How Virtual Cinemas Saved Art Houses and May Stay After the Coronavirus Crisis

“It’s not simply survival of the fittest, but it’s the thriving of those theaters that have a sensibility for the best films,” Kino Lorber CEO says

Whether it’s the Laemmle in Los Angeles or the Music Box in Chicago, your local art house theater has always been there to help preserve the theatrical moviegoing experience. And even before the coronavirus crisis, they depended on a shrinking but loyal audience of movie lovers to stay afloat.

But with theaters shut down, art houses and the indie distributors that have supplied them found an unexpected solution in “virtual cinemas,” something that may change the indie landscape long term.

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Brian Welk

Brian Welk

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