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"alamo draft house" Discussed on WTOP
"70s meteorologist Brian Van Der Graaf in the First Alert Weather Center some of the heavier rain is now near Angle Beltsville and Laurel 70 degrees at Reagan National 69 at BWI Marshall and 68 at Dulles money 640 news at 10 and 40 past the hour brought to you by PenFed great rates for everyone the combined strike by Hollywood actors and screenwriters is entering its second week with no sign of a quick ending in recent days actors including household names like Tina Fey Kevin Bacon and Rosario Dawson have joined working -class performers and writers on picket lines outside studios and corporate offices of streaming giants Amazon Max and Netflix the actors regular appearance on picket lines has provided additional star power and voices on issues that are key to both groups better pay and preserving established practices such as residual payments as well as protection from the use of artificial intelligence there is no indication when negotiations with studios and streaming companies will resume a large majority of Americans have long -term financial concerns the bank rate report says seventy four percent of u .s. adults say they have regrets about the way they've handled their finances most commonly twenty one percent say they're most concerned about not having started saving at an earlier age fifteen percent say they took on too much credit card debt fourteen percent believe they've not put enough money into long -term savings for emergency expenses thirty nine percent regret not saving up whether it's for retirement emergencies or their children's education and that is utlp's dan ronan barb and heimer is upon us with barbie and up and heimer opening in wide release today local movie theaters are getting in on the fun time blowout party with all the parties during the race against the nazis and i know what it means if the nazis the alamo draft house cinemas in dc crystal city ashburn and woodbridge are hosting a slumber party screening for folks to wear pajamas and a barbie core screening with a costume contest for fans dressed like barbie and and angelica the theaters in fairfax and union market are offering free popcorn
"alamo draft house" Discussed on WTOP
"Orange peel and pomegranate and the hoppenheimer ipa uh to commemorate uh our love of movies and some summer blockbusters i'll say good luck as a brewer him and evans came up with the idea it's a lot of fun and it gets people in to try the beers you can grab some go to and don't forget to go all out i like the barbie i even have a barbie lunch box and thermos reserved for myself at the alamo draft house melissa howell wtop news hopefully the movie's good so people aren't throwing beer cans at the screen you can stop by hellbender brewery today at five o 'clock to check out brews top stories we're working on for you right now here on wtop work has begun to hopefully make make one of DC's most dangerous intersections safer and thousands of soccer fans will pack DC's Audi field tonight and the neighborhood surrounding for the MLS all -star game stay with us for full details on these stories in the 348 traffic and weather on the 8th and dave dildine in the wtop traffic setting in montgomery county on i two seventy southbound under route twenty eight west montgomery avenue the crash blocking to right lanes northbound on the 270 spur traffic at the moment is completely stopped beyond democracy boulevard but i don't know why i'm not sure why but no found on two seventy right now northbound better pace moving out of rockville into gathersburg the broken down vehicle after three seventy cleared on i ninety seven in and around the county southbound slow beyond new cut road to a point past benfield boulevard the crash response blocking the right side no northbound impact this time fifty between buoy and the bay bridge pretty much smooth sailing just a slight slow down near richie highway getting getting out out of northeast d .c. very slow on new york avenue once again your south dakota avenue traffic is squeezing through a work zone by now it might be in two lanes if you're lucky still backed up on south dakota avenue on rhode island avenue eastbound delays lead into a work zone beyond the metro station near tenth street northeast the crash above north capital is uh... being resolved by authorities three ninety five to ninety five volume delay especially slow through southwest near the case bridge and fourteenth street bridge and in virginia southbound volume delays from the pentagon toward king and duke street sixty six westbound volume building from the built way to one twenty three eastbound to back up in manassas because of the crash after suddenly wrote and last report was just a single file able to get by the right but that may well have changed experience the power of honda's hybrid technology or find adventure honda's rugged rugged suvs and trucks find your perfect honda see your local honda dealer today dave dole dying wtop traffic latest forecast now from seven news first alert meteorologist brian vandagraft tracking a very muggy afternoon skies continue to clear both partly cloudy skies and with that high
"alamo draft house" Discussed on We Travel There with Lee Huffman
"They have like movies in the park. Well there are some parks where they have movies. But what is my favorite thing. Is i think even better than that is downtown on congress avenue. There's the paramount theater which is grand movie palace. I believe it was built in nineteen fifteen and throughout the summer. They screen classic movies there and growing up. I mean my parents. I would go there just about every weekend. And i let me tell you. I saw lawrence of arabia. I saw casa blanca. I saw all about eve. I mean sunset boulevard to see a classic movie on that big screen. They're you know if you're traveling you'd think you know what i really go see. A movie will absolutely. It's it's something terrific to do. So i highly recommend that as well. I've honestly never done it. But austin is worthy. Alamo draft house started and they're very famous. I mean they screen in addition to first run movies. They will screen classics and random b. movies but They will also serve like a dinner theme dinner or a meal with it. That has like a lot of fun. Accompaniments people absolutely rave about that experience as well Sounds like a lot of fun to. We're all about netflix. At our house we don't really go to the movies too often. But i think something like that where it's more of an experience whether it's a paramount. Or the alamo draft house. Something like that. It's more of an experience and take the kids to and show them what it was kinda like growing up for me and everything. I think that'd be really awesome thing to do now. Let's take a step back for people that are listening. I'm here nashville. People listening all over the world. If we're wanna come to austin we're gonna fly into the airport there for acts international airport. I've actually flown through there on the way to mexico before so to fly into the main airport. They're getting around from the from the airport to the city. Do we take public transportation. Do we run a hard taken uber. Like how do we get from the airport to the city. And then how do we get around to see all these wonderful things to do in austin. So here's the deal if you're only in town for two nights and you're staying like downtown in the central area downtown south congress east austin something like that. I think it is perfectly fine to take a cab from the airport and just do the uber thing. If you're doing that but i will say. Public transportation in austin is terribly unreliable. And i think at as i said earlier if you do have the time one of the beauties of awesome is that you can get out to the country very easily. If you do have the time as well you could actually make a day trip in. Go down to san antonio if you want so i would definitely recommend consider renting a car. If you're into that. I mean austin is not the most pedestrian friendly of cities and nor does it really have the great arteries to support public transportation. So that is something that you should consider but you know if you are only there for two days and you are going to be downtown in the main central area. You can do the uber thing perfectly easily. If you wanna do that over sure are if you're a liberal more adventurous and maybe risking your life a little bit i like the lime scooters and like uber scooters those those type of things you can get around those as well. You can't will warn you. I mean something to consider that parking now is is more of an issue than it used to be a number of years ago so you will have to contend with that you know having a car definitely has its benefits. I will say okay. Now that makes sense and if we're talking about where we're gonna stay like you just mentioned for only there for a couple of days. It probably makes sense to stay right there in the core downtown area of the city but if we're there for save four five days like i'm going to be there for conference coming up and i'm gonna be there for almost a whole week saying near the convention center area If somebody's going to stay there for a week and kind of just explore all that austin has to offer worship they say for that. Well i mean. I will always recommend staying downtown in the core area. I'll give out like a number of suggestions. I mean none of these. These aren't the most budget friendly. But if you're planning like a dream trip to austin obviously the four seasons is always going to be a fabulous hotel. The four seasons in austin is right there on lady. Bird lake If you're there in august. That's when you know austin has the largest bat population in the world and i promise you. It's actually beautiful sight. You can stay there at the four seasons. Look out your window and every night at dusk you will just see this beautiful swarm of bats just flying from under this bridge. I mean there. There are millions of that. Live in this one bridge downtown. So that's incredible and it's also very convenient to to everything another good hotel downtown as well. That's a bit further up. Congress towards the capital is the stephen f. austin i believe that's operated by intercontinental It's very convenient centrally located Another good old. One is the driscoll. Now at the same time with the with the driscoll and stephen f. austin they are pretty close to six street and i think you know although six street is an incredibly popular entertainment district i'd say it's probably comparative to maybe like bourbon street in new orleans. Something like that. I will say in recent years. It's gotten a bit seedy. And i think if you talk to most locals most old often people really don't go and hang out there because it can get crowded it can get rowdy and it can also you know it's gotten a little bit sketchy in recent years. There's some vagrancy so you know i think just about any downtown city in america right now is is wrestling with issues. austin is not immune to these issues as well so if you are downtown even like four years ago. Wouldn't have to worry. But i think you do need to have a bit of street sense about you if if you do that but another wonderful place now. To stay is one of the most popular areas. Now in austin is south congress and there are a number of wonderful small boutique hotels that you can find along. South congress The austin motel. That's a wonderful old space from the nineteen thirties. That's been beautifully renovated his now. Really a a hip. They've done a great job with it. It's kind of a mid range option. But every now and then you can actually get some bargains. I mean if you're going there around south by south west forget about it. That's a good place. As is the san. Jose hotel Which is really just kind of a few doors. Down from the austin motel. I've never been there But the south congress hotel as well. appears to be very nice and the last time i was there actually. I went out to dinner at a restaurant that was in a hotel on the side called. Arrive austin it's on east sixth street. Some east austin is really happened right now. A lot of cool stuff going on there and you might want to take a look at that as well as the east austin hotel. And if you stay on south congress or east austin any of these places that i've mentioned really you're going to be within walking distance. Distance of restaurants bars live music venues. Plenty of things to do. So you're not going to have to worry about you. Know hopping in the car for everything or take an uber everywhere. If you do that. So that's kind of what i would recommend. Now of course if you wanna do like the airbnb option which a lot of people wanna do you know. My advice again without is just to try to stay as centrally located as possible. You'll do well to try to find stuff around south congress south. I that area clarksville. You'll do well to to stay close.
