From coast to coast we have seen movie theaters shut down during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It has been a blow to the entertainment industry for sure, but as the Covid-19 cases are subsiding theaters have began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Regal theaters originally shut down at the beginning of the Pandemic and reopened select theaters during August. Regal was only able to stay open until October 9 and then shut their doors; a disappointing start to a covid-filled winter.
What We Have Done Without Theaters in 2020
Throughout 2020 and into 2021 the film industry has had to take a different look at how they cater to their audience. A lot of movie releases have been postponed, but just as many have been moved to a home release.
These home releases that have been broadcasted onto streaming services have been a big hit with the film audience. Families have found it easier to get access to movies and have peace of mind knowing that they can watch movies without the risk of Covid-19.
When Will the Normalcy Return?
Currently, New York has started to do a phased reopening of their movie theaters, and California will soon follow suit. Hopefully, this can spread to smaller states such as Tennessee and we will be able to see theaters return by summer or even spring.
During winter most news outlets were reporting that theaters would be back to normal by March, but by the looks of it theater companies might need some more time.