Arclight Cinemas: Can the Oscars help save movie theaters

The statement that Pacific Theatres saw no financially practical course forward to resume its outlets in California — consisting of the famous Cinerama Dome in Hollywood — rippled through the show business on Monday, triggering individuals to recollect about films they had actually seen there.

“I’m so sad,” tweeted star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, summarizing the reaction. “I remember going to the Cinerama Dome to see ‘Star Trek IV’ with my dad when I was little. So many memories since then. “
Others shared comparable stories. Personally, that would consist of seeing “The Wind and the Lion” as a kid back in the mid-1970s, seeing Sean Connery — who will be amongst the standout names in this year’s Academy Awards “In Memoriam” section — wield a sword in legendary, flamboyant style.

The Oscars have actually constantly acted as what total up to a primetime commercial for the films, commemorating their past in addition to their present and promoting them to a worldwide audience. However while a year of pandemic-related shutdowns hasn’t moistened interest for getting away into home entertainment, it has actually put dark clouds over the future of theaters, and whether individuals fed a consistent diet plan of streaming material into their houses will be tempted out of them as easily, particularly if public-health issues about mass events and crowded indoor areas remain.

The conversation on social media immediately turned to efforts to “save” the Cinerama Dome in particular, and it seems possible that someone will, whether that’s a consortium or an entity like Netflix — which bought Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre last year — recognizing the goodwill that would come from ensuring the survival of such a historic landmark.
The broader question of what happens to movies and movie going, however, remains a mystery. Seemingly, every encouraging sign — such as the pandemic-best box-office results in the US for “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a film whose big names cry out for a screen of similar stature — has actually been balanced by a cautionary disclaimer, delayed release or some other step backward.
Award shows have struggled in this environment, and the disappointing ratings for the Grammys and Golden Globes have fueled bleak forecasts for the Oscars, which will air on April 25. Organizers of the event have nevertheless forged ahead with what they hope will be a less-virtual presentation, which might lift spirits but probably won’t do much to boost tune-in.

Still, if the reaction to the Arclight and Pacific news indicates anything, it’s that the movie industry is at a tenuous crossroads, giving the celebratory aspect of the awards a clearer and more urgent mission.

Whatever wins best picture this year will almost certainly have achieved its widest exposure among individuals watching on a couch, not in a theater seat. As the film business gears up for a summer and fall with considerably higher hopes than 2020 offered, reminding people not just of what they saw, however likewise what they have actually been missing out on, might be the most crucial job that these Oscars can achieve.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.