“It’s like nothing we have ever seen before,” said Graham Spurling, the owner of Movies @ Cinemas, one of Ireland’s largest cinema chains. “The rule book has been ripped apart. But look, we have got to keep positive. We will see good times again.” He’s not the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Showman for nothing. Full disclosure, I consider him to be my friend.
Innovation Arts & Entertainment, the Chicago based company that founded and operates the annual Beach Road Weekend music festival on Martha’s Vineyard, has been awarded a contract to build and operate a new outdoor entertainment center on Cape Cod.
CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has announced the drive-in theatre rollout of The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon, a concert filmed in Havana, Cuba in 2016. The company will partner with UK content provider Eagle Rock to bring this film to drive-in theatres across the U.S. and Canada for an exclusive summer concert experience beginning July 1, while observing specific state reopening guidelines.
Showcase Cinemas today launched ShowcaseNow, a new video-on-demand service designed to complement and expand upon the exhibitor’s in-theatre event cinema programming. Showcase also introduced free apps for IOS and Android.
Fathom Events, alongside Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, will return to theatres with a first-run film this summer with Millennium Media and Rod Lurie’s military thriller, The Outpost, a true story based on Jake Tapper’s best-selling non-fiction book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. The exclusive event is scheduled to begin on July 2 on approximately 500 screens, followed by a weeklong limited theatrical run starting July 3. Each screening will be accompanied by a special introduction from select cast members and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Abramorama and Gigantic! Productions announced today that the ABCinemaNow national live streaming premiere screening of the feature documentary Parkland Rising is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00 pm EDT to coincide with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Denver-based distributor Fathom Events has named former AMC Entertainment executive Letha Steffey head of marketing. With a passion to revitalize and grow brands, Steffey has held executive marketing positions across industries, including Hallmark Cards and ADT Security Services, where she led the modernization of the ADT brand and launched the “Feel Safe” campaign.
When it became obvious that the COVID-19 outbreak was going to have a dramatic and negative impact on the motion picture business, Fathom CEO Ray Nutt issued a memo to encourage his employees not to give in to fear. Here is his message:
Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could, the first episode of Goodnight With Dolly, Dolly Parton’s series of bedtime stories for children, exceeded all expectations over the weekend, garnering nearly six million views across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and The Imagination Library’s own website. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.5 million children around the world each month.
Some event cinema distributors and their partners are getting creative in these challenging times. This Thursday, April 2, the Los Angeles-based event cinema distributor Abramorama and The Dollywood Foundation will present an online book-reading series entitled Goodnight with Dolly. Abramorama was originally scheduled to release the documentary The Library That Dolly Built in more than 330 cinemas on April 2. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the film will instead open nationally the week of September 21, to commemorate the Library’s 25th anniversary.