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Uh... The Paramount Decree Might Come Tumbling Down In a Few Years

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This might be the start of mass pandemonium when it comes to the future distribution of movies in theatres.

According to an article I read,  the 1948 degree against the movie companies has a risk of being ruled as outdated in the next few years . Now if this does happen, it could mean that some companies  could use deep financial resources to buy or build big chains of theatres and monopolize them to show only their films, thus bleeding the remaining big studios out of their shares and all but crushing the independents. Among the other big studios, this news is the worst for Paramount if it does happen, but Columbia is also very precarious.

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Just now, LawrenceA said:

"Degrees"? Do you mean "decree"? 



I keep reading that Sony is looking to sell off Columbia/TriStar/Screen Gems, possibly to Netflix. 

yes, sorry about that. Didn't know about Sony. That will sadly mean that Sony Pictures Classics, a wonderful company, would be shuttered if the deal went through.

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Larry's Netflix comment makes me think that theater chains will become more obsolete, since probably everything will move to streaming platforms. And of course, that's going to affect how films are allowed to qualify for Academy Awards.

So if the decree is no longer enforced because it's become outdated, then it is not really going to have much impact on the existing studios. They are finding other ways to market their product.

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50 minutes ago, yanceycravat said:

How come when I click on the twitter links the post goes blank and nothing happens?

That one was a link within a link (twitter.com > t.co > forbes.com), peppered with referrer junk in the URL.  Basically more steps that your browser needs to go through to get there.  Maybe the OP is getting paid.   :P

Here is the actual link to the story, as if I need to be playing clean up.



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19 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Larry's Netflix comment makes me think that theater chains will become more obsolete, since probably everything will move to streaming platforms.

I'd be completely fine with all the cartoony antiseptic-plexes becoming obsolete. People ruin the theater experience for others with their phones on/talking/etc anyway.

Let the great unwashed masses plop in their recliner in PJs dining on Hot Pockets, never leaving their home to talk through the latest cgi fluff movie.

Then, all the great old movie palaces could show classic movies-even Fathom events- for people to participate in a theater experience. People who want to become absorbed in the story, with a hundred other people. Better when serving "better" snacks. Even better when you have a café where strangers discuss what they're seeing. 

It could happen. Upstate NY has several of these classic movie experiences.

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I just saw Strangers on a Train and Psycho a few weeks ago in a 1926 Tudor Gothic style theater (The Elsinore) in Salem, OR. They even have a Wurlitzer organ that someone plays during silent films. 

Portland has a 1926 Spanish Colonial style theater (the Hollywood Theater) that also shows old movies. They even show the movies in 35mm. 

It would be nice if the existing old movie theaters could be rehabbed and be a showcase for old movies.  With the revived interest in all things vintage and based on how packed the Fathom events seem to be, I think that this would definitely be a viable project.  Portland has a huge arts scene, I would think an old movie house would definitely prosper. 

When I would attend the Fathom events or the movie events at the Elsinore, I used to be one of the younger ones there.  Now, there are a mix of all ages, from senior citizens to people much younger than me. 

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16 minutes ago, Hibi said:

There are only a handful of people at the Fathom events I've attended.

I have to buy my tickets in advance because the events are usually sold out or sold out enough that the only seats left are in the front! 

The theater near me that shows the Fathom events lets you reserve specific seats.  I like to sit in the back, on the aisle, if I can.

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As I was afraid thanks to The Republicans and Republicrats both supporting their den of thieves of big corporations rather than  you and I and the rest of the whole populous . This could hurt home video, especially the porn business . Brown shirt Hollywood Corcatters would campaign to have it wiped out in the name of women's rights They would have power to ban third Reich and Russian communist regime classic films from home video. These Darth vaders will outlaw the t.v. set cable ,satalite, internet to elimination any thing that competes with movie houses. Please contact your congressman , senators opposing the elimination of this rule or no more stereo plazma t.v.'s  internet .This has to be stopped.

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Would this mean the price of my buttered popcorn (or whatever the hell that stuff is they pump on it) would rise even higher?

Ya know, THIS could be the very deciding factor in my wanting to contact my senator or congressperson in this matter or not.

(...and I've heard the Arizona delegation especially like their popcorn too, and so...…..) 


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Netflix Takes Lease For NYC’s Paris Theatre


With the Paramount consent decrees being struck down, Netflix looks like it is taking its first step into the theatrical exhibition business.

Following the reopening of the Paris Theatre in New York City in order to release Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” on the big screen, the streaming service is ready to keep going and has signed a lease that will keep the Paris Theatre open.

The location gives Netflix a place to host screenings, premieres, and also theatrical releases for its films in New York City. The Paris Theatre, opened in 1948, is now the only single-screen theater in the city.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, says in a statement: “After 71 years, the Paris Theatre has an enduring legacy, and remains the destination for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. We are incredibly proud to preserve this historic New York institution so it can continue to be a cinematic home for film lovers.”

With the famed location shuttering in August this year, the deal now keeps it alive and running – albeit only for Netflix films.


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