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John Sullivan: “cinema’s future lies in reinvention”

Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited blockbuster is seen by many as the first test of the post-lockdown cinema industry at a time when the traditional film release strategy is being reviewed The release of Tenet on Wednesday (26 August) is carrying far more than high box office expectations for its impending opening. It’s also seen by many as the first test of the post-lockdown cinema industry at a time when the traditional film release strategy is being reviewed. To understand the current situation we must look at cinema history. In the 1980s most cinemas were relics of vast picture…

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Statue in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Lockdown opens out: Vilnius becomes city-sized fresh-air restaurant

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is to turn over many of its streets and open spaces to bars, restaurants and cafés to allow the catering industry to return to work, while people can maintain social distancing to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Many of the city’s public spaces – which until now have rarely been used for outdoor eating, such as the city’s Cathedral Square in the Unesco-listed Old Town – are now open to support the city’s restaurants. The announcement was made on Friday, and by Monday morning 162 business…

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