Virtual Cinema – Frequently Asked Questions

You might have a few questions about The Cary’s newest initiative, our Virtual Cinema program. We’ve created a list of frequently asked questions and will update them periodically. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions and program feedback!

 

What is virtual cinema?

Virtual cinema is a video-on-demand streaming service facilitated by independent film distributors and art-house theaters to release new films and share profits. Under the service, part of the admission price supports a physically located theater.

How can I watch?

Virtual cinema can be viewed in several ways including on your computer, a television, or a streaming device (iPad, tablet, or phone). Specific viewing apps are available for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV (how-to instructions for each listed below).

What’s the cost?

Ticket prices for virtual cinema are set by the distributors of the films. A portion of the ticket cost is shared with The Cary Theater. The current price is $12 and allows access to view the film for 5 days for your entire family.

Discounts (including Cary Film Circle) and passes are not applicable for virtual cinema screenings.

What type of films will be offered?

The Cary Theater will be curating art house films of various genres currently being offered by our virtual cinema film distributor partner Kino Lorber. You can expect to see a mix of narrative films and documentaries on a wide range of topics.

How long will a film be available to view?

Films in the virtual cinema program will be available to view for several weeks. New films will be added for viewing as they become available from the distributor.

How can I watch the film?

You can watch on your computer, phone, or most tablets. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV (tvOS 9.0 or later). See below for more detailed information about app-based viewing options. All viewing methods require high bandwidth internet connection.

How to View on Apple TV:

You must first purchase the film from your theater’s virtual cinema page on Desktop or Mobile. After doing that, please follow these steps to install the Kino Now app on your Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later).

Important: You will need to log in using the same email address and password you just created.

To install the Kino Now app for Apple TV, search for “Kino Now” in the app store and follow the instructions for installation.

Once installed, open the app and click the “Sign In” button. The app will ask for your email and Kino Now password.

This is a private showing of the film and is hidden from general view. To watch the film please access “My Library” on top of the page. Enjoy the film for five days from the time of purchase.

Instructions for watching on Roku:

You must first purchase the film from your theater’s virtual cinema page on Desktop or Mobile. After doing that, please follow these steps to install the Kino Now app on your Roku.

To install the Kino Now app for Roku, click here. Or search for “Kino Now” in the app store and follow the instructions for installation.

The first time you open it, it may take an extended time for the app to load. You will be prompted with a code. Visit kinonow.com/activate to activate the app.

This is a private showing of the film and is hidden from general view. To watch the film please access “My Library” on top of the page. Enjoy the film for five days from the time of purchase.

Instructions for watching on Amazon Fire TV / Fire Stick:

You must first purchase the film from your theater’s virtual cinema page on Desktop or Mobile. After doing that, please follow these steps to install the Kino Now app on your Amazon Fire Stick.

Important: You will need to log in using the same email address and password you just created.

To install the Kino Now app for Amazon Fire Stick, click here. Or search for “Kino Now” in the app store. If the app does not open immediately upon installing, you can find it under “Apps and Channels.”

Under “Account,” either click “Sign in with Email” and enter the same email and password you used to purchase the film or click “Link Device” and you will be prompted with a code. Visit kinonow.com/activate to activate the app using this code.

This is a private showing of the film and is hidden from general view. To watch the film please access “My Library” from the Menu (three horizontal lines) on the top of the page. Enjoy the film for five days from the time of purchase.

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