Big screens are back, but what about audiences?

Jun 23, 2021
Stephanie Silverman, executive director of an independent movie theater in Nashville, is navigating an industry in transition.
The Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, reopened on April 23, but executive director Stephanie Silverman says the crowds have been "inconsistent."
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Memorial Day could be a test for the movie theater industry

May 24, 2021
Movie theaters are reopening in time for summer blockbuster season. Are people ready to go back?
Studios are committing to releasing blockbusters in theaters again. Will it pay off?
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China's movie post-production companies feel the pinch

May 19, 2021
How one visual effects and animation firm that services Hollywood and China productions is weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dachang Movie Town near Beijing is where reality shows and feature films are shot.
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Marvel's "Black Widow" is finally set to premiere — in both theaters and living rooms

Mar 25, 2021
Theaters could use the revenue the film could provide, but they'll have to compete with maskless viewing (and cheaper snacks) at home.
Since much of the audience for "Black Widow" will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus, many fans will watch it at home.
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Movie theaters reopen without their biggest moneymaker: snacks

Mar 22, 2021
The messy reality of eating in the movies goes against most COVID-19 guidelines about eating indoors and social distancing.
From extra butter to no popcorn, period.
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As China's movie theaters return to normal, domestic releases top box office

Mar 1, 2021
The top four films this week are all domestic Chinese films. In the past, at least one of those would be from Hollywood.
"Hi Mom," a sentimental comedy, has rapidly become one of the most popular films of all time in China.
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Are New Yorkers ready to go out for dinner and a movie?

Feb 25, 2021
There is pent-up demand and cash. A lot of people who haven't lost their jobs also haven't been spending money.
Will there be a generational gap between who ventures out to dine and who be stays in and uses a delivery app?
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With congressional support, what are the prospects for movie theaters?

Dec 21, 2020
Ticket sales have been dismal this year, and studios are delaying their releases.
A sparse crowd waits for the show to start at a movie theater in Las Vegas. Attendance has been way down in 2020.
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How this independent movie theater reopened for in-person screenings

Nov 30, 2020
Individual donations and corporate philanthropy have helped the Belcourt’s bottom line.
Seats roped off for social distancing inside one of the Belcourt Theatre’s screening rooms in Nashville.
Courtesy of the Belcourt Theater

What happens to consumer spending next in the stop-and-go COVID-19 economy?

Nov 5, 2020
It doesn't look good, considering the pandemic is still raging and there's no additional federal relief yet.
A man waits for his lunch order at relatively empty Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles in June.
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