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Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Expand Into LA

Austin, Texas is the happy home of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theater chain, which is reopening their Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, complete with karaoke room in adjacent The Highball, on Saturday, August 16. And finally, ambitious Alamo CEO Tim League's long-planned assault on Los Angeles is also in the works, complete with a quote from Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We're extremely excited to welcome Alamo Drafthouse to Downtown Los Angeles. Their unique brand of innovation and showmanship embodies the best traditions of our city's film industry."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 2:05 PM
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Departing Los Angeles Film Festival Programmer Doug Jones Heads East

Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and LAFF programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, MA as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 11:41 PM
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Regal and Paramount Offering 'Super Ticket' to 'Transformers 4'--With Home Video Purchase Baked In

Regal Entertainment seems to be taking a leaf out of Willy Wonka's book: for the opening of Michael Bay's new explode-a-palooze "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the theater chain is offering fans the chance to buy what it's calling a 'Super Ticket.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:34 PM
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From the Big Stage to the Big Screen: Live Events at a Theater Near You

Simon Russell Beale, one of the UK's most renowned stage actors, is currently bowing each night at the National Theatre in London's South Bank as the title character in Sam Mendes's production of "King Lear." For those of us on this side of the pond, it's a disappointment that the Atlantic is between us and a seat in the theater. Lucky for us, there's National Theatre Live.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 1:47 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Adds Branding Officer

When you have a brand to sell, then sell the hell out of it. CEO Tim League is adding a Chief Brand Officer to his burgeoning Alamo Drafthouse exhibition and distribution enterprise. Branding veteran Christian Parkes is joining the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema staff effective June 16th. He will oversee the branding and strategy of Drafthouse Media, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest, Mondo and Rolling Roadshow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2014 1:55 PM
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Why the San Francisco and New York Film Societies Seek New Leaders

Two of the country's top Film Societies with major festivals in San Francisco and New York need leaders who can help them find solid creative and financial footing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 12:26 PM
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Eastward Ho! How Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' Met China UPDATE

UPDATE: As new "Iron Man 3" scenes were added for specifically Chinese audiences upon the boffo film's release, the re-release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," featuring three minutes cut from the original (including nudity scenes), is flopping in China. The film originally hit Chinese theaters April 11, and was pulled within "minutes of its opening screenings... without official explanation," per Deadline.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 13, 2013 12:48 PM
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CinemaCon Heavyweight Panel Debates Windows, Social Media, State of Industry

It's easy to look at the Hollywood studios and national theater chains as old sticks-in-the-mud who are refusing to change with the times, but truth is, a lot of smart folks are trying to get ahead of the game--in order to beat out their rivals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2013 9:04 PM
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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 back for more at cinemas and at home." The Senator went out of his way to embrace the idea that teen moviegoers, who are still down from 2009 and 2010 levels, are welcome to consume content in any way that they want.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2013 7:08 PM
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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 pops. It has not been a strong year for theaters thus far; many are struggling.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2013 1:33 PM
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