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Empty New York

Blog | By James Fletcher | May 09, 2020

This independent cinema in Greenwich Village is one of hundreds of entertainment venues facing a harsh future. It’s accepted wisdom now that they are unlikely to open before September at the earliest, and even then, with social distancing rules which may limit occupancy to 25%. Apart from making it impossible to operate anywhere near a profitable level, it will also compromise the experience, especially in live settings. It is forcing impresarios and other promoters to stream plays and live music more widely, following the successful precedent set by Live at Carnegie Hall. Pay per view, especially for those far from the city, has clear educational and cultural benefits.