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When Are We Going Back To The Movies?

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Just over one-hundred years ago, Americans were beginning to heal and recover from a world war and a devastating global pandemic.  People then would find solace and inspiration in the emerging wonder of motion pictures.  Today, our desire to lose ourselves in a dark matinee has been a casualty of a contagious virus.   The summer blockbuster releases have been delayed.  The release calendar itself is a moving target.   The whole entertainment industry has been upended by Covid-19 with productions being shut down, marketing plans needing rewritten and theatre operators shuddered.  Forecasting the future of the entertainment industry at all levels is just a guess right now until we overcome the virus.

 

Streaming content has been solidified as the national pastime during the shelter in place orders and some movies have elected to be released as PVOD (Premium Video On Demand).  However, not all movies are meant to be seen on a small screen.   Blockbuster titles with production costs over $100 million need a theatrical release.  In response, studios have been re-setting release dates.  Titles like Marvel’s Black Widow was scheduled for release last May now has a new release date of November 6th.  The remake of the horror classic Candyman has moved from last June, to September and now to October 16th.  Even mega-franchises like Avatar, The Matrix, and Mission Impossible, each with new installments set to drop in 2021 or 2022, have begun pushing back release dates.

 

Since movies typically release nationally and even globally, studios and theatre operators are dealing with unfathomable challenges.  With local and state guidance differing on how to open theatres and state openings in various phases, a national release schedule is almost impossible to plan.  Theaters have to adapt with initial reopening plans that will include reduced capacity, limited or no concessions and redesigned seating arrangement more conducive to social distancing protocol.  Theatre operators survival is unknown at this time too.

 

A world without movie theatres would be a loss for audiences to enjoy visual feasts that auteurs like Christopher Nolan regularly creates for theatrical viewing.  When a cure for this virus emerges, audiences tired of being stuck inside will want to return to the theatres.  Movie theatres have endured much in the more than 100 years of operation and rest assured the tickets will sell, the popcorn will pop and the movie-goers will show up again.

 

Here is list of movie release dates as known of today and are subject to change:

 

Antebellum                                                     

Original release date April 24, 2020 now August 21, 2020                                           

                                                     

Antlers                                                     

Original release date April 17, 2020 now February 19, 2021.                                                    

                                                   

The Artist’s Wife                                                     

Moved from April 3, 2020, to a TBD date.                                                     

                                                     

Avatar 2                                                    

Original release date December 17, 2021 now December 16, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

A Quiet Place Part II                                                     

Original release date March 8, 2020, to September 6, 2020, now April 23, 2021

                                                

The Batman                                                     

Original release date June 25, 2021 now October 1, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Bios                                                     

Original release date October 2, 2020 now April 16, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Black Widow                                                     

Original release date May 11, 2020 now November 6, 2020    

                                                                                                     

Candyman                                                     

Original release date June 12, 2020, to September 25, 2020, now October 16, 2020        

                                     

Charm City Kings                                                     

Original release date April 10, 2020, to August 14, 2020, to August 21, 2020 now TBD.     

                                         

The Climb                                                     

Original release date March 20, 2020, now October 2, 2020   

                                                     

Death on the Nile                                                     

Original release date October 9, 2020 now October 23, 2020.                                                     

                                                                                            

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness                                                     

Original release date May 7, 2021 now March 25, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Dungeons & Dragons                                                     

Original release date November 19, 2021 now May 27, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

The Empty Man                                                     

Original release date August 7, 2020 now December 4, 2020.                                                     

                                                     

Escape Room 2                                                     

Original release date August 14, 2020 now January 1, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

The Eternals                                                     

Original release date November 6, 2020 now February 12, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

F9                                                     

Original release date May 22, 2020 now April 2, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Fatherhood                                                     

Original release date January 15, 2021, to October 23, 2020 now April 2, 2021.

                                                                                                   

The Flash                                                     

Original release date July 1, 2022 now June 3, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Free Guy                                                     

Original release date July 3, 2020 now December 11, 2020.                                                     

                                                     

The French Dispatch                                                     

Original release date July 24, 2020, to October 16, 2020 now TBD.                                                     

                                                     

The Forever Purge                                                     

Original release date July 10, 2020 now July 9, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Ghostbusters: Afterlife                                                     

Original release date July 10, 2020 now March 5, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Godzilla vs. Kong                                                     

Original release date November 20, 2020 now May 21, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Greenland                                                     

Original release date July 31, 2020 now August 14, 2020.                                                     

                                                                                                       

Halloween Kills                                                     

Original release date October 16, 2020 now October 15, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Halloween Ends                                                     

Original release date October 15, 2021, to Friday now October 14, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

In the Heights                                                     

Original release date June 26, 2020 now June 18, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Jungle Cruise                                                     

Original release date July 24, 2020, to July 30, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

King Richard                                                     

Original release date November 21, 2020, to November 19, 2021.   

