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August 2010 > Tribute

Ten years of cutting lines

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Bag Puppet , Comcast Media Interactive , Fandango , Revenge of the Sith , fandango.com , ticket sales

TEN YEARS OF CUTTING LINES Fandango celebrates an important milestone by Phil Contrino andango.com has sold a lot of tickets since that very fi rst one for the summer 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. The company, semi-recently acquired by Comcast Media Interactive in April 2007...

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August 2010 > Show Business

The love of show

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Ben Gallaty , Cinemagic Stadium , Get Him to the Greek , Hot Tub Time Machine , ShoWest , The Twilight Saga: Eclipse , Toy Story 3

I met Ben at this year’s ShoWest, and right away I could tell that he was a genuine movie buff. We know our own kind. Sadly, some people have become jaded by the harsh side of our industry—they’ve lost that passion for movies. That’s why it’s always refreshing to PHIL talk to someone like Ben...

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July 2010 > Show Business

The Future Of Arthouse Theater

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Art House Project , Arthouses , Russ Collins , Sundance

C ollins works as the CEO/executive director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan and also serves as the co-chair of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. In a climate where a lot of people are still predicting the demise of the exhibition PHIL industry (yawn), Collins feels ...

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June 2010 > Show Business

3D at the drive-in?

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Continental Cinemas , Drive-in , ShowWest

After all, the drive-in business depends heavily on the family dollar. Now, as more family films are made for 3D, drive-ins will face greater competition since they can’t show a film as it was intended. “Through some careful examinations of the numbers—and going through how much light we would ha...

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June 2010 > Show Business

3D at the drive-in?

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Continental Cinemas , Drive-in , ShowWest

HEY GOOD LOOKING The Taylors challenge the industry to bring 3D to drive-ins EXPENDABLES’ TOP DOMESTIC GROSSERS SHOW BUSINESS PHIL CONTRINO Editor BoxOffi ce.com WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN In 1953, two of the top three grossing films were 3D pictures, Bwana Devil and House of Wax. Hitchcock m...

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May 2010 > Show Business

The future of ticketing?

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Clash of the Titans , Despicable Me , Fandango , MovieTickets , Reading Cinemas , Shrek Forever After , Toy Story 3 , mobile ticketing

SHOWBUSINESS PHIL CONTRINO > editor, BOXOFFICE.com The future of ticketing? Forget stubs, bring your cell phone E very month or so, my wallet expands to George Costanza-esque proportions thanks to receipts, gift cards, business cards, notes, important papers and, yes, plenty of movie tick...

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May 2010 > Show Business

The future of ticketing?

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Clash of the Titans , Despicable Me , Fandango , MovieTickets , Reading Cinemas , Shrek Forever After , Toy Story 3 , mobile ticketing

ences will walk out upset after seeing Clash of the Titans. The patrons that will most notice inferior 3D are the ones that go to the movies much more often than your average moviegoer. It’s very important to keep them happy. James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Bay have warned agains...

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April 2010 > Show Business

Going mobile

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Flixster , West World Media , iphone , mobile

SHOWBUSINESS Next time moviegoers check their phone, Going mobile make them think about your theater By Phil Contrino T he traditional way of deciding when and where to see a movie is on its way out. This new generation of movie patrons doesn’t sit down with a newspaper to scan through t...

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March 2010 > Show Business

Posters that really jump out at you

by Phil Contrino

Tags: 3D posters , 3d , Alice in Wonderland , Avatar , Clash of the Titans , Harry Potter , Virtual Images

SHOWBUSINESS PHIL CONTRINO > editor, BOXOFFICE.com Posters that really jump out at you Virtual Images brought the 3D experience to Avatar’s marketing blitz N ow that Avatar is the most successful worldwide hit of all time—without adjusting for inflation, of course—its influence can be felt ...

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February 2010 > Tribute

Worth raving about

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Brad Wardlow , Charles B. Moss , Facebook , James Cameron , Jeremy Devine , Rave Motion Pictures , RealD , Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , Thomas Stephenson , Thomas W. Stephenson , TowerBrook Capital Partners , Twitter

Rave Motion Pictures will be to upgrade the predominately 35 mm NAI chain to digital, especially since Rave prides itself on being a pioneer of the format. As with any massive undertaking, the company will take it one step at a time. “We will be re-branding the theaters over a period of seve...

