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- Learn all about Cinerama, an outdated – but back for a limited time - three-projector film screening system.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 »
Part of what makes Batman so popular is we all feel like, if we had his money, we could be that person. Just give us billions of dollars and we could afford the suit, the car, the fighting lessons and parental issues. Of course that’s not true but now, here’s proof you can definitely have your very own Batcave. Elite Home Theater Seating posted images of a project they’re helping with: building a Batcave home theater for a California resident. And as you can see above, it’s super impressive. Check out more images after the jump. Read More »
Big movies, literal ones, are coming to Los Angeles. From September 28th to October 4th, the Cinearama Dome at Arclight Hollywood is planning on playing a slew of the original films that played the Dome in 1963, in massive three strip Cinerama projection. Among the titles are How The West Was Won, This Is Cinerama and The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm. There wil also be 70mm or 2K projection of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and 2001: A Space Odyssey among others.
Speaking of that sci-fi classic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is co-hosting what organizers call the first ever American retrospective of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, from November 2012 through June 2013. The event will include an ongoing exhibit of “ archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials, and props.” Then, of course, there will be screenings and events that take place too.
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A new, state of the art theater is soon opening in Los Angeles and it’ll do something few theaters do: charge a sliding amenity fee to all tickets. Depending on what day and time you go to the new Sundance Sunset Cinemas in West Hollywood, CA, you’ll be charged an additional $1-$3 on top of the standard $12 admission to account for reserved seating, WiFi and lack of commercials. And while this might sound like something to get up in arms about, it certainly seems like a more customer friendly option than similar theaters who charge a premium for these services as part of their standard ticket price. Read more after the jump. Read More »
With the theatrical film experience seemingly fading away with each passing day, it’s nice to know some companies still hold it sacred. Tugg is one of those companies. Launched this past February, Tugg is a website that does virtually all the work of booking a film screening, allowing anyone to set up theatrical screenings of major movies in their local cinema. Since its inception, however, I kind of forgot about the company and decided to check in. What’s going on with Tugg?
What I found was the site has been expanding exponentially. They’re legitimately distributing smaller films, have hundreds of incredible titles available and fans across the country are making use of the service. A quick glance through their library reveals several of my personal favorite films which I’ve never seen on the big screen: The Apartment, Office Space, Rocky, The Rules of the Game, Predator, The Sandlot and several others. After the jump, I’ll show you a bunch of other awesome movies you can Tugg and give you a bit of background on how it’s working. Read More »
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Two hours and 45 minutes of 70 mm film means The Dark Knight Rises is, literally, a big movie. Christopher Nolan‘s choice to shoot his new Batman film in full IMAX means that the IMAX film prints will weigh up to 600 pounds when fully assembled (and people wonder why theaters are switching to digital). In a new video posted from the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, which has the largest IMAX screen in North America, you can see the incredible lengths some theaters will have to go to in preparation to show the epic conclusion of Nolan’s series. Read More »