Chance The Rapper Fears Movie Theater Closings Will Be “The End Of Cinema” In Wake Of Coronavirus
Chance The Rapper, apparently, loves his movies. So the mass closings and cancellations spanning the entertainment industry due to the rapid outbreak of the coronavirus is a concern that hits home for the 26-year-old in more ways than one.
Earlier this week, movie theater companies such as Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters have shut their doors indefinitely to prevent the spread of the dangerous COVID-19 disease. The Center for Disease Control recommends that social gatherings of over 50 people should come to an end in hopes of flattening the growth curve of this illness. Unfortunately, for Regal Cinemas, this leaves over 500 locations filled with employees temporarily unemployed.
As a result, NBCUniversal and Universal Pictures are releasing their movie titles to streaming services in order to continue making money on their investments, as well as satisfying movie fans. NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell shared this official statement:
“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception. Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable…We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available. But we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.”
Chance the Rapper fears that these changes will negatively affect the movie industry, driving movie-goers away from theaters for good. He tweeted:
“When this whole thing is said and done I hope we all start going to the movie theatre again. There’s some likelihood that this will be the end of the cinema and a huge push for studios to go fully VOD and streaming. Its def the way of the future I just hope we have more time”
A fan shared Chance’s sentiments on social media.
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Written by Miata Shanay