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Cinemas 15:06 - Jan 18 with 568 viewsMookamoo

Joint letter from various industry figures urging support for cinemas
https://www.cinemauk.org.uk/2021/01/leading-uk-film-figures-support-call-for-gov

Can't help thinking they've not done themselves any favours by holding back a lot of the big releases over the summer when cinemas were actually open. I know the financial impact of reduced seating is massive, but at least they would have helped the cinema chains tick over and ensure they will be there once this is all over.

I for one won't be sad to see the back of Cineworld anyway. Terrible cinema experience.
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Cinemas on 15:10 - Jan 18 with 530 viewsSteve_M

It was the studios rather than the cinemas that held back releases wasn't it?

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Cinemas on 15:11 - Jan 18 with 523 viewstractorboy1978

I think the cinema industry was heading towards hard times before COVID so this could be the final nail. You've got to think that online streaming platforms like Netflix are going to be the way forwards with films going straight out into the comfort of people's own front rooms.
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Cinemas on 15:30 - Jan 18 with 484 viewsBluefish

The showcase near me has just closed for good. It was always going to happen but it is still sad. It was one of the old school big cinemas out of town. Probably groundbreaking when it came out but hasn't had any investment since. The chairs were shocking and so dated

It was always I wonder how many people would be in the huge room for each film. Quite often about 4

Since then we have the odeons opening up with the big recliners and room for about 20 people and the game changed. Even the showcase opened their own de luxe then in town to rival their own out of town effort

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Cinemas on 18:37 - Jan 18 with 396 viewsJ2BLUE

You don't like Cineworld? So go to the other one. Why wish for Cineworld to go and lose those jobs? Better it remains a cinema supporting the local restaurants than become like the Odeon.

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Cinemas on 18:56 - Jan 18 with 372 viewsvapour_trail

Cinemas on 15:10 - Jan 18 by Steve_M

It was the studios rather than the cinemas that held back releases wasn't it?


Yes that’s correct. The biggest issues cinemas had when back open, was the lack of content.

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Cinemas on 19:27 - Jan 18 with 335 viewsMookamoo

Cinemas on 15:10 - Jan 18 by Steve_M

It was the studios rather than the cinemas that held back releases wasn't it?


Yes it was. I can't remember the directors penning a similar letter in the summer criticising their employeers for restricting content in order to maximise returns once cinemas could be at maximum capacity.

As an industry, there is more than enough money out there to support themselves and all the independent cinemas.

Simultaneous streaming and cinema releases are the only real way forward anyway. Perhaps Cineworld should be allowed to die.
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