http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononho ... tal-mayhem
This article appeared on the Thompson on Hollywood blog and it's by indie distribution pioneer Ira Deutchman. It basically outlines the problems indie theaters face from an agreement the studios have made for supplying digital projectors to theater chains (DCI, Digital Cinema Initiative). At least I think that's what it's about.
I have to confess I didn't understand the article. There are members here who understand this stuff and can explain it for us laymen. So I'm hoping one of you volunteers to do that.
How exactly does this DCI/VPF agreement affect an indie theater? Let's say, the Paris, a single screen here in Manhattan, or an indie multiplex like the Angelika. How are those theaters affected in terms of what they can and can't show? Is certain equipment being denied to them? Are they being asked to buy equipment they don't want at a price that's too high? If they stick to their current equipment will there be a whole class of films they can't book?
What does all this mean for us moviegoers?
It's the little folks getting screwed again. Wait'll you read what the drive-ins, which have been making something of a comeback lately with family-friendly programming, are going through. How many of these drive-ins and small-town theaters that have managed to hang on will be able to afford the steep conversion costs without this deal?Brian Camp @ Mar 6 2012, 07:30 PM wrote: What does all this mean for us moviegoers?