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MPAA reports that 2007 saw one of the highest grossing years for the motion picture industry

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) relentlessly bombards the public with copyright and piracy information.  It plagued the news media for years with tireless finger pointing; even its own website is dedicated to giving the public information on copyright laws and piracy.  Different sections, such as Movie Thieves, offer information on who the criminals are and asks individuals to help in their “fight to stop movie thieves!”

The confusing part is the link in the “Latest News” section that claims an all-time high in domestic and global box office sales.  The global market grew 4.9% to $26.6 billion, claims the MPAA, and the U.S. domestic market grew roughly 5.4%, passing the $9.6 billion mark.

“From the threat and eventual reality of a writer’s strike to the global impact of film theft to concerns over the economy, the film industry faced significant challenges in 2007,” stated Dan Glickman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MPAA. “But, ultimately, we got our Hollywood ending. Once again, diverse, quality films and the timeless allure of the movie house proved a winning combination with consumers around the world.”

It is surprising to see the MPAA claim that the motion picture industry is taking a beating from piracy when their own data shows that the market is producing better than before. This is not to say, however, that piracy doesn't have an effect on the film industry.

According to a study done by the Institute for Public Innovation, motion picture piracy costs the U.S. economy about $20.5 billion annually which includes revenue and “related measures of economic performance”.  The related measure includes loss of jobs, decrease in earning for workers, and the U.S. governments loss of tax revenue.  The study claims that film industry would have added a little over 45,000 new jobs.

Even though the film industry is taking some large hits from piracy, you can rest a little easier knowing that the industry is still raking in quite a sum of cash.

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By HighWing on 3/7/2008 9:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
Part of this already does exist in some places.

I've been to one theater that has small tables in front 2, 4 or 6 sets of seats. They serve you a meal before the movie starts and you can still order during the movie as well. The tables are placed just high enough apart that the occasional waiter coming in and out is barely noticeable. They even serve alcohol too.

However, like masher pointed out these places don't seem to stay in business long. I think most of that attributes to the fact that at least for the one I went to, the only items on the menu under $20 were the appetizers. Plus due to the height adjustments from tables, you could only fit maybe 100 people into the theater. Which does not leave much room for packing in the people to make money. In turn I would assume this is the reason higher priced menu items.

As to your idea for a kid theater, I can already foresee many problems with that. Many younger kids don't really like to be away from their parents in public. Many Parents probably will not like to be in there for too long. If it's a theater full of kids, what happens when a fight breaks out?

So as masher said, they look great on paper, but I don't really see them making any money in the long run. They would probably make bank for the first month or two. But as the problems arise and the novelty wears off, to few people would come in that the places won't be able to stay in business.

Though I do see only one way for a place like this to really thrive, and that is if they can stay the same price as a regular movie theater. Everyone here seems to agree that movie theater prices are already approaching, if not past reasonable prices. So most people are already not too willing to pay more just for these extra features. If one of these kinds of theaters can stay at about the same price as a regular movie theater and cater to the middle class, then they would have a chance. The average consumer would see the extra features for the same prices as reasonable and most likely frequent the place, rather then once in a blue moon.

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