The Fate of Movie Theaters Could Hinge on the Outcome of the Election

The Fate of Movie Theaters Could Hinge on the Outcome of the Election
There are only a handful of major titles left on the 2020 release calendar, and no one can be sure that they will stay there. This week “Respect” moved to August, even as Entertainment Weekly devoted an extended cover story to its would-be Oscar nominee, Jennifer Hudson. Theaters are closing again overseas, and the Cannes Film Festival is already considering alternative solutions should its May 2021 date be considered too soon. These are problems without solution, but hope could be on the horizon — depending on who wins the U.S. presidential election November 3.

Of all the issues that voters must consider, the future of movie theaters wouldn’t make a list of the top 1,000. However, election results could significantly impact theaters and studios as they consider the short- and long-term strategies that will bring them closer to recovery. The most recent Democratic Senate aid proposal added movie theaters to the Save Our
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