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 ¥ (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…

CJ Cinema News Digest – Monday 16 January 2016

KSeraSera in piracy trouble (again), Cinepedia launched, Saudi cleric blasts cinema, Punjab cinemas get tax holiday extension, Kerala cinema stop striking, Hamburg dual-audio language cinema world first, vegans hijack Event Cinemas choctop poll, Warmth Week outdoor cinema in Manchester….

CJ Cinema News Digest – Friday 13 January 2017

Cineworld revenue up, record Korean BO year, good Dutch BO too, quotas urged for Thai films, Danish cinema misbehaviour, SF flagship cinema closed by leak, ECA Award nominations announced, “Call of Duty” at Cineplex cinemas, Stockholm’s Bio Capitol hits 4000% Kickstarter goal. …

CJ Cinema News Digest – Wednesday 11 January 2017

Carol Welch new MD of Odeon UK, Döllerer and Overkämping up at Yorck, evolution of digital cinema, India Q4 stalls, Kerala cinemas shut, Lincoln NE restricts cinemas, Nitehawk programmers interviewed, Cinemanext installs 16th EclairColor, AMC opens 50th Dolby Cinema screen and Iowa has “the world’s oldest continuously operating movie theater in a town of 7,000 people.” …

CJ Cinema Property Update – Tuesday 10 January 2017

USA: Cinépolis goes VIP in NE, Carmike in Anderson Towne, Morehead Foundry down with hipsters, CinéBistro hiring in Baltimore; India: Cinépolis in Hyderabad; Gulf: Nov’s laser Imax in Qater, Reel and City Walk become Roxy in Dubai; France: Paris’ Etoile Cinémas is arthouse of tomorrow, quality three-screener in Castelnaudary; UK: Curzon Colchester in September; Philippines: SMLEI’s first concept cinema in Manila’s Mall of Asia. Renovation/Re-opening: Les 3 Luxembourg’s in Paris, Scotland’s Screen Machine. Closing: Cinema City out of Budapest’s MOM Park, Mainz’s Residenz closes, demolition starts at Newcastle’s Odeon. …

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