Slumping Movie Industry

kinnon —  August 4, 2007 — 2 Comments

Cinematicket001I 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.

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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.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Slumping Movie Industry

  1. In Saskatoon we have a restored historic theatre with $3 tickets and cheaper popcorn and drinks. They did put in a new sound system to go along with the ambient surroundings. I go to support the neighborhood but also because the cost of the mega theatres is about 3x’s the amount it cost’s my son and I to go to the discount theatre and five times the amount to watch a DVD at home. That kinds of economics don’t make a lot of sense to me.

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  2. As we move back into our neighourhood in Toronto, we will need to find the cheapest place to watch movies. (I’m pretty sure it will be our living room.)

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