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Disney Announces Exclusive Theatrical Windows for Remaining 2021 Slate of Films
2021 has been a turbulent year for theatrical movie releases, and that unrest has caused its share of issues. Release dates for some movies continue to be shuffled as studios try to maximize the impact their release will have with audiences wanting to pay to see them. Warner Bros. and Disney have been releasing their movies day-and-date to theaters and on their streaming video platforms, and some movies (such as Disney's Luca) skipped theaters altogether. That approach has caused issues for... (more)

Site News

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Jacksonville, FL: Photos Added for Cinemark Jacksonville Atlantic North and XD
Several photos have been added for the new Cinemark Jacksonville Atlantic North and XD in Jacksonville, Florida, which opened this week! The 14-screen movie theater is located in the Atlantic North shopping center off Atlantic Boulevard and west of the Intercoastal Waterway. It is the third location for Cinemark, which also operates the Cinemark Tinseltown and XD on Southside Boulevard and the Cinemark Durbin Park and XD on Durbin Pavilion Drive. To see all the photos that we have, head... (more)

Home Video

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Save 50% on HBO Max for 6 Months - Ends Sep 26, 2021
Streaming service HBO Max is offering their ad-free monthly plan at a 50% savings for six months. That brings the standard $14.99/month fee down to just $7.49/month for the first six months of service. The promotion starts today and lasts until September 26, 2021. It appears to be valid only for new customers and returning customers who aren't currently subscribers. Terms and conditions apply, of course, so head over to the HBO Max website for more details. Given that Warner Bros. is... (more)

Odds & Ends

Milwaukee, WI: Former Majestic Theatre Building Being Redeveloped Again Into Apartment Building
The building that once contained the Majestic Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is being redeveloped into an apartment complex. The theater closed in 1932, and very little of what used to be still remains. Those remnants might become visible as the redevelopment project gets going, and an article published recently by Urban Milwaukee talks about and may feature a photo of the support structure for the former theater, which had a stage for vaudeville performances: But... (more)

Milestones

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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)

Home Theater

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Roku Debuts New Version of the Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player
Roku just released a new version of its flagship media player, the Roku Ultra, and the reviews are beginning to roll in. Is it worth the upgrade from a previous Roku unit, or if you have a different model, jumping ship to a new device? Read on! What's Different? According to the press release, the following features are new to the Roku Ultra for 2020: Dolby Vision® 50% more WiFi range More Details and Purchase Information Why Buy the Ultra Instead of Another Roku Device? ... (more)

Gift Shop

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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)

Theater Openings

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Jacksonville, FL: Cinemark Jacksonville Atlantic North and XD Opens September 16, 2021
The Cinemark Jacksonville Atlantic North and XD in Jacksonville, Florida is opening Thursday, September 16, 2021. Located in the Atlantic North shopping center off Atlantic Boulevard west of the Intercoastal Waterway, the 14-screen movie theater project was announced in March 2019. Originally scheduled to open in Summer 2020, the opening date was delayed in October 2019 to "early 2021" but the coronavirus pandemic likely caused additional delays. “Cinemark is thrilled to be opening... (more)

Theater Closings

Port Washington, NY: Soundview Cinemas Closing in September
The Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, New York will be closing in September 2021, according to multiple news reports. The Long Island movie theater will close in September because of revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an article in The Island Now (see list below): Owner Jordan Desner, in an interview with Blank Slate Media Wednesday, said the Port Washington theater suffered from the loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. After reopening the... (more)

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