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Sony Pictures Makes a 'Rare' Acquisition

Studio conglomerate buys Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain

(Newser) - Sony Pictures Entertainment just got a little bigger. CNBC reports that the studio conglomerate has scooped up Alamo Drafthouse, the seventh-largest movie theater chain in North America, from owners Altamont Capital Partners, Fortress Investment Group, and co-founder Tim League. Variety notes that "it marks a rare time in recent...

Americans Don't Want to Sit Through 2-Hour Movies

A new poll says 92 minutes is the magic number for movie length, but not everyone agrees

(Newser) - Are Americans tired of sitting through endless movies? A new poll surveying 2,000 Americans from Talker Research suggests so. It found that:
  • Most respondents chose 92 minutes as the ideal movie length
  • 15% of respondents wanted to watch movies longer than 120 minutes
  • Only 2% liked movies over 150

She Texted Her Mom From the Theater. Then She Was Dead
Forever Purge Killer
Sentenced for 2 Murders

Forever Purge Killer Sentenced for 2 Murders

Joseph Jiminez Jr. will serve life in prison with no chance of parole

(Newser) - A California man convicted of fatally shooting two teenagers on a first date during a 2021 showing of The Forever Purge has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Joseph Jimenez Jr., 23, was found guilty in December of two counts of first-degree murder, as well...

Surprise Cash Cow for Movie Theaters: Popcorn Holders

Collectibles are proving to be a serious source of revenue, the Hollywood Reporter explains

(Newser) - As movie theaters rebound from the pandemic, a new source of revenue has come in at the concession stand that has nothing to do with Milk Duds or nachos. Limited edition popcorn holders—called "vessels" in the industry—are bringing in major cash, according to the Hollywood Reporter . These...

'Horrified' London Theater Nixes Spacey Film Premiere

Prince Charles Cinema cancels world's first showing of 'Control' due to actor's involvement

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey's face never makes a showing in the upcoming thriller Control, but his voice does—and that was apparently enough for a London movie theater, which has now canceled its planned world premiere of the film due to Spacey's involvement. In July, the 64-year-old actor was found...

For One Day Only, Movie Tickets Will Be $4

National Cinema Day is on Aug. 27

(Newser) - Still haven't seen Barbie or Oppenheimer? This Sunday, you'll be able to catch up for $4 a ticket in movie theaters nationwide. Theater owners announced Monday that the second annual National Cinema Day will be held Aug. 27. For one day, all movies—in all formats and at...

AMC Plans to Charge More for the Best Seats
Elijah Wood Slams
AMC's New Pricing Plan

Elijah Wood Slams AMC's New Pricing Plan

'The movie theater is and always has been a sacred democratic space for all'

(Newser) - AMC Theaters' plan to charge more money for the best seats has sparked a backlash on social media, with Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood among the most prominent critics, Variety reports. "The movie theater is and always has been a sacred democratic space for all," Wood...

For One Day Only, Your Movie Date Just Got a Lot Cheaper

Tickets are $3 for 'National Cinema Day' on Saturday

(Newser) - Most Americans are looking forward to the approaching long weekend to commemorate Labor Day. For those who don't yet have plans solidified, one option is a (much cheaper) day at the movies. The AP reports that Saturday marks the first "National Cinema Day," in which more than...

MoviePass to Rise From the Dead on Labor Day

You have to get on a waitlist to use subscription service, though

(Newser) - MoviePass officially went kaput more than two years ago, filing for bankruptcy protection right before the pandemic shuttered movie theaters for a year or more. Now when you head over to the company's website , there's a countdown clock—and it's counting down to Thursday, when you'll...

Cineworld Looks at Bankruptcy
Theaters Weigh Chapter 11

Theaters Weigh Chapter 11

Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, is $5B in debt

(Newser) - Struggling under debt totaling $5 billion, the parent company of Regal Cinemas said Monday it's weighing a bankruptcy filing in the US. Cineworld said that while it considers reorganization, its theaters will remain open and none of its 28,000 jobs globally will be cut, the BBC reports. The...

