Following the delay of more Hollywood tentpoles — including James
Bond film No Time to Die — mega-movie theater chain Cineworld,
the second largest exhibitor globally after AMC, is planning to
temporarily close or keep shut all of its locations in the U.K.
and the U.S., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. […]
Disney and Pixar’s Soul is likewise expected to scrub its
Thanksgiving 2020 release, leaving exhibitors without major fall
tentpoles following the delay of No Time to Die, Wonder Woman
1984 and Black Widow. Without fresh titles on the marquee, it
will be tough to win over already-wary consumers.
This framing is backwards and broken. The cause of movie theaters’ problems isn’t the lack of tentpole movies in the cinema. The cause is the goddamn pandemic that remains out of control. Almost no one would go to a movie theater amidst this, and no one should. You can’t successfully release a blockbuster theatrically in a pandemic, and you can’t have movie theaters without blockbusters. Ergo theaters need to remain closed. Jiminy.