Boxoffice Podcast

NATO Treasurer and Bow Tie Cinemas COO Joe Masher on New York City Theaters Remaining Closed

Episode 33

In this week’s episode, Daniel, Rebecca, and Jesse Rifkin, Boxoffice Pro analyst, discuss the top 5 films in this week’s box office, Two Hearts’ massive YouTube trailer views, and New York state’s new reopening guidelines.

Rebecca and Daniel talk to Joe Masher, the current National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Treasurer and COO of Bow Tie Cinemas — the oldest theater circuit in North America, about the political conflict hindering the reopening of theaters in New York city and the guidelines set for some theaters to open in New York state.  

Join us to find out more about the developing NATO appeal for cinemas to finally re-open.

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The Future of Theatrical Exclusivity, NATO Chairman & Marcus Theatres CEO Rolando Rodriguez on the Importance of Embracing Diversity

Inclusivity Initiatives Hispanic Heritage Month, Disney on New Streaming Ecosystem

Episode 32

In this week’s episode, Russ and Daniel analyze a dramatic week in the cinema industry, going over the role major studios and exhibition circuits are playing amidst a major shift in the theatrical distribution model. 

Daniel talks to Rolando Rodriguez, CEO of Marcus Theatres––the fourth-largest cinema chain in the United States––and the new Chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners, about the importance of embracing diverse audiences on the occasion of Hispanic Heritage month. 

Join us to find out about the latest developments affecting the movie theater industry, and how cinemas are navigating the financial fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Karo Film Group: Pushing Modern Cinema Experience, Russian Market Reopens

Episode 31:

The Karo Film Group is a leading motion picture exhibition company owning and operating 31 modern movie theatres comprising of 197 screens in Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Kazan, Kaliningrad and Surgut and serves nearly 12 million visitors per year.

In today’s episode, Rebecca and Daniel sit down with Olga Zinyakova, President of Karo Films and Paul Heth, Karo’s Executive Chairman & CEO. They talk about the introduction of modern style cinemas in Russia, smart programming films to drive viewership, Karo’s plans for 2021, and Cineworld’s temporary closure.   

Listen to how the film industry is booming in Russia!

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We Are Parable: Changing the Face of Film Exhibition, Disney’s Latest Release Dates

Episode 30:

We Are Parable started out as an intention to screen their favorite film in their local cinema. Seven years later, the husband and wife tandem created an avenue of cinematic events focused on creating unique film viewing experiences for Black audiences in the UK.

In today’s episode, Rebecca, Russ, and Shawn talk to Anthony Andrews, the Co-Founder of We Are Parable. They uncover how the company started out, award-winning director Spike Lee’s involvement with them forming key relationships within the industry, attracting vulnerable and targeted audiences to visit cinemas again, and a little bit on Disney’s update of new movie releases. 

Listen to how independent cinemas are performing in the UK!

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Art Houses Fight On: Salt Lake Film Society Launches @homeArts

Episode 29:

In today’s episode, Rebecca, Daniel, and Shawn talk to Tori Baker, Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) President and CEO. They discuss the @homeArts initiative, maintaining audience loyalty to local art houses, the importance of reinforcing theatrical behavior, and what state virtual screening is currently at.  

Tune in and listen to the long-term potential of virtual screening!

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Tenet Dropped to $6 Million in its 2nd Weekend, More Uncertainty in the Fourth Quarter

Episode 28:

In today’s episode, Russ, Shawn, and Rebecca discuss Tenet’s gross on its second weekend, list of major films to open in November and December, and counterprogramming that can potentially reel in more people into theaters.  

Listen in for updates on what film to watch in theaters nearest you!

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Tenet’s Domestic Debut

Episode 27:

In today’s episode, Russ, Daniel, and Shawn discuss Tenet’s opening week in local theaters, controversy surrounding Disney’s Mulan, and why new wide releases are important to the industry’s recovery efforts.

Tune in to see how Tenet’s release is impacting the industry!

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As Tenet Opens in Cinemas, More Majors Films are Being Shelved

Episode 26:

In today’s episode, Russ, Daniel, Rebecca, and Shawn discuss California’s safer economy blueprint at 25% capacity in select counties, successful films pre-COVID, international film festivals, and Paramount and Disney’s list of releases pushed back in 2021.

Listen in to find out how Tenet is driving the recovery efforts of exhibitors.  

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Third Weekend of Reopening: In-Theater Mask Wearing Enforcement

Episode 25:

In today’s episode, Russ, Daniel, and Rebecca discuss reopening progress in China and UK, guidelines and safety protocols being implemented, and stringent mask-wearing in auditoriums.    

Tune in for more local and global reopening updates.  

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The Return to Cinema: Movie Theaters Are Finally Reopening

Episode 24:

In today’s episode, Russ, Daniel, and Rebecca discuss local and international cinema reopening statistics, successful re-release of older films in some international markets, and the overwhelming support of movie-goers for art houses.    

