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    Watch: Vermont Father and Son Make the Digital Transition At Their Theaters

    As theaters across the country -- from big cities to small towns -- are being forced to switch over to digital protection or go out of business, owners of theaters, intimately acquainted with the projectors they've had for years, are getting sentimental about getting rid of their beloved machines.

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    2012 Box Office: China Beats Japan as Second Market, Global Ticket Sales Up, Also Older Moviegoers

    MPAA chief Chris Dodd and NATO head John Fithian met with the press on a conference call Thursday as they revealed moviegoing stats for 2012. "The last few years have brought a whirlwind of change and challenge," said Dodd. "We are adapting to make sure our consumers and moviegoers are coming bac...

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    CinemaCon Assembles Theater Owners for Annual Vegas Confab, Gives Harrison Ford Lifetime Achievement Award

    CinemaCon, The National Association of Theatre Owners annual confab in Las Vegas, will be host some 5000 exhibitors from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace. NATO represents more than 30,000 American movie screens and more cinemas in 57 countries worldwide, from the giant theater chains to mom and p...

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    From Yellow Springs, Ohio to Los Angeles: Three Ways Small Arthouses are Saving Up for the Digital Transition

    Who says independent theaters are dying? Last week, Boston's Brattle Theatre, a 60-year-old rep house, raised nearly $150,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to buy a digital projector and update its AC system. In January, Los Angeles' CineFamily received $158,541 to move to digital and do crucial repa...

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    Prisoner Garth Drabinsky Returns to Work on Day-Parole

    Garth Drabinsky, the Canadian entertainment mogul whose acquisition of American movie theaters in the 1980s sparked the consolidation of exhibition that continues to this day, has been granted day-parole after serving 17 months of a five-year prison sentence in Ontario. The 63-year old Drabinsky, a ...

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    Fair Trade for Filmmakers: Is It Time For Festivals To Share Their Revenue?

    Over the past 20 years or so, film festivals have beget more film festivals like rabbits on alkyl nitrates. Even the Sundance Kid, progenitor of the contemporary independent film festival, questioned, on the opening of his event's 35th edition in Park City, if there were too many of these cinema...

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    Exhibitors Give the Movie Experience A Facelift: ShowEast 2012

    Exhibitors face growing challenges over the next decade, and will have to try innovative solutions to overcome them. The ShowEast schedule was filled with ideas to lure back patrons to theater seats. Variety compiled the top five expert opinions, from tech providers to exhibitors, to test how they g...

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    'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

    Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the hig...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center Theaters Reopen After Storm

    When digital manager Eugene Hernandez returned to work at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Wednesday, there was power but it took considerable effort to get all systems up and ready so that their theaters could reopen Thursday.

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    Philadelphia Film Society Rescues Historical ROXY Theater, Begins Raising Funds for Renovations and Upgrades

    Score one for the good guys. Instead of disappearing like so many other great old theaters in recent years, the ROXY in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square has been saved, at least temporarily, by the Philadelphia Film Society. With a long-term lease secured and renovations in mind, the PFS will...

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