Showest has been downgraded, devalued, etc. Nikki Finke reported this a few days ago, and now N.Y. Times reporter Sharon Waxman has done the same. And by George, I think we’ve got it. “Mass events at places like ShoWest have been replaced by one-on-one contact with the exhibitors responsible for the lion√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s share of American cineplexes, like AMC, Regal and Cinemark,” Waxman writes. “Studio executives say they can cover most of the country with a few phone calls or a visit to an exhibitor√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., or Knoxville, Tennessee.”