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'Luca' Going Straight to Disney+ Online Streaming Service
The upcoming Disney Pixar movie, Luca, is going straight to home video. It will be released only on Disney's Disney+ streaming service June 18, 2021. Unlike Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon, which debuted as "Premiere Access" releases that commanded an additional rental fee of $30, Luca will be released as part of the monthly subscription fee. The company took this approach in December with Soul. Once upon a time, movie studios reserved "straight to video" releases for lukewarm sequels or... (more)

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Some Regal Locations Open, While Others Wait Until April 23 and Later
In late March, we reported that a majority of Regal locations would open today, April 16, 2021. That plan coincided with the release of the action/adventure movie Mortal Kombat. Soon thereafter, Mortal Kombat's release date changed to April 23 and Regal appears to have adjusted accordingly. Some Regal locations opened in time for the March 31 release of Godzilla vs. Kong, and more did open today. The Regal website shows that they are planning a staggered release, with more opening April 23,... (more)

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Racine, WI: Uptown Theatre Featured in Article
The Uptown Theatre in Racine, Wisconsin hasn't shown movies since 1959, and when it opened in 1928, it was known as the Majestic Theatre. While the Park Theatre (aka Marcus Park I & II) has gotten headlines recently because its future days are numbered, the Uptown Theatre appears to have a future, but not as a movie theater. OnMilwaukee.com featured the theater recently in its "Urban Spelunking" series and that means we get to see inside the historic building and read about where it might... (more)


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Improvements Made to the Journal Section
The Journal section has been upgraded to be more visually interesting as well as more flexible for us to provide you with interesting information about enjoying movies, whether they are showing in theaters or at home! You may have noticed that we have been writing articles since we founded The BigScreen Cinema Guide in 1995 (it was then called the Penguin Cinema Guide). Since that time, more than 5,800 articles have been written about movies, theaters, home theater, and anything else that we... (more)

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'Downton Abbey 2' Coming to Theaters This Christmas
Focus Features just announced that Downton Abbey 2 is coming to theaters December 22, 2021, and that the cast will be returning. Based on the very popular TV series about the Crawley family facing the changing world in early 1900's England that ran from 2010-2015, the upcoming movie is the follow-up to Downton Abbey, which was released in 2019. The movie will see the return of the original cast, and they will be joined by Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye. The... (more)

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Give the Gift of Going to the Movies with Gift Cards!
What better way to spread holiday cheer than to give the important people in your life the gift of movies on the big screen? Fandango Gift Cards make great gifts for loved ones, colleagues, those that provide you with services, and anyone else that you may only know half as well as you should like, and right now, Fandango is offering some deals when you buy one on their site. Check out the list of promotions below, and we'll add more as we hear about them! Spend $75+ and get a movie... (more)

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