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…

Weekly Cinema Digest – Monday 28 December 2015

USA (CA) – Quentin Tarantino is angry, very angry, that Disney has booked up Los Angele’s ArcLight Cinerama Dome for “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” and blocked “The Hateful Eight” from screening there in 70mm. Appearing on The Howard Stern Show,…

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…

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…

China to Crack Down on Box Office Fraud

Chinese authorities are cracking down on box office fraud, with severe punishments for cinemas, ticket software vendors or apps caught siphoning off BO….

China Cinema Digest – Thursday 17 December 2015

From left: Hu Qiming, Mao Zheng Jun, Lu Way, Yu Xin (photo: Mtime) Mtime hosted a cinema conference on 11 December with a panel on “Diversified Cinema Revenue”. With over 31,000 screens, 6,200 cinemas and CNY ¥40 billion (USD $6.17 billion) in…

Weekly Cinema Digest – Monday 14 December 2015

UK – It is not just cinemas in the US taking security precautions during the new “Star Wars” film, with UK cinemas also asking patrons to refrain from wearing Darth Vader masks and bringing light sabres. Odeon has sold 500,000…