hoped. That said, before the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, the previous twelve months were marked by some incredible achievements…

How Cinemas Are Programming for Re-Opening

Celluloid Junkie’s ‘Re-Opening & Re-Imagining Cinemas‘ is a series of articles that tracks how cinemas around the world resume operations and seek to build a better cinema experience. We thank everyone who has contributed to this effort.  It seems like…

5th Annual Top Women in Global Cinema Announced Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday June 11th, our fifth annual list of the Top Women in Global Cinema (TWiGC) will be revealed. This year, for the first time ever, it will be announced live on the #CJCinemaSummit, starting 17:00 London time and 9:00…

On-Demand Cinema Proves a Hit in Sweden and South Korea

Cinema-on-demand in an actual cinema is a wow, who knew? This ‘private cinema show of your own’ proves that the moviegoing tradition can stay alive even when there’s no new product to show. Despite having run out of audience for…

Saving Small Town Cinemas in the Wake of Covid-19

As someone who made a living in the movie industry for over two decades and now writes about it, it pains me to admit this: I’m scared for what it’ll look like this time next year. I know, we’ve been…

What Cinemas Are Showing While They Wait for “Tenet”

In one of the most famous scenes in the 1992 film, “The Last of the Mohicans”, Daniel Day Lewis’ character tells Madeleine Stowe, “You stay alive, no matter what occurs, I will find you.” That’s a rather apt analogy for…

CJ Green: An Eco-Friendly HOME in Manchester

As the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic continues, some (happier, and perhaps unintentional) consequences of the international shutdown of human activity have been the temporary drop in carbon emissions and thriving wildlife enjoying homo sapiens respite. And so in the spirit of…

German Drive-In Cinema Growth Taps Into Car Culture

Drive-in cinemas have been experiencing a renaissance in Germany ever since the epidemic lockdown forced movie theaters to close their doors on March 16. Over the course of the past few weeks, the number of drive-in cinemas increased from a…

Love (of Movie-Going) in the Time of the Coronavirus

This week, I was poring over the most recent results from our 2nd national survey wave, in as many months, about consumer sentiment pertaining to when audiences think they’ll return to the theatrical movie experience, post-Coronavirus. As the head of research…

The CinemaCon Award That Would Have Been

Many disruptions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have devastated the global cinema industry, with one such example being the cancellation of the annual, much-anticipated CinemaCon. During this year’s Las Vegas conference a host of awards were due to be…

Cinema Advertising Companies Step in to Help Re-Boot Cinema

The past few days have seen many countries taking their first (baby) steps into a post-lockdown world. The nature of which vary drastically from nation to nation – for some it’s schools, others it’s bookshops. In certain US states it…

CJ Opinion: A Theater Re-Opening Manifesto

“Everybody talks as if they know what’s going to happen, and nobody knows what’s going to happen.” – Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman, The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2020 The economic damage inflicted by COVID-19 is only beginning,…

Larger Than Life – Outdoor Cinema Thrives in the Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought a surge of urban cinemas screening anywhere but the movie theatre. Homes around the world have been making outdoor home cinemas with a large screen and some chairs. Real cinemas are selling popcorn outside of…

Consumer Confidence Surveys Find Audiences Want to Return to Cinemas

There are few things that we know for certain these days in the entertainment sphere (besides that everyone we know has watched “Tiger King”). Information divides opinion and headlines now draw polarising conclusions from observers and armchair commentators. Mainstream media…

UNIC Launches Guide to Help Cinemas in Europe

International cinema trade body UNIC has launched a comprehensive guide to help cinemas across Europe, with detailed information about cinema closures, possible re-opening dates as well as overviews of public funding initiatives and support. UNIC has also been active in…

What Cinemas Do To Stay in Touch With Patrons While Dark

If you were to run a poll amongst cinema-goers worldwide asking them why they go to the movies, the result would overwhelmingly be a combination of escapism from the real world and the social experience. As a sector that can…

How Patrons Are Supporting Cinemas Around the World

The film industry, and exhibition in particular, is in a state of flux. With the US box office reporting $0 for the first time, exhibitors of all sizes around the world are going to find the next few months difficult,…

Cinema Marquees Go Viral Amid COVID-19 Shutdown

“Electric tiaras” are what theatre historian Ben M. Hall called the movie marquee. The cinema marquee and its readograph – the backlit sign written with moveable letters – is as important as the movie poster. Originally a rectangular sign, its…

“So, What Happens Now?” How UK Cinemas Keep Going

It’s been a long old year, this week. It’s a sobering thought that our industry, like many others, temporarily doesn’t exist. In a little more than a week we at Celluloid Junkie have gone from tracking and reporting on the…

What Will Film Critics Do, Now That Cinemas Have Closed?

“Lose our jobs and starve, most likely.” The Vulture critic Bilge Ebiri’s response to the question, “What will film critics do if all cinemas close for several months” was pithy and to the point. In a profession that had already…

How Will Cinemas Treat Their Staff While Closed?

In less than 24 hours two starkly different approaches emerged as to how cinemas in the UK will treat their staff while they are closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. This was also one of the hot topics at yesterday’s…

Shifting Your Blockbuster Release Date? Head to Gower Street

When should you release your USD $1 billion+ Blockbuster? Given the number of releases that have radically shifted release dates (Bond in November, “Fast & Furious 9” next year), the question is more crucial than ever to box office success….

Coronavirus Cinema Update – Monday 16 March 2020

This post will be updated throughout today. Please check back for updates.  It is sadly becoming easier to track which countries haven’t closed their cinemas, than keeping track of all the ones where they have closed. Germany, Sweden, UK and…

2020 For Women in Cinema

The first ever spacewalk made by an all female team. The European Commission’s first woman President and the most gender-balanced college in history. Finland’s all female government coalition led by the youngest head of state in the world – these…

Coronavirus Cinema Update – Friday 13 March 2020

This post will be updated throughout the day (13 March 2020) as news emerges and things change at a fast pace. Thank you also to all those who have sent in news and kept us informed. Please send updates you…

Coronavirus Cinema Update – Tuesday 10 March 2020

As Bond is followed by the bunny in getting its release date shifted, with SPE’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” moved from March 27 (Easter) to August (five month later), we look at the latest news from around the world…

Cineworld Tops Online Engagement Review by Gruvi

Cineworld has come out top in an analysis of which UK cinema chain’s website in was best “in terms of their effective engagement with online audiences.” The study was part of an annual review conducted by online marketing specialists Gruvi. The…

All-Out Cinema Ticket Price War Erupts in Poland

Located at the geographic crossroads of Europe and Eurasia, Poland is no stranger to conflict, having suffered numerous wars and invasions during it tumultuous history. Today it again finds itself in a three-way battle, only this time it is over…

Why November, Mr Bond?

