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The new film “Winchester” is based on a true story about a gun heiress (played by Helen Mirren) who thinks she’s haunted by people killed by gun violence. To give the souls a home, she renovates a house, adding rooms on to it for years until her death. Today, the Winchester Mystery House is a National Historic Landmark in California where it is purported to be haunted. …

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Patrons of some Regal cinemas will shortly have king-sized recliners.The newer, roomier and comfier seats are coming first to the Regal Cinema’s Walden Galleria location. All the existing seats are being removed, Regal executives announced, to make way for the new.It’s the latest trend in movie theaters, to invite their customers to kick back. Last fall, Dipson Theatres ju…

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Patrons of some Regal cinemas will shortly have king-sized recliners. The newer, roomier and comfier seats are coming to the Regal Cinema’s Walden Galleria location. All the existing seats are being removed, Regal executives announced, to make way for the new. It’s the latest trend in movie theaters, to invite their customers to kick back. Last fall, Dipson Theatres jump…

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A multiple choice question for passionate moviegoers: When I go to the movies, I am most interested in enjoying the occasion with: A) My brains. B) My eyes. C) My ears. D) My heart. E) My tush. If you answered E (and care a lot about B), you should know that the Dipson Theater chain has just made a substantial investment in the Amherst Theater with bigger screens and th…

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Starting Oct. 23, patrons of the Dipson Theatres McKinley 6 can sit back with their feet up and watch a movie.Dipson is installing fully reclining, plush chairs in its discount movie house located at the McKinley Mall in Blasdell. The theaters will close following screenings Sunday evening to have the chairs installed and will reopen Oct. 23. Tickets for movies the weekend…

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So you’ve seen “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” pondered “The Imitation Game” and “Selma,” visited “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and joined the masses to see “American Sniper.” That’s all well and good, but your Academy Awards prep is not yet complete. The “2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films,” a collection of the nominated live action and animated shorts, opens Jan. 30 in the Dipson E…

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People who wouldn’t normally pay to see the crude humor of Seth Rogen and James Franco in a movie helped to nearly fill the theater at Friday’s first local screening of “The Interview” at Lancaster’s Flix Stadium 10. Flix is the only local theater showing the controversial comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s dictator. For two hours, people crunched popcorn, l…

The Eastern Hills Mall Cinema has upgraded its seating with the purchase of 600 high-back leather fabric theater chairs with moveable armrests, a rocking mechanism and wider seats. There is also more leg room on new tile floors. The Dipson chain did something similar earlier at the Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster. The changes reflect the growing trend of installing more comf…

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Sam Mendes is a director of films overrated (“American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition”), underrated (“Away We Go,” “Revolutionary Road”), disappointing (“Jarhead”), and, in one case, at least, great (“Skyfall”). Yes, the 23rd James Bond entry was the British filmmaker’s best film, and o…