As states like Georgia will ease their COVID-19 shelter-in restrictions as early as this weekend, with movie theaters allowed to re-open on Monday, April 27, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a statement today, reminding that moviegoing will take a while to return to form. Since, due to the lockdown, online streaming platforms are booming right now. Most are paid, but some are free. Here’s the complete list of websites that allows you to watch free movies online. These websites are totally free and you can enjoy many of your favorite movies and TV series there.
“While some states and localities are beginning to authorize the opening of movie theaters under certain conditions, the movie theater industry is also a national one. Until the majority of markets in the U.S. are open, and major markets in particular, new wide release movies are unlikely to be available. As a result, some theaters in some areas that are authorized to open may be able economically to reopen with repertory product; however, many theaters will not be able to feasibly open,” said NATO this morning in a statement.
Meanwhile, the big chains, Deadline confirmed –AMC, Regal, and Cinemark– won’t be re-opening anytime soon. While AMC is eyeing early June, and Cinemark around July 1, Regal still hasn’t officially said when they’ll re-open. Other states allowing cinemas to re-open include Tennessee, South Carolina and Mississippi. One independent theater owner in Kentucky said he plans to have his cinemas open for Memorial Day weekend.
Those cinemas re-opening plan to program studio catalog titles for a while. Universal will also have Trolls World Tour on hand for those who wish to book it; a handful of drive-ins have done so already. But keep this in mind: studios for their big event films don’t just need major box office capitals Los Angeles and New York City to be back on line, but largely the rest of the world, i.e. China and Europe.