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22 hours ago, dudalb said:

To be fair, it's laot easer to enforce seocila distincing in a pub then in a theater.

 

Why do none of your posts ever make sense?

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6 minutes ago, DeeCee said:

Gaming on the big screen. 
 

 

We used to do this when I worked in a cinema, after shift sometimes we'd get some beers and hook up an xbox to the projector. It's a real gimmick and not worth paying for, certainly. Possibly better now that consoles have higher resolution support (when I worked in cinema it was 1080p only). But i wouldn't recommend it.

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1 hour ago, Avatree said:

We used to do this when I worked in a cinema, after shift sometimes we'd get some beers and hook up an xbox to the projector. It's a real gimmick and not worth paying for, certainly. Possibly better now that consoles have higher resolution support (when I worked in cinema it was 1080p only). But i wouldn't recommend it.

We used to do the same and I agree. Most games do not look particularly great when blown up on a screen that size. If you’re renting a screen I’d recommend either watching a Blu Ray on it or paying for a film that they have available. 
 

I once put the Battle of the Bastards episode of Game of Thrones through our IMAX and it was glorious.

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2 hours ago, DeeCee said:

Gaming on the big screen. 
 

 

 

US Cinemarks (at least my local ones) are doing gaming on the big screen for 2 hours for $99 - you bring the system and the games and your friends, and you get the theater to yourselves...

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Movie Theaters vs. The Gov. of New York, Theme Parks vs. The Gov. of California.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, filmlover said:

Movie Theaters vs. The Gov. of New York, Theme Parks vs. The Gov. of California.

 

 

 

I'm shocked neither business has sued by now...but then again, with CA and NY courts, I'm not sure they'd win, and unlike churches, I don't think they really have an angle to get to federal court...maybe that's what's taking the lawsuit so long - trying to find that angle...

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16 minutes ago, TwoMisfits said:

I'm shocked neither business has sued by now...but then again, with CA and NY courts, I'm not sure they'd win, and unlike churches, I don't think they really have an angle to get to federal court...maybe that's what's taking the lawsuit so long - trying to find that angle...

They don't have strong legal grounds to sue, frankly.

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8 minutes ago, dudalb said:

They don't have strong legal grounds to sue, frankly.

It truly depends on their state laws, which I'm not up on...although you'd think, at least Disney would have the world-class ones to figure this out.  

 

On Disboards, someone did mention that Disney may be holding off on the lawsuit b/c it has other business in CA on top of its themeparks, at least for now.  So, it may be they look to exert "Boeing pressure" with those other interests soon if they truly think CA courts are a loss...

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edit: old discussion, not worth bringing up again.

 

re: NY, to be honest it's not that Cuomo should open up theaters, it's that he should shut down casinos and bars and indoor dining again.

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17 hours ago, TwoMisfits said:

It truly depends on their state laws, which I'm not up on...although you'd think, at least Disney would have the world-class ones to figure this out.  

 

On Disboards, someone did mention that Disney may be holding off on the lawsuit b/c it has other business in CA on top of its themeparks, at least for now.  So, it may be they look to exert "Boeing pressure" with those other interests soon if they truly think CA courts are a loss...

It must be getting bad for Disney if they are considering legal action;inot good form a PR standpoint.

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That's kinda incredible, sounds like the real beginning of the death of theaters..

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Fullbuster said:

 

 

 

 

That's kinda incredible, sounds like the real beginning of the death of theaters..

 

 

I know it's easy to succumb to the bad news of the world (and movies) right now, but I wholeheartedly don't see it that way. Disney has a packed schedule for 2021 and ran out of room to release Soul. Moreover, they need revenue right now, this film puts them high in the race for award season, and SVOD releases simply cannot duplicate the kind of financial benefits of a theatrical release with downstream lifespans.

 

On the non-business end of it, I don't see theaters dying. If anything, I see them coming back stronger than ever when this shitstorm is over. Will they be owned the same companies, ran by the same CEOs, or operate the same exact way? Maybe (probably) not. But a cultural institution that has survived countless evolutions over the past century, unites people in a way that watching a movie from your couch with countless interruptions and no communal experience can't do, and remains one of the most important drivers of the entertainment business doesn't just disappear overnight.

 

A movie quote for now: "The night is always darkest before the dawn... but I promise you, the dawn is coming."

 

A movie quote for the forthcoming future of cinema's proper restart: "With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour."

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It really is a bummer that Soul is skipping theaters (when that along with Mulan were supposed to be among the year's bigger examples of "diversity at the movies" and now they won't even get the chance to play in theaters as they were meant to, at least in most of the world), but it was obvious Disney was gonna do this after they cancelled all of their holiday events at the parks this year and especially after it was the only movie to not get delayed well into 2021 the other week. No way were they gonna put a Pixar movie out there and appear as if they were actually encouraging moviegoing during a pandemic that's nowhere even close to contained, especially after all the criticism they received for the reopening of Disney World (and the way they went about marketing it too) over the summer (and have since had to lay off nearly 30,000 people in the parks division).

 

Honestly, the whole thing is messed up at this point. Still think the biggest mistake of all was pushing for movies to return to business as usual ASAP when some of the key states are still closed with no indication of reopening for the rest of the year (as is the case with NYC).

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6 minutes ago, Shawn said:

I know it's easy to succumb to the bad news of the world (and movies) right now, but I wholeheartedly don't see it that way. Disney has a packed schedule for 2021 and ran out of room to release Soul. Moreover, they need revenue right now, this film puts them high in the race for award season, and SVOD releases simply cannot duplicate the kind of financial benefits of a theatrical release with downstream lifespans.

 

On the non-business end of it, I don't see theaters dying. If anything, I see them coming back stronger than ever when this shitstorm is over. Will they be owned the same companies, ran by the same CEOs, or operate the same exact way? Maybe (probably) not. But a cultural institution that has survived countless evolutions over the past century, unites people in a way that watching a movie from your couch with countless interruptions and no communal experience can't do, and remains one of the most important drivers of the entertainment business doesn't just disappear overnight.

 

A movie quote for now: "The night is always darkest before the dawn... but I promise you, the dawn is coming."

 

A movie quote for the forthcoming future of cinema's proper restart: "With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour."

 

It's not pessimism in any way, I'm just trying to assess where the future of the movie industry is going. Besides, it's not pessimistic or optimistic as I don't perceive streaming as a bad thing, just a very nice option for some, so it's a kinda neutral opinion, really.

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1 minute ago, Fullbuster said:

 

It's not pessimism in any way, I'm just trying to assess where the future of the movie industry is going. Besides, it's not pessimistic or optimistic as I don't perceive streaming as a bad thing, just a very nice option for some, so it's a kinda neutral opinion, really.

I wasn't intending to attack your view, so please don't misunderstand me. I just think we're in a knee-jerk society that overlooks what has made movie theaters endure as much as they have since long before any of us were born.

 

Streaming isn't bad, I agree. But it isn't a replacement for theaters. If theaters disappear, so do big-budget (and billion-dollar-earning) franchises like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc.

 

Studios aren't going to let the industry die... because they need it just as much as theaters need them.

 

Or I'm wrong and this truly is the beginning of the apocalypse and humanity's decline. 

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