Charlie Chapling in 'The Kid'. Photo Wikimedia

Production “void” threatens long term damage to international cinema

Hollywood is creating a void like the one that permanently stunted European film after Spanish flu When Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi film Tenet opened in late summer, the hope was that audiences would return to the velvet seats and the waft of popcorn would engulf cinemas once more. Exhibitors everywhere had invested considerable resources to make their cinemas as safe as the other places of leisure and culture that were reopening. Tenet succeeded globally, but underperformed in the US. Of the US$307 million taken at the box office by early October 2020, only US$45…

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NYC cinema industry’s adaptations to the new normal

“I Think This Will Become The New Normal”: NYC Cinema Programmers Talk About Adapting To COVID In mid-March, New York City movie theaters went dark. The coronavirus pandemic exploded in America, hitting the city harder than anywhere else in the country. While some indoor institutions have partially reopened, including museums and bowling alleys, with indoor dining en route, there still remains, as of this writing, no such plan for places that show films — one of the richest and most diverse aspects of the city’s cultural life. The major multiplex chains…

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Shattered windows: 24% of US domestic box office at risk

More than $2.6 billion in Domestic box office might have been sacrificed in 2019 had a 17-day window been in place. New research by Gower Street shows that 24% of total box office across the Domestic market last year was taken beyond Day 17 of release. The time frame of the exclusive theatrical window has been a focal point of conflict between exhibition and the studios for over 70 years. With the rise of streaming services and digital distribution over the last decade it has intensified and the resulting shutdown…

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