Movies & Cinema during the Pandemic? Catch-all Discussion

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Take out is available from most restaurants, concessions wouldn't be any different.
 

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I don’t see a resurgence of drive in theaters saving moviegoing. The ones that exist may get some bumps over their normal levels if local customers have a choice between a conventional or drive in presentation, but that’s probably it.

A single screen in a multiplex can show a film on a 24/7 basis if there’s demand for it. A drive-in screen can have one, maybe two showings per evening.

Before the pandemic hit, theaters already faced an existential crisis as their position has eroded over a century from being the only way to see filmed entertainment to being the first and best chance to see filmed entertainment to being just one of many ways to see the same content. If movie theaters running a dozen screens with varied showtimes were already having great difficulty getting people to come out vs waiting two or three months to see the same content at home, how would a drive in that can only show the movie once or twice a day, with presentation quality inferior to both indoor venues and many entry level home systems, be in a position to take over?
 

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I think drive-ins are probably having a bump but every drive-in that I'm aware of doesn't have digital projection so they're only playing 35mm prints of older movies. It's great that they're playing big crowd pleasers to entertain people stuck in a crappy situation but like I said, I'm sure that's only giving them a bump in business and not having them swim around in money a la Scrooge McDuck.
 

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I think drive-ins are probably having a bump but every drive-in that I'm aware of doesn't have digital projection so they're only playing 35mm prints of older movies. It's great that they're playing big crowd pleasers to entertain people stuck in a crappy situation but like I said, I'm sure that's only giving them a bump in business and not having them swim around in money a la Scrooge McDuck.
Our local Drive-In (Ruskin, FL) does have a digital projector - so that makes one...
 
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Yeah, that's not up for debate. What is is if anyone will do $20 rentals. CNN didn't have a good answer to that.
 

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Yeah, that's not up for debate. What is is if anyone will do $20 rentals. CNN didn't have a good answer to that.
IMHO, not many. To get me it would have to be very special, like a 3D streaming rental of the next Avatar.
 

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Good luck with that. =p
I’m just saying that’s what it would take to get me to pay $20, not commenting on the odds of it happening.
 
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Yeah, that's not up for debate. What is is if anyone will do $20 rentals. CNN didn't have a good answer to that.
It bears that repeating that once the "Wow, a new movie in my house" factor quickly wears off, that $20 cost is going to seem even more expensive and not worth it for everything except big franchise movies. In other words, the number of people who are paying $20 for a rental now is only going to get smaller.
 

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It bears that repeating that once the "Wow, a new movie in my house" factor quickly wears off, that $20 cost is going to seem even more expensive and not worth it for everything except big franchise movies. In other words, the number of people who are paying $20 for a rental now is only going to get smaller.
I also think that because the "new movie" didn't actually play on screens, it loses some luster.

Even if we know "Trolls 2" was supposed to be on screens right now, it still feels like a direct to video flick, and I think that makes it less appealing in a weird way...
 
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Just anecdotally I know the number of people watching Trolls 2 is more than 1, I work at a store that sells trolls toys and some customers mentioned that they are watching it tonight.
 

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I took a survey from Vudu tonight, and part of it was about their Theater at Home, or however they've branded it. I said I wasn't interested, largely because if I'm paying $20 for a movie, I better be getting a disc with it that I can keep. Besides, if I wait three months, I can get the same movie for cheaper, whether purchase or rental.
 

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