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Ashley S.
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How to name your cinema business

Hey, I’m Ashley (Branding Expert) and I’m going to guide you through our four steps to name your cinema business. Below you’ll find twenty example names I created in this process and next, I’ll show you how you can create your own. To get started, try our cinema business name generator above and then scroll below to find the first step in the naming process.

  1. Operation Opera
  2. Lights Camera Acting
  3. Back Stage Productions
  4. MicDrop
  5. La Cinéphile
  6. Black Sheep Theatre
  7. Curtain Call
  8. International House
  9. Star City
  10. Feature Film Fest
  1. Le Critique
  2. Spotlight Productions
  3. The Reel
  4. Light House Films
  5. Front Row Co.
  6. Light House Films
  7. Film Factory
  8. Spotlight Productions
  9. Le Critique
  10. The Reel

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Four steps to naming your cinema business

This four-step process will help you name your cinema business. In this example, I generated names that convey creativity and quality. Here’s each step I took in crafting these business names.

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#1) Brainstorm your name ideas

Brainstorming on the words you want to use to represent your business is very important because this is the first impression your business makes on your potential customers. I decided to use words like light, theater, and curtain to give an idea of what to expect. Your goal here is to create a list of words or names that come to mind when thinking about your business.

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Here are my name ideas after brainstorming:

Operation Opera

Lights Camera Acting

Back Stage Productions

MicDrop

La Cinéphile

Black Sheep Theatre

Curtain Call

International House

Star City

Feature Film Fest

Le Critique

Spotlight Productions

The Reel

Light House Films

Front Row Co.

Light House Films

Film Factory

Spotlight Productions

Le Critique

The Reel

#2) Shortlist your ideas

Once you’ve developed a list of possible names, do an analysis of your ideas. Remove any names that could be hard to remember, spell or speak aloud. Keep names that are brandable, sound great, are memorable and communicate your brand values, product or service to your target audience.

Here’s a quick checklist you can run your ideas through to help shorten your list of name:

  • Is the name simple and easy to remember?
  • Is the name easy to read and say aloud?
  • Is the name different from competitors?
  • Does the name convey a relevant meaning?
  • Does the name avoid overused words or cliches?

My Shortlist:

Star City

Curtain Call

International House

Ushered

 

Removed Ideas:

Operation Opera

Lights Camera Acting

Back Stage Productions

MicDrop

La Cinéphile

Black Sheep Theatre

Feature Film Fest

Le Critique

Spotlight Productions

The Reel

Light House Films

Front Row Co.

Light House Films

Film Factory

Spotlight Productions

Le Critique

The Reel

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#3) Get some feedback

You’ll now have a list of 3-6 great cinema business names and you can start to ask potential customers or people working in the industry for feedback (your target audience). Avoid feedback from family and friends, are more likely to praise all your ideas and they aren’t your customer.

Be sure to ask questions like:

  • What first comes to mind when you first hear the name?
  • How would you spell it?

With your customer feedback, you can now ask yourself is the name still relevant? and did it represent your business how you intended?

My customer feedback:

International House

This sounds like a place where foreign movies are shown.

Curtain Call

This sounds like a theater or a cinema.

Star City

This sounds like a domain for celebrities.

Ushered

This sounds like an instruction given at cinemas.

#4) Check if it’s available

At this point, it’s good to have at least three great cinema business names on your list, in case your any of your names are already taken. You can do a quick Business Name Search online to find out if your name is available within your country/state, also be sure to search if the name is also available for Trademark and Domain name Registration.

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Competitor Name Analysis

To help you brainstorm potential business names, let’s take a look at three successful cinema businesses and break down why and how they’ve chosen to name their business and why it works for them.

DreamWorks Pictures Logo

DreamWorks Pictures is a cinema name that represents a great form of art by the use of the word dream. It says they are bringing dreams into reality.

Universal Pictures Logo

Universal Pictures expresses an art form that can be enjoyed by all classes of people. Universal represents a collectively enjoyed art.

20th Century Fox Logo

20th Century Fox represents a new generation of movies and theater arts. Fox represents a sharp and fast animal, and it is used here to indicate a constantly improving art.

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5 Tips for naming your cinema business

The ideal business name should be simple, memorable and convey a meaning all at the same time. Here are my 5 tips to keep in mind when developing your business names.

1. Do a Competitor Analysis

Doing a competitor analysis as your first step will save you a lot of time in the future, knowing what names to avoid and understanding why and how your competitors business name words for them will help you in forming your own business names. When analyzing competitors think about:

  • What business or product values are they conveying in their business name? How does that work for them?
  • Is there a trend in how these businesses are naming themselves? It’s best to avoid sounding like “just another one of those businesses”.
  • Who does it best? Why does it work and how can I produce a better name?

2. Focus on Naming your Business not Describing it.

A typical pitfall most businesses run into is describing their business name too literally, using overused cinema terms like movies, theater, and action. A more effective business name should convey to customers your businesses and product values at a deeper level. Try name your business in a way that has a story behind it.