When James Bond moves, everyone pays attention. As arguably the best known film franchise of all time, with a combined unadjusted gross of nearly $7 billion, James Bond has set the pace for earnings, consistency and remaining an event that…

The Return of the 52 Week Movie Business

Much like a Beach Boys song from the 1960s, North American distribution has been focused far too long on the spoils of summer, jamming tentpole after tentpole into the four-month long summer season. I’m sure there’s a musical analogy for…

COVID-19 Cinema Update – 2 March 2020

Here is a roundup of the latest news in the global cinema market as it relates to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. China – Beijing Municipal Government held its 34th coronavirus press conference, stating that the local cinema industry is not…

Cinema of the Month: Pathé Beaugrenelle – Paris, France

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

CJ Green: Pathé’s Plastic Problem (and Solution)

Europe, along with the rest of the world, has a plastic waste issue in that there’s a lot (too much) of it in everyday circulation. In particular for Pathé NL, the Netherlands’ largest cinema company, 0.5L drink bottles were a…

COVID-19 Cinema Update – 26 February 2020

This is a roundup of cinema news related to the global Corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak. It is important to remember that while the virus is more contagious than previous SARS outbreaks, it has a relatively low mortality rate of 2%…

Second-Guessing The 2020 Box Office Doomsayers

It’s feast or famine when prognosticators look at box office prospects. In 2019, everyone saw a calendar year bursting with sure-fire billion dollar grosses like “Avengers: EndGame,” “Frozen II,” “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” and “Toy Story 4.” They…

Asian Cinemas and COVID-19: The Show Must Go On?

Sat alongside straws and napkins on a cinema concessions counter in South Korea is a bottle of hand sanitizer. The few remaining customers wear face masks, and have had their temperature taken with a gun-like device on entrance to the…

CJ Analysis: Rollercoaster for Global Cinema Shares in 2019

2019 was an eventful year for cinema. Worldwide box office grew to a record $42.5 billion, the Guardian announced that the growth in pre-show advertising would overtake growth in internet advertising for the first time in 20 years, and Moviepass…

Like to Stream and Cinema Keen

If you’re reading this the chances are that you are well versed in the “is Netflix Killing Cinema” notion, as you may well have been for “is VHS killing Cinema” iteration decades previously. Whilst external commentators band around assumptions based…

Record Breaking Year for European Cinema Attendance

European cinema attendance last year not only recovered from the slight slump of 2018, but went on to break records as the highest this century. Preliminary 2019 statistics from cinema trade body UNIC shows that more than 1.34 billion admissions…

How We Will View Hollywood Today In Twenty Years?

Hollywood today is mirroring Hollywood in the 1960s, so if you want to know how we will view Hollywood today just look at how we view Hollywood back then. By the 1960s, movie theater attendances had dropped super-low because people…

CJ Green: RBGreen Laser Focus, Part Two

After our pre-Christmas look at Barco’s efforts towards operating more sustainably we now turn our attention to fellow digital cinema projector manufacturers Christie and NEC. We also take a look into the wider issue of corporate environmental responsibility and action…

Celluloid Junkie’s 2020 Cinema Predictions

Having slightly dreaded revisiting our cinema predictions from a year ago, we were pleasantly surprised to discover just how much we managed to get right. And this wasn’t just right in the way that even a clock that’s stopped shows…

Regal Switches to Pepsi and Sparks Social Media Backlash

The announcement that Regal Cinemas is switching from Coke to Pepsi has not gone down well with most people on social media. The announcement came after a flirty Twitter campaign between the official @RegalMovies and @Pepsi accounts, proclaiming their mutual…

Cinema 2019 – Who Had a Good Year And Who Didn’t?

Before 2019 vanishes in the rearview mirror, let’s take a last look at who was king and queen of the multiplex over the past 12 months, as well as who ended up in the bin with the popcorn sweepings. Remember,…

Merry Christmas, Movie House!

Yes, there were movie houses as magical as the one greeted by Jimmy Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life. I worked in one of them, writes Karen Krizanovich in this exclusive CJ Christmas cinema column. Single-screen cinemas were all we…

Cinema of the Month: Star Cinema Grill – Houston, Texas

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely…

CJ Green: A Sophisticated Heat Beam Called a “Laser”

In the Austin Powers films, arch-nemesis Dr Evil’s plan for his “laser” had somewhat less-than-sustainable motives, including blasting through the Ozone layer and attaching them to the heads of sharks (the curious part of me would still like to see…

GDC Sells 36% Stake to Cinionic’s Chinese Co-Owner

Chinese media report that GDC Technology is selling a 36% stake in GDC Technology Limited (British Virgin Islands) currently held by GDC Technology Limited (Cayman Islands) to Appotronics for USD $18.2 million. Appotronics is one of the four join venture…

UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme at Cinema Days 2019

UNIC’s annual Cinema Days, our autumn convention where more than 180 industry leaders join us in Brussels for two days of panels, workshops and networking, also provides an occasion for participants of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme to come…

The Problem With Playing Netflix Movies in Cinemas

In its never-ending quest to win an Oscar for Best Picture, it seems that Netflix will be releasing at least one of their original movies into cinemas each year in some form or fashion. Questions remain, however, exactly what forms…

SMPTE 2019 Tech Conference Was Out of This World

In case you haven’t been to a SMPTE Technical Conference, don’t expect a CinemaCon-style large central trade show dispensing various new flavors of soft drinks with this years hip version of molded sugar treats. There aren’t even presentations of laser…

