System and method for cinema exhibition management

  • US 20090112676A1
  • Filed: 03/07/2008
  • Published: 04/30/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/2007
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A web-based system for cinema exhibition management and communication between motion picture exhibitors and distributions among a plurality of users, comprising:

  • at least one central database server for storing cinema exhibition data in a relational database to support execution of different user tasks for one or more CEM modules, said database organized and accessed according to the relationships between data items defined by a plurality of member, entity, assignment, permission and information tables, each table including records each having a primary key that identifies the record and data associated therewith, said member table including records of user specific identification data, said entity tables including at least film, theater and trailer tables including records associated with different film, theater and trailer entities, respectively, said assignment tables including records that map film, theater and trailer entities to users for specific modules, said permissions table including records that authorize read or write capability to users for specific tasks within modules, and said information tables including records that store cinema exhibition and distribution data associated with the performance of tasks;

    at least one central web application server; and

    a cinema exhibition management (CEM) application on said web application server, wherein said CEM application is configured to interface with the relational database to (a) check the member table to verify user log on, (b) check user permissions and assignment tables to provide user access to authorized modules from among a set comprising at least one of film solicitation, film booking, showtimes, trailer requests and placements, box office reports and payment vouchers to the user for selection of a module, (c) check user permissions and assignment tables for a selected module to provide user access to authorized tasks for selection of a task (d) filter records from the information tables in relational database in accordance with the selected task, user permissions and assignments tables and route those records to the user, and (e) store any additional cinema exhibition data provided in performance of the selected in the existing or new records in the information tables in the relational database on said central data storage server.

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