Is this the swan song for wide release film projection (a little over 100 theaters)?
Retrofitting theaters costing a fortune. The people operated the projectors were hastily trained and often fucked up during a screening. I think this is it. Not enough interest, too much cost and inconvenience.
If so, is Hateful Eight a fitting send-off?
The local arthouse theater showing it set their gross record over whatever period the 2-week run was. Tickets were $16 so it depends on how much of the take went to the Weinstein Company or whoever.
Film is a more traditional/nostalgic format. Digital has greater resolution etc. at this point but it's all about the film vs. flick argument.
The real question is why Tarantino chose to use a 4x-35mm-resolution panorama format for a movie largely set in one room.