Change has always been a part of the motion picture industry. At first, movies
were blac and white 16mm silent productions. Over the years, film went to 35mm
and, on occasion, 70mm. Sound was added, and then came color. Nearly square
screens gave way to wide-screen movies. Single screen theaters gave way to
megaplexes. All of this required the theater owners to spend money for new
equipment and facilities. Digital is no different. It simplifies the process,
though, and improves the theater-going experience with no flickering films, no
broken film or interruptions if the projectionist doesn't get things set up
properly. @Capsaicin:People go to the movies because the
experience isn't the same as sitting at home watching something on
television (assuming they haven't spent thousands for a home theater). The
sound and picture are both bigger, and you're sharing the experience with
other attendees. It gives you a few hours of relaxation without interruptions or
I really appreciate the effort and added risk taken by the Towne Theater owners
in American Fork. Digital movies are a better experience there, and I am
grateful to see movies for an excellent price, not long after they were first
run. Thank you for committing to your business and the community!
Not sure why anyone even goes to a movie anymore with the advent of on-demand
content and large screen tv's. HD looks better on my big screen than it
ever will in a theater. And I dont have to sit in a seat thats covered in goop
from the previous visitors. I can press pause when I gotta take a break. At
least "dollar" theaters have the price right. Maybe. I maybe go to a
full-price movie once or twice a year. The movie has to be a real block buster
though to spend $8 on. 99% of movies are overpriced, and they under deliver.
FREDISDEADLayton, UTKaysville theater ROCKS!!4:03 p.m.
March 6, 2014===========Agreed.The Larry H.
Miller Mega-Plexes are like going to malls, and not the Movies!All
the glits, with No hometown cinema feel.
@ Strider. the thing I like most about your comment is the part about a work
ethic. something I see as lacking in the youth of today. I own a business, and
feel that the biggest problem with people who come in to apply for work is the
work ethic part. the other things can be taught!
@ samhill, Is your comment tongue-in-cheek? There will be new jobs
to design, build and repair and replace these new machines. Machines that
require more skilled operators (labor) will help make workers more productive.
We will always have to labor for our "daily bread" IMO.I
would suggest that the "somehow provide" comment will involve labor.
Mental and physical labor is rewarding. The arena in which we labor will
probably change over time. Once men had jobs manufacturing motion picture film
and film cameras, processing film and distributing film to movie theaters and
between theaters. Now the camera is digital, distribution may be on discs that
are sent via mail/shippers and computers arrange the show unique to each screen.
This too is done by a worker, trained in a different set of skills. People and
companies that didn't read the tea leaves were left behind, see Eastman
Kodak.Hence, the need to instill in our children and grand children
the need to acquire both knowledge, skills and a strong work ethic. Work we
must, the question is what kind of work.
@samhillI guess it's a good thing that analog movie projection
is not such a highly-specialized and expensively-acquired skill that movie
projectionists would be fit for nothing else . . .The process you
are describing is called "disruptive innovation" by Clayton M.
Christensen (an advisory board member for this newspaper), who described it in
much greater detail in his book, "The Innovator's Dilemma". Before
that, essentially the same process was called "creative destruction" by
the famous economist Joseph Schumpeter.New technologies, industries,
and markets are emerging all of the time on the shoulders of older technologies,
industries, and markets, eventually replacing them. This is Economic Darwinism
in its purest and best sense (unlike the other kind, which revolves around the
concept that only the economically strongest individuals are fit to survive, and
which enshrines the 1%, while trampling the peasant 99%).Fortunately, as a general rule, we are a remarkably resilient, adaptable, and
self-preservation-minded species, continually reinventing ourselves in terms of
careers and livelihoods -- sometimes with society's (government)
assistance.The alternative would be a Luddite world that would
involve abandoning technology and living a very Third World agrarian lifestyle.
"'It does itself,' said Eric Hansen, the manager of the Holladay
Water Gardens. 'You plug it in, the system ingests the
is one more example of how improved technology means fewer jobs. What once
might have taken one or two projectionists to do the job of displaying the
movies every night, now takes....none!It is a process of production
increases from various forms of automation at the expense of jobs for us
low-tech humans that has been on-going since the days of Gutenberg in the mid
1400's, and probably in some other form before that.Hopefully,
the resulting increases in production will continue to allow us to reach the
blissful state where we somehow provide for ourselves without a requirement for
actual labor (jobs), since that seems to be where we're headed.
Kaysville theater ROCKS!!