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Essentially, he said, cinemas will become reserved for more dedicated, niche audiences that will continue to support the theaters for years to come. “We’re really leaning into 2022 as ‘only in theaters’ to create heat that these movies are to be seen first in theaters and afterword on streaming,” says Goldstein. Theater owners have mostly resigned themselves to their abbreviated window of exclusivity, but they are concerned that customers have grown too accustomed to being able to rent or stream movies in their homes at the same time they open in cinemas. Some chains, such as the Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse, were forced to declare bankruptcy, but have reemerged from Chapter 11 and are planning for a future free of onerous debt. Tim League, the founder of the cinema company which helped popularize the idea of dine-in moviegoing, says that Alamo still plans to keep expanding in 2022. In this scenario, film exhibitors survive the massive financial hit from the loss of attendance and production and, once pandemic restrictions are lifted, it’s business as usual.

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  • To meet or not to meet – it’s the global dilemma in the post COVID-19 era.
  • “We don’t have the capacities to make cinemas financially viable right now and I think that is maybe 60 to 70 per cent caused by the lack of movies,” said Mr Shaw.
  • But what’s heartening is the way, even before the government announcement, both customers and other parts of the film industry stepped up to support ailing cinemas.
  • Later came the perceived threat to cinema-going from videos and DVDs – again the doom-mongers were at work predicting the demise of the movie theatre as people rushed to buy or rent content and watch it in the comfort of their own home at times to suit them.
  • Steve Spitzer, managing director at restructuring firm AlixPartners, agreed that a bailout is a long shot but said there are ways in which cinemas can generate a regular flow of funds.
  • For our sanity, humans must gather in groups and experience our world together.

Open air theatres may be in with a surge of popularity, being the most opted for change of habits, with30%of people more likely to attend one. Movies are made for the cinema, and the thrill of sitting in a dark theater waiting for the opening titles to begin on a wall-to-wall screen will always be better than the convenience of streaming sites. The staggered film times purposefully scheduled by Cineworld meant that the lobby would be emptier than usual, but it was still strange to be there on a Friday and be able to hear your own footsteps echo across the room.

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The news came in hours after the National Basketball Association abruptly announced it would be suspending the rest of its season, following confirmation a player had tested positive for COVID-19. Shortly afterward, actor Tom Hanks released a statement confirming he had tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia during the production of a film. In France, Boxoffice Pro France reports FNCF president Richard Patry has offered its support to the country’s exhibitors.

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In Singapore, the situation is pretty much the same,” said chief executive Clara Cheo. More recently when safety protocols were tightened in May, The Projector took another hiatus – this time voluntarily to cope with “the worst set of restrictions without equivalent support”, said general manager Prashant Somosundram. “For large parts of the population around Asia, people just don’t have such ready and easy access to cinemas but almost everyone in Singapore would have access within half an hour that is good quality and pretty low-cost,” said Mr Wilkinson. Data showed there were 274 cinema screens operated by a mix of big and small exhibitors last year, just a notch below the all-time high of 281 screens in 2019. Cinema halls now have seats marked out to leave gaps in between movie-goers, while crowd-attracting celebrity tours and gala premieres seem like a distant memory.

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Or maybe it’s like drawing a picture in sand with a stick at high tide? For me, the last eight weeks have been consumed largely by making plans and then revising them, as new facts and forecasts continuously change the outlook. It means rethinking where and how we bring theater to audiences, and pushing institutions to seek out more expansive, inventive and accessible ways of presenting the work of theater artists. I’d love for theaters to create at least one mobile or site-specific show in each of their seasons, a work that can be presented in a variety of venues, from gymnasiums to nail salons to neglected spaces. And while I believe there should be room for everything from entertainment to enlightenment, I’d personally like to see a turn from plays and musicals of easy snark and cynicism toward works of compassion and activism.

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The Invisible Man opened in the last weekend of February to $28.2 million domestically from a projected range of $25 to $30 million. Domestically, NATO of CA/NV states that a ban on mass gatherings bringing together 1,000 or more people by Santa Clara County Public Health does not apply to any cinema with auditoriums that seat fewer than a thousand people. In the United States, Film at Lincoln Center, the cinema division of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, announced its would suspend operations through the month of March. Two of its most influential events, New Directors/New Films and the Chaplin Award Gala, will be rescheduled for later this fall. In India, PVR Cinemas has confirmed it will be closing its sites in the states of Kerala, Delhi ,and UT of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance to a precautionary advisory by local officials.

I guess, fundamentally, I want the theater to assume the mantle of leadership in showing us a better way to live together. That means leaning into discomfort, embracing uncertainty, asking deep questions, questioning the status quo, rigorously making more room and ceaselessly trying to reflect and see our shared humanity. I hope thinking of the future of theater might also lead us to rethink the way commerce and capitalism have distorted the making of theater.

Artists offer a wish list for economic, aesthetic, even architectural change. The title of Minn’s film is, like the movie itself, a punch to the gut designed to wake us all up. “You got 200, all types of people sitting in one place, crying, laughing together, who may not want to socialize with each other,” he said.

Last week, the Cannes Film Festival announced, after long speculation, that it would postpone this year’s edition from mid-May to late June or July. As the numbers of sick keep climbing in Europe, Cannes’ fingers have never been crossed with more pressure — imagine sexy actresses gracing the red carpet wearing face masks. The storied film festival was cancelled only twice in its 73-year history, first in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II, and in 1968 when mass social protests and radical filmmakers forced the festival to fold. All of us in the American theater will be forced to redefine what it means to be an “essential” worker. When theaters reopen in a post-pandemic world, it will be critical for us, as theatermakers, to advocate how theater is essential for public health.