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Monterey Jack
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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1026 Post by Monterey Jack » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:42 pm

I've been back to the AMC in Boston twice over the weekend, for Peninsula (the sequel to Train To Busan, viewed on the IMAX screen) and Cut Throat City. Both were sparsely populated (Peninsula had maybe 15-20 people), but it was edifying to see movies properly again. No concessions on sale at all, so I have no idea how they're gonna make any profit whatsoever, unless studios are magnanimous and allow theaters a bigger cut of the actual ticket sales for a while until they can allow more people in per screening. Everyone present kept their masks on (no reason to take them off sans popcorn and soda, really), and everything seemed neat and well-organized. The National Amusements chain and the art house theater I frequent closer to home in the same town are opening this Friday as well, with no popcorn.
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willoneill
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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1027 Post by willoneill » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:11 pm

Monterey Jack wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:42 pm
No concessions on sale at all, so I have no idea how they're gonna make any profit whatsoever, unless studios are magnanimous and allow theaters a bigger cut of the actual ticket sales for a while until they can allow more people in per screening.
Sadly I've read that the situation may be the opposite, in that WB insisted on getting 67% of the gate for Tenet.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1028 Post by Monterey Jack » Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:19 pm

willoneill wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Monterey Jack wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:42 pm
No concessions on sale at all, so I have no idea how they're gonna make any profit whatsoever, unless studios are magnanimous and allow theaters a bigger cut of the actual ticket sales for a while until they can allow more people in per screening.
Sadly I've read that the situation may be the opposite, in that WB insisted on getting 67% of the gate for Tenet.
Studios have to learn -- especially right now -- that they're in a tightly symbiotic relationship with the theaters that show their movies, and if theaters die, they die. And with concession sales not being allowed in certain states (like Massachusetts), that's not gonna help already-struggling theaters who are finally opening up after five months' worth of inactivity earn enough money to keep the lights on. I don't know if it's WB or Nolan pushing for such a greedy slice of the ticket sales, but they're shooting themselves in the foot doing this.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1029 Post by whaleallright » Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:27 am

Pretty sure Nolan would have little or nothing to do with that. Studios are reluctant to give directors input on a lot of things, but I'm pretty sure they'd take direction re. % of box office over their own dead stock options.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1030 Post by movielocke » Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:41 am

meh - nevermind.

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Monterey Jack
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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1031 Post by Monterey Jack » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:37 pm

Third movie since theaters re-opened, and who walks in just as the trailers were starting...? A couple pushing a babbling infant in a stroller. This for an R-rated thriller. They also left their smuggled-in bottle of water and box of Dollar Store candy on their seat when they left.

Talk about feeling Unhinged.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1032 Post by Big Ben » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:28 pm

To be honest that sounds exactly like the type of people who would watch Unhinged during a pandemic.

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willoneill
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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1033 Post by willoneill » Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:32 pm

Not sure where to put this post, so Mods feel free to move:

I just found out via a podcast that in September of 2019, the Ontario government quietly scrapped their movie rating/classification system (for theatrical, not home video which I think is federally regulated), with the goal of implementing a new one in the Spring. But then COVID happened, which brought both other priorities and very little movie theatre attendance, and so the system has never been replaced. Which means that the theatres that are still open (mostly independent ones) can essentially let in anyone to any movie, no matter their age. The theatre near me (I heard this on their podcast) claims to have sold a half dozen child tickets to their screenings of the original Robocop last weekend.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1034 Post by knives » Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:45 pm

Ratings are actually enforced in Canada?

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willoneill
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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1035 Post by willoneill » Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:56 pm

knives wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:45 pm
Ratings are actually enforced in Canada?
Yes. The rating system is mandatory in Canada, unlike the quasi-voluntary system in the U.S. Except of course in Ontario now. Even porn had to be rated in Ontario (dramatized in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster). At one point, Ontario had the power to ban films, and I'm not talking that long ago; Fat Girl was banned in Ontario upon its original release in 2001. And theatres who didn't enforce the ratings could be, and had been, fined. I was actually never successful in sneaking into films above my appropriate age; the ushers were actually pretty diligent.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1036 Post by beamish14 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:09 pm

willoneill wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:56 pm
knives wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:45 pm
Ratings are actually enforced in Canada?
Yes. The rating system is mandatory in Canada, unlike the quasi-voluntary system in the U.S. Except of course in Ontario now. Even porn had to be rated in Ontario (dramatized in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster). At one point, Ontario had the power to ban films, and I'm not talking that long ago; Fat Girl was banned in Ontario upon its original release in 2001. And theatres who didn't enforce the ratings could be, and had been, fined. I was actually never successful in sneaking into films above my appropriate age; the ushers were actually pretty diligent.

Saskatchewan briefly banned the forgotten Dan Aykroyd/Rosie O'Donnell S&M comedy Exit to Eden. The Tin Drum was also
barred from playing in Quebec.

I'm glad you mentioned The Adjuster. That film is a brilliant send-up of how prurient Canada can be when it comes to pornography.
For many years, it was hard to ship adult material there because customs agents would destroy anything they disliked.

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Re: Movie Theater Experiences

#1038 Post by dustybooks » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:55 pm

My wife and I just got out of our first movie in fifteen months, the AMC Juneteenth screening of Do the Right Thing. Apart from us the theater was completely empty, and there were only about 20 other vehicles outside so clearly the COVID effect is still in action. But it was a wonderful experience and the film was vibrant and absorbing as always (Criterion was credited at the beginning for the 4K restro). I can’t think of a better movie to mark a return to the cinema… much as I couldn’t think of a better final movie than North by Northwest which we caught just weeks before everything shut down last year.

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