Event Cinema Association executive director Grainne Peat will be celebrating her first year in that role when the association convenes in Amsterdam next month for its annual convention. It has been a busy year for the association and for Peat who has implemented many changes. I recently spoke with her to talk about all that has happened in the past eleven months. Peat says one of her key challenges going forward is to better define what event cinema actually is. But first, we discussed the association’s new website.
Abramorama and Atlantic Records have expanded the theatrical release of Melanie Martinez’s debut full-length film K-12 to 32 countries, with more than 450 theatrical screenings in seven languages. Multiple cinemas around the world have added second and third encore screenings to cater to the demand.
Dolby, Warner Bros., and AMC Theatres today announced that, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, winner of four Academy Awards including Best Sound, audiences across the U.S. can experience the Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ film in the more than 135 Dolby Cinema at AMC locations around the U.S., beginning August 30.
Abramorama and Eagle Rock Entertainment are releasing a Banger Films documentary feature film that tells the story of how three oddball teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – became ZZ Top, one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers a half century after the band’s inception. All three band members will be in attendance at the premiere, as they prepare to embark on their 50thAnniversary Tour.
Melanie Martinez and Atlantic Records new album and accompanying full-length film, K-12 will be released September 6. Prior to that, the film will have its official Los Angeles film premiere on September 3 exclusively at Hollywood’s famed Arclight Cinerama Dome. An official New York City premiere will follow on September 5 at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square.
Fifty years later, the groundbreaking film that captured the original Woodstock music festival has become one of the most acclaimed documentaries ever produced – and Fathom Events is partnering with Warner Bros. to bring it back to movie theaters for one night only. Woodstock: The Director’s Cut will play at 7:00 p.m. local time, August 15, in movie theaters nationwide.
CineLife Entertainment, the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has partnered with CBS Home Entertainment as the exclusive theatrical distributor throughout North America for two Peanuts features: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Snoopy, Come Home (1972). This is the first time the digitally remastered films have been available for theatrical bookings since their original release dates.
Last week, seven years after the group’s inception, the Event Cinema Association managing director Grainne Peat proudly took center stage at CineEurope and presented ECA members’ product presentation to a packed main auditorium. This successful event did not happen overnight.
Boston-area theatre Showcase SuperLux has launched a new program that elevates the cinematic experience through specially curated artwork installations and live performances by noted local musicians. In addition to the superior comfort, dining and entertainment offerings available at Showcase SuperLux, guests will now enjoy ongoing arts programs inspired by classic and current films.
Spotlight Cinema Networks, a cinema advertising company dedicated to luxury and art house theatres, has announced two promotions and a key hire. Bernadette McCabe has been hired as executive vice president, CineLife Entertainment; Ronnie Ycong has been promoted to executive vice president, exhibitor relations & operations; and Christine DelGuidice-Kraemer has been promoted to senior vice president, marketing.