Let’s take for example a real cinema business named “Universal Pictures “.

Literally, this name expresses a very diverse form of entertainment without using unnecessary words or overused words.

3. How to make a more memorable name

Creating a memorable business name is the first step in getting into a customers mind and is also a task that’s easier said than done. Your business name should aim to stop a customer in their tracks and give an extra thought on your product among your wave of competitors. Some tips to create a memorable name would be:

  • Use rhythmic pronunciation or alliteration (Curtain Call, Film Factory)
  • Try using a word that wouldn’t be relevant when out of context (Encore Cinemas: Encore generally means an extra piece of music as requested by the audience, but in this context, it is used to represent movies that meet the audience needs)
  • Keep it short and simple.

4. Try purchasing a Brandable business name

Brandable business names are names that are non-sensical but read and are pronounced well. They often use letter patterns of Vowel/Consonant/Vowel as these word structures are typically short, catchy and easy to say and remember. For example, some brandable cinema business names could be:

  • The Reel
  • Le Critique
  • La Cinephile

You can find a full list of Brandable business names at Domainify.com

5. Avoid combining words just to create a unique name.

Another mistake business owners typically make is creating bad word combinations when they find out that their business name idea is already taken. For example, changing Encore Cinemas to EnCin.

You can see how these ideas are a step backward as they are not catchy, easily pronounceable or memorable. In these situations, we suggest starting from scratch and trying the tips we mentioned previously.

Business Name Ideas

Here’s the ultimate list of related words you could use in your business name. Below is a list of trending, descriptive and action words that are often related to.

Trending Words

Here are the top trending words used in cinema company names.

cinema

film

filming

movie

stage

screen

screening

movie star

show

showtime

stars

starlette

actor

actress

act

peform

performance

entertain

theatre

production

produce

director

direct

entertainment

comedy

comedic

romantic

romance

drama

dramatic

action

horror

scary

suspensful

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Words cinema often describes

(“cinema ______”)

You can use these words to create cinema business names like ‘The Cinema Goers’ and ‘Big Cinema House’.

goers

going

narration

moon

shows

showing

house

films

filming

owners

critics

critique

hall

history

type

style

genres

movements

title

script

writing

writer

stage

curtains

opening

show

night

evenings

attendance

operators

producers

circuit

norms

era

tradition

screen

lights

showcase

event

show

awards

makers

How cinema is often described

(“______ cinema”)

Example cinema company names using these related descriptive words ‘International Cinema House’ and ‘Musical Cinema’.

International

local

American

British

French

Japanese

European

Bollywood

Hollywood

arthouse

amateur

minority

professional

traditional

classic

critically-acclaimed

contemporary

old-fashioned

mainstream

bus

experimental

raw

dark

musical

revolutionary

underground

digital

postwar

poetic

informative

conventional

observational

southern

postmodern

primitive

sure

low-budget

classy

confrontational

exposé

animated

artificial

rich

purest

beautiful

romantic

comedic

dramatic

genuine

colored

famous

refined

Cinema adjectives

You can use an adjective in your business name to create a business name like ‘Indian Cinema Lovers‘ or ‘The Feminist Cinema Company.

American

brazilian

British

Chinese

cinematic

classical

commercial

European

French

german

Hindi

Indian

italian

Japanese

mainstream

National

popular

silent

Soviet

theatrical

independent

egyptian

Mexican

cuban

Australian

polish

sound

underground

Spanish

Canadian

Asian

Russian

narrative

Latin

digital

classic

dominant

postwar

iranian

African

feminist

darkened

Argentine

Indonesian

Swedish

postmodern

observational

ethnographic

turkish

mobile

imperfect

israeli

Danish

Czech

modernist

Hungarian

Tamil

Philippine

queer

Korean

Cinema verbs

You can use a verb in your cinema business name to create business names like ‘Edited Cinema‘ or ‘Remastered Cinema Solutions‘.

edited

remastered

blood

constructs

dominated

edited

expanded

fascinated

framing

interested

invented

portrayed

rethinking

screened

screening

showing

towards

visit

visiting

visits

watching

went

Quebecois

houses

toward

hie

fade

raise

show

reframing

cast

premiered

flicking

see

les

Combine words

We’ve taken words from above and from our generator results and combined the words to create new cinema company names.

Cinemax (Cinema + Maximum)

Animovies (Animated + Movies)

Classifilm (Classic + Films)

Rom-Com (Romantic + Comedy)

Showstress (Shows + Actress)

Filmduction (Film + Production)

IndiAct (Indian + Act)

Theatress (Theatre + Actress)

Cinema in foreign languages

Consider using foreign words in your business name to give the impression of an international or exotic brand.

Latin: cinematographico

French: le cinéma, la cinémathèque

Italian: cinema, cinematografo

Spanish: el cine, el cinema

German: kino

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