Down East 2013 ©
Despite an influx of sequels with big box office potential, Hollywood films suffered in 2011. Ticket revenue declined by $500 million from the previous year, which is a 4.5% drop. However a look at Maine's independent and art-house cinemas shows that there is still a strong market within our state for those that want a theater-going experience — albeit it's for more obscure, prestigious films.
Cinemas like Eveningstar in Brunswick and the Nickelodeon in Portland cite such smaller hits as Midnight in Paris and The King's Speech as being the blockbusters that kept the venues successful. Even places such as the Portland Museum of Art, and SPACE Gallery, are finding that showing independent films are a good source of revenue amidst current economic woes. Read more about this successful niche market in Maine at MaineBiz .