Are Movie Theaters About To Go Extinct? - IGN Now
With the ongoing pandemic forcing businesses around the world to shutter for good, can entire industries survive? IGN's Michael Calabro thinks so.

  • IGN

    Have movie theaters re-opened where you live?

    • randomnobody playthrough
      randomnobody playthrough

      Free ads for AMC, Coca-Cola and Disney.

    • Brandon Grazioso
      Brandon Grazioso

      They reopened the week regal decided to close theaters so they were for 4 days



    • Orwhynotrandom

      No not down under and we have like single digit cases per day

    • Eddie Lopez
      Eddie Lopez

      Yes, just recently actually. But only 25% capacity. I want to to see Tenet but I feel that would drop on VOD in a month or so.

  • iEntertain

    They were already dying, just slowly. The coronavirus will speed it up.

  • KD Dollaz
    KD Dollaz

    We don’t need them too😢😢😢😢

  • Josh Loves Movies
    Josh Loves Movies

    No movie theaters are not gonna go extinct we survived a pandemic we can survive another one and 2021 is stock full of blockbusters to entice moviegoers to feel safe and return!

  • SanAntonioian17

    If movie theaters go extinct, that'd be an crushing blow for everybody. But, I doubt that it's going to happen. Watching movies at home is cool. But, going to a movie theater is different.

  • Nœrdy Thugg
    Nœrdy Thugg

    I feel "like" I heard the word like more than enough for the rest of my life.

  • Gilbert Garces
    Gilbert Garces

    I watched tenet & the new mutants in September. And, that was it. They cancelled everything else planned in November... groovy!🙄😡

  • Alan Arzate
    Alan Arzate

    You don't have worry about movie theaters going extinct when you have ur movie theater at home

  • CD Project Dank
    CD Project Dank

    I could be wrong but i feel like Movie Theaters will become like Blockbuster, they'll survive but with half or less than half of as many location

  • Almerindo Naval
    Almerindo Naval

    thats a silly question

  • unfair sanic
    unfair sanic

    Lolz I dont have to worry about that, I just need to go outside of u.s where theaters are everywhere

  • Natty Wallo
    Natty Wallo

    Wouldn't mind seeing black widow at IMAX though tbh.

  • Natty Wallo
    Natty Wallo

    Can't see myself going again....

  • Jessie Alonzo
    Jessie Alonzo

    Maybe overpriced tickets and extremely overpriced concessions contributed to their demise

  • Jason Smith
    Jason Smith

    save broadway theaters

  • Brandon Gerron
    Brandon Gerron

    What if movie theaters like AMC streamed their blockbusters. Like do both in person for the big screen experience and online for the one's too lazy to drive.

  • The Judge
    The Judge

    Movie Theaters will never close. I think if anything, drive-ins will resurface.

  • Alberto Castillo
    Alberto Castillo

    Last year I went to the movies at least once a week... I miss it so much. I'm not from USA, though....

  • emrah şimşek
    emrah şimşek

    before there where no covid 19 I used to go to the cinemas a lot those days where fun I mean it if I had the chance I will destroy all coronavirus and no more coronavirus gone forever

  • Elita A
    Elita A

    Movie theaters were already on some kind of extinction process way before covid, so I don't know, the ice is very thin. In Germany I read that the average citizen was 1,5times per year per year, and that without the statistics Is something I clearly noticed way before covid, me as a huge cinema fan that I am, used to be there at least 3times per month, and it was mostly just me alone or a hand full of people there, while year by year the cinema was looking dirtier and forgotten.

  • gongolong

    Once the election is over they will come back slowly

  • Chris D
    Chris D

    I think they will go the way of drive- ins. They will still exist but will be hard to find.

  • Ghost mustard
    Ghost mustard


  • MetalSonicGamerX200

    I'm kinda glad movie theaters are going to extinct. I didnt have any friends to go to see one. Then its expensive 20 dollars per ticket and food and snacks over 10 dollars. I hope it dies forever. I'm surprised it still going

  • PsychoDieter91

    Yes. It’s in its death throes now. If corona would end tomorrow, theaters would still be finished. The economy is completely wrecked. Soon movie theaters will be the least of our worries.

  • Eddy M
    Eddy M

    What that's insane and crazy talk 😱

  • AxiomNachtFox

    I sure as bloody hope not

  • Alpha Spear
    Alpha Spear

    Maybe drive-in movies will be a thing again?

  • Zev Zero
    Zev Zero

    In my state they are all still closed due to Covid. Right now I wouldn’t go back till it’s safe. I do agree converting them to a drive in would be cool

  • M Jerome
    M Jerome

    When WW1984 comes out i will buy tickets to go to the premiere. I am confident my local movie theatre will organize a cosplay party or a injustice 2 tournament or give me free sandwiches and posters after screening the 1st movie to build the hype. And when i seat in front of that building tall movie screen i will get the feeling again that it surpasses the 65 inches display that i have in my living room.

