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So... Some sporadic theater opening will begin this week...

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Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:55 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Any ideas how they're going to handle any of this?

What kinds of movies are going to play?


I can't imagine that any potential blockbusters and movies with large budgets are going to be put out in the near future. Will they try to put movies like The Hunt and Gretel and Hansel back in after their runs got cut short? Would they try to put anything in the theaters that was already released on VOD where most people trapped indoors that were likely to see them already did?

the-numbers.com doesn't seem to have a guess. Their "Theater Counts" page hasn't had any data since March 19th and still shows a blank page for May.



What is interesting to me here is the process. It's all well and good if a Governor of a state comes out and says that theaters are on the list of business they're going to re-open this week or next, but what then?

Most states reopening them now are doing it at 25%. Some at 50%. None more than that. Why would any of the production companies agree to put anything new in the theaters under those conditions?



If I were theater companies right now, I'd be bargaining with the movie corps for the rights to show old classics for the time being. Some smaller theaters around the country have been doing that with great success for years or even decades. Disney itself used to do that with all of its animated features for decades until they abandoned that model sometime in the 80's.


Maybe it's time to test out that model on a wide scale?


I think it would be pretty cool to go see Ghostbusters or Aliens or Caddy Shack on the big screen for the first time in my life.

Not cool enough to submit to TSA style checks at the doors like they're going to do in Texas at the moment. But after that nonsense is over with, I think this could open up a brand new opportunity that wouldn't ever even be considered by the Movie Machine under normal circumstances.


Maybe if bringing back old classics that everybody loved to the theaters proves to be a viable model, they could actually share theater space with the new blockbusters going forward. There certainly is a huge catalog spanning well over a half a century to go through.

And maybe, just maybe... If they can make enough money off of these old properties, they won't feel the need to push so much shit out the doors going forward and we can start seeing an increase in actual quality content being produced again.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:47 AM

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Try looking at a post you made a month ago on a forum with less than a dozen regular posters remaining and realizing that it has had 172 page views and zero replies.



Hope they found it informative...

whoever they are.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:31 PM

BRENDA


There are drive-ins opening in some spots up here where I am.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:46 PM

WHOZIT


Word here his all theaters in NYC and major cities in California may remain shut all Summer, Broadway may not open until early next year. Some films like "The Many Saints of Newark" have been bumped to next Spring, they want to release "Wonder Woman 1984" in August but if the theaters in most major cities are closed will they move that one too? People if states that are still mostly closed (like mine) are more worried about getting a good hair cut and/or getting their nails done then going to a movie right now. The Tom Hanks flick "Gray Hound" is going to a streaming service, I guess that's where many films that were going to be released this year will end up, or bumped to early next year.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:44 PM

AURAPTOR

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Hadn't looked around here, but I'd go. Even if they played some older hit movies. Hard to eat popcorn through a mask though, but I'd risk goin bare faced for the right movie.

I bet they'd offer great discounts on concessions, no?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:21 PM

WISHIMAY

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Any ideas how they're going to handle any of this?




What do you care, anyhow?? You're always saying how you don't go to movies and trying to convince everyone of how evil Hollyweird is and how no one should go.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:43 PM

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Originally posted by AURaptor:
Hadn't looked around here, but I'd go. Even if they played some older hit movies. Hard to eat popcorn through a mask though, but I'd risk goin bare faced for the right movie.

I bet they'd offer great discounts on concessions, no?




I doubt they'd offer any discounts on concessions. Theaters make nearly zero on the actual movies they show after lincensing and operating costs. The only money they really make is at the concession stands.

I figure that's why they've only opened about 25 theaters in the country that are only showing two low budget flicks despite the fact that in many states the governors gave them the go ahead to re-open to limited capacity.


Hollywood doesn't want to release any big budget movies under those conditions, and it's cheaper to keep the doors closed than turn on the lights for a very limited house.



I still say that working out a deal to show old movies that have long since made their money back and more would be the best way for them to go. There's got to be a way to do that which would make more money than keeping the doors shuttered and writing off a bunch of losses on their taxes.


I'm sure that idea is already being tossed around too. I suspect the only reason a plan hasn't been implemented yet is because of a fear that the demand won't be there.

Not only do I think they really underestimate the draw that their old classic movies have. But they might actually have a better chance getting people out of their houses and into their seats showing flicks like Aliens and the original Ghostbusters as wide releases for the first time in decades than they ever would by shoveling a bunch of woke agenda shit they were churning out before this all happened.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:43 PM

AURAPTOR

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So all movies will now only be released from August to October. LOL


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