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Last summer, /Film checked out the first 4DX screen in the United States. 4DX is a theater that shows 3D movies, but also incorporates physical experiences to make the audience member feel like they’re experiencing the film in a new way. We concluded it was an interesting idea, but the first movie we saw – the long, boring Transformers: Age of Extinction – might not have been the best film for the format. We thought something that was shorter, and a bit more directly tied to physical movement, would be better. Something like San Andreas.

Well, San Andreas opens next month and 4DX is launching some new in-theater effects – snow, rain and warm air – just in time for the summer movie season. Below, read more about the new 4DX effects and see a clip from San Andreas, which stars Dwayne Johnson. Read More »

Prima Cinema

Hollywood and the movie theaters have finally figured out a system they agree on to screen first run movies in your house. It costs $35,000 for the hardware and a $500 per rental.

A company called PRIMA Cinema has created a system that allows people to watch movies opening in theaters in their homes. The $35,000 hardware includes multiple failsafes to ensure the film looks and sounds great. It also includes a separate biometric security system so only the person who is authorized to watch the movie is watching the movie. After that, each rental is $500 but you are required to pre buy 10 movies at the start, so the whole system costs $40,000. Read More »

imax laser projection

For several years, IMAX has been working on a revolutionary new laser projection system. Projection technology that blows away digital and film in terms of clarity and contrast. Well, out of nowhere that technology is now. Literally.

IMAX will publicly debut laser projection at Wednesday world premiere of Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. It’ll remain in the venue indefinitely. Read more about IMAX laser projection below. Read More »

Would You Buy a Movie “Superticket?”

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Movie theaters are always looking for an edge. A way to draw people into their establishment and away from their laptops, streaming services and big screen televisions. They’ve tried almost everything. Now, a cinema in the UK is trying something that mixes media. It’s an idea that’s been tried on a small scale in North America, but this is the first time in the UK. It’s an idea that begs the question, is this the answer?

The idea is a Superticket. It’s a ticket that not only gives you admission to a movie, but a future download to a digital copy of the film. We’ll discuss more below. Read More »

StubHub movie tickets

If you’ve used StubHub before, then it was probably to buy overpriced tickets to a sold out live music or sports event. Well it looks like the eBay-owned ticket seller wants to expand beyond the music and sports category into theme parks, museums and movie theaters. But how would StubHub movie tickets sales even work?

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4dx

If you live in Los Angeles and have yet to check out the 4DX theater at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, this weekend is the perfect time to do it. You’ll be making history as part of the world’s first 4D Film Festival, taking place as part of the 3D Film Festival on Saturday November 6. Both Penguins of Madagascar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will screen in 4D preceded by a mystery screening and followed by a panel discussing the technology along with virtual reality.

The whole event sounds like something that’s a must attend if you have interest in the future of theatrical exhibition. Below, read more about the world’s first 4D film festival and more. Read More »

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Whether you loved it or hated it, heard it or didn’t, the one thing we can all agree on regarding Interstellar is that it is a fantastic conversation piece. Christopher Nolan‘s latest film has so many moving parts, so many budding mysteries and surprises, it’s a movie that’s well worth visiting more than once. Now, AMC Theaters is allowing you to do that as many times as possible for one price.

AMC is offering their members an industry-first “unlimited ticket” that’ll get you into Interstellar whenever you want, for as long as it’s playing. Below, read more about AMC’s Interstellar unlimited ticket. Read More »

Interstellar sound problems

From the first screenings of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, you could hear the controversy coming. Audiences in different cities complained about the sound in the film. Nolan’s mix, or something in the presentation, resulted in several lines of dialogue – seemingly important lines – being blown out by sound effects and music. Was this an artistic choice by Nolan? Or was it the fault of individual theaters?

/Film reported on the sound issues, and as the story spread over days, no one would comment. Not Nolan’s camp, not Paramount Pictures and not IMAX. The only update was from one theater in upstate New York, which blamed Nolan for the sound. Now, finally, Nolan has responded to the controversy. Does he accept blame? Does he even think there’s a problem? Read Nolan’s quotes about the Interstellar sound problems below. Read More »

interstellar sound issues

Over a week after our story about the sound problems in some theaters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, neither Nolan’s camp or anyone from a major theater chain has offered any kind of explanation. It remains a mystery everywhere…except for one theater in upstate New York. They say it’s Christopher Nolan’s fault.

A patron of the Cinemark Tinseltown USA and IMAX in Rochester, NY tweeted an image of a sign posted outside theater. The sign says their sound system is fine and it was Christopher Nolan’s mix that’s the problem. Once news of the sign made it into the public, it was quickly taken down, but you can see it below. Read More »

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Briefly: Peter Jackson‘s final journey to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens December 17. Much like Warner Bros. did with the final Lord of the Rings film, they’re going to be hosting in theater trilogy marathons leading up to the opening.

Reports are The Hobbit Trilogy marathon is going to happen in select IMAX theaters on December 15 with tickets going on sale in the US Friday, November 14 (Other parts of the world have them already on sale). The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey would play at 1 p.m., The Desolation of Smaug at 4 p.m. and then The Battle of the Five Armies at 7 p.m. They’re all theatrical editions. Beyond that, no official details have been revealed, but we’ll update this post when that happens. For now, check your local theater. [The One Ring]