Inflation adds new pieces to the puzzle of running an independent movie theater

Jul 20, 2022
Nashville's Belcourt just had its first "normal" weekend in 2 years, while supply chain issues and industry change are adding obstacles.
Everything costs more now, says Stephanie Silverman, the Belcourt's executive director, including shipping for repertory films like 1992's "Malcolm X."  "Those movies are heavy," she says.
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MoviePass is coming back, but are moviegoers?

Feb 11, 2022
The company collapsed in 2019 but is now betting on a tiered subscription model and a return to indoor entertainment.
The subscription service MoviePass is trying to stage a comeback this summer.
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An independent movie theater eyes “momentum” heading into 2022

Nov 23, 2021
“It really is beginning to look — dare I say it — a little normal,” said the executive director of Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre.
“It finally feels like we might walk into 2022 and see some consistency,” said Stephanie Silverman, executive director of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville.
Photo by Tom Gatlin, courtesy Belcourt Theatre

Coming soon to 250 AMC cinemas: English subtitles on every film

Oct 25, 2021
Open captioning is already common in videos on social media.
Open captioning could attract more viewers back to theaters amid pandemic. It's also part of Hollywood's effort to improve accessibility.
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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."
Tom Gatlin courtesy Belcourt Theatre

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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