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Zero Credit(s)
"This is how got like embroiled in the sexy gas stealing operation as sexy gas killing operation. Who comes back full circle to save him from london and the and the the skin the four of cardi b. Can we appreciate for a second. The fact that los bandol eros a movie written and directed by then diesel by vin diesel. is integral plot of these movies. This soon you've seen those. And i have no idea where it's also cardi b. Lay sell the the person in the armored car. Yeah oh you mean. The bell collies marlin. You saw them. Czar was iran. now that's cardi b. I just think you're real names. Refunding cool yeah. It sounds like a harry potter spell. It really does notably not in los band. Laura so yes the i would like. If there are areas to to dive deeper in this franchise. It's definitely dumb. His time in the dominican republic has a lot happened there. he met cardi b. Apparently bad bunnies in this movie. At some point a lot of people cash their checks on fast and furious in this movie. A lot of people beg to be put into the series. Helen mirren famously begged to be put putting earlier. The most people these movies are thing that people want. I mean from my limited understanding except for that stunt person who was very badly hurt. These movies famously. Very fun to work on yeah. I can't blame people for wanting to be in the right. Also just a circle back to low spend a lara's and connected to something we're about the talk about a we saw the alamo draft house pre roll a rarely well put together recap of the entire series that included lows bendel eros as a pivotal moment of the series. Because that's when hot arrived. Yes in dr star would eventually be vast five yes And that's just a cool moment. And i guess now we can talk about the in the roof. Yes.
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Zero Credit(s)
"Oh god in moderation no. Yeah absolutely i. I've been listen. I don't want to get into it. But i've got a whole a whole skin thing. Going on. sunscreen is involved but not talking about a skin thing. I know that We were saying as we were ending spring that i wanted to get more into more seasonal beers and This time i actually have something quite seasonal as you know. Millennials love their plants posts. Monster era variegated mancera golden. Both those i am drinking in austin beer works mega flora the beer of plants. Okay so this is one of those plant based beers. I've heard so much about. Yes all beers i guess are based. That's not true because a while ago. Ohio ago there was a very prominent political figure who was railing against the idea of drinking plant. Ace beer wait what. I don't remember the story quite so much but it was like items gonna take our burgers away and we're going to have to drink plant based beer to which the internet raised their hands up and said what you were about to say all beers plant based yes. We have to drink plant based beer. Unfortunately we can no longer harvest are hops. Are maltin are barley from a roving bands of giraffes right. So this is negga flora. Yes mega flora by austin. Beer works a local legend Keep cold and drink fresh austin beer excels llc Now this is where the season really kicks in is in their flavor text. You've wacked through a thicket of typical. Ipa's now you come upon mega flora hanging on the vine like a ripe melon. This is oddly erotic With a simple tap citrus disco balls spill out in -veloping. A cloud of fruity indulgence. You're going to mega-fauna over it. Oh i get it. that's great. that's pretty cute. I like it. I it is a juicy deepa or a double. Ip a and it is very delicious. very summary pretty grapefruit citrus see. I'm a big fan. Well that sounds all kinds of good and I'm in lieu of telling when i'm drinking tonight because that's no fun as a prize. John i'm gonna tell you that when i go to the alamo draft house now i find myself ordering that electric jellyfish. Wow you've changed so much. While they have the five once pecan porter on tap. So i have to. You know i have to settle for a lesser brew up but then electric jellyfish is good and in lieu of talking more about the beer may offer you a story Absolutely right now. This was a two weeks ago. I want to say we were in the alamo draft house to see lin-manuel miranda's in the heights Rather than watching it on. Hbo max because we wanted to see it on the big screen for whatever reason and I go ahead and order an electric jellyfish. Because i figure this is going to be a long movie i might as well you know. Enjoy myself and a different person who was not. Our server walks up takes. The order card reads it and then at full volume as the movie starting starting says they're not giving us what we order so we might not have this. Is there another because like because a covid. Were not receiving our orders. Would there be another beer. And just in case. We don't have it. He's progressively getting louder just in case we don't have this beer because the music is starting in the background. Just in case we don't have this is there. Is there another beer. You would want and i was like..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Zero Credit(s)
"Maybe you don't have aleutian. Ernest necessity is the mother of invention. We need to find a way to make fries last good in the delivery car. Oh i've thought of it out. What is it. You find a way to keep oil boiling in moving moving vehicle and you suspend the fries over it and you flash fry the fries and you grab them out of it quickly and then put them in the container then runs to the door so I feel. I had attracted you yet again. What's the alternative to chick fillet. That's not another restaurant. Oh i don't know just go to something local but you'll probably pay more for a sandwich. I'm just saying i don't get it chick-fil-a sucks why would you go there. However within this conversation. I did wanna to have it out with you. Real quick outspoken. Throw down you still have a bitch. Best chain fry. Oh hell yeah okay chain frye yes it has to be a chain hyper local but can be you know regional region. I still. I think. I already said it. And this was a discovery of the past year. john. I never went to an arby's before the world shutdown and i was just desperate for a restaurant but arby's has the best chain fry by by far. I mean it gets some of those curly fries de the horse. He saw us well. It's like their battered. they're like battered. Other fries are not. they're just friday but these have like a crunchy crispy coating to them. Yeah and i don't really care about the shape like it. It's really it. All comes down to the battering crisp crunchy. Little little little. Snap to him that. The terror really good fry. It might be because beer battered fries. I think are the perfect form of the fry. I get it. I think. I can accept that as a divergent choice Whereas i my best chain fry. And i think we're going to agree to disagree. Okay is one that. I have had many times and greatly enjoyed but only recently very recently did i try one and realize what truly holding in my hand and i get it. There's a lot going on to distract you from the experience. But i would highly suggest that everyone out there. Really taste an alamo draft house. French fry all hell yet. They're perfect really. Good the alamo draft house. French fries are really good They don't come to mind. Because i don't i don't think of them as fast food..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Pop Culture Cosmos
"Big money changed hands it. I think it was close to five billion dollars or not changed. Yeah did technically changed hands. If you're losing money you're changing money from hand to hand here but it was quite the ride there and i think we're not done yet. But the announcement this morning that they were going to be selling. Eleven million shares caused a little bit of an impact on the price. There was about a twenty percent hike in premarket trading prior to this morning's announcement and then they took a four percent loss which triggered a circuit breaker. And if you don't know what a circuit breaker is it's literally just a pause in the trading of that stock for think it's a predetermined amount of time it's fifteen minutes or by other words is just going crazy right now. It's crazy it's going up it's volatile. It's going all over the place you know. I think what you're seeing here. Is that retail investors. Get a little scared there. They wanted to pull that profit before they saw things disappear when amc decided to announce that they were going to be selling off eleven million shares to it was a capital group. Can't remember who it was off the top my head but you know i think that scares the retail investor when you see that the institutional investors are getting a little bit more. I don't blame them. They'll find amc. And i just come off the worst year and a half ever. I would want to sell off you know. Have that in my kitty as well. I mean that's back up the brinks truck. If that's the case and please do it at the all time high. That would be awesome. I would have done it too but again. That's the way the things are bouncing right. But there's so much interest now in these types of stocks unfortunately the pandemic of closed for good a lot of things as far as the theater chancer that they close the arclight cinemas the pacific theatres chain. Those are closed for good. They're not being brought back only if amc or regal or some other theater chain reopened them under their banner will they be to go ahead and open up and that includes the historic cinema. Dome in hollywood some hoping that somebody will be able to go ahead and open that one up. because that's historical monument to me and filmmaking. Alamo draft house is reopening up. They were on the verge of bankruptcy. Now they're thriving now they're going to open up more theaters..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Zero Credit(s)
"While i do a appreciate the physical prowess that this iteration of stepping will bring to the movie i do miss mayak. Still wet with the blood of your sisters and the the the kind quit be. Why does everyone keep telling me their families. I do miss those lines a little bit. Because they did add they lent to his character. But i mean zack. Snyder is not about quips. His his his characters would much rather get to the point. Which is kind of a bummer. When you particularly enjoy some of the things That steppenwolf has to say. And you're right and we'll get to more of those later but for now that wraps up part one of this four hour long movie. Yeah if you wanna pause the podcast. Now maybe you'll get a snack. A dill pickle or something feel free to do so. Yeah when john and i watched the second time we watched together and we paused at each of the part breaks and i gotta say very enjoyable. Probably more enjoyable than watching it all the way through at one sitting i. This is a genuine thought that i have about movies. And i i i. I had this when i watched. Don't do this. I don't stand for. I am for either of these movies. And what they have to say. One hundred percent Watch with the wind and doctors vago back to back and both of those have notable intermission sequences because the long movies are like three and a half hours long. And i think an intermission in a movie. I read about this concept of like diurnal sleep like as human beings we were actually meant to sleep the majority at first and then wake up for about an hour or two and then like cap off our sleep with one to two hours asleep I think that human beings just kind need brakes from things at an intermissions. Do make movies better all right. That's a good theory. we'll have to test it. Would black widow comes out there. Go i mean how many times have you sat there. And the alamo draft house. Think win at what point in detective pika chew or the rhythm section bad boys for life. Am i gonna be able to pay hold the.