INOX Megaplex Launched With All Cinema Formats

This week Indian multiplex major INOX inaugurated its first Megaplex, promising the “World’s First Cinema with Maximum Formats, Maximum Experiences” – and delivered on that claim. It was hard not to be impressed by the number of formats the multiplex…

CJ Green: Berlin’s Yorck Kinos

Award-winning Yorck Kinos is the largest cinema company in Berlin, with 14 indoor sites, and an open-air cinema, dotted around the city. Predominantly set in restored Grade II listed buildings, the architecture is varied and impressive, with their oldest building…

Cinema of the Month: Archlight Cinema – Battersea, London, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention…

Huayi Bros To Sell Entire 90.5% Stake in GDC Technology

Chinese-language media reports that Huayi Brothers is selling its 90.5% stake in GDC Technology, the leading Asian cinema server and equipment vendor [PDF link to financial filing here]. Huayi announced on 3 September that it’s wholly-owned subsidiary Huayi International Investment…

How Kino za Rogiem Reinvented the Neighbourhood Cinema

Poland has long been the fastest growing cinema market in Central Europe, if not the whole of Europe. Yet in the shadow of the multiplex majors Cinema City, Helios and Multikino a small cinema chain is carving out a different…

CJ + Coke: CineEurope 2019 Seminar on Sustainability – Part 1

Part One – No Time To Waste Despite CineEurope 2019 now seeming like a distant memory, sustainability is a topic that doesn’t lose relevance (also see: Celluloid Junkie’s new regular feature CJ Green). The Celluloid Junkie team attended the second…

Regal Makes Plans For An Unlimited Future

Earlier this week Regal Cinemas “officially” launched their all-you-can watch moviegoing subscription and we now have actual details to review (as we will below). The reason for the quotation marks around the word – officially – is because it was…

UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme – Second Edition

CineEurope 2019 marked the end of the second edition of the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme. While the programme continues with a new cohort of mentors and mentees on board, we wanted to exchange thoughts with two of our graduating…

CJ Green: Curzon’s Sustainability Measures

Our first CJ Green post is firmly focused on the United Kingdom’s Curzon Cinemas. Particular thanks to Jordan Bedding, Sustainability Manager at Curzon, for his help and time providing information and answering numerous questions. A Bit On Curzon’s Background Curzon…

Cinema of the Month: Shaw Theatres Jewel – Singapore

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely…

Celluloid Junkie at CineEurope 2019

CineEurope 2019 is just around the sun-drenched corner and Celluloid Junkie will be attending in force, with Patrick, Sperling and Helen all there. This year we are thrilled to have our own interview booth on the stand of our terrific…

The UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme

Interview with pioneering mentees Grainne Peat, Magdalena Lewicka and Lucie Morvan The UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme was launched in 2017 as the first cross sector and cross-country mentoring scheme for up-and-coming female talent in cinema exhibition. A year since…

Popcorn: Cinema’s Surprisingly Cheap Snack?

Popcorn: almost as synonymous with cinema as watching the actual film itself, not least because of the sensory ambience created by the freshly popped smell. But popcorn as a cinema snack has a reputation for being pricey and at GBP…

CJ Research: Understanding India’s VPF Conundrum

Cinema has transcended many a barrier, from the analogue era to the digital cinema evolution. India despite being one of the largest cinema markets has been a very complex one. This has been evident in the adoption of digital cinema…

Cinema of the Month: (Carbon-Neutral) Depot – Lewes, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention…

A Few Good Ideas – CinemaCon 2019

CinemaCon as a tech show is amazing for new good ideas. 4K RGB for the price of 2K laser phosphor… good idea. 10 years of support included in the price of the projector… good idea. Not blaming Netflix for cinema’s…

Artistically Combining Products Corporately, or, PLFs at CinemaCon

CinemaCon 2019 was bracketed by two PLF-style announcements, with a third announced the week prior. All three involve high profile manufacturers and industry specialists. Each announcement has enough nuanced information to make the future for all of them …interesting. On…

CJ’s Top 50 Women In Global Cinema – 2019

For the fourth year Celluloid Junkie celebrates outstanding achievements in cinema with the list of over 50 women that have had the biggest impact on the global exhibition business, this year in partnership with Boxoffice Magazine. These are industry leaders…

Beyond Hollywood: How Cinemas Are Creating New Revenue Streams

Until Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” swooped in and boosted the global box office, Hollywood was struggling to kickstart 2019 and an uncertain year stretched ahead. Which is perhaps why, at least in part, two international cinema operators are actively diversifying…

Cinema of the Month: Zoo Palast Kino – Berlin, Germany

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely…

CJ + UNIC: Change Starts Small

This article is part of a short series on tackling gender imbalance in cinema exhibition, in collaboration with The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC). Next time, we’ll be delving deeper into the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Programme – UNIC’s flagship…

Cinema of the Month: Cineplexx Wienerberg – Vienna, Austria

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Celluloid Junkie’s 2019 Cinema Predictions

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” Yogi Berra famously quipped. This did not stop the editorial team at Celluloid Junkie from bravely sticking their necks out a year ago to read the tea leaves on what 2018…

CJ Interviews: Grainne Peat, MD Event Cinema Association (ECA)

July 2018 saw the appointment of new Event Cinema Association Managing Director, Grainne Peat. Having officially taken up the role in October and with the rapidly approaching ECA Slate and Insight Day 2019, Grainne Peat talks to Celluloid Junkie about…

The Year of Trafalgar

2018 was a rollercoaster ride of a year, and as 2019 dawns, there’s still plenty of uncertainty around the future of the UK. But in the Event Cinema industry for one company in particular, 2018 has been a certified smash…

Why Cohen Media Group Is The Right Buyer For Landmark Theatres

In the end it wasn’t Netflix. Nor was it Amazon Studios. Instead, it is the independent film distributor and production company Cohen Media Group that will be acquiring Landmark Theatres from Wagner/Cuban Companies. Put another way, two billionaires, Todd Wagner…

Cinema of the Month: Luna Cinema – London, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Vue Catches Falling CineStar in €200m+ Deal

