Theatrical Releases Delayed

By Joey Kurtz

October 19, 2020

The current worldwide pandemic that started on March 11th has put a firm hold on a lot of industries. One of the most well-enjoyed industries on hold is the film industry. The exciting sci-fi thriller Greenland’s release date was recently pushed due to the fact that LA’s movie theaters are closing once again. Variety states that “Studios have mostly vacated summer release dates in North America due to the COVID-19 health crisis, making it uncertain when movie theaters will reopen fully”

   Other movies are simply not being released because of the fact that releasing a new movie on demand is just not worth it. Mulan, the 2020 version was released on the streaming service Disney Plus for $29.99. According to Screen Rant,  “The problem is that, instead of releasing Mulan to all Disney+ subscribers as they did with Hamilton, the streaming service is testing out a premium tier, charging people $30 to watch Mulan ” They go on to say, “That price is too high for individual viewers, especially since “Mulan” will be free to all Disney+ subscribers in December, but it is worth it for families who either can’t or don’t want to go to the theaters.” 

   For most of the public, paying 30 dollars to watch a remake on the T.V  is just a waste of money. Luckily, there are some movies that have proved to be too big to not be released. The sci-fi thriller “Tenet” has actually been shown via drive-in movie theater. Though, it still has not been released to any streaming services.

   Now, the question “will movie theaters simplify not exist anymore” has probably come to the attention of most of the public. Even though this quarantine looks like it’s not going to end for a bit longer, movie theaters will still exist after the quarantine. It comes down to popular opinion that watching a movie in surround sound with some fresh movie theater popcorn is much better than staying at home and watching it from your everyday device. In fact, movie theaters will probably be more packed than ever. 

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