Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#402 Post by MichaelB » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:09 am

Thanks for that - that was really interesting and chimes with the experience of quite a few industry colleagues.

I’ve worked from home for the past decade so didn’t have to make the same adjustments there, but he’s absolutely right about the creation of extras being seriously impacted. Kier-La Janisse was days away from being filmed for Cisco Pike when lockdown hit, and ended up self-filming her Joy Bang piece on an iPad - although I think it turned out very well. (Good content will always trump slight technical inferiority.)

But it’s not realistic to expect everyone to be able to do that, and interviewing people on camera (who, in the case of people who worked on 1950s/60s/70s films, might be very elderly and Covid-vulnerable) has been a much greater challenge. And even digging material out of archives has been much tougher than before - if it’s already been digitised, there’s no essential difference, but if it has to be sourced from film or tape the process has slowed down considerably.

(This is why the Indicator spine numbers have gone haywire over the last year, because they’re assigned at the time of acquisition and, with a few exceptions, broadly released in the same order. But now, release dates are much more determined by when individual projects can realistically be made ready.)



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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#405 Post by Monterey Jack » Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:30 pm

The $48 milion U.S. gross of Godzilla vs. Kong is certainly an encouraging sign that people DO want to go out and watch movies the way they were meant to be seen.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#407 Post by Brian C » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:23 am

That's a shame about Arclight - I've only ever been to their Chicago theater, but I enjoyed going there a lot when it opened back in 2015 or so.

That said, that location was already kind of a white elephant upon opening. It just had regular stadium seating, without the newer recliner seats that dominate new megaplexes today, and even the biggest auditorium had a disappointingly small screen. And it was built in a development that never attracted the restaurant/retail business that was expected, so it sat on the top floor of a mostly empty mall and never seemed as busy as it should have. After the new-theater smell wore off, it was essentially just a typical city megaplex, but with higher prices than anyone else. Their repertory programs never seemed to amount to much and were never as adventurous or compelling as the Siskel or Music Box in town. The only real distinction was the lack of ads and reduced trailers before the show, and an attractive and mostly quiet space.

Then MoviePass came along and Arclight was excluded because of their high prices, so I only went back once or twice after that. Once MoviePass imploded, I replaced it with AMC's subscription plan, which Arclight never even tried to compete with. I don't know if the Chicago location would have made it even without the pandemic - even when I was going there regularly, I was surprised by how often I found myself in sparsely attended prime-time shows for big movies. Maybe their attendance ticked up in the last year pre-COVID but not that I had ever heard.

Anyway, as far as multiplexes go, they still seemed like the good guys. And regardless, it's always sad to see movie theaters go under.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#408 Post by beamish14 » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:39 am

The Arclight shuttering is a major blow. The Sherman Oaks location and the Cinerama Dome had 70mm capabilities and were just wonderful places to watch films. I worry the dominoes are going to keep falling for L.A. venues and that studios/wealthy benefactors just won't bail them out.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#409 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:14 pm

I always had a real distaste for the Arclight. I feel like it set the precedent in Los Angeles that going to the theater is a luxury experience and not an experience to be afforded to everyone. Tickets were prohibitively expensive (and even more expensive on weekends) and I personally recall it being the first of the theaters with arranged seating, something else I really dislike. I much prefer the feeling of theaters like the gorgeous single-screen Vista Theater on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood or the sort of straight ahead, no nonsense at the Laemmle chain of theaters. The only reason I've been to the Arclight in recent years was to see their exclusive 35mm runs (Baby Driver and Uncut Gems, for example) or to see a film released by distributors like A24 or IFC Films before a wide release.

The Cinerama Dome is a recognized landmark and I absolutely doubt it will go anywhere. Arclight squandered the dome in recent years too since stopping their Cinerama throwback festivals, their 35mm revivals and refusing to play The Hateful Eight in that space, the sorts of events that would always draw a sold-out audience. I was also informed by multiple people too that their 70mm projection of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looked worse than the 35mm presentations of it at the other theaters around town as it would constantly go out of focus and showed some significant damage at points. I love the Dome and will miss that (temporarily) most of all. I still have tremendously happy memories of seeing the 70mm print of The Master and the 70mm blow-up of Inherent Vice opening night and the excitement in the audience.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#410 Post by beamish14 » Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:21 pm

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:14 pm
I always had a real distaste for the Arclight. I feel like it set the precedent in Los Angeles that going to the theater is a luxury experience and not an experience to be afforded to everyone. Tickets were prohibitively expensive (and even more expensive on weekends) and I personally recall it being the first of the theaters with arranged seating, something else I really dislike. I much prefer the feeling of theaters like the gorgeous single-screen Vista Theater on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood or the sort of straight ahead, no nonsense at the Laemmle chain of theaters. The only reason I've been to the Arclight in recent years was to see their exclusive 35mm runs (Baby Driver and Uncut Gems, for example) or to see a film released by distributors like A24 or IFC Films before a wide release.
I'm definitely with you on the prices. I went to one of those silly 21+ screenings at the Arclight (a non-Dome event), and the bartenders couldn't make drinks if their lives depended on it. The Arclight could be sneaky about which screenings were digital vs. celluloid, and I remember them changing it at the last minute once or twice and not offering a refund (actually, Cinefamily and the Aero did that crap, too).

I started to get into the Vista just before it shut down. I really enjoyed a midnight show of Happiness of the Katakuris they hosted.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#411 Post by BigMack3000 » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:02 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:21 pm

I started to get into the Vista just before it shut down. I really enjoyed a midnight show of Happiness of the Katakuris they hosted.
The Vista is gone??? Well, fuck. That, ruined my week. Lived down the street from it for years.

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Re: Coronavirus' Effect on the Entertainment Industry

#412 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:28 pm

BigMack3000 wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:02 pm
beamish14 wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:21 pm

I started to get into the Vista just before it shut down. I really enjoyed a midnight show of Happiness of the Katakuris they hosted.
The Vista is gone??? Well, fuck. That, ruined my week. Lived down the street from it for years.
I think they were referencing it as shut down due to city and state ordinances regarding COVID-19, not permanently. They remain closed, but have signs saying they’ll be reopening soon and seem to have rented the marquee to do Oscar promotion for Mank. The Los Feliz 3 down the street and owned by the same people have temporarily changed the marquee too, but have signs they will reopen. I feel many theaters are still waiting on 100% capacity, which is expected in mid-June. I was told one major repertory theater was holding off on 50% capacity to reopen. The ability to do it happened so soon (two weeks ago), that even they weren’t ready and are perhaps waiting for 100% as well in case there’s a new spike in cases. There’s also the matter that aside from King Kong vs. Godzilla and the upcoming Cruella, there aren’t many films until Summer that would fill the seats for a still cautious crowd.

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