With the COVID-19 pandemic, society has gone through some changes. One of those major changes is affecting how we watch movies. Large movie theater chains may never fully recover from this pandemic. That’s not a bad thing for movie fans.
Movies are now being pushed back to what studios think will be a good time for crowds to return to theaters. Some of the movies were supposed to be this summer’s big blockbuster. With the release of Tenet in theaters, it proved one thing.
Disney took a different route with their movie Mulan. After pushing the release date back, it was time to finally make a decision. That movie is now available to watch digitally. It is not really the release this movie deserved. Yet, it is what we are going to have for the foreseeable future.
Theaters Need to Share
Movies like Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Dune, and Wonder Woman 1984 have all been pushed back. Theaters chains have been fighting studios when they want to release a movie online. The last Trolls movie outperformed on VOD. It showed that certain movies will do better for a home release.
HBO Max went out and helped the change that is coming to theaters with their latest move. AMC, various studios and some actors are not celebrating their movies being streamed the same day they are supposed to be in theaters. With the way the world is going, this is the future – a shared world between streaming and theatrical release. Those movies on HBO Max will only be available for a month. After that, you will have to either watch it in a theater or wait to rent it.
Even without the pandemic affecting theaters, many people were not watching movies like they used to. What is going to happen is that studios and actors will have to change their contracts. This will shrink the amount of money they should be paid.
In my opinion, I think these people get paid way too much. It is an unrealistic amount of money for some actors. Additionally, many people I know did not have time to go to a theater when they were all open. Watching a movie at home is a more memorable experience. Also, I do not spend as much money taking everyone out and buying multiple tickets and treats.
It is time that we walk away from those bigger chains and connect with the family-owned theaters that are barely surviving right now. If your local theater is open and is taking all the necessary precautions, go watch a movie there.