Do you miss the feeling of buying popcorn and heading into the cinema to watch a movie on the big screen? Because Nollywood certainly does and it shows financially. Between January and March 2020, Nollywood has lost 30.65% in revenue because of the ongoing pandemic. This loss could threaten the future of cinema.
With cinemas closed and movies such as Mama Drama and Soft Work having to suspend viewings, Nollywood has been hit. However, the Federal Government recently reviewed curfew and announced that hotels can resume operations. Cinemas and malls are still closed but we are slowly going back to normal. What is the future of cinema post Covid-19?
Your Favorite Movies May Not Be Released Anytime Soon
The future of cinema is still uncertain so filmmakers won’t want to gamble with their big-budget movies. They’ll probably put out something low budget and gauge how many people are going to the cinemas before they release their big fish. So, don’t expect to see your favorite movies on the big screen as soon as cinemas re-open.
Drive-in Cinemas Might Be Huge
Nigerian Filmmaker, Charles Okpaleke (Producer, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free) has already announced his intention of introducing drive-in cinemas in Abuja and Lagos. Genesis Cinemas also announced that it will commence a drive-in cinema experience. We can’t wait to buy a car and take part in this new development.
Social Distancing in the Cinema Hall?
Social distancing might not have a place in the future of cinema. Many people go to cinemas in groups so there would be no point in going if they can’t sit close to their friends. How do you explain to a couple that they can’t hold hands and kiss in the cinema hall because of social distancing? They’d rather Netflix and chill.
More Movies Will Be Made for Streaming
The lockdown affected a lot of companies but Netflix wasn’t one of them. The company got 16 million new signs ups during the lockdown. Movie producers might start making more films that pander to streaming services instead of cinemas. However, there are some movies that can only be enjoyed on the big screen.
History Suggests that Cinema will Bounce Back
After the 1918 pandemic (Spanish Flu), crowds flocked to the cinema, more than ever before. If you’ve been locked inside watching movies on TV, chances are, you’ll be eager for a change of pace. That eagerness just might save the future of cinema. And let’s be honest, no matter how big your TV is, nothing beats watching a film in the cinema.
Are you excited to return to the cinema?