Patty Jenkins: “We Could Lose Movie Theater-Going Forever”

“If we shut this down, this will not be a reversible process,” says the ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ director.

Director Patty Jenkins has warned that the future of cinema-going is in peril amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“If we shut this down, this will not be a reversible process,” she told news agency Reuters in an interview from her home in Los Angeles. “We could lose movie theater-going forever.”

Jenkins, whose Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed three times due to the coronavirus pandemic, is among top Hollywood names who have appealed to the government for financial help for cinemas.

“While theater attendance has rebounded in some countries following a global shutdown in March, the U.S. market is struggling,” she said. And if more cinemas get closed after Regal owner Cineworld decided to shut its venues amid a lack of Hollywood films, the director suggested: “It could be the kind of thing that happened to the music industry, where you could crumble the entire industry by making it something that can’t be profitable.”

Exhibition giants Cinemark and AMC Theatres said earlier this week that despite Cineworld’s decision to close its circuit, they plan to keep their movie theaters open. AMC chairman and CEO Adam Aron said there are plenty of films to play in the weeks to come, including the Robert De Niro comedy The War With Grandpa, which 101 Studios opens Friday.

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