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    Are Movie Theatres a Dying Breed?

    Between the overpriced admission, and the fact that "I can just see it on Netflix when it comes out," movie theatres could be going the way of records and the radio. Is the Romantic ideal of seeing a movie in public still enough to keep audience interest? Are in-theatre app games and loyalty points enough to keep the next generation coming back?

    • I also feel that theatres are dying. One thing is for sure, with the advancing of technology, the role of theatres has been diminishing over time. They're not what they quite used to be. Also discuss the role of 3D in keeping the theatre business alive, the ways of localised advertising and its shortcomings, and of course, the extreme ease of watching movies on DVDs, downloading torrents, and even watching them on smartphones and how it's made things harder for theatres. Give real life examples of the decreasing number of theatres and some facts, maybe from Wikipedia. – Abhimanyu Shekhar 5 years ago
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    • Another resource the writer could look at is the demise of the Drive-in movies. The writer could compare and contrast the reasons for the closure of Drive-in's in reference to decline in movie theaters. – Venus Echos 5 years ago
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    • I worry about this too, because I think watching a film at the cinema is the best movie experience. If only theatres just reduced their admission prices... – NurseManhattan 5 years ago
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    • Very interesting topic. I think Hollywood may come face-to-face with unintended consequences when they made "The Interview" film available online, choosing to forego a theater release out of fear of terrorist threats.. We love immediacy and taking things in from the comfort of our own home, and Hollywood uploading "The Interview" online allowed us to do just that. The film also made a ton of money, despite it only being available online. Now that consumers have gotten a little taste of watching newly released films on their own time and on their own devices, will they eventually demand more of this, and will Hollywood deliver? – JHaas 5 years ago
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    • Movies are getting more expensive. Still, movies are still making big profits. People still love the theater experience. – Joseph Manduke IV 5 years ago
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    • Interesting finding: I went to see Mad Max last (Tuesday) night. The movie is not new, but the house was packed. What made this happen? 1. Cheap Tuesday, 2. This was the one showing that was not in 3D. Audiences are not in awe of 3D anymore; it's just something extra we would rather have to buy. – Nicola 5 years ago
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    I just want to warn you against using the phrase “listening correctly.” As soon as we start telling people how they are meant to hear something, we’re creating an impenetrable barrier around music. That being said, there is some music that is indeed more easily accessible. John Williams knew this well, and that’s why he has had such a longstanding collaboration with Steven Spielberg. He creates attractive, Romantic, lush orchestral, and thoroughly Western music because that is the demographic they aim to please. That’s business and that’s Hollywood.
    Composers such as John Cage are fantastic in that they are trying to stretch our understanding of “good” music beyond Western tonality and timbres. As much as I love to see this happening, the population isn’t going to change overnight. Just like gender roles, language and other marks of culture, Western music is ingrained in us from infancy. Each time we sing “happy birthday,” stand for the national anthem, and even step onto the subway, we hear snippets of melodies with the same I-IV-V-I chord progression. When Spielberg introduces aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Williams appropriately makes the music “alien” by using instrumentation atypical of a classical orchestra, but even then not venturing too far out of the comfort zone of a Hollywood audience. Unfortunately, eclectic/ atonal music will only interest a small population of enthusiast, but as long as it continues to delight and amuse, I say play on!

    The Popular Music Dilemma: What John Cage Can Teach Us about Listening

    The crime novel is definitely a highly conservative genre for people that crave the neatness of a happy ending. It’s interesting that you pointed out how human our need is for this ending, and yet how incredibly superhuman the detective often is. The detective’s unique ability to see what other characters miss puts him (or her) at the level of the Divine. I think this genre is so sacred to readers because it reassures us that in a world where parents, policemen and judges can’t always distinguish right from wrong, on a quasi-spiritual level, justice can still be done.

    The Mystery Novel: Our Fascination with Mysteries, Detectives, and Crimes

    I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that television will continue to lose its popularity; movie theatres certainly have. Nowadays, serialized shows can be found on Netflix, while news and sports are often live streamed. Netflix is indeed a smart business model, but I fear too soon that it will go the way of other websites and sell its soul to advertisers. There’s always going to be a new system to compete with, and some day Netflix will have to start looking for ways to make more money as its audiences start to turn toward the next big thing.

    Netflix and Streaming: How Television is Changing