Will ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Kick Off a Post-covid Renaissance for Movie Theaters?

With vaccinations rising and Covid restrictions easing, movie theaters are slowly getting their grove back.

This weekend saw the debut of the first pandemic-era hit in “Godzilla vs.

Kong,” a sign that people are ready, even eager to return to their local multiplexes after a year spent streaming movies at home.

But there are still challenges facing theaters, many of which are teetering on the brink of financial ruin after twelve months without much in the way of ticket sales.

Can movie theaters come back stronger than before or will coronavirus hasten the Netflix-ification of the entertainment landscape in a way that makes cinemas feel outmoded? Brent Lang, Variety’s executive editor of film and media, and chief film critics, Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman, discuss what the future holds for movie theaters.Peter Debruge: This time last year, so many of our conversations were about when things would go back to “normal,

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