Tune in for more positive news and theater reopening updates.  

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Earnings call: Big Losses and COVID Innovations

Episode 23:

In today’s episode, Daniel, Rebecca, and Shawn discuss the multi-million dollar losses of theater chains, Q2 investor meetings, how international exhibitors are bouncing back, the PVOD shortened window deal, and new film releases.

Tune in to hear how cinemas are dealing with theatrical limitations.

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New Normal: Can Art House Theaters Survive the Covid Shutdown?

Episode 22:

In today’s episode, we speak with Logan Crow, an avid and lifelong enthusiast of art house cinemas and founder of the Frida Cinema. Film streaming has gained a new height, theater Drive-Ins are now more family-oriented, and non-profit movie houses are more likely to survive than for-profit cinemas.  

Tune in and learn what has been keeping art houses open! 

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Industry Changes: Cinemas Can’t Just Rely on Big Movie Releases

Episode 21:

Sustainability seems scarce these days, how do circuits remain open without new products?

We spoke with Chris Johnson, a veteran in running circuit chains and whose family is heavily involved in the cinema sector. They closed their theaters in June, clearly imperceptive that it may remain closed for a while longer. Even with their efforts to adhere to the health department’s safety protocols, staying open was a losing battle. 

Listen in to hear how the pandemic continuously changes the movie viewing experience.

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Corporate Politics: Independent Cinemas Struggle While Tenet Pushes Release Date Again

Episode 20:

Theaters closing again will hurt consumer confidence, so what are they doing to weather the storm?

We spoke with Byron Berkley, the president & treasurer of the Independent Cinema Alliance (ICA) and an independent exhibitor himself. The expectation was for small exhibitors to run on repertory content until big studios put down new releases, but the coronavirus has turned weeks of anticipation to months of struggle. 

Listen to hear how corporate decisions are affecting independent exhibitors!

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Risky Business: How This Historic Theater Turned Drive-In Found Success in Uncertainty

Episode 19:

Is shifting to a drive-in model the best thing theaters can do right now?

Today we’re talking to Doreen Sayegh, she’s been in the business for over 30 years, but the COVID crisis forced her to close the doors of her family operated Cranford Theater. Despite recent lawsuits between major theaters and New Jersey, she’s made a very successful pivot into starting (and selling out tickets) for her new theater, the Cranford Theater Drive-In.

Hear how she’s dealing with the changing movie-going market!

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6 Months in Review: What’s Next for Cinemas in the Rest of 2020?

Episode 18:

What will the rest of the year look like for cinemas?

Today on the Boxoffice Podcast: Russ Fischer, Daniel Loria, and Rebecca Pahle review the last six months of 2020, the realistic possibilities of contactless theaters, and the transition to paid VOD for major films.

Listen in to hear the adaptive marketing initiatives of leading film exhibitors!  

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Closures & Unlucky Timing: How Art House Cinemas are Holding Up

Episode 17:

How are independent exhibitors holding up?

Today, on the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer, Daniel Loria, and Rebecca Pahle, with guest Anthony Fykes; discuss the history of Next Act Cinema, how the sense of community helped build the theater’s brand, and the programming that captivated movie-goers.

Listen in to hear how local art house cinemas are doing right now!  

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Release Dates & Reopenings: A Staggered Reality for Cinemas Everywhere

Episode 16:

Round & round the release carousel goes, but what are the effects of the ever-changing dates?

Today on the Boxoffice Podcast: Spongebob goes PVOD, release dates across the board continue to shift, and most importantly despite substantial losses in the first quarter of 2020 box office results are now trending upwards.

Listen in for the latest cinema news & numbers!

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Tentatively Tenet: Release Dates, Re-Openings, and CineEurope News

Episode 15:

If cinemas open as planned, would you feel comfortable enough to go?

On this week’s episode of the Boxoffice Podcast: Insights and implications of Tenet’s new release date, Cineworld dropped it’s planned acquisition of Cineplex, Little Women’s box office report, along with continued concerns around what the movie going experience will look like in the coming months.

And on a lighter note, the movies we couldn’t bear finishing and a few we walked out on.

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Event Cinema: How Reopened Theaters Are Dealing with Delays

Episode 14:

Theaters are reopening, what’s next?

Today on the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer, Daniel Loria, and Rebecca Pahle give us an update on recent news of theaters opening around the country, the strategies behind event cinemas in a world of social distancing, along with sound bytes from Bernadette McCabe (CineLife), Letha Steffey (EVP, Fathom Events), and Marc Allenby (CEO, Trafalgar Releasing)

Listen in to hear how event cinema is dealing with current challenges!

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Now In Theaters: Reopening Procedures

Episode 13:

Are you curious about the progression of movie theaters reopening?