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Adventures in Movies!
"I i don't know why would they wouldn't open up a hundred percent all their theater. The you know the claimed or claimed cult whatever they were bankrupt filed. That's the word. I'm looking for filed filed for bankruptcy. What was a couple of months ago. And then they had a little fight with universal So i feel like they should just you know go open up all like one hundred percent like texas and mississippi. They can't use that one hundred emoji until they until they do not allow. I guess the weird thing is why would you open up if you're going to open up. A percentage why ninety eight. I number like am i gonna do anything. It's kinda weird. During like twenty five percent percent seventy five percent lose all makes sense but ninety eighth gun with a decimal point ninety eight point three. I know right and we're and we're not rounding up the water columbus ohio. You could only buy popcorn so it's an interesting decision like last week on the show we talked about how The box office had rebounded really strongly. It was the largest box office since everything. Shut down so i can only imagine that This weekend box office is going to be pretty strong. Yeah yeah and. I think it's all because of tom and jerry. Well there's some things i did. Look i do on the run tomatoes thing. What's like opening for the weekend. A couple of interesting things. So there's thing there's no big releases yet coming out at least that i noticed. That's what i was gonna ask. What exactly is worth going to the movies for other. I think next week in this I was looking at alamo draft house. But they're gonna have the next three weeks..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Adventures in Movies!
"It's probably all themselves voting for themselves. I always felt to me like this is like a big master pretoria thing will. That's the joke about the golden clothes. It's been around forever. That's i mean it's been around since like the forty split the joke about the golden globes as that. It's always been just a party. Oh it's it's really. It's not a legitimate award like it looks good on a resume but I mean this year is especially like people were really well. it's the lowest. We're not the only ones who like no one watched it ever look. No one watched it that but it didn't have a crowd so the one thing it had going for it was that you know the celebrities treated it like a party. They'd have a little too much to dream. They'd give mccreavy speeches or whatever but they didn't have that except for what you had mentioned otherwise there was like nothing to it except a bunch of people saying like. Wow they're really racist. They need more black people or relations on winning the award. That's essentially what the golden globes do this year you know. I see that on movie posters like four time golden globe nominee mike. Okay pads weird like oscars make sense. The emmys make sense. Golden globes is such a weird to me. I mean both of them right. Yeah series at emmys do it. Also so the emmys assist tv but not movies now. Emmys is also. Isn't it not only daytime nighttime team so there will. Yeah then you're right like let's just get rid of fucking golden globes and let us have emmys and the oscars and You know and the tonys and the mtv award yes okay. They got to actually and inclusion wise. Had the kids involved. So you got to have kids awards. You've got to think about the kids. Having connections tickets for the children so Throughout last year we were talking about a mci and making them wondering what was going on. Little did we knew that. The beginning of twenty twenty one One of our favorite movie theaters would actually follow the same path that emc went down. So alamo. Draft houses filed for chapter eleven. Bankruptcy they're going to be trying to make money much in the same way is. Emc did towards the end of last year. So obviously that being by think it's two theaters or closing one of them. They're going to stop building the one in paso or both of those are going to be fine for the time being. I think the bigger question is what is seen for. So i was in small. But it's really not a major. It's like a mid major kind of like the movies in it shows. What does this mean for mid major theaters. I wanna consider an independent chain even though it has so many fucking theaters are across the nation. But it's still a smaller one that amc and cinemark and well that's kind of not everyone smaller than them. I mean it's what it has. Forty one theaters across the nation. Forty-seven not counting the independently. Franchised ones oh okay. So it's still like. I just feel like it is a competitor to the the big ones and where i feel again they do care about the film's you don't have to go to a specific i guess like cinemark right here in el paso you have to go. If you wanna watch a more indie film you'd have to go to the central centrally located theater. Which is a lot smarter. And it shows the art art art house. Films here with With dr house you know. They cut out a full day or a week just to try to catch his movie and i feel like they showed it pretty well..
Dine-in cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy
"On wednesday. Alamo draft house cinema declared bankruptcy and closed its three most underperforming theaters. the texas based chain's location katie remains open as ella reorganizes as part of an asset purchase agreement with former investor altamont capital partners and a new backer fortress investment group. Alamo founder. tim. League is part of the lender group buying the assets and is remaining part of the company. This latest news plays out of course as another houston theater struggles to remain open. Houston's river oaks theatre. The last of the city's still functioning deco era movie houses which screens independent and foreign language films. It's an a dispute with its landlord. Weingarten realty. That's happened before. But this time weingarten might be reacting of course to a bleak outlook for the movie theater industry can the houston landmark negotiated survival. This time here to talk about the fate of river oaks and houston cinema industry are doug harris president of the houston film critics society and houston area film critic and regional correspondent for variety and writer for cowboys and indians magazine. Joe layden doug joe welcome. Good morning joe. Let me start with this. Latest news just breaking yesterday that alamo draft house reorganizing and being sold under chapter eleven bankruptcy protection if anything. Are you surprised. This did not happen sooner. Well i think alamo draft house has fought the good fight all during the lockdown But you know you can only hold out for so long and i. I have my hopes. Up that alamo will be able to keep the doors open but again you know you and i had this discussion near the beginning of the lockdown. And you know like people ask me. We'll movie theaters reopened. And i forget. We'll all movie theaters reopened. No doug of course. This is an industry wide decline. A massive one as the pandemic has led most folks to to watch movies at home. We've seen major studios and streaming services an independent producers alike focusing their attention on trying to recoup their investments by releasing films primarily through streaming. Does this put river oaks in an even more precarious situation than in past lease disputes. Absolutely but at the same time. This is slightly different. I have to say that. The alamo draft house was one of my favorite movie watching experiences. I love everything. they've done. Landmark just has a little bit of an edge here when you take in the history. The architecture the setting. It's just a different vibe to it. And and everybody can't have a home could either and people should not see movies on their phones and laptops when there are other so certainly things are slightly different. They the glaring lumine. Doom of the pandemic is is making it tougher. But that makes it all the more worth fighting. For
How to Fill a Few Seats At The Cinema? Rent Them to Gamers
"March in the early throes of the coronavirus pandemic. We brought you a story about how a devastated movie theater industry found a glimmer of hope by turning to that old american classic the drive in movie theater that hope was short. Lived though as many drive ins were forced to close because of stay at home orders in some cities and cold weather and others. But now there's another small light at the end of the tunnel for an industry. That's been gutted by the pandemic this time. The story starts in south korea with movie theaters around the country closed or operating at a limited capacity and film releases largely on hold due to covid south korea's largest cinema chain. Cg v had a bright idea. the company started renting out. It's largely empty theaters to folks who might enjoy the use of a big screen and surround sound. You know video gamers gamers. Pay up to a hundred and thirty five. Us dollars to rent out a theater. Video games consoles and controllers not included and renters. Told the bbc that gaming in theaters pretty cool the sound quality is top notch and the graphics are almost lifelike turns out a. Us theater chain was already on the gaming in the theater trend after a gutting year for the cinema industry most us movie theaters shut down in march early on in the covid. Nineteen pandemic and while some chains opted to carefully reopen some locations. Last summer those were shuttered again. In the fall when cases spite put simply putting up two hundred people in a room while they sit on coke munch on popcorn at the screen. Well you know. It's just not safe so malka theaters which operates thirty-six cinemas in the southern. Us rolled out. Its malko select gaming at several locations. Last november up to twenty gamers can book a theater for one hundred and fifty dollars in play until they drop or until three hours is up. Whichever comes first. i'm thinking it might be. The latter malko also allows customers to book private film screenings for up to twenty people and sells food and beverage packages alongside the reynolds malkhaz twenty twenty revenue down ninety percent from twenty nineteen thanks to the covid nineteen pandemic and while renting out theaters to gamers film. Buffs is one way to avoid closing down completely. It's not making the chain much money. Karen melton malkhaz vice president and director of marketing told the bbc quote. It's gaining traction and becoming popular but nothing is adding to our profitability at this point on quote and that's the harsh reality for many theater chains. Amc theaters has spent much of the pandemic on the edge of bankruptcy after revenue fell ninety one percent. The chain managed to raise over nine hundred million in new equity and debt capital rap reported. The injection allows the chain defend off bankruptcy for now. Amc started renting private theatres last fall at around ninety nine dollars a pop for screenings though not for gaming although for an extra hundred bucks you can score a microphone to welcome your guests. Meanwhile screen rental from rival cinemark costs around one hundred dollars another chain. Alamo draft house offers private screening starting at three hundred dollars which includes tickets and food when you think of the average pre virus movie screening with around two hundred customers paying an average of a little over nine dollars for a ticket. That's eighteen hundred dollars that the theater brings end before even popping a single popcorn kernel at the often pricey concession stand private screenings and video game parties just can't cut into all that red still on the horizon for cinemas is. Well what is that. Hope as a million americans received the covid nineteen vaccination each day some theater chains are cautiously reopening at diminished capacity. Of course most amc theater locations are open in accordance with state and local guidelines and malka reopened several theaters in late january and earlier. This month of course strict guidelines are in place for one you can say goodbye to endless soda and popcorn refills and in theater service but still after the year that the cinema industry has had anything is better than nothing. Even if at anything involves a little. Mario kart
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Geeks Under the Influence
