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Warner Bros disrupts theater business with same-day streaming

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros studio will debut all of its 2021 films in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on the same day, the company said on Thursday, an unprecedented shift that hammered shares of struggling cinema operators.

The movies, which are expected to include “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “The Suicide Squad,” will be available on HBO Max for one month starting on the same day they hit theaters, the studio said in a statement.

“Mortal Kombat,” a new version of “Dune” and a “Matrix” sequel also are scheduled to follow the new release pattern.

Shares of AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest theater operator fell almost 16%, and rival Cinemark dropped about 22%. AT&T shares closed up slightly.

The change, led by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, was the most aggressive move to date to bring movies into homes sooner, and it sent a shock

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Small Theater Companies Would Get Billions in Aid From Relief Package

About 60% of the movie theaters in the country — though not the major chains — would be in line for several billion dollars in grants if Congress can agree on a coronavirus stimulus package.

Negotiations on a bill were jumpstarted on Tuesday, when a bipartisan group of senators offered a $908 billion plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated his own framework that would provide about $500 billion.

Both proposals include $15 billion for live event venues and movie theaters, aides on both sides of the aisle confirmed to Variety. So while the sides remain apart on several other issues, there is broad agreement about bailing out theaters, restaurants and music venues.

McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on Thursday, as hopes rose that a deal could be achieved.

“Compromise is within reach,” McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday. “We know where we agree. We

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MCC Theater Announces THIS IS WHERE WE GO Radio Play Podcast Launch Party

MCC Theater Announces THIS IS WHERE WE GO Radio Play Podcast Launch Party

MCC Theater in association with The Parsnip Ship and Business Lunch Productions announced a listening party for This Is Where We Go, a six-part radio play podcast. MCC Theater, The Parsnip Ship, and special guests will launch the first two episodes tonight, Thursday, December 3, 2020, during the listening party at 7:30pm EST Facebook Live. Follow @mccnyc and @theparsnipny on Facebook to tune in.

Following the premiere, the first two episodes will be available for download on Spotify. The subsequent four acts will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 17.

This Is Where We Go is by Amara J. Brady (Last Ones First), Jessie Rivera DeBruin (Luciérnagas), Gina Femia (Allond(r)a), and Nina Ki (Taemong (Birth Dream)), and directed by Tamilla Woodard (Where We Stand).

Developed with The Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots Writers Group, MCC’s first commission takes a closer look at the different ways that theater can be

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One movie theater stays open during RI ‘Pause’

The two-week “pause” in reopening the state’s economy has left a single theater with a monopoly on legally showing movies on the big screen.



a car parked in a parking lot: Rustic Tri View Drive In in North Smithfield The Providence Journal, file]


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Rustic Tri View Drive In in North Smithfield The Providence Journal, file]

So, on Friday night, Christmas movies “Die Hard” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” will light up the night with other titles at the Rustic Tri View Drive In.

For at least the next two weekends, the Route 146 drive-in in North Smithfield will be the only place in Rhode Island where you can legally watch a movie on the big screen.

“It’s starting to get colder, so we don’t know how many weeks we’ll actually get,” general manager Holli St. Jacques told The Providence Journal, adding that this weekend is a go. “I’m pretty sure next weekend, also,” she said. “It’s looking positive.”

More: What is ‘Rhode Island on

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Global Reform Jewish Movement Hosts Virtual Chanukah Celebration With Stars From Theater, Music, and Television

Many Candles, One World is the first virtual Chanukah celebration of the global Reform and Progressive Movement. Striving to connect its 1.2 million members spread across the globe in more than 1,200 communities and congregations, this year’s online Chanukah gala brings together stars from the worlds of theater, television, and music to perform alongside cantors and choirs, kids and families. Together, the event showcases how we all connect to the Jewish holiday – by bringing the light of meaning, tradition, and togetherness. The broadcast will be premiered in partnership with Central Synagogue of New York, on their YouTube Channel, on Sunday December 13th, at 8pm EST.

