Regal Cinemas, the second largest theater chain in America, the American branch of the company Cineworld, has decided to close all its theaters worldwide until 2021. This doesn’t affect me so much, since they’d never opened up any of the theaters they own in my part of the world to begin with, but it’s bad news for movie fans and really bad news for the people who worked at those theaters. Overall it’s bad news for all of us, as it’s going to have a negative effect on the economy. You can’t blame them, really; with no new big feature movies to show—it was the studio decision to move the new James Bond movie into 2021 that sealed the deal for Regal—they figured it just wasn’t cost effective for them to remain open. I hope AMC keeps their theaters open, though. I’ve been three times since they reopened, and I felt safe doing it. At no point did I get within six feet of anybody, and everybody wore masks. That’s as safe as going to buy groceries. Safer, in fact, since there are typically more people at the grocery store. A lot more.
To help AMC out, as there won’t be many, if any, big studio releases for the next few months, might I suggest the following independent films currently releasing, or getting ready to release? The Devil to Pay. Ten Minutes to Midnight. The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Tar. A Dark Path. Synchronic. Archenemy. The Pale Door. No Such Thing as Monsters. Spree. The Dark and the Wicked. Freaky. Blood. Train to Busan: Peninsula. Frank and Zed. Possessor.
These are movies I want to see. I will happily pay good money to go see them in a theater. Isn’t that what it’s all about, AMC?