The Independent Cinema Alliance has announced that Saturday, January 18 will be the inaugural Independent Cinema Day. The goal of the holiday is to encourage moviegoers nationwide to support their local independent cinema. The ICA is a trade association dedicated to providing a public voice that promotes the importance of independent cinemas as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and vibrant motion picture industry.
A new study reports that art house movie patrons greatly value their local theatres and show that both with their attendance and their money. For the sixth consecutive year, the Art House Convergence, a trade organization, partnered with Avenue ISR to learn more about art house audiences in the U.S
Established in the 1920s, the Lido Cinema in Auckland is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious cinemas. Originally opened as a single-screen art house cinema, the Lido expanded with a second 44-seat capacity theater known as The Lounge in 2005. The Lido recently decided to upgrade the aging 5.1 sound system in The Lounge.
UK cinema support company Indy Cinema Group is making its first appearance at CinemaCon this year where it will partnering with independent cinemas in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina. Formed in 2010, Indy offers services such as film booking negotiation, scheduling, marketing, and theatre management systems.
Qube Cinema has published a case study highlighting the deployment of Qube Wire by Tugg, a pioneer in developing the Cinema On Demand model bridging the gap between filmmakers and audiences. According to the company, Tugg has the ability to book titles into more than 85 percent of commercial movie theatre screens in the US, from the largest circuits to independent art houses. One noteworthy aspect of the Tugg platform is that it also provides access to venues that potentially wouldn’t ordinarily play a film, such as churches, museums and libraries.
Christie cinema projectors illuminated all three screens for the September grand opening of New York State’s newly renovated, historic Bedford Playhouse. The original Playhouse first opened its doors in April 1947, and 70 years later the total audio/visual design and installation phase for the new complex was awarded to Digital Media Systems, a valued Christie business partner, as part of the construction of the new facility that began in spring 2017.
A group of independent movie theatre exhibitors have formed a new, unincorporated non-profit organization named the Independent Cinema Alliance. The ICA invites all independent cinema operators, ranging from single screen venues to multiplexes, including drive-ins, to join this organization and support its mission to advocate on behalf of independent exhibitors.
Fresh Air Flicks founder/owner Glen Sanders spotted the trend of outdoor cinema early on as it gained traction in Brooklyn and other communities. Starting out in 2004, Sanders and Fresh Air Flicks were providing giant inflatable screens for events like Movies with a View that would bring as many as 8,000 people out for an evening to watch films in the park beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is opening a new theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 33,000-square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be the first in the Charlottesville market area and is expected to open in early summer 2017. In addition to in-theater dining, drinks and upgraded seating with recliner availability, the Charlottesville location will have one of the first Alamo Drafthouse Cinema premium large-format screens in the country, which will include the latest Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection and upgraded digital sound for a truly immersive film experience.
Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based cinema chain known for its strict “no talking, no texting” policy will open a much-anticipated theater in downtown Brooklyn this summer. Currently in its final phase of construction, the flagship theater will feature seven screens celebrating all forms of cinema.