A decline in cinema attendance was predicted way back when VCRs and VHS rentals became popular. A funny thing happened, though, and cinema attendance actually boomed. This new wave of change may be legit, however. A 27" TV with tiny speakers and a VHS tape were still a far cry from the experience that people could get at the cinema. But as the article said, today's TVs and sound systems, along with the digital clarity of DVDs, come pretty close to matching the theatre experience. Plus, DVDs have all the added features thrown in for people who like that sort of thing.
Amy Pascal, the chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's motion picture group, said, "We can give ourselves every excuse for people not showing up - change in population, the demographic, sequels, this and that - but people just want good movies."
She predicted that "Bewitched," a romantic comedy about a producer who unwittingly hires a "real" witch for the lead role in a remake of the television show, would have a broad appeal. "If it was a straight-ahead remake of the show," she said, "we would have been guilty of doing the ordinary."
I wasn't sure whether to laugh or roll my eyes at this quote. While trying to make a point that not all of the new movies are crappy, she brings up a remake of an old television series as an example!
I saw something about the "Dukes Of Hazzard" movie on TV a day or so ago and remarked to my wife that "Hollywood must be completely out of ideas -- what are they going to do when they run out of old TV shows to remake?"
In recent memory they've throw at us: Starsky and Hutch, Garfield, Dukes of Hazzard, Bewitched, Brady Bunch, SWAT, The Untouchables, Mission Impossible, Lost In Space, Mod Squad, Scooby Doo, Leave It To Beaver, Beverly Hillbillies, Adams Family, Charlies Angels, Dragnet, Little Rascals, Munsters, Shaft...and I'm sure I'm missing many.
And if they're not reheating television leftovers, they're reheating their own leftovers in the form of sequels. I'm not saying that all of these movies are bad (although most are), but that Hollywood is taking the easy way out waaaaay too often.
If Hollywood decides it needs to change something, I hope they decide to make movies with...(brace yourselves here)...a good plot!
Instead, I fear they'll drag out bigger and better special effects instead.
All-in-all, I think the decline in cinema attendance won't continue forever. It will level off at some point. That may not come before the numbers have dropped considerably from where they have been, though. One step the industry could do would be to drop the price of tickets. Supply and demand may force that drop at some point, I don't know. Maybe that wouldn't be a bad thing?