How pandemic and streaming are killing cinemas

The industry is adapting to the new reality: the latest rental releases are released immediately for the small screen. The streaming market is growing on its own – Netflix and Apple are signing top directors and actors. People have started to watch movies at home more often, because it is cheaper and more convenient. Let’s take a look at what equipment you need to get an experience comparable to going to the cinema.

How premieres are rescheduled
The situation with the coronavirus has hit the film market hard. Many projects that were filmed before the pandemic have not yet been released, while others have been postponed for a year or more. The most striking example is the new James Bond film No Time to Die, which was supposed to be released in the spring of 2020, but will only hit theaters in October 2021.

Still from the film “No Time to Die”

Dune by Denis Villeneuve, Last Night in Soho by Edgar Wright, Venom 2 with Tom Hardy, The French Gazette by Wes Anderson, The Last Duel by Ridley Scott, the new Ghostbusters and many other projects.

The rise of streaming platforms
Some studios have come to terms with the fact that in the near future they will not earn much on cinemas and are releasing their films immediately on streaming. The viewer has a choice – to watch at home or go to the cinema. This is what Disney did with the films Cruella, Jungle Cruise and Black Widow.

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Still from the movie “Cruella”

Similarly, Warner Bros. Simultaneously, Godzilla vs. Kong, the horror movie Evil, and the new Suicide Squad were released on HBO Max. With a short delay appeared “Mortal Kombat”, “Tom and Jerry”, “Those Who Wish Me Death”, “Space Jam” and others. In the near future, “Matrix: Resurrection” and the already mentioned “Dune” are expected in a mixed format (in Russia it was released a month earlier, the world release is planned for October).

Netflix executives have decided to turn the tide in their favor. In addition to successful TV series, they are now filming blockbusters exclusively for their platform. The studio has signed contracts with many Hollywood stars, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Adam Sandler, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Craig.

This year, Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, Malcolm and Marie, The Woman in the Window and others have already been released. Closer to winter, the comedy Don’t Look Up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as the action movie Red Notice, is expected.

Still from the movie “Red Notice”

What you need to comfortably watch a movie at home
There really is something to see at home – we figured it out. Now let’s take a look at how to organize your cinema in an apartment or cottage for a great blockbuster viewing experience.

First of all, you need a large screen TV. We have already discussed this topic in detail in one of the materials . Models with a diagonal of 60-65 inches have become more affordable, the cost of such TVs starts from 45-50 thousand.

Will viewers return to cinemas?
The prospects for theatrical distribution is an open question. For a year and a half of the pandemic, viewers have become accustomed to the comfort of home viewing. First, there is no need to waste time getting to the cinema. An hour on the road, waiting for a session, two or three hours in the hall, an hour back – now the day off has already passed. At home, you can watch when it is convenient, there is an opportunity to pause.

Secondly, no one interferes with talking on the phone and crunching chips. It’s also cheaper, because a monthly subscription to a streaming service is comparable in cost to a movie ticket.