The first commercial cinema in the UK is reopening after a refurbishment which has turned up some glimpses of the venue's past, its owners have said. Cineworld Leicester Square first opened as the Empire Theatre in 1884, with shows including ballet performances, and was the first venue where audiences paid to watch projected films. It became a cinema showing silent movies in the 1920s, which were accompanied by the theatre's Wurlitzer organ, and, in 1959, 70mm projectors were introduced, first showing Ben Hur. Now Cineworld has refurbished the venue in central London with new facilities, including a 4DX cinema, an immersive experience with rain, fog, snow, scents, and seats which move with the action on the screen. The work turned up some historical artefacts, including a press cuttings book from the early 1950s, with articles about the cinema, visits of Hollywood stars and dancers pulling on tap shoes to mark an auditorium makeover. Handwritten ticket books were also discovered, which … [Read more...] about Refurbishment of Leicester Square cinema turns up glimpse of past
The company, which is based in Leawood, Kan., and is the world's largest cinema operator, was awarded the first license to run movie theaters in the kingdom two weeks ago. It plans to have up to 40 theaters in 15 Saudi cities within five years, and up to 100 theaters in 25 cities by 2030. … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s first new cinema in decades holds its grand opening with a screening of ‘Black Panther’
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots Wednesday evening as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments of change to sweep the country in decades. It’s seen as part of a new era in which women will soon be allowed to drive and people in the kingdom will be able to go to concerts and fashion shows, and tuck into a bucket of popcorn in a cinema. “It’s a new era, a new age. It’s that simple. Things are changing, progress is happening. We’re opening up and we’re catching up with everything that’s happening in the world,” said Rahaf Alhendi, who attended the showing. Authorities said the public would be able to purchase tickets online Thursday for showings starting Friday. But there may be delays. … [Read more...] about First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther”
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia held a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom, and tickets go on sale Thursday for public showings on Friday. Authorities planned the invitation-only event in a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh. The screening, attended by both men and women, will be followed by a rush to build movie theaters in major cities. The Saudi government dubbed Wednesday’s event as “the showing of the first commercial film in the kingdom after more than 35 years.” Audience members clearly enjoyed the moment, eating popcorn and erupting into applause and hoots when the movie started. “This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society,” Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening.It’s a stark … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia screens ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia is to hold a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom that are expected to open to the public as early as next month. Authorities are planning an invitation-only screening of the movie in a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh. The screening, to be attended by both men and women, will be followed by a rush to build movie theaters in major cities. The Saudi government has dubbed Wednesday’s event as “the showing of the first commercial film in the kingdom after more than 35 years.” “This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society,” Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening. It’s a stark reversal for a county where public movie screenings were banned in the 1980’s … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia to show ‘Black Panther’ to mark cinema opening
The new curiosity from filmmaker Wes Anderson, a tribal film festival, a Stephen King classic and "The Walking Dead" season finale are some of the many specialty cinema options on screens this week in Tulsa.NEW AT CIRCLE CINEMA"Isle of Dogs": An animated tale of a boy and his dog in Japan from filmmaker Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel"). Special guests for the Friday, April 13, evening screenings will be some dogs and staff from the Tulsa Animal Welfare Shelter. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the organization.Tribal Film Festival Spring Showcase: This day-long event Saturday, April 14, features a noon screenwriting workshop, a 3 p.m. casting workshop and a 7 p.m. screening of the acclaimed drama "The Rider," which can be combined with a 5 p.m. barbecue dinner. More information at circlecinema.com for this event."Foxtrot": A dysfunctional family searches for answers when something goes terribly wrong at their son’s desolate military post in this … [Read more...] about This week in art-house cinema: animation, tribal films, opera and ‘The Walking Dead’
Circle Cinema is hosting a pair of preview screenings of “Isle of Dogs” next week and featuring a live interview with one of its stars between the two showtimes.Bob Balaban will appear via Skype on the big screen and will talk about the film in between the 6 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. showtimes Thursday, April 12.Those buying tickets for either showing may watch the Q-and-A, theater officials said, and it should begin about 7:45 p.m.“Isle of Dogs” is the new movie from filmmaker Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”), and Circle Cinema is staging the interview in conjunction with Philbrook Museum of Art, which has in recent years staged a “Wes Anderson Experience” event.Balaban has a half-century acting resume in film classics including “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Gosford Park,” as well as on TV, including his celebrated five-episode turn on “Seinfeld” as an NBC president.The actor has become a … [Read more...] about Circle Cinema advance screening of ‘Isle of Dogs’ to feature Bob Balaban in Skype with audience
Brent Cross Shopping Centre is to undergo a massive expansion including 200 new shops, 60 restaurants and a huge new cinema complex. While the £1.4 billion makeover is not due to be finished until 2020, loyal visitors are on tenterhooks to know which big names will be making Brent Cross their new home. Plans for a huge new luxury cinema are bound to draw crowds to the complex. And now Brent Cross developers Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments have finally announced who will be running the cinema. Here's what the new Brent Cross shopping centre will look like View gallery Luxury cinema brand Showcase Cinema de Lux will deliver its first ever London complex at Brent Cross - and it's going to be huge. Everything you need to know about Brent Cross Shopping Centre's luxury cinema The 80,000 sq ft cinema will have 1,800 seats and 12 auditoriums Cutting edge audiovisual cinema technology will apply to every screen, including multidimensional sound The cinema will … [Read more...] about Brent Cross Shopping Centre’s new luxury cinema sounds AMAZING!
Ford Motor Co has pulled out all the stops to commemorate 50 years of the most legendary car chase sequence in cinema. To celebrate 50 years of the 1968 film Bullitt, Ford has launched a 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt limited edition. Painted in the same understated dark metallic green as the original 1968 car, the Mustang which Steve McQueen drove in the film, to chase down the baddies in a Dodge Charger. Not only that, Ford has even located the original 1968 pony car and shot it alongside the newly-launched 2018 car for the Detroit Auto Show, aka the North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS). Mind, this is no show pony. For, Ford Motor has also updated the specs on the Ford Mustang Bullitt limited edition car with manual transmission, the same white cue ball-style gear shifter knob as in the original among performance upgrades.The biggest nod to the car of yesteryear is the lack of badging on the 2019 limited edition Mustang just as the original. The 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang Bullitt limited edition pays homage to Steve McQueen and the greatest car chase in cinema
Tesla boss Elon Musk is a busy man with a lot of priorities. He has to fulfil orders for the new Tesla Model 3. He has to build a new Tesla Roadster and a massive truck. He even wants to send things into space. Now, it appears he also wants to make charging up your Tesla just that little bit more fun. By installing a drive-in cinema to a charging spot. The Twitter-friendly Musk revealed on the social media site how he’s going to “put an old school, drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA”. Somewhere near the 405, apparently. Not an old Peugeot, sadly, but a road. Responding to another user’s request for popcorn – Musk confirmed that yes, popcorn will happen. And “an outdoor screen that plays a highlight reel of the best scenes in movie history”. So, denizens of Los Angeles, you might be in for a treat. Equally, you might not, because he might never do … [Read more...] about Should Tesla build drive-in cinemas to Supercharger stations?