I heard this report as we wandered the packed highways of Southern Ontario yesterday – Canadian theatres suffer box office slump. I confess that sticky-floored cinemas no longer attract me as they may have once done.
Statistics Canada says movie theatres sold just under 105 million tickets in 2005, an 8-percent drop from 2004. The slumping box office sales and growing costs amounted to an $81 million profit loss for the movie theatre industry.
Perhaps, Dave Winer identifies what’s happening to the Cinema industry – or at least he’s a prophetic voice.
I played hookie to see The Simpsons movie, and boy did it suck. It’s probably not the fault of the people who made the movie, because I’m so spoiled with my high-def home theater, and powerful sound system. When I go watch a movie in a theater, the screen seems so far away, so small, and their technology is so poor.
For example, the movie was too big to fit on the screen, about 20 percent of the picture, 10 percent on either side, was actually projected on the drapes.
The movie industry needs to take a look at this. I suppose I’m in the minority, but I won’t be for long. The prices on home entertainment equipment are dropping all the time, and word of mouth must be spreading. For $2K you can create an environment at home that’s hugely better than the one in the theaters. Next year it’ll probably be $1K.