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Disney dropping Onward on digital, Disney Plus after just two weeks in theaters

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    dubteedub
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    It seems like this tactic will start being more and more common over the next weeks (possibly months) as coronavirus prevents us from going out and seeing movies in theaters. While it is nice that...

    It seems like this tactic will start being more and more common over the next weeks (possibly months) as coronavirus prevents us from going out and seeing movies in theaters. While it is nice that we have this option available for us, I wonder what the impact will end up being on the movie theaters operating across the country.

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      reese
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      Movie theaters are indefinitely closing left and right. Vast swaths of people are being layed off across the entire service industry. I understand data > anecdotes, but drink some whiskey and look...

      Movie theaters are indefinitely closing left and right. Vast swaths of people are being layed off across the entire service industry. I understand data > anecdotes, but drink some whiskey and look at all the layoff posts on Reddit. Not good. My mom works in retail and my stepdad for a warehouse that assembles parts for automobiles (the automobile industry is mostly going down the shitter as well). Waiting to hear bad news any day now, whether it's job loss or a cough.

      Back to movie theaters: they weren't doing that great before this global health catastrophe started because the "authentic" experience of gobbling $500 popcorn and smelling recirculated farts is obviously inferior to on-demand streaming, maybe paired with a hot dinner, and ensuing casual sex in the privacy of one's home. The modern movie theater as we know it may become a vestige of the past after this is all said and done. For that audience-ish experience, the concept of the drive-in movie theater seems to make more sense in our present context. With precautions, drive-ins might be okay.

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        1. joplin
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          I would love that! I'm rarely interested in the blockbusters anymore. I sat through a couple of superhero movies a few years ago that seemed like the exact same plot with different characters. It...

          It could perhaps lead to the revival of the vaunted mid-budget movie.

          I would love that! I'm rarely interested in the blockbusters anymore. I sat through a couple of superhero movies a few years ago that seemed like the exact same plot with different characters. It was boring. With low-budget movies, you have to be very creative to make it work, which is great when it does work! Mid-budget movies seem to be a sweet spot where you can't rely too much on fancy visual effects and a bunch of highly-paid actors, but you can have a little of each, and with some creativity make a really memorable and entertaining film.

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      2. hamstergeddon
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        FWIW, in PA they closed down all non-essential businesses and intend to enforce it starting this weekend and one of the things cleared to remain open is automobile part stores, manufacturing, etc....

        my stepdad for a warehouse that assembles parts for automobiles

        FWIW, in PA they closed down all non-essential businesses and intend to enforce it starting this weekend and one of the things cleared to remain open is automobile part stores, manufacturing, etc. It's going to very from state to state, of course, but there's a little hope for ya (I hope)

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      3. joplin
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        I agree with everything you've said here. In live in LA where not only do we have really nice theaters where you can even take your booze into the theater with you or even have dinner, and there...

        I agree with everything you've said here. In live in LA where not only do we have really nice theaters where you can even take your booze into the theater with you or even have dinner, and there over-18 screenings of all films if you want, but we have all the crazy extras like IMAX, 3D, IMAX 3D, and D-Box (where your seat moves around and rumbles and stuff). It's still not worth it to me for most movies. Plus there's so much great content on streaming services. It doesn't matter if Netflix or HBO can't produce 52 movies a year. When they produce several great series, I'm just as entertained for less money and with less hassle.

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    moocow1452
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    In related news, The Detroit News is reporting that Emagine Theaters are offering popcorn for home viewing with the purchase of a gift card....

    In related news, The Detroit News is reporting that Emagine Theaters are offering popcorn for home viewing with the purchase of a gift card.
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/03/19/emagine-theaters-offer-popcorn-home-viewing/2876949001/

    It's a bad, bad time to be a theater right now.

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    1. Omnicrola
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      I live near Detroit, and eMagine is the only theatre I go to any more. Partly because they're local, but also because they have really nice seats that are reserved, and adult drinks. I really hope...

      I live near Detroit, and eMagine is the only theatre I go to any more. Partly because they're local, but also because they have really nice seats that are reserved, and adult drinks. I really hope they make it through this.

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