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Will franchise films like "John Wick" get people back in theaters?

Mar 24, 2023
At least three big franchise sequels have come out this month, which could get the public back in the movie-going habit.
March franchise film releases like "John Wick: Chapter 4," starring Keanu Reeves, may help draw people back to theaters.
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"Avatar" sequel: rebooting the Hollywood-China romance?

Dec 16, 2022
"The Way of Water" debuted in China and the U.S. on Friday amid tense relations between the countries. A simultaneous theatrical release is a big deal.
A marketing poster for "Avatar: The Way of Water" in Shanghai. The movie was released simultaneously in the U.S. and China despite the chilly relations between the two countries.
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After years of watching movies at home, are audiences ready to return to theaters?

Dec 5, 2022
There have been only 66 films in wide release so far this year, down more than a third from this point in 2019, according to Comscore.
Studios are trying to predict what audiences want — to watch movies at home or in the theater.
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Coming soon to a theater near you: company Zoom meetings

Nov 8, 2022
The movie theater chain AMC and meeting technology company Zoom plan to offer ginormous teleconferences for remote workforces.
AMC is set to partner with Zoom to stream company meetings in movie theaters next year.
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How do movie theaters decide showtimes?

Aug 19, 2022
Deciding when a film plays is a giant moving puzzle that theaters have to put together every week.
Looking ahead for a weekend showing? Check the Tuesday listings.
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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

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