New Golden Age of Movie Going
franchise believes in great movies that are fun to watch. Unlike other
theater chains or independently operated theaters, the A-List Theater
Franchise is part
of a distribution network, meaning that franchise business
owners can access A-List films without competition from
franchise distribution partners pull from the same pool of movies as
companies like Sony or Warner Bros.
Because the A-List franchise has close relationships with production
companies and distributors, the A-List franchise is recreating the profitable
structure of early Hollywood, updated for the digital age.
order to understand the movie business in the new millennium, it is
generally worthwhile to look at the difference between “independent
films” and “studio films.” Surprisingly, the big secret in Hollywood
today is that there is no longer a distinction between the two, every film
is technically “independent.”
you return to the golden age of cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, the major
motion picture production companies like United Artists, Warner Bros.,
MGM, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount controlled every phase of
their own movies, and were therefore referred to as movie
"studios." Wall Street economists today call this vertical
integration. These companies would make the movies, distribute the movies,
and exhibit the movies in their own theaters.
the 1960s and 1970s a few things started to change.
Film production equipment got cheaper, the actors got to be “free
agents” and were no longer tied to a single production company, and the
government began to strictly enforce rulings mandating most major
production/distribution companies sell off their theaters.
the 1990s, most movies technically became “independent” because they
are produced or made by companies that are independent from the
distributors, and are then exhibited in theaters that are not owned
by the major distributors.
a “studio film” is usually shorthand for a big budget project that has
a lot of good advertising and promotion.
An “independent film” is one that has a more limited release. But in
reality, movies like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Star
Wars” are actually independent films, because they are produced by
independent production companies with a majority of funding often coming from
private equity firms or foreign distributors, and distributed worldwide
through theaters that are not owned or controlled by the remaining four US
the other hand, films like “Pulp Fiction” or “Little Miss
Sunshine” are actually distributed by major distributors (Miramax/Disney
and Sony Pictures respectively) despite being the classic
our distribution partners and the potential to combine the muscle of
thousands of theaters and retailers, the A-List franchise is building the
new golden age of American movie going.
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