Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
As the old saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. So while some movie exhibitors have responded to annoying cell phone use in theaters by deploying theater ninjas or simply kicking out rude patrons altogether, Cinemark is taking a different tack with a bit of positive reinforcement.
The national theater chain has just unveiled a new iPhone and Android app called CineMode, which tracks whether a cell phone is used during a film. Smartphone owners who refrain from playing with their glowy screens are then rewarded with digital coupons. More details after the jump.
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The more often you go the movies, the more snobby you become. Everything has to be just right: the seat, the picture, the sound, everything just a certain way so you can enjoy the film. What this (admittedly selfish) mindset also does is create a long list of pet peeves: other people talking during a movie; checking their phones; or arriving late and asking if those middle seats you got by showing up 30 minutes early are open. I am guilty of being one of these snobs.
Few things are more distracting when a movie starts than people who arrive after the show has started and the Alamo Drafthouse is doing something about it. Starting January 3, they’ll be implementing a strict policy that no one will be admitted into a theater once the movie has begun. If you’re running late, you can get your money back or a ticket to another showtime but everyone must arrive on time.
“Bravo,” is my immediate reaction. What’s yours? Read their full blog and comment below. Read More »
Fans of Middle Earth who’ve been following The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey closely know that advance tickets go on sale at noon EST Wednesday. It said so in both previously released commercials. But with that news comes not only our first list of theaters showing Peter Jackson‘s film in 48 frames per second, but the news that select theaters will show a marathon of the full Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions the week leading up to The Hobbit.
After the jump, get links to all of this, listen to a rousing sample from Howard Shore‘s score and read the full track listing. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Earlier this year, the Alamo Drafthouse took one step closer to making New York cinephiles’ dreams come true by announcing a new location planned for the Upper West Side. Six months later, plans seem to be well on their way, as the community board has approved a two-year liquor license for the theater. New York audiences will get to enjoy a dinner and drinks delivered right to their seats, just like Drafthouse patrons in other cities.
So that’s the good news. The bad news is that the renovations are taking somewhat longer than expected, to the point that the opening has now been pushed from 2013 to 2014. This means the Alamo Drafthouse location under construction in in Yonkers, which is just north of New York City, will be the first location in the tri-state area to open its doors. More after the jump.
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With a concept that blends the video game Journey and current NBC hit show Revolution, the Emmy Award winning Fourth Wall Studios today launches the first episode of Flare. It’s an interactive online series set in a post apocalyptic world where the sun is no more. Survivors are scarce, but every morning at 7:44 a.m. a mysterious light shoots into the sky, only to disappear soon after.
That’s the hook for the show and the first episode, The Hunt, follows two of the survivors at odds in the unforgiving world with that one beacon of hope. Burke, played by Jamie McShane (Thor, Sons of Anarchy) has lost everything and runs into the family of Dale, played by Mark Moses (Mad Men, Platoon). The result is a dark game of cat and mouse with everything on the line.
And that’s just the first episode. Fans will soon be able to contribute stories set in this universe that could, ultimately, effect what happens on the show itself. After the jump, check out the exclusive debut trailer for Flare and link to the first episode, which is now online. Read More »
An extremely exciting screening, an epic cinematic experience and the return of an old friend. Three similarly themed, movie theater related pieces of news all reside below. Read about:
- On October 27, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood is hosting an epic 30th anniversary screening of Tron.
- Learn all about Cinerama, an outdated – but back for a limited time - three-projector film screening system.
- MoviePass, the struggling filmgoing pass, is making a comeback.
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When it comes to premium services, moviegoers are used to paying a little more. Almost all theaters charge more for films that are in IMAX, 3D or feature assigned seating and a lack of commercials. So when Peter Jackson announced that The Hobbit would be shot and distributed in 48 frames per second, the first films ever to do so, most assumed the higher frame rate would result in an increased ticket price. Variety now reports that won’t be the case. When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters this December 14, a 3D ticket to see it in 48 frames per second will cost the same as a 3D ticket to see it in 24 frames per second. There’s more after the jump.
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Uncomfortable glasses are certainly near the top of anyone’s laundry list of problems with 3D. For decades, glasses have been an unavoidable fact because 3D is comprised of two different images, projected from behind you, and the glasses are the tool that combines the two into a three-dimensional illusion. In recent years, with 3D become more popular and lucrative, companies have been trying to solve the problem of presenting 3d without glasses. While devices like the Nintendo 3DS have proposed solutions, nothing has been affordable or practical on a mass, theatrical level.
Enter South Korean researchers who published a new study in Optics Express. They’ve come up with a technique that would allow theaters to keep their traditional projectors behind the audience and, by adding few simple optics on the screen and in front of the projector, would result in glasses-free 3D. Read more details after the jump. Read More »
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