One final thought, about the shooting in Colorado: It’s terrible, of course. Really and truly evil. But what next? Will we have magnatometers at the cineplex the way we do at airports and some schools? I don’t know the answer to this. But I do know that if I was Hollywood this incident would scare me more than piracy and streaming and every other aspect of the digital revolution rolled up in one. If the movie-going experience becomes fraught–either with worry about psychos or the unpleasantness of a TSA-like regime–that would be biggest blow the industry has ever suffered.
I assume the smart people in the industry have already put a lot of thought into this question, especially after 9/11. But I have no idea what the good answers are, except to pray that it doesn’t happen again.