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Facts About The BigScreen Cinema Guide

Established History and Presence

  • Founded in January of 1995
  • Receives 3 million average page views/month
  • Readership of 1.1 - 1.3 million monthly
  • Ranked highly in major search engines
  • Online movie ticketing through MovieTickets.com
  • Publicized by theaters

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What is The BigScreen Cinema Guide?

The BigScreen Cinema Guide was founded by Scott Jentsch of SVJ Designs, LLC. in 1995 as The Penguin Cinema Guide. In that time, what began as a local service that provided movie showtimes and information for theaters in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area only has expanded to cover showtimes and information for more than 6,000 theaters throughout the United States. In addition to the delivery of showtime information, we provide detailed movie and theater information.

With our long history of publication, current popularity, strategic partnerships, and many features, The BigScreen Cinema Guide can reach more people, provide more information, and represent your theater better than any traditional newspaper ad or phone recording could hope to achieve.

Unlike many general sites that provide showtimes along with horoscopes, search results, and the local weather, this site has always been only about movies, done by people who love movies, and we work very hard to deliver high quality information and services. We take a very personal interest in making sure that each of our Featured Theaters is well represented. Our primary goal for the site is to work with theaters to deliver information that they want to provide and that our readers are looking for. It is this mutually beneficial relationship that makes our service unique and much more valuable than other sites that treat showtimes like a commodity.

Frequent Updates of Showtimes

To make sure that we have the latest and greatest information, showtimes are updated six times each weekday to ensure that your information is updated and accurate.

Our showtime information is provided by CinemaSource (a division of West World Media), which is the nation's largest distributor of movie showtimes and related movie information. Since theaters submit showtime data directly to CinemaSource (an automated link can be created between many POS sales systems and CinemaSource), the accuracy of the data is the best possible.

Movie Information Provided

  • Movie Name
  • Summary
  • MPAA Rating (with Reasons for Rating)
  • Cast Members
  • Genre
  • Link to Official Web Site
  • Movie Trailers
  • Academy Award® Information
  • Additional Notes About the Movie

Along with the showtimes for movies playing at each theater, we also provide the following indications:

  • Digital Cinema / 3D
  • Digital Sound
  • Stadium Seating
  • THX
  • Pass List Suspended
  • Electronic Ticketing (for Participating Theaters)
  • Rear Window / Open Caption / DVS (Descriptive Video Service) Notations

We also provide reviews of the movies from an acclaimed featured movie critic, as well as allowing our readers to give their opinions of the movie with our unique rating scale and commentary section titled "Reader Reviews."



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The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.

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