The Big Bad Virtual Print Fee

I have not made it secret that I think that the approaching the end of the Virtual Print Fee is a very good thing. I have converted theatres, sold projectors and though long and hard about the changing movie landscape. On the surface the Virtual Print Fee is a sharing of the cost of digitizing…

Proclaiming The Movie Experience

In a recent Hollywood Reporter, Faith Popcorn ,that out there forecaster of the future, was quoted as saying “Movie theaters are dying. As consumers hide out in their at-home binge-cocoons, devouring entire seasons of HBO and Netflix programming, theater owners will partner with hotels to create binge retreats. These will be fab private dens you…

Stranger Things…Nostalgia and The Millennials

Okay, for better or worse the Millennials have become our largest demographic base of consumers. In America they have easily overtaken the baby boomers and represent 69 million consumers. Lose them…you lose your business. My big concern for the exhibition business is the fact that last year 15% of Millennials stopped going to the movies….

Regional Movies…..Big Box Office

One of the major issues, the American theatrical exhibition industries has is its addiction to large Hollywood Blockbusters. It’s fortunes rise and fall on the exhibition of fewer and budget engorged films. Box office numbers are slipping and slipping badly. Millennial populations are abandoning movie going in favor of a myriad of choices that exist…

Pokemon Go and The Movies

I just finished a road trip to the East Coast. I had to endure hours of endless chatter by my traveling companions regarding PokemonGO. We are building some drive-in environments and my mind was focused on noise variances and concession make-up (yes regionally skewed concessions are a very good thing). It was not the case…

The Monopoly Waltz: The Loss Of An American Cinematic Voice

There is no doubt that China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co. plans to become the world’s largest movie-theater company one way or another. After devouring AMC, an awkward seduction with Carmike, acquiring Australia’s Hoyts it has now position itself to take full advantage of the much weakened British pound the the U.K.’s leaving of the EEC…

Muddy Waters, Muddy Future: The Decline Of B Movies

In American Graffiti, probably the truest film about being young and American in the last moments of innocence, one of lead character John Milner laments the demise of rock and roll after the death of Buddy Holly. Carol: [John turns off the radio] Why did you do that? John Milner: I don’t like that surfin’…

A New Independence Day: Reclaiming The Media

This is a weekend to remind ourselves of the bravery and courage it takes in today’s world to call ones self independent. Whether it is an independent filmmaker or as an independent exhibitor it is getting increasingly tough to operate. Markets are shrinking and becoming more focused and diverse. The foreign markets are relying less…

The Onion: The Many Layers Of Lloyd Kaufman

“Troma’s War is a very underrated movie, and it got totally fucked by the MPAA. Richard Heffner, who just made a noise like a frog and was president of the MPAA, told Michael Herz over the phone that our movie stunk. The MPAA is not supposed to do that, and they disemboweled our movie. They…

The Schizophrenia Of The Movies

In the 1985 film, “Young Sherlock Holmes” directed by Barry Levison, a stained glass window and attacks the vicar of an Anglican church. This brief 30 second scene is historically exceedingly significant in the history of modern cinema. This was the first time that a composite computer-generated animation with a live-action background. The Pixar group…

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