Holywood studios are concerned about the effects of piracy and for some reason, I’m not up on the technical side of things, are pushing forward with the digitalisation of cinemas. The cost of this is approximately £50k per screen and the multinationals (owned by the studios in reality) can afford to take it on the chin.
However if, like me, you prefer to buy your films in independent cinemas (in Edinburgh that means The Cameo, Filmhouse and Dominion) you may be in for a shock. These types of cinemas simply do not have £50k a pop to do this.
Out of business.
Predictions are that 300 of the UK’s 400 independent screens will go bust. Surely this is a one off case for government intervention. 400 x £50k is a mere £2 million pounds.
If they can sink 500 squillion into the banking network it must be worth a mere £2 million to save a way of life.
Should we start a petition? I’m up for it.