1. Traditional movie theater experience
Hollywood’s magical palaces, with their armrest-jostling and sticky floors, now seem like something out of germ-filled horror movies. Will we ever again chomp popcorn while sitting haunch-to-paunch with strangers in a crowded cinema?
In mid-August, AMC Theatres announced plans to reopen about two-thirds of its U.S. locations by September, but with limited seating, social distancing and mandatory masks. In the meantime, moviegoers have flocked to home streaming services such as Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, where the concessions are free and the bathroom breaks unlimited.
The final curtain may not be falling on the movie-theater experience, but a second, more subdued act seems to be waiting in the wings. If you’re interested in exploring affordable alternatives to the silver screen, check out “4 Streaming TV Services That Cost $20 a Month — or Less.”