Fireside Chats: AMC to Amazon?
While we all wait (im)patiently for movie theaters to reopen—and I do a happy dance because I found an operating drive-in theater within reasonable driving distance for me that occasionally shows Horror movies—there has been a lot of reading material of varying degrees of veracity on the subject floating around on the Internet. From those predicting the end of the movie theater—hogwash—to those announcing that no Universal movie will ever again be shown in a theater—also hogwash—there is this one, the rumor that Amazon might buy out beleaguered, bankrupt AMC. If you don’t worry too much about things like monopolies, then this would be good news. Whether or not Amazon acquires the theater chain, though, AMC won’t be going anywhere. It can still operate even under a bankruptcy ruling.
As for that whole Universal Studios/movie theaters pissing contest, it is just that. A pissing contest. Both need each other to survive. They’ll work out a deal at some point because they have to. Both sides stand to lose way too much money otherwise. If you don’t quite get what they’re fighting about, it’s because, after the release of the TROLLS sequel directly to VOD, Universal hinted that they might do likewise with other of their movies in the future. Theater chains like AMC and Regal don’t like being cut out of the equation. They want a limited window wherein new movies are only available to view in theaters, as has always been the case. What they’re fighting about now is how long those windows are going to be in the future. A pissing contest.
You can bet, though, that if Amazon does buy AMC, Universal will be far quicker to run out of urine.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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