Thanks for posting the "Last Days of Cinerama" doc. What a blast! If the concept of "The Screening Room" really does take off, I see the possibility for a resurgence in Cine-pubs that would essentially handle first run films the way sports bars handle pay-per-view events. Smaller venues that perhaps only screen first run movies on opening weekend and 2nd run movies on other days. Or perhaps some new hybrid that rents out rooms with giant flat screens and 20 seats for birthday parties, fraternities, and cosplay groups. Of course, a "business rental" licensing fee would have to be worked out, but that could be adaptable depending on whether or not the venue charges a reduced admission or none at all. It might even evolve to the point where studios start offering seasonal movie packages in a similar manner to the NFL Sunday Ticket. That might be attractive to consumers looking for a middle ground in between renting a single movie and paying a monthly fee for HBO. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out. I'm just glad I don't own a movie theater!
The thing that bothers me the most about this "article" is not the filmmaker's de facto 'Film Is Better' stance (a de facto 'Digital Is Better' stance would have been just as pretentious), but that this was published just before the close of his Kickstarter campaign - which he blatantly promotes at the start of the article complete with embedded video and a link to the Kickstarter page. Is this opportunity available to all No Film School subscribers? If so, sign me up as "Guest Author". I have a project starting at the beginning of 2015 with a Kickstarter campaign to support it. I will write about whatever topic you want if I can pimp out my campaign to your subscriber list.