Many of the movie theaters that we have come to know and love (despite their ridiculous ticket prices) are changing. Although a regular moviegoer or audience member may not notice or acknowledge many of the improvements that are being made, these changes are most definitely for the greater good.
For the past few decades, up until the 2000's, most movie theaters were equipped with film projectors and dozens of film prints for each specific movie that they planned to showcase. While many loved the nostalgic feel of film, and felt that it gave movies a better quality, movie theaters changed. Whether it was for the good or not, nowadays, "With financial support from the major studios, theaters over the last decade have invested $2.5 billion to convert from film to digital projectors. Virtually all of the roughly 40,000 screens in the U.S. are now fully digital." Although this switch upset many people, theaters are now saving billions on the costs of having to distribute and replace film reels, because nearly 100% of them are fully digital. These theaters are without the hassle of having to replace old film reels, due to the fact that film's quality degrades after an extended period of use. Now in the digital world of movie making, that problem is now a thing of the past.
Movie theaters have drastically improved the quality of their movies as well, because with the switch from film to digital, the picture quality and color accuracy has become much better. With film, color accuracy became a problem because as a film reel degraded, the colors would start to change. This upset many filmmakers as it would counter act the color correction that many of them applied on their movies and it was something that they could not control. With today's laser powered projectors that cast a complete array of colors, today's audiences are in for a real treat. Most movie theaters have these projectors, which provide a very accurate array of colors, where black actually looks like black, not a dark shade of gray.
Movie theaters have also changed how sound can be used. Although cinema is without a doubt a visual medium, sound is a very important aspect. It has the ability to draw the audience in, or draw them out of the scene, thus distracting them. This is why most movie theaters nowadays are equipped with "Dolby" technology, thus allowing filmmakers and studios to have more control over where the sound is coming from by tenfold.
Although film will be greatly missed by countless people who enjoyed the aesthetic look and sentimental feel that it provided, our digital world now is far more better off, and gives filmmakers more control over their movies than ever before.