"The even even to the point of like kind of fucking with customers like i wonder. Oh my god you could like recommend anything to somebody like. It was great. There's so many amazing points to working there but it was a shit job. Member likes my how. I still miss it. My favorite customers that i would hide a new release for them which was so not okay but i did it for my favorite customers occasional utah corporate. Like the fucking like that exists anymore. Because i wanted to make sure they have like the new release or thing that we talked about weeks ahead of time because fuck the rest of them. Somebody that's invested in me and as their guy at blockbuster i'm going to put the extra effort in. It's worth it to me to build that fucking relationship groups as a as a sixteen year old working at hollywood video in my super teenage years. Where i'm a dumb ass motherfucker. I do remember a very asshole. Mother situation where she was looking for someone For a fucking video for her kid and she was such a dick to me and at hollywood video. We actually had vhs copy of meet the feebles. And yes i legitimate. This was like gonna be fucking fantastic for her kid. 'cause i didn't give a fuck back de but transitioning from that dumb ass story. I will say that Overall video stores whether we worked at him or not have been an integral part of our lives and I want to reach out to low down to see like going forward. Obviously now video stores aren't fang. What do you feel like is the next evolution of this possibility. You know outside of streaming services just like like what. What do we think might happen. You know as far as actual like brick and mortar business Outside of streaming services like blockbuster like on the friday nights when everybody went to blockbuster there was this like community kind of thing. That happened at blockbuster. Where your neighbors. You'd see your neighbors at blockbuster and you talk about like the different movies that you're going to get and it was like this kind of group effort of we're all doing the same thing time. How do we not going to be rental stores anymore. Like you know. And and there's a limited amounts of like purchasing at like record stores and stuff but like what do we think is going to happen going forward. I mean i think he's going to be More shut in does nothing really to replace that. Everything's every on a screen like there's nothing. There's nothing to say about going to a pandemic aside like i mean there's nothing like because movies. I mean if anything. The pandemic's like worley fox movies. We have never gonna fucking movie theaters. that'd be the last bastion of hope in my mind is going to see movie when it opens on the you know the thursday what used to be the Pre show showing thursday but became the fucking opening night. They just don't want to call it the opening night. Because they're fucking stupid when you're right well because the last that was the last bashing of hope for like actually being say to meet your friends out to do. Do something that you couldn't do at home. I do see that there is kind of like the result of will yes cove for sure but also kind of the nature of the beast of everybody having a home theater and big. Tv's in their house and having less desire to go out which is not this group. I guess before we heard before code. I was still going to the movies especially for the big blockbuster. Big big popcorn movie stuff on a regular basis. But i think what might be happening after covid with The nature of like that. That communal activity of loving movies is more that boot. Teak approach to film watching that like alamo draft house has cinema cafes that kind of attitude where there are people that are true film lovers that just like where on the weekends. You can have like a john carpenter weekend. You can have a tom hanks weekend. You can have all these classic movies playing on a big screen. That people will come out to do the theme cocktails and theme food that you're serving that weekend and you also have the new movies coming out that you can see on the big screen and it's not this rank and file pylon. Go into your seat. Here's the thing here's twenty dollar. Popcorn can check out attitude. It's going to be you. Can you can watch this at home. Sure but if you want to really be a nerd for film you can come here. You can have some drinks with your friends like you're at a bar. You can get some good food you can like hang out. Enjoy the film like find a place to hang out afterwards outside like really experience the like being film nerd and that will continue to exist. The may not exist after covid but the boutique theaters like Like alamo and such will. In my opinion i totally agree. That theaters are going to continue like. That's a great thing. And i'm hopeful that it will continue because the other problem with the whole like internet streaming thing where you don't go to the store to wander around and see what's new or what's older era. Just look at the cover of fucking movie and decide. Well this looks weird as fuck the hard part about that is. It's really easy to unfortunately land yourself..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"But i don't know how much this particular layout has a future beyond a desperate need to not even just use the screens. This is a play to keep your employees employed right. Because you you can turn the screen down to just have less people come to work this. Is i think a good opportunity to make a little bit of money and keep the business going. Keep your employees working and go from there. But this is i would imagine barely covering the cost to even run the theater when you just have four people in there. I don't know what the concession stand prices are like at cg visas. But if i'm at home and i'm like boy. I want some popcorn in the theatre. I am not buying popcorn from a theater. I am making my on. Just the way that i smuggled my own food into a theater or at least i did in the past what i would love though is if they have popcorn like an ice cream man like i don't know if i want to order it and have them have it get cold by the way by the time they get to me but if there was just a movie theater style dude with a gigantic popcorn thing that i could just get a bucket of popcorn for eight dollars right there outside. My house i might. I might go with it. I think the food delivery thing is interesting because it be trays. What your food. Experience is how you react to it. Obviously it's something that they think they can make work in korea. So i'm guessing. Cg fee concessions are better than amc theater concessions. There's also another theater chain in the uk. That's doing the same thing i could see. Maybe some people from alamo draft house saying. Yeah but i do like that thing from alamo draft house or their popcorn is particularly good at this particular theater. So it's just it just depends on whether the theatre had a good food game and i think what this points to win people a comeback to the theater in great numbers hopefully later this year. That theaters will now realize they've got a few more options to supplement their income with. I don't think this changes the theater business but it gives them some other things that they can do with theaters that would otherwise be dark Maybe even still delivering concessions if they've got really high quality foods so yeah this is fascinating last thing before we move onto the next thing is that there is a culture of public video game playing in in korea as there is in japan in a way that is not quite the same in america. So i i do wonder how would translate stateside..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"But i don't know how much this particular layout has a future beyond a desperate need to not even just use the screens. This is a play to keep your employees employed right. Because you you can turn the screen down to just have less people come to work this. Is i think a good opportunity to make a little bit of money and keep the business going. Keep your employees working and go from there. But this is i would imagine barely covering the cost to even run the theater when you just have four people in there. I don't know what the concession stand prices are like at cg visas. But if i'm at home and i'm like boy. I want some popcorn. How i get in the theater. I am not buying popcorn from a theater. I am making my on. Just the way that i smuggled my own food into a theater or at least i did in the past what i would love though is if they have popcorn like an ice cream man like i don't know if i want to order it and have them have it get cold by the way by the time they get to me but if there was just a movie theater style dude with a gigantic popcorn thing that i could just get a bucket of popcorn for eight dollars right there outside my house. I might go with it. I think the food delivery thing is interesting because it be trays. What your food. Experience is how you react to it. Obviously it's something that they think they can make work in korea. So i'm guessing. Cg fee concessions are better than amc theater concessions. There's also another theater chain in the uk. That's doing the same thing i could see. Maybe some people from alamo draft house saying. Yeah but i do like that thing from alamo draft house or their popcorn is particularly good at this particular theater. So it's just it just depends on whether the theatre had a good food game and i think what this points to win people a comeback to the theater in great numbers hopefully later this year. That theaters will now realize they've got a few more options to supplement their income with. I don't think this changes the theater business but it gives them some other things that they can do with theaters that would otherwise be dark Maybe even still delivering concessions if they've got really high quality foods so yeah this is fascinating last thing before we move onto the next thing is that there is a culture of public video game playing in in korea as there is in japan in a way that is not quite the same in america. So i i do wonder how would translate stateside..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"But i don't know how much this particular layout has a future beyond a desperate need to not even just use the screens. This is a play to keep your employees employed right. Because you you can turn the screen down to just have less people come to work this. Is i think a good opportunity to make a little bit of money and keep the business going. Keep your employees working and go from there. But this is i would imagine barely covering the cost to even run the theater when you just have four people in there. I don't know what the concession stand prices are like at cg visas. But if i'm at home and i'm like boy. I want some popcorn. How i get in the theater. I am not buying popcorn from a theater. I am making my on. Just the way that i smuggled my own food into a theater or at least i did in the past one i would love though is if they have popcorn like an ice cream man like i don't know if i want to order it and have them have it get cold by the way by the time they get to me but if there was just a movie theater style dude with a gigantic popcorn thing that i could just get a bucket of popcorn for eight dollars right there outside. My house i might. I might go with it. I think the food delivery thing is interesting because it be trays. What your food. Experience is how you react to it. Obviously it's something that they think they can make work in korea. So i'm guessing. Cg fee concessions are better than amc theater concessions. There's also another theater chain in the uk. That's doing the same thing i could see. Maybe some people from alamo draft house saying. Yeah but i do like that thing from alamo draft house or their popcorn is particularly good at this particular theater. So it's just it just depends on whether the theatre had a good food game and i think what this points to when people a comeback to the theater in great numbers hopefully later this year. That theaters will now realize they've got a few more options to supplement their income with. I don't think this changes the theater business but it gives them some other things that they can do with theaters that would otherwise be dark Maybe even still delivering concessions if they've got really high quality foods so yeah this is fascinating last thing before we move onto the next thing is that there is a culture of public video game playing in in korea as there is in japan in a way that is not quite the same in america. So i i do wonder how would translate stateside..