As I write this, we’re in turbulent times due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s far from clear what the outcome will be on the overall film economy, but already we can see one area which is being hit hard – cinemas.
A mix of fear of infection and government mandates mean that projector lights are going out all over Europe and beyond.
In the short-term, the situation looks pretty bleak for many high street cinema chains. They hold masses of perishable concessions, have rent owing and a workforce to pay or let go (both in the sites and back-offices).
However, once the current crisis is over it seems reasonable to assume that cinema-going will pick back up, fuelled by a desire to …