The announcement earlier this morning that Vue International is acquiring Germany’s CineStar chain from Australia’s Event Hospitality & Entertainment (Event or EVT) caught the European cinema industry by surprise. It shouldn’t have. Not because all parties had not done a…

Cinema of the Month: FC Hyena – Amsterdam, Holland

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Eclair Delivers Digital Box For Free to Norwegian Cinemas

It was announced at Haugesund Film Festival this week that Unique’s MovieTransit is now no longer the only delivery method for content to local theaters. Eclair has now installed EclairBox in 169 out of 177 cinemas in Denmark, and now Norway…

Cinema of the Month: Helios Forum – Gdansk, Poland

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Cinema Tech Innovators: Flexound (Finland)

Cinema Tech Innovators is a series where Celluloid Junkie profiles small innovators looking to make a big difference in the world of cinema. These are companies working in online, technology, social media and other spheres to enhance and expand the…

CJ Interviews: Erwin M. Schmidt, Film Tech Office, Berlin

Germany’s capital is making a name for itself in the cinema technology field, with companies like smart Pricer and Greta & Stark calling Berlin their home. One company looking to tap into and accelerate this market is the FilmTech Office,…

CineEurope 2018 Keynote Delivered by UNIC President Phil Clapp

This is the keynote address delivered by Phil Clapp, the President of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), at the opening of the CineEurope 2018 convention on Monday 11 June in Barcelona’s CCIB. Included are excerpts from the audio-visual presentation…

Cinema Tech Innovators: La Toile (France)

Cinema Tech Innovators is a series where Celluloid Junkie profiles small innovators looking to make a big difference in the world of cinema. These are companies working in online, technology, social media and other spheres to enhance and expand the…

Christopher Nolan Revisits “2001” at Cannes

It’s hard to believe that over the past two decades filmmaker Christopher Nolan has made 11 feature films yet has never once been to the Cannes Film Festival with a movie. That changes this year, as Nolan has made his…

Women Find Their Voice at Cannes Film Festival

Had it not been for Harvey Weinstein the biggest controversy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival might have been the red carpet selfie ban. “Thank you Harvey [Weinstein] and Kevin [Spacey]; you helped women find their voice,” declared director Kate…

Though Absent, Netflix Is Still A Big Presence In Cannes

As much as the question over whether films made by Netflix are “legitimate” movies if they aren’t released in cinemas was front and center at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, this year it seems the topic is being raised less…

CJ + Smart Pricer: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Cinema Ticket Pricing

After numerous cinema industry consulting projects, Smart Pricer has created extensive benchmark analysis on worldwide cinema ticket pricing. Celluloid Junkie has partnered with Smart Pricer to share and highlight some of the insights they have gained.  We will begin with…

How Women Will Decide Hollywood’s Fate This Summer

As I sit here writing this column on April 15th Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire currently has 66 trails open for skiing. What in the world does this fact have to do with a summer movie boxoffice column? Excellent question….

Cinema of the Month: Cinecittà – Nuremberg, Germany

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Pathé Netherlands Suspends Two Top Executives

Dutch exhibition major Pathé Netherlands has suspended Managing Director Dertje Meijer and Finance Director Edwin Slutter effective immediately. Both the nature and the timing of the announcement came as a surprise to the industry. No specific reason was given for the…

2018 Summer Movie Preview

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look at what Hollywood has to offer moviegoers this summer movie season in our Celluloid Junkie 2018 Summer Movie Preview. But first a few notes. Despite what the calendar indicates,…

Will China Overtake US Box Office by 2020?

The roaring success of this year’s Chinese New Year box office releases has led to renewed speculation about China soon overtaking the United States as the world’s largest cinema market. Despite the failure of previous such predictions, there is a…

CJ’s Top 50 Women in Global Cinema – 2018

In its third year of the top women in global cinema list we have tried to widen both the pool of those we consider for this recognition, as well as the committee that arrived at these names. We are aware…

Women in Global Cinema – Ones to Watch 2018

Compiling the list of the Top 50 Women in Global Cinema became more difficult due to widening the criteria and receiving a record number of nominations this year. The selection committee realized that a large group of talented and hard-working…

UK Copy Cat of MoviePass Revealed

A UK copy-cat version of MoviePass cinema subscription service has been revealed, with now operator cPass currently accepting applications for its GBP £9.95 (USD $13.83) a month plan. The websitesays that “cPass is the first UK and European cinema subscription service….

Recognizing Women in Global Cinema

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”                                                    …

China Cinema News – New Year Special 2018

Chinese New Year is over (also known as Spring or Lunar Festival) and with it a record box office haul for the world’s second biggest cinema market, as we enter the Year of the Dog. After last year failed to…

Russia Is Now Europe’s Largest Cinema Territory

Russia overtook France in 2017 to become Europe’s biggest cinema territory in terms of admissions according to provisional data on cinema attendance published by European cinema trade body UNIC. Around 213.6 million tickets were sold in the Russian Federation, compared…

Vue Makes Plans to Open 30 Cinemas in Saudi Arabia

It’s official. The Saudi Arabian cinema land rush has officially begun. A mere two months after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially allowed for the opening and operation of new commercial cinemas for the first time since the 1970s, the…

Cinema of the Month: Emperor Cinemas – Hong Kong SAR, China

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

CJ Opinion: For Cinema, the Best Defence is Offence

There are many nice things about garden leave, as I have found since leaving Odeon/UCI last year. One is having the time to think and reflect on lessons learned. Another is reconnecting with friends in other industries, which apart from…

AMC Backs Off Premium-VOD Talks With Studios

With some of technology’s biggest players in Las Vegas last week for CES, Citigroup thought it would be a good idea to wrangle some of them into an investor conference taking place at the Bellagio Hotel. Among those in attendance…

Celluloid Junkie’s 2018 Cinema Predictions

2017 was an eventful year for the film and cinema business and 2018 promises to be even more so. So the Celluloid Junkie editorial team has gazed into the crystal ball to see what’s ahead. Here is a list of…

Cinema of the Month: Cinépolis JK Iguatemi – São Paulo, Brazil

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

Cinema is Coming to Saudi Arabia – Winners and Losers

Saudi Arabia is to allow cinema after 35 years of absence. The first cinemas could open as soon as March of 2018, with several operators vying for prime position. The aim is to have 2,000 screens in over 300 cinemas…

Korean Cinema Operators Look Abroad for Growth

South Koreas largest cinema operators are looking abroad for growth as the number of overseas cinema admissions overtakes that of Korea this year for the largest operator CJ CGV. Both CGV and Lotte have already a significant presence in several…

Cineworld In Negotiations to Acquire Regal – BREAKING NEWS

Regal Entertainment Group has confirmed that it is in negotiations to be acquired by European cinema major Cineworld in an all-cash deal. The proposed merger would value Regal at USD $23 per share, while the company’s share closed on NYSE…

What’s The Deal With the New MoviePass Annual Plan?

