Are movie theaters dying? Why or why not?

Are movie theaters dying? Why or why not?

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  1. They are too expensive, and there really hasn’t been many movies that even caught my interest lately.

    I can go spend $30-$60on a game that will keep me entertained for 40 or so hours. Sometimes longer. Or I can spend $20 on a movie ticket for two hours of entertainment. (Presuming I but no food).

    Game might cost more upfront, but I am getting way more out of it. Paying $20 for just two hours seems wasteful.

  2. Covid has been a MAJOR hit for the entire entertainment industry, including movie theaters. Unfortunately, only big franchises are able to survive a hit like this, because they have quite a lot of sponsors to their names.

    Smaller theaters, or local, like yours, will have to work really hard on regaining customers. I don’t believe we’re back on the same scale as people used to go to the movies, so a smaller theater like yours will have no option than closing down.

  3. I have no idea what the future holds.

    All I’ll say is that I basically didn’t go see a movie for 2 years during covid, but I’ve started going again recently. I had forgotten how nice it is to focus on a movie for two hours. My kids aren’t asking me to pause it, I’m not mindlessly checking imdb to see who that actor is, the dog doesn’t need to go outside. It’s just two hours with me and the movie. Yes, it’s more expensive, and yes, it can be a pain to go out, but it’s those very things that make me commit to the experience.

    I also know some people complain about being distracted by rude patrons at the movie theaters, but I haven’t seen any obnoxious people in the theater for a long time. I just avoid opening weekends, and that seems to solve that problem entirely.

    I hope theaters stay around. I have a truly nice home theater, but I just don’t think the theater experience can be replicated.

  4. I don’t think they’ll completely die, but I think that they’re dying enough to the point that we’ll see some sort of major change in most big theaters. Between the overpriced..everything…(except for the tickets honestly) and the people who cannot/do not want to go somewhere and be forced to sit close to people who aren’t wearing masks, the general admission is definitely going to take a hit. Hopefully we see prices drop, or theaters start allowing us to bring our own candy or something. Maybe even have mask required theaters and mask free theaters. (Like the rooms, not whole buildings) Mainly so people with weaker immune systems or underlying health issues can also enjoy movies without stressing about getting sick.

  5. No, they’re not dying. Top Gun Maverick showed people still want to pack the auditoriums. The government’s response to COVID really hurt many businesses, including movie exhibitors, as studios tried going straight to streaming. Theatres responded by saying they won’t play product from that studio anymore. WB, for example, initially said every 2021 release would also be day-and-date streaming, but eventually backed off on that. Most studios backed off as well and returned to an exclusive theatrical release window, although it has gotten shorter now; 30-45 days is common. We’re seeing a lag in feature length content right now, but the demand is still there. Small cinemas can have a number of reasons why they close.

  6. From my understanding, yes. The combination of streaming service popularity, their own high prices, as well as how infamously filthy they have a reputation of being.

    Personally the last time I ever went to the movie theaters was 2017, and I decided never again, because after the credits, I guess they forgot to not do this, but they turned the lights *all the way* on, instead of just brightening them so we could see to leave, and I saw the absolute filth I was sitting in.

  7. The critical factor is that 1/3 fewer movies were being released theatrically. Movie theaters are being starved to death. Even as restaurants and sporting events started to re-open in 2020, movie theaters remained closed in crucial markets like New York and Los Angeles.

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