The future of movie-going


Josh Levin at Slate has an interesting take on streaming, PPV and the like. Here is a taste...

In a 1987 interview with Omni Magazine, Roger Ebert prophesied that in the not-too-distant future we “will have high-definition, wide-screen television sets and a push-button dialing system to order the movie you want at the time you want it.” He went on to anticipate what this could mean for the future of cinema:
I also am very, very excited by the fact that before long, alternative films will penetrate the entire country. Today seventy-five percent of the gross from a typical art film in America comes from as few as six—six—different theaters in six different cities. Ninety percent of the American motion-picture marketplace never shows art films. With this revolution in delivery and distribution, anyone, in any size town or hamlet, will see the movies he or she wants to see.
Levin describes how the cultural effect of going to the movie house has not been lost by PPV. he maintains that the real thing is the conversations about the films, not actually sitting in a theater. He notes that many films are shown only in key money making theaters in large cities, because that is where the bulk of the money comes from. Now, however, Nebraskans can often partake of a film the same day it is released in select theaters...and join in the conversation.

Here is the Slate article.


Live streaming has been revolutionary for movie making and film industry in general. Nobody can argue as to how easier it is now for everyone to grab hold of blockbusters and new releases on the spot. Instead of heading to the cinema or renting from a video club etc., now every film is just a click away. This is really great!
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