News





Drive-in owners gather in Florida for annual convention

Feb 15, 2013

Drive-in theatre owners and operators from across the United States traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, recently to meet with industry experts to learn the latest developments in theatre technology, hospitality and operations, plus share their perspective on issues facing the industry.

“As we prepare to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Drive-in this June, many owner/operators have begun the process of conversion to digital cinema, which will improve the experience for our customers for many years to come.  We are dedicated to ensuring that drive-ins have the ability to thrive as our theatres embrace the digital world,” said John Vincent, Jr., president of the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA).

Attendees at the UDITOA Convention were addressed by National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) president John Fithian, senior NATO staff and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who updated the group on industry issues as well as federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Also present was Todd Vradenburg, executive director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, whose charitable work UDITOA supports. UDITOA board member Frank Fisher (Hollywood Drive-In, Averill Park, NY) was recognized by Will Rogers for his work with the drive-in community in support of the Foundation.

Filmmaker April Wright provided a private screening of her documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie to theatre owners. Wright uses archival footage, vintage photos and interviews to tell the story of this uniquely American form of entertainment.

Cinedigm, in partnership with NATO, announced during the convention that it is bringing its digital conversion program to Cinema Buying Group (CBG) members of the drive-in movie theatre community. CBG is a buying program of NATO for independent theatre operators in the United States and Canada.


Drive-in owners gather in Florida for annual convention

Feb 15, 2013

Drive-in theatre owners and operators from across the United States traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, recently to meet with industry experts to learn the latest developments in theatre technology, hospitality and operations, plus share their perspective on issues facing the industry.

“As we prepare to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Drive-in this June, many owner/operators have begun the process of conversion to digital cinema, which will improve the experience for our customers for many years to come.  We are dedicated to ensuring that drive-ins have the ability to thrive as our theatres embrace the digital world,” said John Vincent, Jr., president of the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA).

Attendees at the UDITOA Convention were addressed by National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) president John Fithian, senior NATO staff and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who updated the group on industry issues as well as federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. Also present was Todd Vradenburg, executive director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, whose charitable work UDITOA supports. UDITOA board member Frank Fisher (Hollywood Drive-In, Averill Park, NY) was recognized by Will Rogers for his work with the drive-in community in support of the Foundation.

Filmmaker April Wright provided a private screening of her documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie to theatre owners. Wright uses archival footage, vintage photos and interviews to tell the story of this uniquely American form of entertainment.

Cinedigm, in partnership with NATO, announced during the convention that it is bringing its digital conversion program to Cinema Buying Group (CBG) members of the drive-in movie theatre community. CBG is a buying program of NATO for independent theatre operators in the United States and Canada.

More Cinemas

Theatres get close to closed captioning with NATO recommendations

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has joined forces with several major deaf and hard of hearing advocacy organizations to jointly file recommendations to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the implementation of increased closed captioning in movie theatres. More »

NCM's 'FirstLook' is now Shazamable

Shazam and National CineMedia announced the full national rollout of their exclusive deal More »

Seattle Cinerama unveils state-of-the-art renovation

Seattle’s Cinerama has been upgraded with state-of-the-art sight and sound More »

NCM and Screenvision respond to Justice Department action

National CineMedia, Inc. and Screenvision, LLC defended their proposed merger in response to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice More »

ADVERTISEMENT



REVIEWS

Penguins of Madagascar
Film Review: Penguins of Madagascar

Frenetic vehicle for supporting players from the Madagascar films will entertain kids but prove a little wearying for their parents. More »

imitation game
Film Review: The Imitation Game

Terrific biopic about world-class mathematician and social misfit Alan Turing, who, in spite of a painful struggle with his homosexuality, helped the Allies break the code of the Nazis' Enigma machine. More »

Player for the Film Journal International website.


ADVERTISEMENT



INDUSTRY GUIDES

» Blue Sheets
FJI's guide to upcoming movie releases, including films in production and development. Check back weekly for the latest additions.

» Distribution Guide
» Equipment Guide
» Exhibition Guide

ORDER A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION

Film Journal International

Subscribe to the monthly print edition of Film Journal International and get the full visual impact of this valuable resource for the cinema business.

» Click Here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Learn how to promote your company at the Film Expo Group events: ShowEast, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

» Click Here