  • puchoo

    They won't go in near future, but ppl are getting so lazy that it is a possibility.

  • RedEyes

    Maybe there prices will come down that would be nice

  • Ajay Maisuria
    Ajay Maisuria

    I don't think the question should be about the appetite of audiences, but more about if cinema chains can afford to stay closed and be heavily in debt. A lot of cinema chains rely on concessions and with the economy as well as safety I doubt audiences will fork out as much.

  • permeus

    Extinct no! but they will need to change, this was coming even before the virus the cinema will become less about the latest blockbuster and all about the experience, if they don't evolve then yes they will become extinct. They will need to focus less on cramming as many people into a small room to watch the latest thing and start to be about comfy seats with plenty of room in them, fresh hot food that kind of thing. Maybe doing events like Halloween marathons for all Hallows eve where they show blocks of old black and white films and next door it's the slasher block.

  • Noob Abyss
    Noob Abyss

    Except anime movie :D.

  • MATT R
    MATT R

    No due to piracy

  • Paul

    If all they show are blockbusters, what do they fill the rest of their screens/schedule with? Their rent is the same whether they operate every screen all the time or just a few screens for a few hours a day. Even if production companies made more blockbusters for theaters to create "experiences," the increased supply might outpace audience demand.

  • nooby goose
    nooby goose

    Literally my least movie in theatre was Endgame....

  • Betel Juise
    Betel Juise

    I've never went to a theatre in my whole life lol

  • Fenton Read-Smith
    Fenton Read-Smith

    Lol, “Arthouse 70mm film”!

  • Nicholas J. Bonnie Crawford
    Nicholas J. Bonnie Crawford


  • Ruben Salinas
    Ruben Salinas

    It'll be effected but won't be extinct

  • William Lyons
    William Lyons

    I'll help by never going to the cinema again

  • Nathan James
    Nathan James

    I hope they dont stop, I've only ever seen like 5 movies in the cinema :(

  • Darthadios

    Last movie what I have seen in theater was Attack of the clones at the summer 2002.

  • Blueboiii the Nerd
    Blueboiii the Nerd

    The cinemas in New Zealand are running strong.

  • nightbling890

    No.. no they won’t


    Y e s

  • Steven H.
    Steven H.

    Yes eventually

  • gabriel diaz
    gabriel diaz

    We should make drive in theaters a thing again with safety rules a course

  • eric northman
    eric northman

    So what if it does all it means we get to experience drive threw movie theaters better experience own food vintage feeling lol *looks for varsity jacket*

  • Ron-j Ignacio
    Ron-j Ignacio

    How to make sure I have to

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  • alpha _theartist
    alpha _theartist

    No lie I went to see new mutants today, the movie was great, but the place was DEAAAD. I only seen one person working there and that was the manager

  • jerryhotwheels

    Digital movies

  • Kevin Sheppard
    Kevin Sheppard

    One thing I think is going to change is the theatrical exclusivity window. Expect to see movies on digital a lot sooner even while they're still on at theaters.

  • Muzi Tshabalala
    Muzi Tshabalala

    Cinemas are dead. Even if coronavirus ends, we've learnt so much about droplets people won't want to be stuck in a room with people's disgusting aerosolized droplets around them.

  • Derek Kirk
    Derek Kirk

    Movie theaters really just aren't trying. Like no one is stopping amc from throwing up a big white sheet and having a drive in experience like every Friday they have the parking space like why not

  • David Sprague [DragonMan64]
    David Sprague [DragonMan64]

    I sincerely hope not! How else will I get the ideal experience when seeing movies like Dragon Ball Super: Broly or Avengers: Endgame!

  • Shaurya Kumar Gautam
    Shaurya Kumar Gautam

    Are movie theatres going extinct? Yes, they are going through a very tough time and you can blame covid for that. I saved you some time

  • Cole P
    Cole P

    Cineplex is going out of business. Google for how much debt they have.

  • Joe Marsiglia
    Joe Marsiglia

    Holy like bro

  • Daniel Rodriguez
    Daniel Rodriguez

    But wat about a quiet place part 2 😭

    • Real Gamer
      Real Gamer

      The cinema is a quiet place now

  • jjt123093

    hard to feel sad about this when everytime I go theres always a distraction and annoying people

  • Oliver Queen
    Oliver Queen

    The return of the Drive-In!

  • M C
    M C

    of course not numb nutz we are in a pandemic. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Ohimark

    even if movie theatres go extinct the legacy of the theatre will go on forever

  • velociraptor4you

    This actually gives me hope. :)

  • Nekminute

    They allready became extinct the moment i got a 85" OLED

    • Valk.

      Fellow OLED owner here - Movie theater picture quality at least here in the UK is absolute garbage even so called '4K IMAX' releases.