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Bring your own gear your own console's controllers etc but then your plan on a twenty foot long screen or longer depending on the theater. This doesn't replace the money from a normal movie theater. Even at the current half capacity restrictions that they have in south korea one hundred seat theater with fifty people in it for example would bring in six hundred dollars one hundred thirty five max but it's been popular and it feels theaters. That would otherwise be empty because there just aren't enough movies out. Cg calls it is it. Ex- a play on the korean word for hideout as it is ex- you know it's like give put an accident front anything and it's cool. Check out my book by x. Cg is also offering food food for delivery if you missed the popcorn nachos and corn dogs. You don't wanna go round one of the theaters you can have it delivered. And they're not the only ones doing this. Malka theaters in the southern. Us has been renting theaters for private screenings or games. A lot of them are doing private screenings but malkhaz also doing games hundred dollars for two hours hundred fifty dollars for three hours. They have a maximum of twenty people. These are expensive novelty games and Movie theater rental. May i guess the novelty is exactly what it is so it'd be fun we said we'd do it and then we did it just having four people in a big old theater. I guess you feel like you've got all the room in the world but there aren't movies to fill up the theaters and you know they gotta get creative. This pretty creative idea. It's a special occasion. It's a novel thing. God knows exactly where it we're. We're we're beyond this. I do think that the idea of live. Entertainment is something that people are going to take a lot of swings at as we become more and more on the other side of the worst of our current pandemic situation. But i don't know how much this particular layout has a future beyond a desperate need to not even just use the screens. This is a play to keep your employees employed right. Because you you can turn the screen down to just have less people come to work this. Is i think a good opportunity to make a little bit of money and keep the business going. Keep your employees working and go from there. But this is i would imagine barely covering the cost to even run the theater when you just have four people in there. I don't know what the concession stand prices are like at cg visas. But if i'm at home and i'm like boy. I want some popcorn. How i get in the theater. I am not buying popcorn from a theater. I am making my on. Just the way that i smuggled my own food into a theater or at least i did in the past what i would love though is if they have popcorn like an ice cream man like i don't know if i want to order it and have them get by the way by the time they get to me but if there was just a movie theater style dude with a gigantic popcorn thing that i could just get a bucket of popcorn for eight dollars right there outside my house i might. I might go with it. I think the food delivery thing is interesting because it be trays. What your food. Experience is how you react to it. Obviously it's something that they think they can make work in korea. So i'm guessing. Cg fee concessions are better than amc theater concessions. There's also another theater chain in the uk. That's doing the same thing i could see. Maybe some people from alamo draft house saying. Yeah but i do like that thing from alamo draft house or their popcorn is particularly good at this particular theater..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"You have to bring your own gear your own console's controllers etc but then your plan on a twenty foot long screen or longer depending on the theater. This doesn't replace the money from a normal movie theater. Even at the current half capacity restrictions that they have in south korea one hundred seat theater with fifty people in it for example would bring in six hundred dollars one hundred thirty five max but it's been popular and it feels theaters. That would otherwise be empty because there just aren't enough movies out. Cg calls it is it. Ex- a play on the korean word for hideout gitte ex. You know it's like give put an accident front anything and it's cool. Check out my book by x. Cg is also offering food food for delivery if you missed the popcorn nachos and corn dogs. You don't wanna go round one of the theaters you can have it delivered. And they're not the only ones doing this. Malka theaters in the southern. Us has been renting theaters for private screenings or games. A lot of them are doing private screenings but malkhaz also doing games hundred dollars for two hours hundred fifty dollars for three hours. They have a maximum of twenty people. These are expensive novelty games and Movie theater rental. I guess the novelty is exactly what it is so it'd be fun we said we'd do it and then we did it just having four people in a big old theater. I guess you feel like you've got all the room in the world but there aren't movies to fill up the theaters and you know they gotta get creative. This pretty creative idea. It's a special occasion. It's a novel thing. God knows exactly where it we're. We're we're beyond this. I do think that the idea of live. Entertainment is something that people are going to take a lot of swings at as we become more and more on the other side of the worst of our current pandemic situation. But i don't know how much this particular layout has a future beyond a desperate need to not even just use the screens. This is a play to keep your employees employed right. Because you you can turn the screen down to just have less people come to work this. Is i think a good opportunity to make a little bit of money and keep the business going. Keep your employees working and go from there. But this is i would imagine barely covering the cost to even run the theater when you just have four people in there. I don't know what the concession stand prices are like at cg. but if i'm at home and i'm like boy. I want some popcorn. You know how i get in the theater. I am not buying popcorn from a theater. I am making my on. Just the way that i smuggled my own food into a theater or at least i did in the past what i would love though is if they have popcorn like an ice cream man like i don't know if i want to order it and have them get by the way by the time they get to me but if there was just a movie theater style dude with a gigantic popcorn thing that i could just get a bucket of popcorn for eight dollars right there outside my house i might. I might go with it. I think the food delivery thing is interesting because it be trays. What your food. Experience is how you react to it. Obviously it's something that they think they can make work in korea. So i'm guessing. Cg fee concessions are better than amc theater concessions. There's also another theater chain in the uk. That's doing the same thing i could see. Maybe some people from alamo draft house saying. Yeah but i do like that thing from alamo draft house or their popcorn is particularly good at this particular theater..
"alamo draft house" Discussed on Pond's Feed
"There's a reason. Report saying despite a stock sores game. Stop still Struggles the whole time. So as far as the company surviving. No that is not the case but also this. This whole thing about game stops stocks going up is beyond game. Stop is pretty much does People walk in get after the rich people By yacht were discussing binary own way to make a lot money. So we're gonna pick on the the struggling business right here in the same what they. Amc amc stock rose as well and amc is another business. That is kinda struggling with all mediators. There is it was. I think would all movie theaters are losing money. But i think there are some theaters trying to work with the lake. For example at the alamo draft house. I think the animal. I've heard them draft house as taken. Some measures do cut a worker with the environment. The even i think they even have their own digital Agree can rent movie. You can watch movies at the counter home. You can read them from there. So i mean of with things like those theater chains. They're actually doing what they can. Emcees the theory saying that. No you gotta come to us in person and they've that's when there's been this long debate about what's gonna happen between them and their these movie students that signing the release these movies on demand and that's where we eventually got the deal with the amc nhc max those movies are being released in theaters in on the od at the same day but regarding these company surviving. No that is not the case. it is all ballots. The little guys take going after the big guys at though this has gone so out of control that big a political figures are starting to take notice. Aoc commented on the game stops dot craze and ted cruz. This is what's really interesting is that. Abc gave her thoughts on this whole thing instead Kind of getting out of control. And then ted cruz responded On twitter saying i agree with you out. Slake way didn't you didn't try to knee. Afc like last month. No this is true. Ted cruz had plans to kill a. Oh see with the riott Borough ted man. That dude is someone else..
How streaming services and COVID-19 upended Hollywood
"Coronavirus is up ended. A lot of things about our lives but few industries has seen as drastic a change as the entertainment business with the ride streaming services and social begging the question. What happens the movie theaters a broader. Chang this is your daily charge joining us way to this. Transformation is our media expert johnson. Welcome john so let's start with a recap of the year. We saw the launch the number of streaming services peacock. Hbo max and then of course stalwarts like netflix. Continue to dominate. Pop culture with shows like tiger king in queen's gambit. How did the so-called street war shakeout in twenty twenty. We saw breakaway successes and truly epic failures over the course of the last year among all the new services that launched in the last fourteen months or so nothing compares to disney plus the subscribers that a service brings in that's the currency of success for streaming services. And no matter how you look at it. Disney plus blew away all other new competitors completely out of the water disney hoped to have between sixty million and ninety million subscribers within five years and it nearly hit the top of that. Its most obstacle optimistic expectation at nearly beat that within one year not five. It's at eighty six point eight million subscribers at the end of its first year and then on the flip side you had these failures quickly. Which entered twenty twenty swinging it was booking super bowl commercials. It was making it rain. All over hollywood paying stars tons of money to make these short form Cereal movies and chapters and Daily essentials and other things that if you could see me i'm making all these little air quotes but it totally flopped and it announced that it was completely shutting down just seven months after launching. So we've seen some really legendary story play out in the streaming world this year definitely and in between though we had a couple of those services. Hbo max peacock which all launched as well and lose a little bit quieter for them up until the end of the hbo. Max how did those two services fair out when they were they launched didn't do as well as disney plus but nothing has done is walls just pause. You really. nothing else compares to what they've been doing you know if if disney plus had it had the insane year that it did their launches would look you know pretty good all right. Hbo max is at you know. I have to check the numbers. But it's at i think. Eight point six million accounts and peacock has more than that because he got chasm free tier. Hbo max you have to pay fifteen dollars a month to access it or b a each b. o. l. subscriber That has a deal with. Hbo backs in order to get it. But the point is you know. They're doing fine sean. It's compared to a truly extraordinary. Unexpected success like disney plus that. It looks like they're really doing poorly and to be fair to you know. Hbo max with its high price. Point the fact that the fact that it was kind of a Confusing proposition two people and The fact that it wasn't on roku or fire tv the two most popular devices for months that also crimped it in particular its appeal. you know. They're like thirty some million people that can have. Hbo max basically for free because they are. They're already paying for hbo and of those were at or still at below ten million accounts. Right we are back so it's definitely struggled in some senses yet. It will disney plus held by a number of big cultural milestones the hamilton earlier this year. Of course mandalorian is back more baby love even new law which at that dollar premium charged pretty well. Hbo max is poised to have its potential big moment tomorrow with the release of what am nine hundred eighty four. I'm curious what you think. The impact is there and as we sort of look for. You know how that's going