It’s true, Hollywood movies are getting bigger and bigger. They play on IMAX screens, with amped-up speakers, in 500-seat auditoriums. They’re sourced from TV shows or young-adult books; they’re frequently cultural events first and narratives second. You see something like “Iron Man 3,” and you barely even recognize the movie in it. It’s fan-service, it’s an ad for action figures, it’s a 3-D theme park ride, but it’s hardly cinema.
Yet, it’s dominating. One recent Saturday evening, “Iron Man 3” was on 12 of the 32 screens that make up Boston’s two multiplexes. And over at the Kendall Square “art house,” scheduled screenings of well-reviewed independent films like “Renoir” or “The Angel’s Share” were canceled so that “The Great Gatsby,” a studio film, could play on multiple screens simultaneously. The rest of the auditoriums may as well have been labeled “leftovers.”