A friend of mine insists that this will happen and in movie industry could be headed down the same path as the music industry due to internet piracy and various other threats. Of course this is not the first time the movie industry has heard this song and dance. TV was supposed to kill the movie theater, then the VCR. We've heard movie execs moan about declining box office though. We've heard also that digital downloads are coming and that the theater window will close or narrow and things like day-and-date releases will become common? But the thing is on closer inspection, box office ticket sales (not just inflated box office grosses) have actually risen dramatically since the DVD format was introduced in 1997. Movie Box Office Results by Year, 1980-Present Shows that ticket sales through 1998-2007 are higher than the early 90s or all of the 80s prior to DVD, the internet. Industry execs need to understand that 2004 and 2002 might just have been peak years, it's unrealistic in any industry to have every year or every other year topple your all-time best year. I think by and large going to the movies for a lot of people is only half about the movie itself. The theater has been a gathering point for the masses since the days of Shakespeare and before. People need to get out of the house. Teenagers need to have something to do on a Friday night. A movie is an easy option for friends or a date. I think the movie industry does need to do a better job of curbing piracy though. It's one thing for someone to bootleg a movie off a camcorder, but to have high-quality screeners leak onto the internet -- is unnacceptable. Also the general quality of the theater experience needs to improve. Better supervision and I think larger screens (more IMAX sized screens) would be a start.