Cinemas Ban Teens in Suits After Minions Mayhem

'Gentleminions' fad started on TikTok

(Newser) - With the long-delayed release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, the world of Despicable Me is back on the big screen for the first time in five years—and some movie theaters having problems with overenthusiastic fans. Groups of teens inspired by the TIkTok #Gentleminions fad have been attending screenings...

The Next Thing to Be Ruined: Movie Theater Popcorn
The Next Thing to Be Ruined:
Movie Theater Popcorn
in case you missed it

The Next Thing to Be Ruined: Movie Theater Popcorn

Blame the supply chain, fertilizer prices, everything

(Newser) - If canceled flights and sky-high gas prices have led you to decide on a movie-filled staycation instead this summer, we're about to rain on that parade, too. While the big movies are back in theaters— Insider flags the coming Jurassic World: Dominion in particular—some other things are in...

Surprise Guest Shows Up at Batman Screening

Real bat in Texas theater may have been released as a prank

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Austin, Texas, got to see more than one type of bat during a screening of The Batman this weekend, per the AP . An actual bat was spotted swooping around inside the theater, putting the movie on pause while management called animal control and tried—unsuccessfully—to get the...

Movie Theaters Stay Open in France, but Hold the Popcorn

Snack, drink ban at venues takes effect Monday

(Newser) - No more munching, crunching and slurping at the movies in France: The country's increasingly fraught fight against an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections is putting a stop to eating and drinking at French cinemas, just as they show signs of recovering from the brutal economic bashing of lockdowns last...

AMC Adds Captions So Deaf People Aren't 'an Afterthought'

Open captioning will be offered at 240 AMC locations

(Newser) - Captions are being added to movie screens across the country, making the theaters more welcoming to people who are hard of hearing, as well as those for whom English is a second language. AMC Theatres announced that 240 of its locations are offering open captioning, NPR reports. Closed captioning, which...

TikTok Star, Friend Shot While Watching The Forever Purge

Movie theater shooting happened Monday night in Corona, California

(Newser) - Horror during a horror movie: An 18-year-old woman was killed and the 19-year-old TikTok personality who was with her was seriously injured during a movie theater shooting in California. KTLA reports Rylee Goodrich and Anthony Barajas, 19, attended a 9:35pm showing of The Forever Purge on Monday. Workers at...

Tarantino Is New Owner of Historic LA Movie Theater

He says the Vista will be a 'crown jewel'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino believes some movie theaters can come back from the pandemic better than ever—and he's putting his money where his mouth is. The director disclosed in a podcast Monday that he is the new owner of the historic Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, which first opened in...

Cops: Theater 'Patron' Asks for Popcorn, Gets Cocaine Bonus

Police say 'patron' was informant sold drugs hidden in popcorn by movie theater manager in Minn.

(Newser) - When movie patrons ask for a Coke to go with their popcorn, they likely don't mean actual coke (i.e., cocaine). But one such "patron" got exactly that in July at Spotlight Theatres in Mankato, Minn. Per the cops, that supposed customer was actually a police informant who...

AMC President Finally Has Some Good News

98% of AMC's US locations to open Friday

(Newser) - A little more than a year after a global pandemic forced the closure of all AMC theaters in the US, almost all will reopen their doors. The company announced Thursday that 98% of its US locations would be open Friday, as more than 40 California cinemas welcome back moviegoers for...

In Massive Boost to Movie Industry, NYC Theaters Reopen
NYC's Move May Ripple
Through Movie Industry

NYC's Move May Ripple Through Movie Industry

Nation's No. 2 market allows theaters to reopen, with restrictions

(Newser) - After almost a year, moviegoers are being allowed to return to theaters in New York City—and the Friday reopening is expected to have implications far beyond the Big Apple. The city, America's second-biggest movie market after Los Angeles, where cinemas are still closed, is allowing theaters to reopen...

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