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Why the Exhibitors Believe Movie Theaters Can Survive — and What Their Optimism Is Really Telling Us

Screen Talk, episode 292: People in the business of booking movie theaters are doing their best to sound optimistic about the future. Are they kidding themselves?

Moviegoer eats popcorn at Mission Tiki

As exhibitors continue to explore an uncertain landscape, some of them are starting to sound optimistic. After all, when people have been cooped up indoors for months at a time, they’re obviously going to flood movie theaters once they’re available again. Right? Well, that’s the argument that keeps coming up as some exhibitors try to remain hopeful about the future, even as most theaters nationwide remain closed. With “Tenet” still on the release calendar for July 17, the summer remains a big open question — and so does the fall, for more reasons than one. In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson recap a recent IndieWire panel on the state of exhibition and explore what we can glean from the tone struck by the participants, all of whom have movies coming out in the near future. They also touch on Kohn’s experience attending a drive-in, Netflix’s decision to hold back on fall film festivals, and what to make of Martin Scorsese’s new movie scoring financing from Apple without losing its theatrical release.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below. 

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