Cinema Foundation Study Digs Deep Into Interesting Facts On Ticket Prices, Programming, And Prestige TV In Theaters
Alternate programs rules.
For decades (and most of our lifetimes), we have associated the movie theater with first-run movies. If you wanted to see Creed 3, Scream VI, or any of this year’s upcoming movies, you headed to your local AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, or your chain of choice to watch the film with a community of movie lovers. And while that is still the case, audiences these days are demonstrating the fact that they also want to head to the theater to enjoy concerts, sporting events, and – more than ever before – prestige television events.
The Cinema Foundation recently released its inaugural State of the Cinema Industry report, and the findings were promising for exhibitors, studios and film fans alike. The study analyzes box office trends, theater counts (both domestic and overseas), the average ticket price, the ongoing struggle with piracy, and consumer sentiment toward the theatrical going experience. And as part of its findings, The Cinema Foundation revealed that moviegoers “hope to see more diverse genres at the movie theater” in the coming months – i.e., not nonstop superhero movies – and that consumers “are willing to pay a premium price for alternate content and new experiences on the big screen.”
By alternate content, this has come to mean sporting events such as the NFL, and series finales for culture-changing programs like Game of Thrones. Following the release of the Cinema Foundation study, Jackie Brenneman, president of The Cinema Foundation, joined our ReelBlend podcast to discuss the findings and the state of the moviegoing experience. And when I brought up the concept of television in movie theaters, she told ReelBlend:
What the theaters offer is open capacity. Part of the Cinema Foundation study reported how an influx of new theatrical titles from major movie studios will increase year-over-year for 2023, giving audience members more chances to come to the cinema and see the movies that they love. But alternate programming will continue to be a supplement to that content, and should only continue to grow in the coming years.
Listen to our complete interview with Jackie Brenneman on this week’s ReelBlend episode:
And in the meantime, keep tracking all of the incredible films that we will see in theaters, from Marvel and DC to sequels, prequels and the latest from Pixar Animation Studios.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.
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