From the exhibitor’s point of view there is an argument for this though. Ofcourse the traditional business model is dying and the big 6 month windows between theatrical and VOD release etc. are obsolete, but when you’ve got overheads of brick and mortar venues with staff etc., then how can you compete against online streaming.
And where is the added value for a theatre chain to buy the film rights and occupy screen space? Some more coordination between the different parties, sales agents, distributors etc. would be wise, otherwise they’ll end up killing the little that’s left of a film industry.
Then again, the demise all started back in the 90s with the first reality show “The Real World” on MTV, then later Big Brother, etc. Now anybody with a telephone camera is a fucking film maker.