I made it through 2020 way better than I’d feared I would. I’d been afraid boredom would pose as great a threat to my wellbeing as the ‘Ronavirus. Thankfully that didn’t happen. While it did force the partial shutdown of my theatrical company, EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, we managed to perform one full outdoor production and part of a second (this last, THE NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO, got shuttered when one of my actors tested positive). And the lack of movies didn’t kill this cinephile, because there *was* no lack of movies. The drive-in saw me through those early months of shutdown, and I’ve seen some great new films in practically empty movie houses.
The theaters, though, are the ones in a world of hurt. How will they fare if, as experts predict, a majority of the population is not yet vaccinated by this coming summer? That’s the question posed by this linked article.
Expect more big movies to be shifted out of their planned summer release dates. That’ll suck, but we’ll have new films from Warner Brothers, at least, after their decision to release new movies to theaters and to livestreaming on the same day, and Universal is said to be planning to stick to their guns, too, in terms of summer releasing. And theaters will, as they have been, continue to offer up smaller, independent films that otherwise might have gone straight to video release.
While the linked article ominously warns “that things will never return to where they were a year ago” it also acknowledges that “that doesn’t mean theaters won’t exist”.
For now, we take it one week at a time.