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 Digest – Monday 19 September 2016

Indian cinemas love online ticketing, UNIC-CICAE statement, GSC for sale, Imax VR details, Everyman to double, PVR NCDs for acquisition, Cinepolis India to spend & grow, Italy €2 cinema scheme a hit, Madrid €6 cinema, Argentina cinema on curriculum, EclairColor in Deauville, Numero win Roadside, SmartPricer expands UCI trial, West Africa’s first Imax, oral sex in cinema, TIFF film too ‘Raw’, Imax in Asfotd, Picturehouse in Chester, Berlin’s Delphi Lux, Regal Hamilton 8, save Curzon Mayfair, Wellington’s ‘secret’ 38-seat cinema for sale. …

CJ Cinema Digest – Friday 2 September 2016

Wanda’s PVR interest and HY results, China cinema law, CGV brand win, Spain 21% cinema VAT anger, German small cinema growth, no Odeon Bath 3am shows, Amazon open air car cinema Poland, Prospero on UK’s outdoor cinema love, Cinex Plaza and Majestic NZ go digital, Celebration! closed caption, Dan Fuhlendorrf sues UCS, German cinema robbery, LFF temporary Thames screen, The Light Bolton sees light of day, art deco cinema saved in Belfast but lost in London, and dog cinema in Norway. …

CJ Cinema Digest – Monday 29 August 2016

“Billy Lynn” screening challenge, Alibaba cinema investment, VRrOOm VR cinemas, Aries’ Indian 10,000 4K plan, Osman Exhibitor of the Year, Indian single screens and piracy, ‘Jason Bourne” 3D complaints, Argentina cinema stabbing, German outdoor cinema washout, Tarunga multiplex and “Nine Lives” 19 midnight screenings. …

CJ Cinema Digest – Friday 26 August 2016

France €4 tickets, Vista growth, Korea cinema sizzles, Regal dividends, VR & IMC results, FSK trailer reviews, Inox investment, Cinépolis & Barco, AAM blog, Beiersdorf goes Christie, Lotte safety, Reading death suit, Regal picks Eco3d for seating, Rivoli roof bar, Vue Preston, Gold Cinema Santa Cruz, Hoyts returns to Christchurch and Northern Ireland Cinema Day. …

CJ Cinema Digest – Monday 22 August 2016

Jim Patterson RIP, CGV increases Blitz stake, Carnival buys Bombay Talkies, Spain BO up, German BO down, UK’s cheapest cinema tickets, Beth Figge joins QSC, SF Norway’s Supersalen PLF, German CineApp, popcorn by weight in India,smuggling watermelons into cinema, popcorn fire in Sydney, sex assault in Vue, Germany ‘self defence’ gun in cinema, French outdoor cinema cancelled over security, Wildwood grows, first new cinema in Congo in 25 years and stop-motion Lego marriage proposal in cinema….

CJ Cinema Digest – Wednesday 17 August 2016

Alibaba goes cinema, Vox goes Saudi, CGV charged, Brazil cinemas need banks, Alamo grows, NCM bonds, Profits@Dundrum, trailer trauma, Guzzo baby surrender, UFO sues cinemas, deaf man sues Celebration Cinemas, laser survey, Sunshine bomb hoax, Reel goes luxury at Palm, Vue facelift, Pathé and Gaumont documentary….