MoviePass, the movie theater subscription service that’s been stirring up the cinema industry over the past few months, announced they would be offering an annual plan for USD $89.95. That works out to USD $6.95 per month, or a 30%…

CJ CGV Plans to List its Foreign Subsidiaries

South Korean cinema major CJ CGV is set to stock market list its overseas cinema operation according to reports in Korean financial media. According to ChosunBiz CGV will begin with an initial public offering (IPO) of its Vietnamese subsidiary in…

Some Advice For Regal Cinemas On Dynamic Movie Ticket Pricing

During Regal Entertainment Group’s third quarter earnings call last week, while financial analysts grilled the company’s senior management on box office projections, EBITDA and the ROI of reseating multiplexes, CEO Amy Miles addressed two tangential subjects which received their fair…

CJ CGV to Open 33 Cinema in Moscow by 2020

Korean cinema major CJ CGV will become the first major foreign exhibitor to expand into Russia, with plans to build 33 cinemas with 160 screens in Moscow by 2020. CJ CGV signed a deal with Russian real estate company ADG…

Cinema of the Month: Pathé Tuschinski – Amsterdam, Holland

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Cinema for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will surely mention when…

CJ Talks to Jean Mizrahi, CEO Ymagis, at FNCF

I bump into Ymagis’ CEO Jean Mizrahi as we walk in opposite directions on Rue Eugene Colas that connects the centre of Deauville with the convention building on the beach. It was the first day of the annual French cinema…

Thailands Cineplex Signs Samsung Cinema LED Deal

Thailand’s Major Cineplex has become the first international customer to place an order for Samsung Cinema LED (trademarked as Samsung Premier) direct video (DV) screen. The screen will be installed in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon Cineplex in February 2018. Samsung also confirmed…

EXCLUSIVE: Samsung Cinema LED Brand Name Revealed

The brand name for Samsung’s Cinema LED direct view screen will be Samsung Premier. The trademark application was discovered and shared with Celluloid Junkie by consumer electronics website LetsGoDigital, which found that the Korean electronics major filed a trademark application (serial…

CGR Expands ICE LightVibes and Announces Hollywood Slate

CGR is set to expand its ICE premium large format (PLF) and has announced three Hollywood titles. At the just-concluded FNCF French cinema convention in Deauville CGR demonstrated its ICE premium cinema concept featuring Philips’ LightVibes in a small booth….

French Cinema Convention Kicks Off With Heated VPF Debate

The 72nd annual FNCF convention of French cinemas launched today with a heated discussion about the benefits of digitisation and virtual print fees (VPFs). The Congres de la Federation Nationale des Cinemas Francais (FNCF) held in the seaside town of…

Expocine 2017 Has More To Offer Attendees

Since its inaugural event four short years ago, Expocine has become the preeminent industry trade show for motion picture exhibitors and distributors in Latin America. Like CineEurope, its equivalent in the European Union, the conference has fast become invaluable for…

Is 2017 The Year of The Woman in Hollywood?

By Boyd Falconer, PhD and Jim Amos Sometimes we pull a muscle patting ourselves on the back when even the smallest amount of change occurs.  Lost two pounds in six months?  Yes, let’s celebrate with ravioli.  Managed to clean half…

Kinepolis Makes A Landmark Deal In Canada

The Belgian-based Kinepolis has announced the purchase of yet another cinema chain as the company continues its expansion via strategic acquisitions. This time around Kinepolis hopped across the Atlantic Ocean to scoop up Canada’s second largest exhibitor, Landmark Cinemas. News…

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing Opens at CSUN

On Friday 15 September, California State University Northridge (CSUN) named a building in their Media, Arts and Communication Complex: Manzanita Hall – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing. This was done in honor of the HFPA which has donated funds to…

Ten Years of Celluloid Junkie

It was ten years ago today that we published the first post on the newly launched CelluloidJunkie.com. Almost 1,500 posts later, with countless interviews, profiles, trade shows, not to mention a lot of popcorn and Coke under our belts, we…

Cinema of the Month: The Projector – Singapore

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

CJ Interview: Damola Layonu – Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria

Nigeria is the world’s second largest market in terms of films produced and it is now also Africa’s fastest growing cinema market, with multiplexes, IMAX screens and VIP cinemas catering to the prosperous Nigerian middle class. Having first met and…

CJ Analysis: MoviePass Strategy is a Big Data Gamble

Last week, when MoviePass lowered its “unlimited” moviegoing plan to just USD $9.95 per month, the ensuing news stories and their associated clickbait headlines could have written themselves. Each found it necessary to explain precisely what MoviePass is and remind…

Cinema of the Month: Picturehouse Central – London, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema management software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

CJ Opinion: How 1939 Can Once Again Save Hollywood

This past weekend was yet another dismal failure at the North American boxoffice with revenues off a staggering 45% versus the same week last year. The remainder of August also looks bleak and may not improve until the fall when the…

CJ Opinion: Should Warren Buffett Buy Regal Cinemas?