to help set the way movies are released. Well it cer- certainly gonna superchargers interest in hbo coupled with the fact that it max not only is releasing wonder woman On christmas day the same day that it's available to see in theaters on those that are open It's also making it. Its entire slate. The warner brothers. Entire slate of movies for the entirety of next year are going to be released the same way where there. It's available to stream on. Hbo max the same day. It's in theaters for a period of one month. So people have one month to to sign up for talks log into it if you already have. It watched like some of the you know wonder woman. Nineteen eighty-four dude matrix. Four tons of like huge movies and smaller ones that are also heading to spin. It looks like that's ever happened before people are really excited about it. It's gonna supercharge interest in the streaming service. But it also means that you know. It's kind of a crossing of the rubicon For decades theaters have had a seventy at least seventy five days where they get exclusive access to new movies and of course during the pandemic with these widespread theater closures senate as being closed a lot of companies have tried to figure out. How can you can't have a seventy five day window or something is only in theaters. When there aren't any theatres open and the ones that are people. Don't feel safe going to so we've seen a lot of experimentation about. What do we do in this situation. But this move by warner brothers. Hbo max are. They're making so many of these really big budget movies available. What's known as day and date or it's available for home video streaming the same day that it's in theaters. That's that's a point of no return like things are never. They might not look exactly like that once. The coronavirus and the pandemic are in our rear view window. But it's never going to be theaters and the transit. Never going to be exactly the same again. So the reaction will imagine for folks out there who are locked down this is. This is good news but not everyone has created this with open arms. Right number of directors filmmakers actors have been up in arms. Or who's been sort of speaking out against this. Practice will certainly christopher nolan. Who is a longtime warner brothers director. He's bamed all of his big films with warner brothers and most recently His tenant was released by warner brothers and not partly led to this decision. That warner brothers needed to figure out something other than purely theatrical premieres for films tenant was released it did tentative fine overseas it did reasonably well but in the us tanks. Like i he nolan is is a faint is fame Famously defensive of the theatrical experience. He's one of those ought autour filmmakers who treasures that big dark room and the hush crowd gasping all the same time like. That's that's is cocaine or whatever and he didn't want to give that up and they didn't make him and they released tenet where it had an exclusive period in theaters and it s than sixty million dollars at the box office. That you know. It's standard for one of his movies to make one hundred million plus in the us at the box office so the fact that they saw that it's just not tenable Just not tenable to have this sort of theatrical this preciousness around theatrical release at least during the pandemic they went a different route they. There's is the most extreme that any studio has announced so far a lot of other studios are trying to be a little more compromising and their decision was made largely without consultation with filmmakers. Which you know. It's one thing to up end. These long held norms. Some of which a lot of filmmakers really treasure like christopher nolan really treasures this theatrical the experience and protecting it but it's not always it's it's the medium not the message sometimes in the fact that they sort of dropped this bomb on these people without with wonder woman. There's a lot of consultation with those filmmakers but the entire slate like they couldn't reach out because people talk in hollywood if they reached out to some people get all over town so they basically maybe with a little bit of notice tried to get it out to some people but essentially shut. Drop this bomb on the filmmaker community and that in addition to the fact that it was such a dramatic change from what's baked into contracts and what people expected is it led to a really huge backlash and we're going to see if they're going to get sued or get sued. You might have to walk back many things. They might have to take something that were on the two thousand twenty one slate off the twenty twenty one slates and they don't fall under this so called hybrid strategy. That's something we're going to play out next year. Well curious if this is a a one off thing or is this this pandemic related that twenty one is like twenty twenty a bit of a lost year as be struggled to kind of get back enormously but once you get past it go back to normal. You mentioned the crossing the rubicon. How do you think things the changes that were saying. Now my kind of play out the long term or will there be more of a hybrid approach like what one of the things look like once we get to some semblance of normalcy again. It's never going back to the way. It was like the way the seventy five day ninety day window. That theaters get new movies. That's not coming back even after the pandemic because i think consumers for a really long time have wanted more options. Especially i mean. Young consumers don't understand even older consumers. Don't understand why you have to wait that long to choose where you get to watch your movie you know. Like the seventy five and ninety day window and theater followed by the dvd followed by online vod online rentals followed by a pay one window followed by a pay to win. Like there's going it's going to change but we can say for sure. Theaters are not going to be able to count on that sort of cushion. Seventy five day to ninety day window getting all new movies. They can't count on that because too many of these studios are owned by media companies that are also launching streaming services. I'm really want them to succeed. It's not just warner brothers on by. At and t. and also owns hbo. Max that is playing and experimenting with these new formats like you mentioned milan. That's disney disney decided disney of all studios. They build their franchises on theatrical release. That means a lots of them. But they're still even toying with things like you said they released hamilton which is supposed to be a big screen movie. Next year they released it more than a year in advance and put a totally free on disney plus for their big budget stuff. They're putting it on disney plus with this. What's not calling premier access which is basically when you pay a thirty dollar extra fee and you get movies like milan that you can stream day and date same day as in theaters next year. They're going to do that with riot. Dragon but even with dizzy. They've said they haven't defined what they're gonna do with marvel movies. It looks like they're gonna give marvel movies. Which are you know. Some of their biggest blockbusters that they still have on the slate coming up. They're going to give them some time in the theaters because they know how important that is to building a franchise having that sort of mythic proportion in a theater is really important to a marvel movie whether or not black widow comes to streaming a lot earlier than it would have before in previous you know. In the olden days. A year ago it would've taken about six months to nine months for any theatrical disney movie to make the disney plus. Maybe that'll shrink. What we do know is that theaters are not going to be able to count on a seventy five day. Window consumers are going to have a lot more options about win and where they get to watch new movies and the theatrical spirits is going to have to change you know without having that really special treatment that kid gloves treatment of getting seventy five day window. You're going to see theaters having to adapt offering more food upgrading. The experience of going there They're gonna have to experiment with a lot of different payment models even maybe The point is movie. Theaters haven't really had to adapt or innovate for decades. Because i've had this protected window and that protected window is going to change. But it's never coming back the way it was and the theater. Experience is going to change too so that change is thrust upon them and they're forced to adapt. Do you think theaters are doomed to failure are they are they they are they screwed ultimately. Because i frankly i missed the theater experience but i can't see myself going back for while and so we'll we'll theater survive long enough to be able to adapt and change. Yeah the are going to survive like they just won't be as many and they won't look the same as they did. Which you know a natural thing movies have been around cinemas have been around for a really long time. It's one of. Its basically the first mass mass visual audio visual media You don't have theaters like the depression-era people's palaces anymore. we don't go to theaters. That look like someplace that would have a metropolitan opera in. That's what happened in the twenties thirties. We don't have that anymore because things change television happened. So that's going to be another change but what you're gonna see the the gigantic megaplexes. Amc's the cinemark probably going to get smaller because they can't if you don't have that exclusive access to something that people can choose whether or not they're watching it on that big screen or watching on their home screen where people are going to be able to. They're going to choose to watch it on their home screen and so you don't just need as many movie screens in america anymore. So we're going to see theaters close. We might see some chains completely. Go out of business. The thing that will be interesting to see is how smaller chains mom-and-pop theaters you know the local art house theater. The smaller chains like alamo draft house. We're already seeing that. Those are those are the theaters in cinemas that are more likely to adopt because they don't have a sort of mcdonald's mass market Happy meal mentality. they're catering to a local community. They're more likely to know the sort of things that would bring people into their theater if it's more than just movies it's easier for them to pivot in. Adopting alamo draft house was one of the first chains so to speak. That offered this rent a whole theater option. Which has become more popular during the pandemic instead of having to spend three hundred to a thousand two more dollars to rent entire theater. It's like look we can't can barely show this to people because of restrictions. Why don't you rent the theater for a hundred bucks and you can bring fifteen of your closest friends and you can all like sit apart from each other and you can be pretty confident that we're going to be sanitizing it because we don't or trying to stuff seats because we have to stuff seats. They were the first ones to innovate in that sense. And we start to adopt adapt that model so no like theaters. Theaters aren't going to die. They're just gonna look a lot different in the future
Alamo Drafthouse CEO On Navigating The Pandemic
