Many people have reminiscences of going to a movie show in some unspecified time in the future of their life and probably grew up going to the theater each time the latest blockbuster hit was launched.
It was one thing that might get folks out of the home whereas nonetheless having the ability to calm down, and it was the proper solution to take pleasure in a film somebody had been ready to see for months.
Film theaters created traditions, celebrated birthdays and particular events, gave alternatives for awkward first dates and allowed all cinema lovers to return collectively in a single snug setting to observe films, distraction free.
Nevertheless, like most issues, COVID-19 modified all of this and the results may very well be everlasting.
Film theaters like AMC, Megaplex and Cinemark had been one of many first issues to close down nationwide when the pandemic first struck. Months later, once they had been lastly capable of reopen, it was already clear that their gross sales can be down.
So, what’s the way forward for film theaters, post-pandemic?
Luckily for the trade, some folks nonetheless get enthusiastic about going to see a film.
“I’d a lot quite go to a movie show to see a brand new film and I all the time will,” USU pupil Porter King stated. “There’s something about it that simply makes the film, the expertise and the time, all price it.”
Jeff Whipple, Vice President of Advertising and marketing and Public Relations for Megaplex Theaters, instructed the Statesman that, because the 1900’s, film theaters have survived and thrived via numerous different challenges together with wars, competitors and well being crises.
So, he asks, why wouldn’t they be capable of overcome this?
Whipple is aware of that clients are additionally hopeful.
“We’ve heard fantastic messages from numerous visitors exhibiting appreciation for Megaplex reopening and bringing again the magic of flicks,” he stated.
In accordance with Forbes Magazine, cinema isn’t dying, it’s solely evolving as all the pieces does with time.
“These trying to drive a picket stake into cinema like to trot out attendance figures which present that movie-going in North America has fallen from 1.58 billion in 2002 to 1.24 billion in 2019,” the article states. “What they fail to say is that 1.24 billion is definitely larger than years like 1995 at 1.22 billion and 1980 at 1.02 billion.”
Not everybody agrees.
In accordance with an article from The Nation, “Film Theaters Aren’t Dying – They’re Being Murdered.” And never solely murdered from the pandemic, however murdered by the comfort of streaming providers.
Jason Blum, founding father of Blumhouse Productions, a manufacturing studio identified for his or her scary films, just lately instructed CNBC that this has been an issue for a while now, COVID-19 simply sped up the method.
Again in December 2020, Warner Bros. additionally introduced that their upcoming movies together with The Suicide Squad, The Satan Made Me Do It and The Matrix 4, can be launched concurrently on HBO Max for 30 days and in theaters on the identical day, which supplies folks an choice.
Disney+ has additionally just lately introduced that their upcoming films, “Cruella” and “Black Widow” will each be launched in theaters and on Disney+ on Could 28.
Though the chances look like going towards the standard cinema that so many know and love, there should be hope for survival.
In the identical interview with CNBC, Blum additionally stated, “I don’t assume film theaters are going anyplace and I believe that individuals are going to run again to the film theaters once we can, I do know I’m. However I believe what we see in theaters, how we see it, how lengthy issues play in theaters, I believe all that’s undoubtedly going to vary.”
His suggestion was what he calls a “theatrical window” the place film theaters shorten the size of time that they play every film; that approach the flicks may very well be performed completely in theaters for no less than three weeks earlier than being launched in everybody’s houses.
Blum believes that is the one hope of protecting cinema alive whereas nonetheless having the ability to compete with streaming. He hopes that different film studios can get on board with this concept.
This concept alone reveals that it’s too quickly to say goodbye to theaters. There may be nonetheless hope for the way forward for the beloved cinema.