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful,” is one of Warren Buffet’s most famous maxims. It is this strategy combined with shrewd analysis and long-term thinking that has made the ‘Sage of Omaha’ one of…

Translating “Menashe” Into A Yiddish Success Story

When setting out to direct his first narrative feature, filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein certainly didn’t make it easy on himself. A well-regarded director and cinematographer with a rash of commercial and documentary credits to his name, Weinstein decided to set…

CJ @ CineEurope – ‘Women in Cinema’ panel

Celluloid Junkie recaps the main conference sessions at this years CineEurope for the benefit of those unable to attend or who did but want to jog their memories. As always, our transcription sometimes abbreviate to captures the gist of what…

First Reviews Are In For Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen

Samsung Electronics unveiled the first installation of its Cinema LED technology on 13 July in Seoul’s Lotte Cinemas World Tower 13 multiplex auditorium dubbed ‘Super S’. Samsung first demonstrated the technology at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas in March this year…

Vue West End Flagship Reopens To Impress

On Monday, July 10th, the Vue West End cinema in London’s Leicester Square reopened after having been closed for four months to complete extensive refurbishing. “We want to set a new standard for what is possible in the West End,” declared Kevin…

Cinema of the Month: Metrograph – New York, NY

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema ticketing and software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

2017 Mid-Year Studio Market Share Projections

Now that we’re halfway through 2017 it seems as good a time as any to project out how the Hollywood box office market share race will wind up by the end of the year. Can Disney hang onto its lead and…

CineEurope Celebrates Bob Sunshine’s Legacy

As part of its celebration of its Founders, this year CineEurope is presenting a special award to Robert (Bob) Sunshine, for his lifelong contribution to the global cinema industry. Bob’s industry involvement spans many decades and several continents. He has been…

What’s Happening on The Coca-Cola Booth at CineEurope This Year?

Celluloid Junkie has partnered with the Coca-Cola Company for a series of sponsored features highlighting what Coke does in cinemas, as well as exploring insights in retail inside and outside the cinema industry from various companies. Here we hear from Coca-Cola what they will be showcasing…

Cinema of the Month: ArcLight Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema ticketing and software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

EXCLUSIVE: CJ Interviews UNIC’s New CEO Laura Houlgatte

On the same day that “Wonder Woman” began conquering multiplexes all over the world, it was revealed that a no less formidable female force will be in charge of European cinema trade body UNIC. Laura Houlgatte Abbott, who has served as UNIC’s…

China’s Recognition of Private Cinemas to Grow Box Office

The introduction of a new media law on 21 April by media regulator SAPPRFT could see China’s box office count grow significantly, by including earnings from the country’s numerous private cinemas. The new law offers legitimacy to the previously grey market,…

Cinema Surround Screens Battle For Film Content

The battle between three rival cinema surround-screen operators is heating up, with different films used to promote the various immersive premium large format (PLF) propositions. CJ 4DPlex has secured two major Hollywood titles for ScreenX, while Barco’s Escape will next focus…

Projection Issue Spoils Netflix Cannes Debut

No doubt the Cannes Film Festival wishes to put the discussion surrounding their programming two Netflix titles at this year’s festival behind them. Yet in an ironic moment that underscored the ongoing debate of selecting films that will never be…

The Solution to LED Cinema Screens’ Audio Problem Lies in Finland

Anyone who saw the Sony’s CLEDIS or Samsung’s LED Cinema Screen demonstrations at this year’s CinemaCon could not fail to be stunned by the spectacular brightness, colour and detail of the images. Sadly the audio was far inferior to the images, highlighting…

UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Pilot Open for Mentee Candidates

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) has launched the UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Pilot Programme and is looking for candidates for its mentorship program.  The 12-month pilot initiative will see a number of female senior industry executives mentor a group of…

Cannes Film Festival Jury Answers The Netflix Question

Hanging over the start of the Cannes Film Festival today was the incessant discussion over the selection of two films produced by Netflix to appear in competition. It was all anyone attending Cannes, and especially those that aren’t, could talk…

EXCLUSIVE: Samsung’s LED Cinema Screen Passes DCI Compliance Test

Samsung Electronic’s LED direct view digital cinema display has passed DCI compliance tests and can thus now be used to screen new Hollywood releases in cinemas. Having first been shown at invitation-only demonstrations at CinemaCon in late March this year, the…

AMC Q1 Lifts Lid on Carmike, Odeon & NCG Integration

AMC has published its Q1 2017 figures and profits are down but revenue is up at the world’s biggest cinema chain. The 67.5% growth in turnover had a lot to do with including Carmike, Odeon and (four days of) NCG…

BREAKING NEWS: Korea Multiplex sells 20% Stake in Megabox

Korea Multiplex is selling 19.5% of its 50% stake in South Korean cinema chain Megabox to institutional investors for KWN 110 billion (USD $97.3 million). KB Asset Management and Shinhan BNP Paribas are buying 157,410 shares in South Korea’s third-largest cinema…

The Cyber Threat(s) Facing Cinemas

When discussing threats facing the cinema business, Netflix, piracy and shorter release windows always seem to come before any discussion about hacking and cyber threats. Yet as cinemas increasingly rely on complex databases, social media marketing, online transactions, networked point…

EXCLUSIVE: CJ Interviews Paul Donovan, former CEO of Odeon & UCI

Having turned around the fortunes of Odeon & UCI, the company’s CEO Paul Donovan stunned the cinema industry by announcing that he was stepping down shortly after the exhibitors’ sale to Wanda-owned AMC. After a period of well-deserved holiday, decompression and…

CJ Interviews: Yu Xin, General Manager, Dadi Cinemas

In collaboration with Boxoffice Magazine CJ recently celebrated the 50 top female executives in the global cinema industry. Here is an interview with this year’s top candidate, Dadi Cinemas’s Yu Xin, the general manager of China’s second largest exhibition circuit. It was carried…

Tech Potential and Promise of CinemaCon 2017 – Part 1.5

CinemaCon is a NATO construct built on the pillars of The Exhibitor’s movie palaces, The Studio’s mix of movies, and The Techniques and Technology that brings them to life. The pillars sit on a wild and nuanced history which reflects…

Tech Potential and Promise of CinemaCon 2017

HDR (high dynamic range) seemed very vivid and a lot more certain when it was theoretical. What the term HDR implied for cinemas – Higher and lower luminance, giving both more light and more dark slices of the CIE horseshoe…

