Changes in cinema: Theaters are dying while home cinema soars
March, 01; 2018. By
It is an open secret that traditional movie theaters, and together with them the conventional experience of "going to the movies" is entering a kind of programmed agony in favor of the so-called "home cinema". This, together with the new forms of distribution (mainly internet) and production (cheaper creation costs), confirms that the "cinema" as we know it is in a deep metamorphosis.

On the one hand, cinema is no longer necessary, since television exists. It was an experience. But on the other hand, the home theater, including large panoramic flat televisions, plus advanced sound stations, are turning the experience of watching a movie in the living room of your home something unique and unrepeatable, which far exceeds the "going to the movies" experience. In "the cinema", nowadays, you can find people who spend the whole movie talking (some have already seen it and spoil it), children who take off their shoes and play among them throwing them (for some this is an unforgettable and immersive experience, not for me), and other people who eat popcorn making noise in stereo. Meanwhile, at home, we can pause the film if we have to refill the drink or go to the bathroom; we can call our friends and even regulate the volume of the movie. They are two totally different worlds from which the cinema at home wins. It must be said that the cinema has undergone many previous metamorphoses, remember that before there were musicians performing live in theaters. Therefore, these technical improvements should not scandalize anyone.

Unfortunately, the hidden side is that the prices for watching a movie, including the subscription offer mixed with piracy, are tending to zero. And cinema is an art that needs money to be produced in most cases. But the money does not move from the living room of your house to the producer. Therefore, true to its essence, the cinema can not currently pay for the collection of the exhibition. The money must come from elsewhere.

This occurs in virtually everywhere except Hollywood. By having the films produced in that part of the world an economy of scale, since these are exhibited in 20 countries on the average, the money actually flows. Outside of Hollywood the only thing that exists, almost exclusively (without for example the productions of the creative group that supports this publication), is a wasteland.

Let's say, for example, not to be considered too idealistic, the Spanish and Basque film Handia. It raised 90000 euros in theaters; let's say that it has managed to raise 10,000 euros more on the internet. The budget of this film ranges between two or three million euros, according to the source consulted. The accounts do not match. The cinema is in permanent crisis, it is deficient, partly because of the galloping piracy that exists outside the US, Great Britain, Germany and Japan.

Video games are luckier since piracy is managing to be stopped and almost 100% blocked by new software implementations, something that does not happen with the recorded image.

Therefore it is deduced from these disquisitions that to make film better than being a director is to study business administration, in most cases. But hey, we do not want to leave with this bad taste, the cinema will continue being cinema... for the eternity.