With Tony and Grammy award winning producers, Yael Silver (Carmine Entertainment) and Mary Ekler, its helm, Many Candles, One World will feature musical performances and special appearances by: Emmy and SAG nominated actress, producer, and author, Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory” “Blossom”); musician

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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Launches MTA RADIO PLAYS

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Launches MTA RADIO PLAYS

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced details for the world premiere of MTA Radio Plays, a series of 3-10 minute audio dramas created to honor and celebrate the people that keep New York City running. Conceived and curated by playwright Ren Dara Santiago (The Siblings Play), MTA Radio Plays features the work of 17 playwrights. Each episode is inspired by a stop along the MTA’s 2 Train Line and each writer has selected a stop that reflects their own experience, in whatever style they choose. Directed by Natyna Bean, the first three episodes will debut on December 14. Tickets to the complete series are $15 and can be purchased at https://www.rattlestick.org/.

“This is a love-hate letter to our city,” says MTA Radio Plays curator Ren Dara Santiago. “Real New Yorkers, coming from the epicenter of the epicenter, giving the world a moment to step into our shoes, a moment to spotlight

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Movie Theater Owners Applaud Sen. Schumer for Championing Cinemas in Save Our Stages Act

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Robert De Niro, Viola Davis, Al Pacino, Jennifer Lawrence and more Hollywood stars have expressed gratitude to Sen. Chuck Schumer for advocating on behalf of movie theaters and “working to ensure the survival of New York’s critical arts and culture institutions.”

Schumer has been a vocal supporter of the bipartisan Save Our Stages act, which would provide $15 billion in grants for arts and entertainment venues. He recently extended the relief package to include independent movie theaters.

In a letter Monday to Schumer, the A-list actors and directors wrote, “We write to thank you for championing movie theaters and including them as eligible grant recipients in the Save Our Stages Act along with live music venues and live theater.”

Like all live entertainment establishments, movie theaters have been devastated by the pandemic. Without federal relief, the National Association of Theater Owners, the exhibition

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AMC Lennox Town Center 24 movie theater closes permanently

AMC Theatres has permanently closed the Lennox Town Center 24 location on Kinnear Road, according to signage placed in the windows on Monday.



a sign in front of a building: Signs in the windows of the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 Theatres in Columbus show that it has been permanently closed on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.


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Signs in the windows of the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 Theatres in Columbus show that it has been permanently closed on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

The closure was confirmed in a post by the official AMC Theatres Facebook page on Monday, and in emails to customers. The Lennox theatre also has been removed from the AMC website.



a sign on the side of a building: Signs in the windows of the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 movie theaters on Nov. 30 show that the location has been permanently closed.


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Signs in the windows of the AMC Lennox Town Center 24 movie theaters on Nov. 30 show that the location has been permanently closed.

Calls to AMC Theatres for comment were not immediately returned on Monday.

Other central Ohio AMC locations — Columbus 10 at Westpointe, Dublin Village 18, Easton 30 and Grove City 14 — are still operating and have

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NATO, Filmmakers Push for Sen. Schumer’s Movie Theater Bailout

The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) released a new letter addressed to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday praising Senate Democrats’ COVID-19 stimulus plan, with dozens of Hollywood actors and filmmakers listed among the signees.

For months, NATO has urged Congress to pass a stimulus plan to aid movie theaters and other entertainment industry businesses, warning that 70% of theaters will go bankrupt if they do not receive another round of federal aid by next spring. While theaters were able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program and other services passed through the CARES Act last summer, most of those programs have since expired and thousands of theaters have closed in the U.S. in recent weeks as the pandemic has escalated.

In the letter, NATO praised Schumer for championing the Save Our Stages initiative, a section of the pandemic stimulus plan that would provide $15 billion in

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Why the theater giant will probably die in 2021

Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2020 | Updated 11:01 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2020

The country’s largest multiplex operator is trying to survive, but sometimes, effort isn’t enough.

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This has historically been a seasonally potent time at your local multiplex. Movie studios make the most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, anchored by large family reunions that are full on leftovers but hungry for entertainment. Hollywood puts out potential blockbusters, wooing theater goers in large groups.

Things naturally are going to play out very differently year. Studios and patrons alike are steering clear of the movie house in the new normal. Science-abiding families are keeping their holiday reunions in check, if not virtual. Have you seen the Black Friday deals on dirt cheap gargantuan high-def TVs to flesh out your home theater? 

It’s fitting that the only film of note opening this

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