"Here's shelley taylor. Ceo elon draft. S shelley. taylor. You the alamo draft house. Welcome to decoder. Thank you glad to be here. I was just reading your bio in the backstory here. I i got to start with this. You became the ceo of alamo draft house on april thirtieth. So you have stepped into chaos. I think elmo actually shut down forty one theaters in march. What was this recruiting pitch. Like like they call you and say hey are you interested. Were already in the works. Just it seems like a wild way to become the ceo. Movie theater chain. Yeah it is. It does feel wild but the it was in the works at christmas wintom and i met and started talking and drawn to this incredible brand and this opportunity to you know. Help take something iconic And growing even larger right and then all of a sudden the pandemic and here we are so. We've got this little issue to get through that we can go back to the original plans. What was just the first day. April thirtieth you show up. You got to introduce yourself to ever like there's usually a script right follows. You say something like i. I just wanna listen. There's like the usual stuff. Was it very different this time or did you just come running the little of both right. I mean you talk about like just really wanting to listen and to get to know people. You don't have the advantage of the water cooler in the proximity But at the same time there's nothing like a crisis to create a need for connection and speed to trust and really fortunate that the company and the teammates i've been so welcoming and and willing to just assume good and thompson and wanna move forward versus having to do some of that initial stuff so it was pretty fast and no one's kicked me out where seven munson and i'm still here. Things are going pretty well considering so i always try to ask everybody to begin about. Decision making frameworks before alamo draft house. You will see a large group of planet fitness locations. You were at disney before that. Tell me about your general way of making decisions. How do you think about evaluating your choices and actually make coming to a decision. I think it's a couple of things one is just knowing who and what you are Is the beauty of everywhere. I've worked has had a really clear sense of their purpose and values and the problems that they're trying to solve in this world So always starting with that framework and You know driving from there. I think that one of the things that i took from starbucks and hug valued over the years is that you always put people into that that equation So when you're looking at a decision at the stake holders it's your customers you know it's the people on your team You know having all those all those points of view and then sometimes it is the broader community depending on what the product is. And so i think if you start there and then you put it in a good good dose of data and a good dose of your gut usually. That's a great way to go. I mean that's pretty simple and obviously depending on the complexity of what you bring in or don't bring in but you know it's it really is values and people and direction to other reason. I asked that question is because right. Now you're managing in a crisis where there is a flood of data. You have a very physical plant kind of business. People go to a movie theater and sit down and stay there for a while. How are you managing the influx of covid information. There's a massively disjointed federal and state response there's people who are refusing to wear masters right before he came on new york city closed at schools. Again it feels like there's just a flow of information about the pandemic and how it's going and how we're handling it you say there's a lot of data but the data is a messy. The points of view are messy. How are you just managing that. Yeah that's a great question. And i appreciate. And i really want to reemphasize the lack of coordinated government approach is like crippling the nation. And if there is a message. And i know lots of people are saying this but if there is a message to our government right now It is critical that they have a coordinated approach. And the way that we're approaching a is one you know just my own prayer experience living and working in china and seeing how this has been approached in the past You know helps watching countries that are you know and businesses in countries that are making good. Decisions helps And then we've just been just trying to take a very steady approach. And that is with the information that we do now and that is not constantly changing and some of that is but there are a few constance out. There you know is how can we make our experience as safe as possible from purchasing your ticket to the minute you leave the theater and we haven't wavered from that you know we've done a lot of you know pretty scrappy fast innovation for online ordering Both of tickets and food Eat a how you come into the theater doing the spacing that people. So that six foot distance we had before it was popular You know we said that we were gonna enforce mass for everybody. We thought about our kitchens creating a smaller menu so that we can social distance within our kitchens. How do we not breathe on to touch food. How do we help. People exit the theater. I mean you just name it. We've taken every single precaution that we can and we've gone as far as we could. So we've just said what is the safest ridge of possibility and yes. There's going to be this constant complex information but until there's something that comes in that says differently we're not gonna waiver And and that's suspend our approach. And i don't know with all the variables out there how anyone can do it differently. Is that a set of advisors team members. You needed to build. I feel like most movie theater chain in a lot of like epidemiologists on staff before covid but now all of us are you know we're all looking for the that expertise while looking for those guidelines. Have you built that muscle and that skill evaluate those decisions. Well we do have a really great source of a lot of people who are willing to help us. Whether it's you know our our p. firm ultimately capital gives us a ton of information and advice whether it's you know our our insurance and brokers on that side bringing a ton of advice and then you know we've got strong relationships with University of texas. Ut you know and the information that you can get you know publicly so you know. We've we've probably done with a lot of people do we. Don't have a ton of money right now. Our resources are very skinny. We've had to kind of do it yourself as best as possible. And we'll continue to to probably operate in that method but it comes back to that need for a government approach to this and the government really could be doing a better job at providing clear guidance that does not consistently changed to businesses and quite frankly equitable to businesses equitable. I just small examples in some cities. We're not allowed to open. Are we can open. But we can't serve food yet. The restaurant next door consider food That just doesn't make sense You know in in how you operate you know what's the logic and a simple clear set of criteria that everyone operates off of because part of the problem. Is this the noise and the and the confusion that goes out to the to arc arc our customers. Our you know it safe here. But it's not safe with you and and people can't discern that you know so it really should be agnostic to the business what what is safe. And what's not to the best that we know today right. Yeah asking for a lot probably well. there's new administration. We'll see how it goes us. One of the things about the pandemic that i've heard from many ceo's executives at this is still rated trends that we already saw coming in some cases. Those trends are positive. We've seen a massive celebration in commerce. Ever already saw that coming. We just turn the knob up. There's been a pretty loud conversation for years about the future of movie theaters and some of that is played out in different ways. Like rom coms. Don't really get made by hollywood but every other netflix show is like basically around calm. And so we've just seen the dynamics of the industry change. I've always thought of alamo draft house has being slightly different than your average trig antic chain movie theater you have. Food isn't experience. You're running old movies. People come there as a social event. Do you see it as this is accelerating the trend. That was already coming or you know you started by saying we'll just get back to work when it's over. Do you see this. As as an aberration on the planet you already had for for your company so yes the world is accelerating in many ways. What won't go out of style. His community on social experiences. And so i think while the industry was right for disruption and racine that alamos secret sauce really right is creating. These communal experiences for people bringing the community together to laugh cry gas. Whatever but have fun together and that won't go out of style and so for us it will be going back to the secret sauce of what makes us special
Movie Theaters Are Still (Mostly) Open, But That Won’t Last
"It's been a devastating week for the entertainment industry as Kovic Nineteen forces to cancellation of public gatherings. All over the world. Movie theaters are struggling to cope with two major factors declining attendance and delayed film releases from Motion Picture Studios theaters around the globe have closed but major change like AMC and cinemark have not yet decided to close up shop here in the US. Here's John Horns discussion with senior film writer at Variety Matt. Donnelly one that we've been reporting on depicted but theaters will close regionally not a blanket. You know all the movie theaters in the country represented by trade group called NATO But we imagined that they'll they'll try to close out in pockets of the slow wave to get as much you know revenue as they can. Nato is the National Association of Theatre Owners and just a couple of days ago. They cancelled their annual convention which was scheduled for the end of the month in Las Vegas. The other factor is that a lot of major releases are being pulled from the calendar. Disney has pulled. Moulin the new James Bond Movies. Nocco come out the next fast and furious sequel. Fast Nine has moved to next year. There are a number of other movies that have been placed on hold. What kind of problems does that create for those theaters that remain open because it seems like a lot of the tentpole movies aren't going to get released? Yes the great question. I mean it doesn't incentivize an audience to brave public faces when you don't have really premium and exciting new films to show them and also let's talk about just the agrees Spending on marketing studios have already completed to promote rely on and stuff nine. They're looking at hundreds and millions of and across the board for movies that aren't going to hit theaters for another year or so. If movie theaters are considered dangerous or if they're actually closed might companies like Disney and. Maybe it's not move on. Maybe it's another movie down the line just get released on Disney plus or an equivalent streaming service. Do you think that is part of the potential conversation going forward I can tell you confidently that over the past month or so of all been you know? They won't dare speak out loud The strategy of going directly to digital. But don't forget that a lot of companies are publicly traded so they have an onus to create value for general that. They can't get their movie theaters. They might be obliged to release them through streaming for higher price point or just to incentivize customers to stay but yeah. I think absolutely this is the reason to To look at sort of Shattering will be called the traditional theatrical window. Which is where movie theaters get ninety days or exclusivity with all the movies that come out and then they moved down two places like streaming and on demand. I think he could absolutely see some of the mid range films. You take something like marbled new mutants which is Sort of young adults giving property. I don't think that anyone to expand that to blow minds in the movie theater. They could easily put that directly on Hulu wish neons and and see up taking subscribers just before we got on the phone. I looked at the stock of cinema world which runs Regal United Artists and Edwards Theatres. Its stock is down. Almost eighty percent in the last month compared to the overall market dropping about twenty-five percent cinemark another major chain has seen its stock dropped almost sixty percent and at the same time. Netflix is down just seventeen percent which is better than the overall market so it feels like Wall Street sentiment on the at least short term potential for exhibition is really grim and at the same time. A lot of movies in production are shutting down as well and that won't be felt for months if not a year down the line. Is that going to be a factor as well not just for exhibition but for streaming services? Yeah I mean we. We've been having conversations about e even take the last round of of film festivals that went up. Jones going distribution all the time to to places like Toronto telluride Sundance. I think the OC a spike in sales of those finished movies But they can put up on services today but in terms of original production places like netflix. Amazon impact will be dramatic. Episodes opened a brand new six down stage facility in New Mexico where they intended to shoot the stranger things that will be delayed. You're talking about like theory of Marquis Properties in the stream or so. I think there will be a bit of a shock to either licensed beloved prize old content to put on or a scramble to fine finish work. They can put up in the near term. It does feel like some smaller exhibition chains are trying to come up with creative solutions. Alamo Draft House said that it in its San Francisco Theatre. It's doing something where no more than two hundred people can be in the theater and it's GonNa ask people to kind of separate themselves from one another. It feels like an interesting idea. I don't know how sustainable it is. Are you hearing other things like that where people can buy seats and maybe block off the seats around them or is it just whatever you find when you get into the auditorium? I think you'll find a lot of people finding creative solutions to enjoy the game. But I think at the end of the day there's so much option And there's just such a volume of content. You can watch at home so I think it's just more about separating the the brave from those would rather stop by Saly and you and I cover the movie business. I haven't been in a theatre at least a week and a half. How are people who cover movies? Seen movies are a lot of people now watching films on their laptops as opposed to going to screenings or theaters absolutely You know I went to a screening of a short film that one of the talent agency last week and of Savonarola Laura dern who just gave everybody an elbow bump to say hello and handshake so I think people are increasingly quite. Get us about Coming together so they do a lot more digital screeners for for industry professionals. Another interesting note As of last night The South by Southwest Film Festival organized. A last minute of sort of virtual festival with an online screening library to try to give some of those Indians. That didn't get to play a chance to get in front of accredited president. Chris I think is really cool and also what kind of solution that keeps everybody