  • Patrick Lange
    Patrick Lange

    If they do, say goodbye to big budget films.

  • Justin

    Stay home and prevent the spread of Covid 19! End of story! No wonder America is screwed lmao 😂

  • BannedOnTV

    Movie theaters have been my escape the last few years and I just don’t get the joy watching movies from home like I do in the theaters.

  • Fabino Da Choego
    Fabino Da Choego


  • Francois Zaldivar
    Francois Zaldivar

    Depends of the movie. Summer movie. Only the tops one.

  • Kynon Ardoin II
    Kynon Ardoin II

    There should be a law passed to protect them

  • solterohugo

    I hope not, I love going to the movies ❤️

  • MtnD0

    Seriously doubt they'll go out. People crave the raving sensation of the audience, whether it's to hear the chants and cheers or to be there in the sadder moments. It's an experience that no one wants to go away, there are people who would rather be alone and that's ok. But to be there as a whole, with the audience, that is something everyone wants to be apart of. It just hits 10x better when you know everyone is in sync with what they are seeing on screen. You feel apart of something big and its hella fun knowing people you'll possibly never meet again are in unison with their thoughts in that single moment.

  • Steady Cuzzin
    Steady Cuzzin

    *Is that Jimmy Fallon in disguise??*

  • King David
    King David

    Why not open the drive in movie theaters again?

  • Epyonwings

    No won’t let it!

  • James Wanku
    James Wanku

    I hope not, I mean where else am I supposed to throw popcorn 2 lanes down and blame the guy next to me

  • Jeremy Thelen
    Jeremy Thelen

    You keep saying you will only go to see a Blockbuster, yet I keep thinking about going to an old Blockbuster DVD store.

  • Mr. Kiss
    Mr. Kiss

    Thats a guarantee ! I've literally seen 80% of the movies that have come out in the past 5 years. I do theatre patron censuses for all of Toronto GTA movie theaters and with the exception of the odd blockbuster. The seats are 90% empty on average. Toronto is the 4th Largest city in North America. (3.6 million) Not sure how other major cities are stacking up but it's sad. 🙁🙁🙁

  • Ultimate Gamerfan83
    Ultimate Gamerfan83

    Just send all the future movies to hbo max

  • shadowplay95 ___
    shadowplay95 ___

    Bro we’re still in a pandemic

  • Vicarious Gamer
    Vicarious Gamer

    I do hope that they make a come back eventually. I didn't frequent them much, but sometimes depending upon the film, there's nothing like that gigantic screen just throwing stuff at your face. At least I have the fond teenage memories of gathering with my friends to watch a Midnight movie. This I do miss.

  • AnorakNord

    I think in the future there will be less movie theaters but they will be larger and the ticket price will go up considerably. but imagine a screen 4x the size of the largest IMAX

  • Oh Aww Geez
    Oh Aww Geez

    They should drop ticket prices for a few years to incentivize going.

    • Jack Saat
      Jack Saat

      It will be the other way around the prices will go up to makeup for the less people going to see movies and the cost of maintain the building and minum staff...

  • Sweater Day
    Sweater Day

    It is possible to not start out EVERY video by telling people how shitty this year has been. Maybe spread some positivity and up your journalistic jargon a bit.

  • TonyGMichael

    Disney & Warner will open their own theaters & charge other studios~!

  • Shane Lambert
    Shane Lambert

    I went to go see Akira in 4K at IMAX a week ago it was freaking amazing and guess what there were only like 10 people in the whole theater lol

  • Sweet Lew
    Sweet Lew

    I want to see drive in movie theaters make a big come back now...

  • Troy Andrew
    Troy Andrew

    No they wont

  • Rudie Obias
    Rudie Obias

    There's going to be an economic after the pandemic! Movie theaters, restaurants, bars, clubs are going to survive and will probably be tough to get into. I bet we're going to see movie over-perform post-pandemic too...

  • Roger Stryker
    Roger Stryker

    Mmm, how about a movie theater were people can smoke weed and get high. 💨

  • Roger Stryker
    Roger Stryker

    People need to get laid, they need to go on dates, movie theaters will be ok. Just give us Avatar 2, 3, r, 5, 6 and the remake of the 1st one.

    • MetalSonicGamerX200

      Wth? Lol we dont need dates, just go alone like you shouldve been doing.

  • luciano Baptista
    luciano Baptista

    What the heck is this guy talking about.

  • SM Dubs & more
    SM Dubs & more

    I vote for drive-in movies to avoid spreading covid. every cinema has a parking or they could find a way idk

  • Target 2001
    Target 2001

    Tbh they are over priced so rather just stay home

  • Ramah Jones
    Ramah Jones

    Movie theaters should become more specialized and more willing to show multiple formats in more locations i.e. more imax 70 mm more incentive to push those black and white formats a la Logan

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