CJ Cinema of the Month – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, Australia

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the worlds leading cinema ticketing and software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but we will…

How Sweden’s No. 2 Cinema Chain Went 100% Cashless

Sweden’s second largest cinema chain Svenska Bio went cashless for all of its 35 cinemas on 1 November 2016. More than four months into this world-first for a major cinema chain Celluloid Junkie talked to Suzanna Renhuldt, CMO of Svenska…

Gruvi: Movie Marketing in the Connected World

Winning Your Audiences. Movie Marketing in the Connected World is an e-book recently published by Gruvi which discusses why it’s so important to understand your audiences. This will help you to figure out how to meaningfully reach and communicate to…

CJ’s Top 50 Women in Global Cinema – 2017

In the second year that Celluloid Junkie celebrates the top female executives in the global cinema industry we have expanded the list from 25 to 50 amazing individuals. Even then we have not been able to include all inspiring women that…

Disney and Fathom Team Up to Help “Newsies” Make Headlines

When “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” screened in movie theatres in February as a three-day event cinema offering, there was a good chance it would be a financial success for all involved; Disney Theatrical Productions, which produced all aspects of…

Pathé Buying Out Gaumont Signals Further Cinema Consolidation

Gaumont is selling its 34% stake in the cinema chain Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to majority shareholder Pathé for around EUR €380 million (USD $400 million). The circuit has 108 cinemas with 1,076 screens across France – where it is the…

CJ Cinema of the Month – Olympic Studios, London, UK

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered with Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the world’s leading cinema ticketing and software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but…

CJ Opinion: Is VR for Cinema Overhyped?

Is virtual reality (VR) the saviour or a nail in the coffin for traditional cinema going? That depends on who you talk to or what you read recently. Efforts to launch VR as a symbiotic companion to the cinema experience…

Cinema Going Was Up in Europe in 2016

While the film screened there don’t contribute significantly to the European box office, the just concluded Berlin Film Festival is the occasion for publishing provisional statistics on the past year’s cinema attendance across Europe. No less than three trade bodies issued…

Which Cinema Chain Will AMC Buy Next?

With three one billion-dollar acquisitions in Europe in the timeframe of just ten months, AMC is by no means done with achieving Wanda’s goal of controlling 20% of global screen count. AMC’s Adam Aron has openly said that the world’s…

CGV Plants Flag in United States with Buena Park Opening

On Friday, January 27th CJ CGV, the South Korean based cinema operator, jump started its expansion into the United States market when it opened a brand new theatre complex in Buena Park, California. The venue, which will act as their…

2016 = Four Box Office Quarters = USD $11.372 billion

Guest columnist Patrick Corcoran, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of cinema trade body NATO, reviews the North American box office year 2016 and finds that for the first time it was a year of four equal quarters, amongst other…

Top Women in Cinema 2017 Nominations Open

Celluloid Junkie will this year once again honour some of the best, brightest and hardest working executives in the global cinema business who happen to be female. Last year’s Top 25 was incredibly well received and this year we will…

Cinema of the Month – White Cinema, Brussels, Belgium

Celluloid Junkie is proud to have partnered Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) for the Cinema of the Month series. Vista is the worlds leading cinema ticketing and software solutions company. We won’t just be featuring cinemas whose operators use Vista, but…

Huayi Bros Targets Wanda With Dadi Investment

The rivalry between the Dalien Wanda and Huayi Brothers is intensifying, with Huayi investing CNY ¥78.85 million (USD $11.5 million) for 95 million shares in Dadi Cinemas, China’s second largest cinema chain. The deal gives Huayi Bros a 4.56% stake…

CJ China Cinema News – Thursday 12 January 2017

CJ China Cinema News is back, looking at stolen BO, consolidation in 2017, staffing & training woes, a Trump year ahead, BBC goes Imax, Wanda opens 200th Imax screen, lost iPhones, private cinema prosecuted, China Intercom and Dadi, plus blind “see” cinema….

Legendary Projectionist Charles Aidikoff Dies at 101

With the adoption of digital cinema there seems to be fewer and fewer experienced motion picture projectionists working in the industry. Sadly the world now has one less. Indeed, Charles Aidikoff was such a fixture in Hollywood that his death…

Merry Christmas and an Exciting 2017 Ahead

Celluloid Junkie wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be back even bigger, better and with more coverage of everything that matters to the cinema industry in 2017….

CJ + Coke Retail Insights: Pret & the Right Ingredients

Celluloid Junkie & Coke bring you insights for the cinema retail sector from the Head of Design for Pret, one of the most successful and popular high end convenience food chains in London, New York, Shanghai and elsewhere….

Warner Bros. Delays Release of “Sully” In Brazil

At the last possible moment, Warner Bros. Pictures has delayed the release of “Sully: O Herói do Rio Hudson” (Sully: The Hudson River Hero) which was scheduled to open today, Thursday, December 1st. The studio made the decision due to…

Testing Odeon’s Facebook Messenger Chatbot

Odeon has with the help of Gruvi launched a chatbot for finding films and booking cinema tickets. The platform shows great promise, though bots inevitably have limitations….

What To Look For at Expocine 2016

Later this week motion picture exhibitors and distributors from around Latin America will be gathering in São Paulo, Brazil for Expocine 2016. The territory’s largest cinema trade show will be entering its third year and, as in 2015, appears to…

CJ Cinema Digest – Monday 14 November 2016

China screens overtake US, Reading suitor revealed, MM2 buys in Malaysia, Ymagis controls DSat, Indian cinema rupee woes, Empire debt-free, Warner joins German ticketing platform, Imax VR funding, Europa Cinema awards, ideal viewing position in cinema, Qube Wire launched, Arclight & Meyer sound, Cinemark, Xscape and Consolidated openings, chapel cinema, “Billy Lynn” post-mortem….

