“We took the summer play dates for granted, but then we also assumed that the festivals would survive,” confides one distressed distributor. When theaters finally open, he fears, they will have to reinvent everything from seating to pricing to windowing. “Our leverage has been lost along with our audiences,” said one exhibitor.
Officially, decisions are still clouded. Two movies — Tenet from Warner
Bros and Mulan from Disney — have become the symbols of recovery. Both had warily announced July openings,