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.”

Coronavirus: Phantom of the Opera to close ‘permanently’ in the West End (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: Phantom of the Opera to close ‘permanently’ in the West End. “The show, which has been running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, will no longer operate in the West End, due to the financial impacts of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions on theatres, producer Cameron Mackintosh has said.”

The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead

The Guardian: UK theatres sweat on whether make-or-break panto season can go ahead. “The UK’s beleaguered theatres have warned that panto season could be cancelled, leading to catastrophic losses in revenue, unless the government is able to reassure people that live performances will continue in the winter.”

Coronavirus: Cinemas and museums set to reopen in England from 4 July (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Cinemas and museums set to reopen in England from 4 July. “Cinemas, museums and galleries will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Tuesday as he outlines a further easing of coronavirus restrictions. Venues closed since the middle of March will be able to welcome visitors as long as safety measures are in place.”

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Organizations Open Their Spaces To Protesters

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Organizations Open Their Spaces To Protesters. “Brooklyn theater and cultural institutions have started opening their buildings and offering snacks, water, and other resources to protesters marching around the borough decrying the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer…. An online database called Open Your Lobby has logged and promoted many of these efforts, with maps and spreadsheets detailing what organizations are offering and at what times on what days. The group provides regular updates tailored to where protests are happening across the country.”

Creative Loafing Tampa: Here’s how to stay connected to more than 30 Tampa Bay theater companies during coronavirus

Creative Loafing Tampa: Here’s how to stay connected to more than 30 Tampa Bay theater companies during coronavirus. “Whether livestreaming to Facebook and YouTube or live and prerecorded performances streamed live on Zoom, theaters are thinking outside of the box to continue their mission statements to entertain. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay caught up with over 30 local theaters, who despite living with uncertainty, remain hopeful and positive. We wanted to find out how they’ve been staying connected and what their plans are for summer and beyond.”

Los Angeles Times: Amid coronavirus outbreak, drive-in theaters unexpectedly find their moment

Los Angeles Times: Amid coronavirus outbreak, drive-in theaters unexpectedly find their moment. “Drive-in theaters have long been viewed as an anachronistic diversion — perhaps worthy of an occasional visit, if that. Now, though, several among the country’s 305 drive-in theaters are experiencing a surge in interest amid the closure of other entertainment options because of social distancing efforts and governmental advisories during the coronavirus outbreak.”

Free to Use and Reuse: Movie Magic (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Movie Magic. “You can see the Riviera in all its long-lost splendor, and dozens of other unique movie theaters, in this month’s set of Free to Use and Reuse prints and photographs from the Library’s collections of copyright-free material. There’s the neon-lit Tower Theater, a Sacramento landmark. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The Ritz Theatre in Greenville, Alabama, an Art Deco building opened in 1935 and now devoted to the performing arts.”

Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance Now Published Online (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Shakespeare’s Globe: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance Now Published Online (this link is to a PDF document). “Archives from the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe are now available online, as part of a collaboration with award-winning primary source publisher, Adam Matthew Digital. The archival materials in this collection offer a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detailing the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others. “

West Bridgford Wire: Incredible historical pictures released on Theatre Royal Nottingham digital archive

West Bridgford Wire: Incredible historical pictures released on Theatre Royal Nottingham digital archive. “Over the past two years, the Theatre Royal’s Creative Learning Team has worked in partnership with the University of Nottingham on a major archive and heritage project entitled Our Theatre Royal Nottingham: Its Stories, People & Heritage, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today, the team launch an innovative new digital archive documenting 153 years of theatrical history at the venue.”

Royal Central: Hamilton and Royal Archives join forces to teach history lesson

Royal Central: Hamilton and Royal Archives join forces to teach history lesson. “The actor who plays George III in the hit music Hamilton has been invited into the Windsor Castle library to study documents on the King as academics aim to inspire others to educate themselves about the historical figure. The Queen recently launched a project to open the Royal Archives from the reign of George III. They are releasing letters, diaries, and speeches digitally to give the public a broader understanding of the King. Scholars working on the papers of George III have had to work through 350,000 papers. They’ve selected 20 of those which are now grouped according to the musical; by theme and song lyrics.”