- Feb 8, 2002
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Yes, I think if theaters are shut down for the better part of a year, or have no big titles to play, many of them will not survive.But by waiting a year to open big movies, they won't have theaters to play movies in any more. The theaters need big movies and the studios need theaters to make as much money as they're used to.
If the studios care about theaters, they need to provide big titles for them when they start to re-open, even if the major cities are excluded. Hopefully, even if the theaters are required to limit capacity, a big popular title may play to smaller audiences for a longer period of time.
Studios are experts at writing off losses, if necessary. Theaters are likely not as flexible, especially independents.