                                                                          

The Last Duel                                                     

Original release date January 8, 2021 to October 15, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Last Night in Soho                                                     

Original release date September 25, 2020 now April 23, 2021.                                                     

                                          

Malignant                                                     

Original release date August 14, 2020 now TBD.                                                     

                                                     

The Many Saints of Newark                                                     

Original release date September 25, 2020 now March 12, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

The Matrix 4                                                     

Original release date May 21, 2021 now April 1, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Minions: Rise of Gru                                                     

Original release date July 3, 2020 now July 2, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Mission: Impossible 7                                                     

Original release date July 23, 2021 now November 19, 2021.                                                   

                                                     

Mission: Impossible 8                                                     

Original release date August 5, 2022 now November 4, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Morbius                                                     

Original release date July 31, 2020 now March 19, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Mulan                                                     

Original release date March 27, 2020, to July 24, 2020, to August 21, 2020 now TBD.

                                                                            

The New Mutants                                                     

Original release date April 3, 2020 now August 28, 2020.                                                     

                                                     

The Nightingale                                                     

Original release date December 25, 2020 now December 22, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

No Time to Die                                                     

Original release date April 10, 2020, to November 25, 2020 now November 20, 2020.

                                          

Nobody                                                     

Moved from August 14, 2020 now February 19, 2021.                                    

                                                     

The Personal History of David Copperfield                                                     

Original release date May 8, 2020, to August 14, 2020, to TBD 

                                                     

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway                                                     

Original release date August 7, 2020 now January 15, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Praise This                                                     

Original release date September 25, 2020 now TBD.                                                     

                                                     

Raya and the Last Dragon                                                     

Original release date November 25, 2020 now March 12, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Run                                                     

Original release date May 8, 2020 now TBD.                                                                                     

                                          

The Secret Garden                                                     

Original release date April 17, 2020, to August 7, 2020.                                                                                     

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings                                                     

Original release date February 21, 2021 now May 7, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Shazam! 2                                                     

Original release date April 1, 2022 now November 4, 2022.        

                                                                             

Spiral: From the Book of Saw                                                     

Original release date May 15, 2020 now May 21, 2021.                                                                                    

 

Soul                                                     

Original release date June 19, 2020 now November 20, 2020.                                                     

                   

Tenet                                                     

Original release date July 17, 2020, to July 31, 2020, then to August 12, 2020, now September 3, 2020    

                                                          

Thor: Love and Thunder                                                     

Original release date November 5, 2021 now February 11, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Tom & Jerry                                                     

Original release date December 23, 2020 now March 5, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

The Tomorrow War                                                     

Original release date December 25, 2020 now July 23, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Top Gun: Maverick                                                     

Original release date June 24, 2020, to December 23, 2020, now July 2, 2021                                                  

                                                     

Uncharted                                                     

Moved from March 5, 2021, to August 8, 2021, then to July 16, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Unhinged                                                     

Original release date July 1, 2020 to July 10, 2020 now August 21, 2020.                

                                                     

Untitled Elvis Movie                                                     

Original release date October 1, 2021 now November 5, 2021.                                                     

                                                     

Untitled Indiana Jones Movie                                                     

Original release date July 9, 2021 now July 29, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel                                                  

Original release date July 16, 2021, to November 5, 2021 now December 17, 2021.

                                                  

Untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel                                                     

Original release date April 8, 2022 now October 7, 2022.                                                     

                                                     

Venom: Let There Be Carnage                                                     

Original release date October 2, 2020 now June 25, 2021.                                                     

                                                

Without Remorse                                                     

Original release date September 18, 2020, to October 2, 2020 now February 26, 2021.   

                                                 

The Woman in the Window                                                     

Original release date May 15, 2020 now TBD.                                                     

                                                     

Wonder Woman 1984                                                     

Original release date June 5, 2020, to August 14, 2020 now October 2, 2020.   

 

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