Movies & Cinema during the Pandemic? Catch-all Discussion

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I keep seeing ads for Trolls that still say April 10th on them. Are there theaters out there that are still getting new releases if you should so choose to go to them? I was under the impression that pretty much everything was shut down.
They are shut down, but commercials on TV that are already paid for, some times lang behind.
 

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They are putting it out on VOD April 10th. Even when they announced that they said VOD and theaters at the same time. There will be no theaters showing it. The misleading ads are one reason why NATO is upset with Universal about it.
 

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I keep seeing ads for Trolls that still say April 10th on them. Are there theaters out there that are still getting new releases if you should so choose to go to them? I was under the impression that pretty much everything was shut down.
I doubt there are any theaters open in a state that has non-essential lockdown orders (I know in Ohio, theaters have been closed for at least a
couple of weeks).
 

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Weekly domestic box office totals have been $0 the last couple of weeks.
I never though I’d read this in the Home Theater Forum.
 

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I take that back, last weekend domestic box office was just under $4000 according to box office mojo.
 

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I take that back, last weekend domestic box office was just under $4000 according to box office mojo.
Drive in theaters maybe.
 
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Maybe some independent theaters in less hard hit areas are still open too?
I guess. But who in their right mind would go?
 
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Maybe drive-ins will have a resurgence?
 

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Maybe drive-ins will have a resurgence?
Hopefully the city/county will not drastically increase the property tax on pieces of land which host drive-ins theaters. Otherwise I have to wonder if property tax hikes will end up killing such a business.
 

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They'd have to build a bunch of them. I live in the DC area and if I wanted to go to a drive-in, I'd have to travel like 2 hours to get there!
In the middle of town in a non-slum area, property prices for a large pieces of land would probably not be cheap.

For desirable pieces of property, I wouldn't be surprised if they're outbidded by developers who want to build apartments, offices, strip malls, etc .... (ie. Decent sources of property taxes for the city/county than a drive-in).
 

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Wouldn’t drive-ins need concession sales just like regular theaters?
Yea - we have a drive in near us. On their web site they have always had a notice that if people want them to survive they need to buy from the refreshment stand as that is their only profit.
I don't know what they are doing currently.
 
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Yea - we have a drive in near us. On there web site they have always had a notice that if people want them to survive they need to buy from the refreshment stand as that is their only profit.
I don't know what they are doing currently.
Even if they are open, could they sell concessions?
 

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