Despite the fact that industry stories continue to sound the alarm about box office woes, Studio Movie Grill, based in Dallas, says that in 2017 it has experienced major increases in off-peak attendance as well as with smaller films. The company credits MoviePass for much of that success
Cineworld, the U.K.’s largest cinema operator, has acquired Regal, one of the largest theatre circuits in the U.S., for a reported $5.9 billion. The deal would create the world’s second-largest movie theater owner and enable Cineworld to better compete with AMC Entertainment, which is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The Cineworld-Regal combination would create a company with more than 9,500 screens in 10 countries.
Later this month Emagine Entertainment will unveil its Super EMAX theatre, which features a 92 feet wide by more than 48 feet tall screen. The company says it is the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan. Located at Emagine’s Novi location, the theatre’s grand opening will take place December 15 with the first showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In advance of the December 15 release of Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, National CineMedia is now presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie as part of its revamped preshow Noovies. The content is part of NCM’s Noovie Backlot series. For Steve Ochs, NCM’s senior vice president, marketing and creative, this is all part of his overall effort to re-imagine the preshow experience.
Barco announced today that it has reached an agreement with China Film Company to change the ownership structure of its BarcoCFG joint venture for the Chinese cinema market.
Ymagis Group today launched EclairGame, a new esports based entertainment system fully-dedicated to gaming in cinemas, and a first agreement with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema circuit in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Just in time for Christmas, MoviePass is offering a one-year subscription plan for a flat fee of $89.95 and a $6.55 processing fee. Existing MoviePass customers will receive 25 percent savings from their current $9.95 per month plan if they subscribe to the new one year MoviePass subscription plan.The one-year subscription plan will be available only for a limited time.
Dolby, Paramount Pictures, and AMC Theatres today announced that Titanic, winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, will return to select theaters nationwide December 1 for an exclusive one-week engagement in Dolby Cinema at AMC.
MoviePass has expanded its leadership team and named Bernadette McCabe as senior vice president of exhibitor relations. McCabe, a proven industry veteran and former Screenvision Media executive with more than 16 years of experience, will be responsible for growing and developing the company’s relationships with movie theater exhibitors. She will spearhead strategic initiatives across marketing and business development, provide financial insights for how theaters can glean the most value from MoviePass data and analytics, and evaluate opportunities to increase collaboration between theaters and movie studios.
Classic Cinemas is installing DTS:X immersive audio technology across 16 screens at five of its locations in the greater metropolitan Chicago region. The installation has begun and will be completed by Spring 2018 at the following theatres in Illinois: Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles, Cinema 12 in Carpentersville, Lake Theatre in Oak Park, North Riverside Luxury 6 in North Riverside, and York Theatre in Elmhurst.