Closed Regal cinema, NYC. Photo by Ronny Coste on Unsplash (1)

Why Coronavirus won’t kill the cinema industry

Theaters have faced a rough year with the coronavirus pandemic, but the financial upsides they offer filmmakers should help secure their future. Since Netflix released its first film, “Beasts of No Nation,” five years ago, the rise of streaming services has transformed the distribution of feature films to audiences around the globe. In 2020, Covid-19 took a sledgehammer to the theatrical market, and chaos ensued. With Warner Bros. breaking a longstanding precedent, thanks to its recent decision to release its entire 2021 slate simultaneously in movie theaters and on HBO Max,…

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Why we should be focussing on repurposing and not death of the high street

For several years, there has been a very evident and well publicised demise of local high streets as they struggle to compete with the ease and efficiency of online shopping. This has led to what is commonly termed the ‘death of the high street’. According to research from the Local Data Company and PWC, 11,120 chain store outlets shut between January and August this year. This is a worrying figure, not only for the retail sector but also the wider economy. Despite this alarming statistic,  I would argue that rather…

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UK Government “hasn’t a clue” whether drive-in cinemas can open in Tier 4

Wonder Woman and Love Actually fans would be perfectly safe in their own cars – but the official rules are a confusing, illogical mess When is a cinema not treated as a cinema? When it’s a drive-in, one of few off-shoots of the film industry that has seen a legitimate boom under Covid. Before the pandemic, Britain boasted a mere three drive-in cinemas, two of them in Haywards Heath. Some 40 more opened around the country this summer, giving audiences one of the most socially-distanced entertainment options imaginable. Under Tier…

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