stimulus package for movie theaters

Movie theaters in the United States are in trouble right now. Many remain closed due to the coronavirus, and the theaters that are able to remain open don’t have much to offer. On top of that, the recent decision by Warner Bros. to drop all of their 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters is bound to cause more problems for exhibitors. But there could be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Negotiations on a stimulus bill started up in Congress again this week, and part of that stimulus includes proposals for $15 billion for movie theaters.

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Will Movie Theaters Survive

The fall/winter movie season has just effectively been torpedoed. Today, Disney announced that their big winter 2020 titles Black Widow and West Side Story have been pushed to 2021, while Death on the Nile has moved from October to December 2020. While there are still movies holding onto to their upcoming 2020 dates – No Time to Die from MGM, Wonder Woman 1984 and Dune from Warner Bros. – it sure seems like those release dates will be pushed any day now. Which asks a big question: how do movie theaters survive?

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tenet theaters

Although the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still in full force, all 50 states have begun to release their stay-at-home restrictions, with businesses across the country slowly grinding back to life. But what does that mean for movie theaters? Theaters across the country have remain shut since lockdowns were imposed in mid-March, but the National Association of Theater Owners, which represents movie theaters across the U.S., expects that 90% of the global theatrical marketplace will be open by July — the month that Christopher Nolan‘s highly anticipated blockbuster Tenet is set to open in theaters.

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reopening movie theaters

How are movie theaters planning to bounce-back from the current coronavirus shutdown? John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) just gave an in-depth interview about the steps being taken to get theaters back on their feet. Task forces are being assembled, several options are being weighed, and a commitment to the theatrical experience is holding firm. And as we’ve already reported, the impending July releases of Tenet and Mulan are the goalposts theaters are looking towards to reopen. But no one can predict the future.

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