Cinema Treasures

  • April 28, 2006

    Star-Ledger profiles Cinema Treasures

    Today’s edition of the Star-Ledger has a nice writeup about Cinema Treasures.

    If you’re curious about movie theaters old and new, their histories and untimely passings, Ross Melnick of Cinema Treasures has just about everything you need.

    Melnick, who co-founded the Web site in Dec. 2000 with Patrick Crowley, presides over a vast network of movie house fans. It began with listings for 125 theaters and now Cinema Treasures has nearly 14,000 listings, including theaters in Afghanistan, Croatia and Papua New Guinea.

    For those who do read the article, Ross points out: “I never said historic theaters can’t have digital sound, etc. I only said most cannot have stadium seating.”

  • April 27, 2006

    Maps for European theaters!

    Google Maps has just added detailed maps for Europe. So you know what that means… we now have maps for theaters in England, France, and elsewhere!

    Here’s a sample map for the Odeon West End, for instance:

    Since this is our first real test of European mapping, we probably have some bad address data. So if you know the correct address for your favorite European Cinema Treasure, please send it in!

  • March 31, 2006

    Yahoo! Features Cinema Treasures

    Yahoo is featuring Cinema Treasures, along with a photo by Cinema Treasures user and volunteer Sean Doerr, on its Yahoo Search Directory homepage.


    (And greetings to new users who are visiting us from Yahoo for the first time!)

  • March 7, 2006

    13,000 Theaters and Counting …

    The Cinema Treasures website now features over 13,000 theaters and counting!

    Thanks to everyone for continuing to add and/or update our growing theater database.

    15,000 here we come!

    — The Gang at Cinema Treasures

  • January 17, 2006

    Comments Working Again

    As many of you noticed, we had a small comments outage earlier today.

    The problem has now been fixed.

  • January 4, 2006

    Comments are working again

    Our apologies for yesterday’s comment outage. Due to a database issue, the comments weren’t loading correctly, but it’s all fixed now. :)

  • January 2, 2006

    Happy New Year!

    Cinema Treasures would like to wish everyone who uses our site a Happy New Year!

  • November 28, 2005

    Welcome back!

    Hope everyone had a great holiday!

    As you can see, Cinema Treasures is back online and hopefully a little bit speedier. While we can’t yet say we’ve licked our performance problems, we definitely made some great progress over the past few days.

    Most significantly, theater pages are now being cached, which is helping reduce the load on our server quite a bit. We also made a number of other changes which hopefully will bear fruit over the coming days.

    Thanks again for your patience!

  • November 22, 2005

    More Cinema Treasures upgrades

    We will be taking the site offline during the Thanksgiving holiday, so that we can take another stab at improving the performance of Cinema Treasures.

    Specifically, the website will be offline from Wednesday through Sunday of this week, as we continue to overhaul Cinema Treasures. While we realize this may be an inconvenience to some of our users, it is perhaps the best time for us to make such an upgrade, as everyone is likely to be on holiday.

    As before, we expect to make good progress on improving the scalabilty of this website, although there’s no guarantee this round of upgrades will completely solve our current challenges.

    Stay tuned, theater fans! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  • November 14, 2005

    Site Update: More upgrades needed

    While yesterday’s upgrades were quite substantial, Cinema Treasures continues to remain rather sluggish.

    We had hoped the upgrades would end the slowdown issue once and for all, but it’s now clear we will need to take additional steps to improve the performance of the website so that it can handle the large amount of traffic we’re now receiving.

    Until the site is fixed, everyone should expect the website to be slow (or even inaccessible) at times. You may wish to limit your use of Cinema Treasures to evening or other non-peak hours, or even take a few days off from using the site.

    As always, we thank you for your support and continued patience. We’ll post another update on our progress in a few days.