GameStop's Store Redesign Leaked
"Stops new store layout got leaked and I'm not sure that this is new friendlier spaces enough to save the stores while I think the tables and TV's to play Games is a great touch. Many people go to stores to play games already have spaces like that like Comic Board Games Comics and re card in retrograde stores plus many people from what I've seen in my own game. Stop are there with a family to grab something quick or to shop at their young kids four something cute for a toy. Do you think this new welcoming game space will be enough to attract customers all new to stick around play games and treat it like a hangout spot. Instead of just a store has the game brandman too ingrained with people to remain just a storefront the only way I can think to help this experience is is if they also partner with a Retro Game Store for Game Nights have game nights again or allow people to actually try out games before they buy instead of those outdated demo kiosks. I I think what also they need to do. Is If you're listening is space probably our target areas of the country would that don't have those types of tips places and you're going to have to have a staff that has a passion for it to constantly creating content. I'm from Austin where Alamo Draft House you know that's that's their home home and it took years and years of them just having a passion for what they do to create all of these events and contents and Friday nights David Bowie night or whatever and they need to do the same thing thing there or it's just going to turn into like a whiteboard where they write in what's happening in. That's where I struggle with is that Allan was a great example of somebody who started small found a thing that worked and then was able to identify where to go with those locations to make that actually happen and where like a weird Wednesday showing territories day is going to make sense right game. Stop up in granted. They're not doing the same thing in every store game. Stop trying out. I worry about that well yeah like if I was starting a game store tomorrow I would it might look similar to this with him. I thought it was. They had the snacks in there like they. They're encouraging you to hang out and play games in the back. That's so easy when you are a independent retailer like a common workshop and you're able to say man. You know what everybody's loving borderlands. We're gonNA bring in some. TV's in the back and playboy unless or smash were doing just smashed. The bar on the street does like that's easy when you have to go through corporate like I'm not even like and I'm not taking a shot at game. Stop just in general having a corporate structure that she has to get approved in so does a smash night in Oklahoma play the same as smash night down at the San Francisco Stones and since it's game stop they probably have to get the lawyers involved right and and that's where it gets really sticky of like. This is a cool idea when I was pitching earlier in the year when we were talking about all this stuff. This is what I was saying like. You need to go back to that. Comic Book Shop Shop Vibe. It's a place to hang out I to nanna biologists asking if this would actually work. I think if they were to do it at the mall down the street it would work. There's a high school right next door. There's there's kids walking through the food court all the time even with the like. I think something that was missing that I when I was growing up your parents would park somewhere all right cool go to kb toys and I'm GonNa. Go do all all this other stuff great awesome. Thanks see you guys later for this to be like all right go to game. Stop in hang on the back and play and sixty four or whatever this generation's arcade yeah exactly canopy right because even as I talk although it would do well down there. The game stop and stones town is tiny. It's the size of this room like. You're not going to be able to do exactly the same thing that they just didn't Oklahoma. They're inside the nightmare of what game savage trying to do from a logistic side of figuring out what stores work for which way what you know. Ooh Do we have to. We're trying to save money. We've closed these stores. Can we move so that they get a bigger spot. It's to who the hell no and that could be what it's doing because I've worked for this comic book store and it's had two three at least four locations because it would hey. Let's invite people in Oh my gosh. We need a bigger space. I mean locations twice while I worked there kind of thing so they need a big footprint to host that yeah I mean I wish him the best. Obviously I think that having even though I'm a digital guy like I like having brick and mortar I'd do like I do like the idea the of having a place where people can go and hang out like the idea that you know I for me. I remember it being such a sense of identity of being able to walk into and be like I'm with people I could talk to the person in here about you know W W W and they understand what I'm talking about. I don't want people to lose
A review of the new Dumbo
"We just came out from watching Dumbo, and what did you think? Oh boy. Okay. So this is to be to be a kid's movie. And that is what it is a did Disney. Tim Burton's his movie, which is kind of a kind of a weird combination. I tell me I was Tim Burton. I would never ever guess that. That was a timber movie. As of one of the main villains. He looks like the guy the referee from. So if you all. On a lot of movies. I'm telling you, man. He's good at it. He's he's a good scary, bad guy. So of course, you know, this is a this is a very kids movie. It's a it's a remake of a very. It's a cornerstone of Disney's again library and union. So the poster of debris, and I think that was a straight up copy of what they actually will dreamland look a lot like it's like Ringling meets Disney for dream dreamland. And I mean, that's that's about as best as I can do it the overall story. I mean, the original Dumbo so Connick and men, it's it's I think if you if you re watch the original your comet get a better story about Dumbo because I don't think this was actually a good story about dumb. It was more of teaching a lifeless almost almost like, you know, anti business pro animal animals, and you know, and at the end, and this is this is a foreshadowing I mean, this was back in nineteen ninety one hundred years ago at nine thousand nine hundred and so this two thousand nineteen. Don't see you still haven't told me if you liked it. Yeah. I don't I don't know. I I was in different of it. I'm gonna go with you. I. I, you know, they're cartoon invoked so many emotions does when I watch it every time they separate him, and his mom, I tear up and this one bit. I didn't I didn't. I was. Well, maybe because we were already realized that. But I tried to be I wanted to be said, I could not didn't invoke any emotion. Happy sad or otherwise with me. It wasn't bad movie though. It was a good movie. Yeah. I mean, it's a it's a busy timber movie. So I director Iconex movie studio, but kind of actors. Yeah. And adding was a little devito Farrell Keaton. I mean, don't get me wrong. The. Doctors were amazing. The acting was a little like force. But don't take our word for it. What are some of the people watched it? Yeah. Probably a good idea. We have. And Bobby, and we came out of Dumbo. Would you guys think about the movie? Q it kept like some of that innocence with an also brought like real life situations that happens. Casseus? On us. I I was seeing because of my girlfriend. I think shown a greater message about keeping animals in out of captivity. Yeah there. There was a pretty greater message at the end, you know, about the animals and captivity, you know, especially with barley kind of getting rid of all their their animals, and then so so out of let's say ten feathers. What how many feathers do you get this? Million feathers. You're off the scale. I give it a night. Wow. Oh, so you guys really liked guys enjoyed it. Reading for Dumbo to the revenge. Come out. Well, thank you so much. We'll see in the movies. Are it must be couples nights? And we got a couple more people saw Dumbo. What's your names? Josh, what did you guys think? Good memories. But a lot of memories a lot of members you like how the they made an hour and a half movie out of a sixty minute. Yeah. Cartoons. Yes. It was well worth well worth it. So did you get the overall message at the end? I mean, I cry got the message message. Yes. So I mean, that's a big thing since this was place in nineteen nineteen one hundred years later now, we're in two thousand nineteen do you think the movie still holds up? Definitely. And I feel like now even more. So with people, you know, going forward with animal rights xactly so out of ten feathers. What do you guys give it? Tinton while ten ten. There you go you guys from. Josh. Thank you so much. All right. We're here with Robert in rubber just came out of the Dumbo move. What do you think Robert about the movie good? Good. Yeah. Dumble it'll it'll it'll pull on your heartstrings there. And so out of let's see when you were watching the movie, what did you feel about Dumbo? Did you sympathize him? I know this is almost like a learning experience. What did you think about Dumbo? Do you think he him and his mom are happy at the end. Yes. Do you think it was worth the whole place burning down for it? Yes. Did you watch the regional cartoon? And I'm pretty sure we're gonna get a lot of those answers because the ritual cartoon was very old very old and want to date myself. But yes, very old. So so yeah. Out of ten feathers. How many feathers did you give this? Ten out of ten you heard it from Mr Robert himself. Thank you so much. Thank you, sir. Well, you heard it from the crowd themselves of everybody loved it. And some people really loved it. And there's gonna be a common theme that these most of these kids that watch the this this movie. And have not seen the original. So they're probably gonna get a lot more out of it. I don't think this movie's meant for me, and you the minority I guess, we're the minority. Everybody the lowest they gave it was a nine for our audience here. So it's a it's a good. It's a good. I guess I guess not the target audience the audience love it. It's a it's a busy movie. So it's very polish. It's very good. And like I said they would have had any other director wouldn't matter. Probably it was. I'm just wondering how they trained that guy to fly that elephant because I couldn't have been easy. Yeah. It was a he needed that feather. He did he did a really good job of flying. Well, yeah. Heard it from us. You heard it from the peanut gallery, and we also want to a couple of people while we're here at Alamo draft house at this time. Because there's nothing up there is this a bright light. So and we're also thinking somebody else here Ray work productions apparently somebody shirt, there's a floating stick or they're in front of nobody's gonna give you a shirt a disembodied sticker. It's like. I wanna sure give me a sure exactly there now. I gotta sure yeah. We go.