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Brian Miller
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Posted: 07 April 2020 at 11:04am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Yep, that's the one. Glad to hear it's still in use.
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 24 April 2020 at 8:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Well, if there was any doubt about the damage this is going to do to AMC and other theater chains:


This may be the end of movie theaters, beyond a few boutique ones in major cities.
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Posted: 29 April 2020 at 9:04am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

And now, apparently, AMC has decided to help the process along with suicide.

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Posted: 29 April 2020 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

With the advent of streaming services, ( and now the pandemic), who didn't see this coming.

The movie theater experience has gone done hill. 

Overpriced tickets
Overpriced food
Smart phones
Annoying patrons (always a given)
Lack of comfort
Big Screen Home Theaters

..and now, until a vacine/cure is found, social distancing will kill the theaters even more.

Come to think of it, even out of fear, folks will stay away. 


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I don't for a second believe theaters will completely go away forever, but it is a scary time and obviously none of us really know what's coming. The success of the eventual vaccine will massively influence where things wind up. Despite portions of Georgia, I doubt movies will get widely displayed until things radically improve. Best case scenario if an eventual vaccine is massively effective and COVID-19 fades away, I don't see much change as the public's memories of this similarly fade ala the passing of the Spanish Flu over time. If COVID-19 stays with us longer than the Spanish Flu and remains serious (possible if not already probable), I would envision big, expensive changes. Far more spread out (and fewer) seats. A big cleaning crew wiping down every seat between screenings. A more luxurious experience (which some venues were already moving towards)) in order to justify the likely much higher ticket prices needed to keep the reduced headcount possibly profitable. Masks sound likely. It remains to be seen if this is enough to keep people safe in a confined space together for two hours. And unless they can figure that out (and give people the confidence that it is safe), I don't see how enough people will risk the experience to make it financially viable. But even in the best case scenario and a perfect vaccine 17 months from now, the next year or two is going to be beyond brutal.
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Posted: 29 April 2020 at 3:07pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

As some people have been mentioning, this might be the time to try to bring back Drive-in Theaters.
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Posted: 30 April 2020 at 1:01am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

We'll find a way out of this. We're certainly not going to social distance for the rest of our lives. 

But...that said...

Movie theaters are going to have to rethink themselves to stay relevant in a streaming world.  It was coming, albeit slowly, but Covid has increased its spread/opportunity by an innumerable magnitude such that previous uncertainty and/or defensiveness has turned into a full scale war.  Note AMC saying they won't carry pictures from Universal (yeah, suuure, until the next JURASSIC PARK) after comments made about TROLLS: WORLD TOUR once it made a $100 mil off of Premium Video on Demand (PVOD):  Link

It's a different world, folks.  I love the theatrical experience (to a point), but it appears to be on its deathbed at least as far as major chains are concerned.  I, for one, don't see myself visiting a theatre at all in 2020.  Why would I?  What's the net gain?  The love of the theatre vs the possible exposure to a life-threatening illness?  Not much of a choice if you ask me.
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Posted: 30 April 2020 at 1:56am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

After not really finding the time to watch any cinema
releases at the cinema since before Christmas, those
films are now becoming available to stream for around
4.49 a pop. When i consider what it would have cost
us to go as a couple, that`s a bargain. Plus, some of
those films got me thinking "I`m glad i didn`t pay 20
to see that"

As i have a decent sized tv and surround system, i
think streaming is my future for most releases.
Before this Covid situation, my local cinema was
undergoing an upgrade to 4D and laser projection, so i
may be tempted to see certain films there, but the
price will have to be right.
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Posted: 30 April 2020 at 6:56am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Yes, Bill, the bill board adverts for the upgrades hit
just as the shut down hit - so I currently pass one of
the bill boards advertising those upgrades whenever I do
go out, but there is no cinema to actually try them out.

I have to admit, my cinema relationship varies - I go to
the big films that I want to see, but most films I can
wait for. And there is nothing worse than booking the
wrong screen by accident and ending up in a screen
smaller than my TV (I exaggerate) and paying through the
nose for the experience.

There have been a few times I've contacted cinemas and
asked them for the dimensions of their screen, to be
told they did not have a clue.
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Posted: 30 April 2020 at 2:17pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

this might be the time to try to bring back Drive-in Theaters

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I'm old enough to have went to a few drive ins... we had one of the oldest ones
in MI. I think the nostalgia blurs the reality of the experience. If your actually
going to see the movie its horrible. The novelty of going at the time was taking
your own food maybe some beer maybe on a date it was more of a tailgating
thing. And lets be honest if you were on a date you weren't there for the movie
anyways.

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Posted: 01 May 2020 at 10:27pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I remember going to see STAR WARS (A New Hope) at a drive-in. I was 6 when it came out. It started raining during the movie. Saw it again in an in-door theater about a week later.

I would love it if they brought back drive-in theaters. Imagine the upgrades. Bluetooth technology for the sound.....

(One thing I've wondered for ages that will never be answered is just how many people were conceived at a drive-in.)


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Regal and Cinemark have joined in on the Universal ban.

Yeah, if it doesn't before then, that'll go away as soon as they decide to actually release F9.


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