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DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 18 Jul 2009 18:26 #31922

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Is there any legal stipulation to playing dvd's or blurays at a cinema/movie theater? It would be kinda like a second run theater, but from dvd's or blurays. Would it be possible to do this legaly?
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 18 Jul 2009 20:21 #31925

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Any film that is played publically must be "licensed" by that film's distributor and a fee is paid to the distributor. Most theatres are 35mm film. I have not heard of any theatre running BlueRay or DVDs.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 18 Jul 2009 21:40 #31926

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We play many of our classic and kids series movies using DVD.
The licensing is the same with the distributors
Sony does not allow their films to be shown from DVD, but so
far all the others have been Ok with it.
Some make you sign an extra form stating that you will not show the FBI warnings, DVD extras, etc.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 18 Jul 2009 22:00 #31928

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Tratcliff,

What about Disney?
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 00:33 #31929

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Thanks, that helps me alot. I'm currently in the process of trying to open a movie theater and am thinking of all the different things I can do. But I'm just in the thinking process right now, cause I still need an investor or huge loan.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 09:24 #31931

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Ultimately though, using DVD/BR would not be a siginficant source of revenue for a theater.

They could be used to supplement programming for exp: summer film series for children (in which admission would be free or $1 or such), the occasional playing of classics).

Since people are having nicer and nicer home theater set-ups at home and have all of this availability of programming already, why would they pay you to watch at your theater?
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 12:04 #31932

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For one, not everyone can afford a home theater system. And two, maybe they didn't get to see it on the big screen and would like to.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 14:09 #31933

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Pretty much all movie watching is new release hit driven. Bruno falls over 60% from week 1 to week 2. The average movie falls at least 50% from week 1 to week 2 and another 35-50% from week 2 to week 3 and on and on.

The same thing happens with home video. I have 20 years of experience in that part of the movie industry.

Their is a reason that few if any theaters uses such methods of playing movies as a signigicant source of income.

The business is not there.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 14:36 #31934

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Well that wouldn't be a significant income, just something extra to do.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 16:46 #31935

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Unfortunately, Disney does not allow runs of any of its movies after original theatrical release is over.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 17:15 #31936

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tratcliff wrote:
We play many of our classic and kids series movies using DVD.
The licensing is the same with the distributors
Sony does not allow their films to be shown from DVD, but so
far all the others have been Ok with it.
Some make you sign an extra form stating that you will not show the FBI warnings, DVD extras, etc.

Hello tratcliff. What projector do you use?
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 19 Jul 2009 19:02 #31938

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Our video projector is a Sanyo PLV-WF20. 6000 lumens.
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 20 Jul 2009 14:40 #31949

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tratcliff wrote:
Our video projector is a Sanyo PLV-WF20. 6000 lumens.

Great projector. Does it shoot from the booth or is it mounted on the auditorium ceiling? How do you handle 'scope and flat at the screen?
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Re:DVD's or blurays at the cinema/movie theater? 20 Jul 2009 19:27 #31950

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The Sanyo is in the booth. The throw is about 80 feet.

I don't have movable masking, so I just zoom in or out to fit
the picture best to the screen.
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Dist for Tomatos 21 Jul 2009 14:28 #31952

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In a kinda related question, I wonder who would we go thru to licence Attack of the Killer Tomatos, for a fund raiser?

any ideas?

Tony.

Swank has Disney, for after theatrical run, but are NOT allowed for Outdoor showings.
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