Started by wilberfan, August 08, 2019, 02:25:03 PM
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QuoteIt's a scary, uncertain time for the entire movie industry, and for theater owners in particular. Covid variants coupled with vaccine hesitance is proving unpredictable for an industry built on bringing people together in enclosed spaces, but it seems that AMC and Warner Bros are banking on 2022 being better.Variety has the information shared with AMC and its investors on an earnings call that says the massive theater chain (biggest in America) has reached a deal with Warner Bros for their 2022 slate to be released exclusively in theaters for at least 45 days before appearing on HBO Max.That means the day and date on HBO Max will be gone next year. If you want to see movies like The Batman, Black Adam, The Flash, Aquaman 2, and the next Fantastic Beasts then you're either going to have to go see it in theaters or wait a month and a half to watch it at home.On the one hand, this is good news for movie lovers who value the theatrical experience. On the other, we're still in a pandemic and, unless a lot of Anti-Vaxx folks change their minds, we could be in a perpetual boom and bust cycle with COVID-19, so who knows what the hell the future looks like.But Warner Bros is banking on 2022 being better. On top of this new deal with AMC, they recently entered another one with Cineworld, which owns all the Regal Cinemas, for the same 45-day window.Has Theater-Going Been Permanently Changed by the Pandemic?That's the $64,000 question. My feeling is that the convenience of seeing a major new release at home on a service you already subscribe to outweighs the "effort" it takes to wait a month and a half or go see it in a theater. 45 days is a long time, especially for those who want to be a part of the discourse.Maybe that doesn't affect non-event movies, but for stuff like The Batman and Aquaman? Yeah, it won't be as easy as deciding to load up The Suicide Squad instead of paying the extra money to see it big and loud at a theater.What does this mean for the future of HBO Max? Surely that'll see a dip in subscribers with its biggest drawing point, day and date big event movies, taken away. However, Warners must think the theatrical window means big money, or else they wouldn't be making this move.Also of note, that earnings call revealed AMC's plans to institute Apple Pay, Google Pay, and even the ability to accept Bitcoin for tickets and concessions in 2022 as well.Now if they'd just make sure all their screens, not just their premium Dolby and IMAX screens, were bright and loud then they'd truly have a good leg up in the fight to pry audiences off their couches.
QuoteWhat was the pandemic's effect on the size of your business? Can it ever get back to what it was?The slate of movies was not continuous. You have a movie like 'Black Widow' or 'Shang Chi,' and then for 3 weeks have no other significant release. You can't run a business like that; you need a flow of product. People who love to go to the movies expect two or three new ones every week.
QuoteDoes this new shorter window increase the odds of a deal with Netflix?No. We are open to show any movie given to us. If Netflix will decide to change their policy, we'll be very happy to get into negotiations with them and show their movies.What is their policy?Netflix had their policy that was a very short window for bigger movies. I'm not an expert in Netflix's business, but I think that a longer window would be beneficial. It would create a much better exposure to their movies before they are on streaming. And will create for us additional product.
QuoteBut studios have shifted some genres away. When is the last time a comedy did really well in theaters?There were no comedies produced because of Covid. Trust me, the minute you will have a good comedy, it will go into cinemas.
QuoteYou mentioned 'Avatar' earlier. It is the highest-grossing movie of all time, but do people still care about that movie after all these years? What are your expectations?The original 'Avatar' will become the second biggest movie of all time after the 'Avatar 2' release.
QuoteBloomberg's Lucas Shaw reported on Sunday that Netflix is considering releasing some movies in theaters this year with an exclusive theatrical window of 45 days. That's longer than the window Netflix has typically given the movies it releases in theaters, and more in line with what is emerging as a new windowing standard.Two of the movies in consideration, according to Bloomberg, are the "Knives Out" sequel and director Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Bardo."Netflix declined to comment on the Bloomberg report when requested by Insider.
Quote from: WorldForgot on May 17, 2022, 04:11:43 PMNetflix reportedly plans to keep some movies in theaters for longer before streaming, including its upcoming 'Knives Out' sequelQuoteBloomberg's Lucas Shaw reported on Sunday that Netflix is considering releasing some movies in theaters this year with an exclusive theatrical window of 45 days. That's longer than the window Netflix has typically given the movies it releases in theaters, and more in line with what is emerging as a new windowing standard.Two of the movies in consideration, according to Bloomberg, are the "Knives Out" sequel and director Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Bardo."Netflix declined to comment on the Bloomberg report when requested by Insider.
QuoteThe application does not disclose the news that fans most want to know — that is, when the theater will reopen. But it does include schematics showing that the company plans to reopen the Dome as well as all 14 screens of the former ArcLight Hollywood. The facility has been dormant since the pandemic began more than two years ago.
QuoteThe Theo/Quentin honeymoon proved short-lived, though. Having been told the plan was to leave the Vista's auditorium pretty much as is, Kalomirakis assumed his mandate was to do the rest of the theater in the same Egyptian Deco style. And although Tarantino liked Kalomirakis' initial design, he ultimately deemed it too elegant, coming back with suggestions for faux cinderblock walls and an outsized RC Cola dispenser that would overwhelm what Kalomirakis had in mind for the concession stand. (There's even talk of a Mold-a-Rama.It wasn't until Kalomirakis heard about the decidedly casual grunge-ish look planned for the coffeeshop and gaming arcade that will occupy the storefronts to either side of the Vista that he got where Tarantino's trying to go