Scripting News: A business model for movie theaters.

A picture named hcw.gifI’d like to have a film festival for my friends.

So I’ll give you a list of 20 movies, Mr Movie Theater Owner, and one night every other week, you’ll play one of them, and I’ll guarantee a certain number of tickets sold. Above that, we’ll split the revenue.

That way we get to watch old movies in a theater setting, with popcorn and restrooms, and then we can all go out to dinner after and talk about the movies and why we like them so much. Maybe we could even get one of the actors or the director to join us.

Movie theaters should be hubs for social activity. Watching a movie at home or on a laptop or a tablet isn’t the same as watching it in a theater. And most of the great movies aren’t showing in theaters now.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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