Monday, June 28, 2004

Anschutz Manifesto

A speech by emerging movie mogul and Regal Cinemas owner Phil Anschutz, on why he does what he does: “Speaking purely as a businessman, it is of utmost importance for a business to try to figure out a way to make goods and products that people actually want to buy. And . . . I don’t think Hollywood understands this very well, because they keep making the same old movies—the same kinds they have been making for years—despite the fact that so many Americans are tired of seeing them. Why can’t movies return to being something that we can go and see with our children and our grandchildren without being embarrassed or on the edge of our seats? When I said that Hollywood can be insular, this is in part what I meant. I don’t think they understand the market and the mood of a large segment of the movie-going audience today. I think this is one of the main reasons, by the way, that people don’t go to movies like they used to.” Seems largely sensible. And it’s always nice to have ideals. Now let’s hope he will live up to them. (Imprimis, via Rocky Mountain News)

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not likely, considering the 25 minutes of ads they show before movies these days in his theaters, and on plasma tvs in the snack lines.

in my opinion, pestering the audience with commercials for coke and tv shows might bring in mony, but it’ll also drive people away. why put up with commercials in a regal theater when there’s a muvico or bmc a couple of miles away?

on the other hand, ua in boynton beach and regal in west boca raton are among the only theaters in south florida to show independant or foreign films.

Posted by The Other Joey on 29 Jun 04 at 05:51 PM
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