Nina Metz: Does the pandemic + streaming equal the end of movies at the theater?

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Last month, a survey found 70% of audiences would be upset if movie theaters went away altogether. But less than half those same people have been to in-person screenings since the pandemic began. This makes sense. Health concerns are real and valid. Even so, anecdotally, it doesn’t sound like there’s a groundswell of viewers eager to return even when (and if) concerns about COVID-19 subside. Can moviegoing survive? Distributors going the “exclusively in theaters” route are finding that FOMO — the fear of missing out — isn’t the driving force it once was. Not when there are so many other things…

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