I grew up in a smaller city that was a little lacking in the movie theater area. We had choices, but almost all of those choices were mainstream blockbuster films from the major studios. If you wanted more variety, you had to put forth a great deal of effort to get it. However, in recent years, this has changed. The major studio productions are still there, but indie films seem to be proliferating as well. There are the word of mouth hits that eventually went mainstream such as Slumdog Millionaire and Once, but also more obscure films. I am no cinema expert by any stretch, but I watch enough to notice that suddenly, the local film market seems to have had new life breathed into it.