On this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with guests Rebecca Pahle discuss the current scope of reopenings, with statements from guests of Boxoffice Pro Live Sessions, Darek Heat, Marianne Abiaad, Rob Lehman, and Jason Ostrow.

Tune in to hear the details on current cinema reopening procedures.

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Post-COVID Concessions: New Guidelines, New Trends

Episode 12:

Ready to head back to theaters, but concerned about the sanitary procedures at the concessions?

On this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with guests Rebecca Pahle and Senior Vice President of Malco Theatres, Larry Etter, discuss new food and beverage trends, pricing, and guidelines. 

Listen in to hear how concessions will change post-COVID.

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Hollywood Shutdown: How Covid-19 is Impacting Production Schedules

Episode 11:

How will cinema productions shutdown affect the movie business for the foreseeable future?

On this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with guest Anousha Sakoui of the LA Times, will discuss how Covid-19 has altered the Hollywood production pipeline, anticipated protocols on film sets, and an analysis of release schedule logistics.

Tune in to learn about guidelines for productions during the pandemic!

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Drive-In Movie Theaters: How the Pandemic is Making an Old-Time Tradition New Again

Episode 10:

Did you know that drive-in theaters are finally making a comeback?

In this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with guest Chris Eggertsen, discuss the resurgence of drive-in movie theaters, their history, and modernizing the drive-in experience.

Listen in and head to the drive-in with us!

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The Return to Cinema: Social Distancing and Restrictions

Episode 9:

After weeks of closures how will social distancing affect our return to the cinemas?

In this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with guest Shawn Robbins, discuss some world-wide theaters reopening dates, social distancing procedures that will be applied to movie-going, and the upcoming movie release schedule.

Tune in to be prepared to get back to the cinema experience!

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The Show Must Go On: Lionsgate Live

Episode 8:

Will streaming from home replace the movie going experience?

On this episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with Shawn Robbins and special guest Damon Wolf, CMO and Head of Global Distribution of Lionsgate, discuss a few theater’s plans to reopen, the genesis of Lionsgate Live, and how the industry has endured as an important facet of the human experience.

Listen in as we all anticipate the return to theaters!

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A Grand Reopening

Episode 7:

What will it take for movie theaters to be able to return to normal once they reopen?

Today on the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria go over White House guidelines and prospective processes, potential worldwide reopening dates, and what movies might be available at those times.

Tune in to stay in the know of the procedures for cinema reopenings.

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How Are European Theaters Handling the Pandemic?

Episode 6:

How are European theaters handling the pandemic?

On today’s episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria with Rebecca Pahle, expand upon key topics from the Boxoffice Live Sessions webinar with the International Union of Cinemas – such as what the UNIC is, the European stimulus package for cinemas, and promotional campaigns to help moviegoers return to cinemas.

Listen in for more information on Europe’s plans to reopen their cinemas!

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The Pivot to a New Normal: Atom Tickets and Cinemark Theatres

Episode 5:

What is the “new normal” of the cinema industry?

On today’s episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loría, along with statements by Matthew Bakal from Atom Tickets and Jeff Rosenfeld from Cinemark, discuss theaters’ newest strategies to generate income, if these strategies will stick around, and what companies are focusing on for the future.

Listen in to learn how to support the recovery of the movie business!

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Bonus Episode: Boxoffice Pro LIVE Sessions with NATO’s John Fithian

Episode 4:

What do the coming months have in store for the movie business?

On today’s episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria, with Rebecca Pahle discuss the LIVE Sessions webinar.

In the webinar, John Fithian and Patrick Corcoran answer important topics and questions on NATO actions, long-term impact, and what recovery will look like. Tune in to stay informed on what’s next for the cinema industry!

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Virtual Theatrical: How Streaming and Theatrical Can Work Together

Episode 3:

Can virtual solutions enable theaters to stay open at this time?On this week’s episode of The Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria look at Kino Marquee, the virtual theatrical initiative from Kino Lorber that can help cinemas bring revenue during the COVID-19 crisis. Can virtual solutions enable theaters to stay open at this time?

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The Billion Dollar Stimulus Package For Cinemas

Episode 2:

How can movie theaters stay in touch with their customers during this time?

On today’s episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria along with Rebecca Pahle, discuss the NATO stimulus package, how cinemas are staying in touch with moviegoers, and how theaters can continue to bring in revenue in this uncertain time.

Listen in to learn some tactics for cinemas and consumers to help each other weather the storm!

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The Future of the Cinema Industry in the Midst of Pandemic

Episode 1:

Worried about the future of the cinema industry?

On this premiere episode of the Boxoffice Podcast, Russ Fischer and Daniel Loria go over their thoughts on current events affecting the industry, potential future implications, and what some in the community have done to help the cinema industry.

Tune in to hear how we can support the cinema community in these uncertain times.

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