Vista Cinema In The Time of COVID-19

On the morning of March 12th of this year, Leon Newnham, the Chief Executive Officer of Vista Cinema, woke up to discover much of his hard work over the past several weeks would be for naught. The growing coronavirus pandemic…

We Are Parable: Experience Over Everything

Their first-ever event at East London’s Stratford Picturehouse completely sold out in 2013. In 2017, directing legend Spike Lee collaborated on a central London event with them. In early 2020, they were recipients of a Lodestar award from Film London….

French Cinemas Are Closing (Again)

It has sadly not been uncommon for re-opened cinema to be forced to shutter their doors again in many part of the world. China was first with the brief re-opening in the spring quickly ending and cinemas in Dalian also…

MediCinema’s Marvellous Movie Medicine

During a long stint in hospital, patients – and their families/carers – often have no respite or distractions from their (often serious) illnesses or upcoming treatment. UK charity MediCinema aimed to change exactly this when it was founded in 1999…

Is 2020 Now a Write-Off Year for Cinemas?

So what now? That seems to be the common refrain from most cinema industry followers as this past week we watched more high profile films moved back to 2021. As cinemas reopen in some parts of the world, and as…

Fragmentation Hampers German Cinema Reopenings

In Germany, most cinemas have opened their doors again after the three-month COVID-19 lockdown. “The dates for the reopening have been set,” says Christine Berg, Chairperson of the Hauptverband Deutscher Filmtheater (HDF). “Unlike other European countries, it was not possible…

The First Post-COVID Blockbuster Hit Isn’t a Hollywood Film

With cinemas re-opening all over the world, but major Hollywood tentpoles either repeatedly postponed or going straight-to-VoD, returning moviegoers have had to make do with holdover titles (“1917,” “Little Women”) and older re-releases (“Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” topped North American…

Worried About Face Masks in Cinemas? Ask About HVAC Instead

As cinemas re-open, people have been understandably concerned about the issue of wearing masks within cinema interiors. But are we missing a bigger factor in potential transmission of the Coronavirus, that is the HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning…

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