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  • Will movie theaters survive COVID-19?

    COVID-19 has added to trends working against theaters, but they won’t disappear, says Derek Long, a professor media and cinema studies at Illinois.

    Distributors hold much of the power in the film industry, and will have a major role in what happens in the shadow of COVID-19, says Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at Illinois who focuses on the film distribution system in his research. The virus has added to longstanding trends working against theaters, but “theaters and moviegoing won’t disappear.”

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  • Editor’s note:  To reach Derek Long, call 217-300-6205; email drlong@illinois.edu; Twitter @DerekLong08