I found these comments regarding the future of theatre-going pretty amazing...nearly shocking. But when you take into account who is saying them, two of the biggest to ever be behind a camera, you've gotta think that there is a lot of credibility to these thoughts.
Steven Spielberg thinks movie prices are going to rise to $25. He says, ''You're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm. You’re going to end up with fewer theaters, bigger theaters with a lot of nice things. Going to the movies will cost 50 bucks or 100 or 150 bucks, like what Broadway costs today, or a football game. It’ll be an expensive thing. … (The movies) will sit in the theaters for a year, like a Broadway show does. That will be called the ‘movie’ business'. There’ll be big movies on a big screen, and it’ll cost them a lot of money. Everything else will be on a small screen.
George Lucas says, ''I think eventually the Lincolns will go away and they're going to be on television. The pathway to get into theaters is really getting smaller and smaller. We're talking Lincoln and Red Tails - we barely got them into theaters. You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movie into a theater!''