Sony to stop paying for 3D glasses in theaters
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Could this be the beginning of the end of the recent 3D craze?
There’s no denying that 3D has helped studios beef up their profits as audience members pay extra at the ticket window to see enhanced versions of select films. But a move by a major studio could derail the gravy train and force patrons to rethink how much they’ll pay for a 3D movie experience.
Sony Pictures confirmed that they will stop paying for the 3D disposable glasses used in theaters starting in May 2012. Of course, the studio has “The Amazing Spider-Man” coming to 3D theaters next July, so this is a bold statement, to say the least.
You might not have known this, but the studios eat the cost of the glasses, and it could cost up to $10 million additional per film (at a price of $.50 per pair of glasses).
The studio, according to EW.com, is “reportedly in favor of an ownership model that would force audiences to purchase the glasses — a system that is already common in Europe and Australia.” This, in theory, would cut down on the need to recycle glasses, so long as people bought one pair for a fixed price and held on to their glasses.
“If you already have your own pair from the last time you went to the movies, then you don’t have to spend that extra [price],” says Rick Heineman of RealD. “Or, in many cases, people are buying their own pairs of premium eyewear, whether it’s from Oakley, Polaroid, or Prada.”
What do you think? Would you buy one pair and hold on to them? Would you mind if 3D tickets increased even more to cover the costs? Will this change the process much, or is it yet another cost-increase in our rapidly changing economy that moviegoers will simply have to absorb? Let us know what you think below.
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