At the beginning of December 2020, after the dark epilogue in which we saw evidence such as the premiere of ‘ Mulan ‘ on Disney +, the announcements of new and long-awaited titles landing in streaming and the confirmation of the simultaneity of ‘ Wonder Woman 1984 ‘ (Patty Jenkins, 2020) in theaters and platforms, the beginning of the cultural bleeding began that, from the most absolute pessimism, will end the existence of movie theaters as we know them.

Warner Bros. kicked off by deciding that all its premieres scheduled for 2021 in the United States will be simultaneous in theaters and on HBO Max. Seventeen titles that people will be able to see from their homes, subscription through, or in limited releases in theaters, with all that that means today.

The streaming would force us to re-think how to work the market in the near but future with the arrival of the pandemic, those years with those who were counted for the reinvention have disappeared and we have found the worst possible scenario designed for five years.

Movie theaters have begun to close, some with some hope and others permanently. The big companies try to save their skin as best they can but, taking into account the leakage of media premieres by the producers, many of the closings will become final. When James Bond, the Avengers, the great dinosaurs, the superheroic Las Tunas, or the giant sandworms decide to appear on the billboard, will there be cinemas for their return?

Steven Spielberg thinks so, or so it seems if we read his allegation published in Empire magazine and that we transcribe in full below:

In the current health crisis, where movie theaters are closed or attendance is drastically limited due to the global pandemic, I still hope with certainty that when it is safe, audiences will return to the movies. I have always belonged to the community of those who go to the cinema. Going to the cinema understood as leaving our homes to go to the theater, and in the community, which creates a feeling of companionship with other people who have left their homes and are sitting with us. In a movie theater, you watch movies with the loved ones in your life, but also in the company of strangers. That’s the magic we experience when we go out to see a movie, a play, a concert, or a comedy performance. We don’t know who all these people sitting around us are, but when the experience makes us laugh, or cry, It either encourages us or makes us think and then when the lights come on and we leave our seats, the people we’re heading out into the real world with no longer seem like complete strangers. We have become a community, equal in heart and spirit or, at least, to some extent, having shared a powerful experience for a couple of hours. That brief interval in a movie theater doesn’t erase the many things that divide us: race, or class, or beliefs, or gender, or politics. But our country and our world feel less divided, less fractured, after a congregation of strangers laughed, cried, jumped out of their seats together, all at the same time. Art asks us to be aware of the particular and the universal, both at the same time. And that’s why, of all the things that have the potential to bring us together,”.

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