David Bordwell assess the victory of the digital cinema revolution. The conversion is nearly complete. Some small theaters are doing extremely well with digital; for some, the conversion is a lateral move – unable to run first run movies due to competing screens, but business is still stable; others struggle to convert or screen 35mm; some major theaters now offer a far greater range of cinema in more places; many theaters are closing or are consumed by the Big 3; movies are available in more places at more times than ever before.
It’s more complicated than that, of course. David Bordwell details the complications in his comforting and incisive voice.