‘This Is a Real Kick in the Shorts’: Small-Town Theaters Owners React to AMC’s VOD Pact With Universal (Variety)

Variety: ‘This Is a Real Kick in the Shorts’: Small-Town Theaters Owners React to AMC’s VOD Pact With Universal. “Jeff Logan, owner of Logan Luxury Theatres, has been struggling to make ends meet for most of 2020. After being closed for months due to coronavirus, he recently reopened the three movie theaters he runs in South Dakota, screening classics like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. But ticket sales are slow and Logan’s cinemas are not making enough to cover their rent. Now, he’s concerned a new deal struck between Universal Pictures and AMC Theaters could deliver a gut punch.”

CNN: Universal and AMC Theatres strike a deal allowing new films to play at home sooner

CNN: Universal and AMC Theatres strike a deal allowing new films to play at home sooner. “Universal and AMC are mending their frayed relationship in a deal that not only reverses the theater chain’s ban on Universal’s movies but also appears to upend the traditional exclusivity model that studios and theaters have followed for decades.”

CNET: AMC moves back reopening as movies delay release dates

CNET: AMC moves back reopening as movies delay release dates. “AMC has again delayed the reopening of its nationwide movie theaters amid the coronavirus pandemic. Theaters in the US will ‘reopen in waves,’ with the first now planned to open in mid- to late August, AMC said Thursday, citing delays in movie release dates.”