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CinemaCon Official PR [Updated]

CinemaCon LogoCinemaCon begins with International Day on 28 March. There are many interesting conferences on that day and the following two. As a break from tradition and to help make the exhibition floor more vital there are more open time without conflicts, including a virtually undisturbed final day (except for the movie.)

Of course, 3D will be a major topic, lasers are around the corner, but orienting everything around a many new regimes will be the unofficial theme.

Following is the links for the primary PR events of the show. This will be updated when new information is received.

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AMC and Regal Forming New Venture to Acquire and Release Movies

Alternative Content takes on a whole new meaning with a joint project involved with access and distribution of independent movies by AMC and Regal.

The two groups operate over 12,100 screens at nearly 950 ‘plexes, substantially in the United States. 

There are hundreds of movies that get finished each year that don’t get distribution. The comment that they could also sell DVD/Bluray releases brings up interesting concepts in distribution as well.

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DoJ Transcripts: Official Submissions

HI/VI Logo“No theater should be exempted from providing captioning and description by saying it can’t afford them unless that theater also is exempted, on economic grounds, from providing fire exits.”

Addressed to the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as comments to proposed rules for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, these were the closing comments of Elizabeth D. Botts arguments. 

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Stone: Movies On Computers Depressing

Exhibition LogoAt the International Consumer Electronics Show, the massive annual expo in Las Vegas devoted to the hard sell of high tech, it’s just assumed that the next big thing is always better than what came before. That’s why director Oliver Stone managed to sound lonely in a crowded room Saturday when he suggested that, for cinema, the future just doesn’t look so bright.

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Theaters Respond to Studio’s VOD Threat

exhibition logoTheater operators are mounting a challenge to plans by Hollywood studios to release movies in the home when they are still in theaters.

The nation’s largest theater chains have been reaching out to investors and analysts on Wall Street, as well as directors, producers and agents, in an effort to build support for preserving so-called theatrical windows — the period of time between when a movie opens in cinemas and when it comes out on DVD or other media.

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Celluloid Junkie Hits Help Button

Sperling Reich’s Celuloid Junkie site has 5 informative articles online this week, but one of them begs for community participation.

Celluloid Junkie » Rural Theatre Hopes Pepsi Can Help Fund Digital Conversion concerns one clever exhibitor who has submitted a proposal to Pepsi’s Refresh Project to help them fund 50% of their Digital Cinema conversion.

Click on this link and hit Vote for this idea; 
Bring digital cinema to a non-profit rural theatre in Lincoln, KS | Pepsi Refresh Everything

A quick registration is required, but the opt in for further contact is not required. 

Good luck to Rural Theaters!

RealD and Polaroid — Possible Promise PR

Polaroid 3D GlassesGlasses are required for all versions of 3D cinema systems. There are several reasons for this, and except for a few unique circumstances, this will also apply to home theater for a long time. Most 3D glasses come from the equipment manufacturers, which are built to handle “one size fits all” abuse. In the past year there have been companies offering alternative glasses, personalized glasses, so to speak. But Polaroid’s announcement yesterday gives the subject a new potential, in this case, for the polarized lens systems of RealD and MasterImage.

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Decline and Fall: 3D takes some knocks

Two stories analyze with some glee that some patrons are slipping in the backdoor to see movies in 2D rather than pay 50% more for a 3D ticket. In neither article is the word recession mentioned or the fact that many 10s of millions of potential movie goers are out of work or underemployed. It makes one wonder how much money the writers are making and whether they have lost touch with some part of their audience. 

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Avatar’s August Return Adds New Footage

exhibition says: Some of you may have thought (or hoped that) you would never heard about James Cameron’s Avatar ever again, but you were wrong. 20th Century Fox has officially announced that Avatar will be returning to theaters worldwide starting on August 27th next month with an extra 8 minutes of “never before seen” footage added. “Since – and largely as of result of – Avatar’s release last December, the number of available digital 3D screens has exploded, and moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, as well as fans that want to return to Pandora again, will now have that opportunity,” the studio said. Avatar is back baby!

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