Look, we know box office is taking a hit, but it’s not the audiences that AMPAS needs to cajole. It’s not the downloaders you need to worry about; they weren’t going to the theaters anyway. It’s the exhibitors. Get them to start actually (1) cleaning their theaters, (2) policing their theaters, and (3) making it an enjoyable experience for couples and families.
Paul – you hit the nail on the head with this one… or three, I should say.
Darya and I will drive 20 minutes out of our way to go to a specific theatre not because it’s that wonderful, but because all the others are pitiful.
I have to think, however, that were our children and teens a more civilized lot, it would not be such an issue. Still, I think you’re on to something. Darya has told me tales of teaching that show that even an uncivilized lot really desires boundaries (policing). Letting kids walk all over you tacitly tells them you don’t care enough to do otherwise.
With the decreasing size of theatre screens and the increasing size of that in the Frields home, will we see you opening your home to patrons?