Why Hollywood Studios Won’t Buy Theater Chains Despite Lifting of Antitrust Rules

“I just don’t see them taking that risk in the immediate future — especially with the impact of the pandemic,” Box Office editor Daniel Loria says

Though a judge has now approved the termination of the antitrust rules that, for 71 years, have prevented major Hollywood studios from taking control of theatrical distribution, experts say studios are unlikely to swoop in to buy cinema chains.

The theatrical business, now undergoing potentially significant changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, faces an uncertain future. According to B. Riley FBR analyst Eric Wold, there’s no telling what the major theater chains, mainly AMC, will look like in a couple of years.

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Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams

Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com