It’s been two months since film theaters throughout the nation started shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an unprecedented transfer, main studios started delaying launch dates for his or her massive summer time tentpoles.
Marvel shifted their total schedule starting with Black Widow, which moved from April to November, whereas No Time to Die additionally noticed a delay to the identical month and Common pushed F9 a complete yr. And that was simply the tip of the iceberg.
However not all theaters have been closed. Mockingly, drive-ins have made a comeback throughout the pandemic, with viewers capable of stay of their automobiles and away from fellow moviegoers. And in response to a brand new report, the variety of theaters reopening can be important this weekend.
In accordance with Selection, “about 200 places” are actually open for enterprise, which doubles the quantity solely per week in the past. Of the 200, roughly 150 are drive-in theaters with the remaining 50 being smaller brick-and-mortar places. States the place these places are located embody Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Truthfully, I don’t know which information is greater, the truth that that is doubtlessly the start of theaters coming again or that there are nonetheless 150 drive-in theaters within the nation.
In any case, whereas that is sure encouraging information, studios nonetheless aren’t releasing new motion pictures into theaters simply but. This is why the key chains (see: AMC, Regal and Cinemark), stay closed. Understandably, they need to wait till states elevate extra restrictions in order that studios turn into extra snug about opening a brand new movie.
However nonetheless, that is actually a step in the fitting course. The smaller film theaters want enterprise probably the most, in any case. And although it may be a small step within the grand scheme of issues, it’s the primary actual signal that maybe the film trade is starting to get up. Whether or not that’s a good suggestion or not, nevertheless, stays to be seen.