A New Slate: Life After The VPF’s

When I am not sitting at my kitchen table, pounding away at my keyboard writing about movies, I am either trying to build some kind of drive-in environment or once and awhile like I did earlier this month wade into the murky waters of making movies. I enjoy it, it is a huge amount of…

Scenes From A Mall

Some of my favorites movies were set in malls. Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Scenes From A Mall, Mallrats and of course George Romero’s 1978 classic Dawn Of The Dead. On screen and off Malls function as a temple of both consumerism and capitalism . Mall are places where shopping is an experience combining dining,…

Supercharging The Movies

I was sitting in the balcony of The Grand Theatre. The theatre held 600 moviegoers that night and had in a previous life been a balcony of a entertainment palace built in the early 1900’s. It was 1979, we were all there to see “’WHEN A STRANGER CALLS” is a 1979 American psychological horror film….

The Folly Of Luxury Cinema

I have to first apologize, for the past two weeks I have been off gallivanting around rural Indiana making a World War 2 movie. It was an all consuming experience so I had no time to really share some of ideas I have regarding the future of this business of motion picture exhibition that we…

The Summer Of 75: The Lessons Of Jaws

It is October, summer is quickly fading here in Indiana. The Canadian geese are getting restless, dew is getting denser, the trees are becoming dabbled with color. As the sleep of winter descends on us my mind looks back on the season of summer and the soft nights spent watching a drive-in screen. I reflect…

The Joy Of Concessions

I am not a fan in the current trend of trying to meld a restaurant into a theatre environment. I think it takes away from the core of what a theatre should be and overlays another business model which has maybe an 8% margin and a notorious rate of failure attached to it. I think…

The Local Economic Powerhouse:The Movie Theatre Part Deux

The Anthony Theater in Anthony Kansas, 539 seats, The Blakely Theatre in Blakely Georgia, 300 seats, The Ready Theatre in Niles Michigan, 1000 seats, The Rialto in Beevile Texas, 542 seats and last but not least The Uptown Theatre in Sedalia Missouri, 779 seats. What these theatres have in common is that they were either…

An Economic Powerhouse: The Local Movie Theatre

It is a warm Indian Summer Saturday night in Franklin Indiana. The Cicadas has finally stop their evening symphonies and have retreated back into the ground. The temperature hovers in the low eighties, and the residents of this blessed town talk about the cold front which will signal the end of their summer. The sidewalk…

Dancing With The Dragon: Hollywood’s Crush On China

We have been more than aware of the fact that Hollywood longs for complete and total access to the Chinese market, and it is also well known that the Chinese aspire to acquire a large part of the US Movie Theatres. The Chinese market in a much different animal that we have here in North…

Using The Past To Re-Invent The Movies

Whereof what’s past is prologue; The Tempest Act 2, scene 1, by William Shakespeare I have a strong belief in showmanship. I know that this industry if it looks back at it’s origins might find the inspiration to use lessons from the past and re-vitalized the theatrical exhibition industry. Cinema, as an art form, a…

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