Words of warning come from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas during an interview in 2013:
“The two legendary filmmakers were speaking at the University of Southern California as part of the festivities surrounding the official opening of the Interactive Media Building, three stories high and part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next — or even before then — will be price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.” He also said that Lincoln came “this close” to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.
George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.”
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I love the movies. But I hate the prices. Unless tickets are given to us, my family has already been priced out of going to a professional sporting event. When you add up all the costs: tickets, parking, food, drinks, souvenir bobble-head – that is a lot of groceries, or savings toward a future vacation. So will the movies be next?
Let’s break down the cost of a movie. Tickets are about $10 for an evening feature. Popcorn is about $6. Drinks are about $6. And of course candy is around $3. So basically $25 per person, close to 100 bucks for a family of four. And then, what if it turns out being a bad movie???????
Movies hold such a nostalgic place in my heart. As a kid, the classics would come on television once a year. Or, we would eagerly anticipate what two features would be at the local theater.
The Wizard of Oz inspired me to believe in good over evil.
Brian’s Song was the first movie I teared up over (I made sure no one saw me).
The 10 Commandments gave me a visual connection to my faith.
Star Wars was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen on a screen (it was 1977 mind you).
Jaws absolutely terrified me (and I loved it), however, I was afraid to take a bath that night.
Anything from Disney studios sparked my creativity and imagination.
I could go on and on. I frequently use movie clips in my teaching to further strengthen a point that words aren’t enough for.
Yes, there are ways around the prices with loyalty cups & loyalty t-shirts, no snacks, coupons, gift cards, matinees, student & senior discounts. However, in the next few years, I am curious to see if Spielberg and Lucas are correct in their predictions. Where do you think the movie industry is headed? Please comment below. Hope 2015 is your best year yet! 🙂