Movie Theaters Implore Studios: Release the Blockbusters

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Drive-In Movie Theaters Are Suddenly Back in Demand

By Associated Press- Re-Blogged From Headline Wealth

The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence.

With nearly all of the nation’s movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some drive-in owners think they’re in a unique position to give moviegoers a chance to do something out of the house while keeping distance from others. This weekend, some drive-ins aren’t the only show in town. They’re the only show in the country.

The Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley, Texas, about a 30-minute drive outside Houston, normally sees ticket sales go down about 40% on a weekend when they don’t have any new movies. Last weekend, they saw a 40% increase, says the theater’s owner, Andrew Thomas. Usually open weekends, Thomas has kept screenings going through the week.

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Neural Network Transforms 124-Year-Old Film Into Crisp HD

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When it premiered in 1896, the silent short film “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat” was a cinematic wonder. Compared to today’s motion pictures, though, the quality of the black-and-white clip is downright primitive.

But now, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev has found a way to show what the film might have looked like if it had been recorded using more modern technology — by using artificial intelligence to upscale it to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

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