By the end of this year, many of your favorite movies won’t exist in physical form.

Movies, of course, started as reels of film and remained like that for the better part of a century. About six years ago, digital distribution began and those movies were distributed as discs or on hard drives. Now, the three biggest theater chains in the country – Regal, AMC and Cinemark  - have all but assured satellite distribution will begin to take hold.

The theaters have partnered with a company called the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition to begin to being to receive films, promotional materials and more via satellite. The DCDC is currently comprised of five major studios, Lionsgate, Disney, Paramount, Warners and Universal, with Sony and Fox currently negotiating.  Read More »

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It’s extremely fitting that, as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival kicks off, the biggest hit from the year prior returns to theaters. Beasts of the Southern Wild, which recieved four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, returns to select theaters Friday January 18. This extremely unique, extremely beautiful and extremely emotional film is well worth seeking out on the big screen and, after the jump, we’ve got the full theater listing.  Read More »

In Los Angeles, we’re blessed with some of the best movie theaters in the world. I’m not talking about the state-of-the-art multiplexes either. I mean the multitude of tiny repertory theaters that show everything from silent films to cult releases of the ’80s, ’90s and today. Theaters like these are heaven for film fans. A place to see an old favorite on the big screen with a director Q&A after, sitting next to a Hollywood star, who is there just to experience the movie as a fan like you.

The problem with these theaters is they have a limited mass appeal. Without the latest movies to show, their audiences are generally limited. So they struggle to stay afloat. One of Los Angeles’s best repertory theaters, the Cinefamily, is currently in need of some support to keep up with the advancing technology in the film industry. So they’ve started a Kickstarter. Just head to that link to help or read more about the theater and its aims below. Read More »

Advance tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are now on sale, and anyone buying has a big question to answer: how do we want to see Peter Jackson‘s latest J.R.R. Tolkien film? The choices are plentiful: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D or HFR 3D. Then you have a preview of Star Trek Into Darkness to factor in, too.

Peter Jackson certainly hopes you’ll choose the format you’re least familiar with. The Oscar winning director took to Facebook to explain his reasoning behind shooting the trilogy at double the frame rate of every other movie, and to explain the historical significance of the technology. After the jump, you can read his Q&A on that as well as about mounting controversy about animal deaths on set, and more Hobbit news. Read More »

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 »

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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