The 21st-Century Movie Machine

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon


Streaming is the future of cinema, and theaters are part of the past. Theatrical “real estate” was once essential to the opening of a film, but today, it’s not really necessary. Naturally, huge spectacle films look better on the big screen and are much more immersive, so for blockbusters that spend an enormous amount of money on CGI, theatrical screenings may have a niche in the future. But eventually even this will fade away. Who wants to go out to the movies when you can stay at home and watch a film on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, especially when the cost is considerably less than a trip to the local multiplex? Theatrical cinema is being kept alive only by blockbusters, but now comic book movies and franchise films have become omnipresent, leaving no room for more thoughtful cinema.


Streaming Movie theaters Futurism Audiences Independent films 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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