Movie Marketers Get the Message With Latest Apple iOS Upgrade

When Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system last month they added features and functionality in their messaging app that can be utilized by both distributors and exhibitors to market their offerings. The enhancements in iOS 10…

Filmmaker Ang Lee Becomes a Humble Technology Ambassador at IBC

As was the case at this year’s NAB conference in April, Ang Lee became the main attraction at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam receiving the IBC International Honour for Excellence at Sunday’s Award Ceremony for his contributions toward pushing big…

Shakeup for Sydney’s Cinema Scene

Sydney’s cinema scene is set to improve with the opening of a new 14-screen Palace Cinema and a make-over for the old science Imax. …

Cinema of the Month: Embassy Diplomat Screens – Bangkok, Thailand

The setting is thoroughly familiar to any jet setting CEO. A tastefully decorated lounge with a large selection of complimentary snacks, canapés, hot dishes and deserts, not to mention water, juices and coffee. A well stocked bar and an attentive bartenders who…

RealD Scores a Hat Trick in July

RealD had a good July with a patent win over Masterimage, acquisition of Tessive and a 4,000 screen deal with Wanda for China. …

CJ Analysis: Taking Stock of AMC’s Acquisition of Carmike

On July 15th Carmike Cinemas Inc. delayed a vote on whether to accept an acquisition offer from AMC Entertainment Holdings of USD $1.1 billion. The original shareholder vote was to take place on June 30th but was rescheduled for the…

Is Magi Pod the new mini Imax?

Doug Trumbull’s new Magi Pod concept showing 3D 4K 120fps movies in an an immersive boutique cinema format could be the most significant challenger to Imax yet. …

CJ @ CineEurope 2016: 10 Years of Event Cinema

ECA’s Melissa Cogavin reflected on 10 years of event cinema, followed by a panel with James Dobbin, Marc Allenby, Monica Törnblom, Franco di Sarro, Simon Tandy, Nicole Heim, Lucy Barclay…

CJ @ CineEurope 2016: Data Driven Innovation

CineEurope looked at the issue of data-driven innovation in cinemas with a panel of Fernando Evole (Cinépolis Spain), Will Palmer (Movio), Richard Powers (Showtime Analytics), Tonis Kiis (WB) and Jim Zak (comScore)…

Cinema of the Month: iPic Westwood – Los Angeles, CA

In completing this profile of the iPic Westwood as our Cinema of the Month for June, we were reminded just how important it is to avoid one’s own preconceptions. When we set out to cover the iPic Westwood, an upscale…

CJ Analysis: AMC Acquisition of Carmike In Jeopardy

The acquisition of Carmike Cinemas Inc. by AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. was never going to be entirely easy or uncomplicated. It is safe to say, after the events of the past two weeks, culminating in a delayed shareholder vote earlier…

“Finding Dory” Finds Box Office Records

These days every box office record seems to be reported with a string of qualifiers. Biggest midnight screening of an R-rated comedy starring a woman, largest opening of an American action movie in China during February, highest recorded per-screen-average of…

Woody Allen Goes Digital With Vittorio Storaro In Cannes

CANNES, FRANCE – Acclaimed filmmaker Woody Allen gives off the impression that he is not one to accept change very quickly, or even willingly. Almost all of Allen’s films open with short, simple credits featuring white text on a black…

Another Future of Film

Digital Hollywood’s Future of Film conference found new angles on the topic of what’s in store for movies in the age of VR, HDR and Netflix….

“Spotlight” Shines At 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

Open Road’s independent biographical drama “Spotlight” has a few more prizes to place on its mantle next to the Best Picture Oscar it took home earlier this year. The Tom McCarthy film picked up two trophies at the Golden Trailer…

CJ @ CinemaCon: International Keynotes Highlight Growing Global Industry

Each year before CinemaCon officially gets underway, the show’s organizers hold a day of seminars and panels focused on the international marketplace. Appropriately dubbed International Day, in the five years since the annual convention first started being held, the international…

Ang Lee Just Invented a New Form of Cinema

NAB2016 saw a demo “Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk” in 120fps 3D 4K. It was like nothing witnessed before. Afterwards the film’s director Ang Lee spoke about pushing the limits of cinema….

CJ @ CinemaCon: Interview with Carmike Cinemas CEO David Passman

When CinemaCon officially opens on Tuesday April 12th with the “State of the Industry” presentation, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will bestow the 2016 NATO Marquee Award upon David Passman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmike Cinemas,…

CJ @ CinemaCon: Interview with Phil Groves of IMAX

On Monday, April 11th CinemaCon will award Phil Groves from IMAX the CinemaCon Passepartout Award during the International Day luncheon at the annual trade show in Las Vegas. The award is presented each year to an industry executive who has…

China Box Office Fraud – Too Big To Ignore

Major box office fraud appears to be behind the success of martial arts blockbuster “Ip Man 3” with Chinese media and authorities finally tackling the well known problem. …

Are Movies Getting Longer?

Are movies getting longer? Stephen Follows crunches the numbers and analyses which genres, what directors and whether films are really do stretch on forever. …

Movio Knows What Women Want (in Cinema)

Movio is the data analytics company that understands movie going pattern based on analysis of vast amounts of cinema data. This is what they found for an under-served audience. …

The Force of Dolby Cinema

CJ Flynn goes behind the scenes at the AMC Dolby Cinema in Burbank to bring us his unparalleled analysis of the next generation movie-going experience….

Weekly Cinema Digest – Friday 21 January 2016

India – Could the Indian box office boom be undermined by single screen cinema closing faster than multiplexes are adding new screens? Like the PVR five-screen cinema at Grand Mall in Chennai’s Velachery, there are dozens of multiplexes across India ready…

How Sustainable Is The Chinese Cinema Market?

In 2011 the average ticket price in China was CNY ¥37 (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…

Weekly Cinema Digest – Friday 15 January 2016

Europe – 2016 was a pretty good year at the European box office, with the feel good of “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” at the end of the year masking some spectacular flops (remember “Fant4stic 4”?), some troubling attendance figures…

Cinema City Offers ‘Unlimited’ Ticket in Poland

Cinema City launched its ‘Unlimited’ ticket in Poland on 1 December. Priced at PLZ 42 (USD $10.39) for its cinemas outside Warsaw and PLZ 49 (USD $12.12) for its cinemas in Warsaw. The ticket is not valid for special events…

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