There's No Such Word as "Depression" in the Movie Business

Hollywood thrives as America burns

About the only industry that’s having a good year is the movie industry, which has seen ticket sales jump by 17.5 per cent. When money is tight, the movies are a relatively cheap form of entertainment. It’s just like the ’30s, when escapist movies prospered while every other business was in trouble. Except in the ’30s, people were going to see Fred Astaire, and now they’re going to see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.”

The New York Times