Continuing this thread - the recent recession
Every single advance in Cinema is tightly linked to a recession:
Sound - the great depression
Colour - the post WW2 recession
Dolby surround and the super wide screens - the dip at the end of the 70-es
By its nature the media industry is _ULTRA_ conservative. It will "innovate" only if there are two bailiffs with baseball bats knocking on the front porch. The "innovation" of this recession is called "3D".
The quotes around "innovate" are intended because the corresponding tech is usually decades old when it was "innovated" into the theatre.
Every single time people grumbled about it. Every time the grumbling was spot on because the directors did not know how to use the new technology and the first sound, colour, surround, etc movies were laughable. Every single time we ended up accepting it because there was no choice.
That however is not the case any more because there is a gazillion of ways of watching a movie nowdays. We definitely do not live in a world where the media corp owns everything from content to the sole way to view it the way it did prior to the 1960-es case which broke the cinema ownership cartels in the US. Prior to that the "innovations" caught on because there was _NO_ choice whatsoever regarding them.
Now... Well do not think so. I for one refuse to watch 3D cinema. I watched how to train your dragon and it was clearly not worth it. I am going to wait for the DVD (and I am not the only one).