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February 2010 > Tribute

Worth raving about

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Brad Wardlow , Charles B. Moss , Facebook , James Cameron , Jeremy Devine , Rave Motion Pictures , RealD , Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , Thomas Stephenson , Thomas W. Stephenson , TowerBrook Capital Partners , Twitter

Rave Motion Pictures As anybody who works in exhibition knows, running just one successful movie theater is diffi cult. Not only do you have to set yourself apart from the competition to entice patrons, but once you’ve enticed them you have to make sure they stick around by providing excellent...

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February 2010 > Tribute

Worth raving about

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Brad Wardlow , Charles B. Moss , Facebook , James Cameron , Jeremy Devine , Rave Motion Pictures , RealD , Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , Thomas Stephenson , Thomas W. Stephenson , TowerBrook Capital Partners , Twitter

Rave Motion Pictures got more than 1,500 followers who chime in on Rave’s fun, casual trivia contests to win free tickets—an excellent way to build interest and encourage people to visit their page often. “Offering giveaways in new media is simply a way to engage the Rave fan and create inte...

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February 2010 > Tribute

Worth raving about

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Brad Wardlow , Charles B. Moss , Facebook , James Cameron , Jeremy Devine , Rave Motion Pictures , RealD , Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , Thomas Stephenson , Thomas W. Stephenson , TowerBrook Capital Partners , Twitter

Rave Motion Pictures cisco, Washington DC and Houston. That reach is important to the chain’s overall presence, but all of their theaters are given special attention. “There are unique challenges and differences between Las Vegas and Little Rock— and now between Fairfax County, VA and Pensac...

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February 2010 > Show Business

The little things

by Phil Contrino

Tags: digital transition

SHOWBUSINESS PHIL CONTRINO > editor, BOXOFFICE.com The little things A great trip to the movies is all about the details I ’m now in my second year of writing this column and I sincerely hope that you’ve all enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Positive feedback from read...

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February 2010 > Tribute

Worth raving about

by Phil Contrino

Tags: Avatar , Brad Wardlow , Charles B. Moss , Facebook , James Cameron , Jeremy Devine , Rave Motion Pictures , RealD , Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace , Thomas Stephenson , Thomas W. Stephenson , TowerBrook Capital Partners , Twitter

CAPTION HED OCi eugait autem exeros nullutatem eum dipit, quisi tat, venim dolorerilit nim ing et, quam, secte faccum zzriusci WORTH RAVING ABOUT 10 years in, Rave Motion Pictures in going strong BY PHIL CONTRINO February 2010 Boxoffice · The Business of Movies

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January 2010 > Show Business

Home run

by Phil Contrino

Tags: MLB , Matthew Kearney , Screenvision , Yankees , Ziegfeld , baseball

I f you’ve ventured into the Bronx to watch the New York Yankees, you know it’s hard to beat the enthusiasm of Yankees fans. They are a diverse mob who cheer and heckle with equal passion, an essential part of what is arguably the greatest franchise in modern sports. Full disclosure: I’ve be...

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December 2009 > Show Business

See Lawrence, larger than life

by Phil Contrino

Tags: A Clockwork Orange , Drafthouse Cinemas , Jaws , Lawrence of Arabia , Rob Walker , Silver Screen Express theater , Star Wars , The Ambler , The County Theater

BLAST FROM THE PAST The County’s Films that Time Forgot series compliments their fi rst run fl icks Walker agrees. “Some weekends you they noticed she was still sitting in her get the exact same 100 old folks as the chair. These kids came running out last weekend and the weekend before comple...

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December 2009 > Show Business

See Lawrence, larger than life

by Phil Contrino

Tags: A Clockwork Orange , Drafthouse Cinemas , Jaws , Lawrence of Arabia , Rob Walker , Silver Screen Express theater , Star Wars , The Ambler , The County Theater

SHOWBUSINESS PHIL CONTRINO > editor, BOXOFFICE.com See Lawrence, larger than life As a counterpoint to DVDs, revival houses get revived NO PRISONERS! Columbia Pictures touts the epic success of Lawrence of Arabia in the March 11, 1963 edition of BOXOFFICE A ny film buff can recount the ...

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