CinemaCon 2021 was officially postponed from April to August. The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) is now, like the rest of the world, in an unprecedented time thanks to the global public health crisis. This year’s CinemaCon, like almost everything else, was canceled in 2020. Most of the cinemas in Los Angeles and New York City have not opened their doors since March of this year.
When it comes down to it, NATO and CinemaCon need more time to make sure they can ensure the same event they delivered over the years. Everything looks uncertain right now as cases continue to rise in North America and Europe. Theaters in England, Italy and Germany have already closed again. CinemaCon CEO Mitch Neuhauser had this to say in a statement.
“With all the travel, logistics, and capacity issues facing the convention, our 7,500 attendees, vendors, and studio distribution partners, we couldn’t guarantee we’ll be able to present the kind of show the industry is expecting in April. In close consultation with ours Studio As an industry partner, we will reschedule CinemaCon for August when we feel we can showcase the kind of storefront we do best and celebrate the cinema experience with the entire industry. ”
CinemaCon 2021 will now take place from August 23rd to 26th at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, after it was originally scheduled for April 26th. The news comes right after Disney decided to get the last two Fox films off their 2020 release. Death on the Nile and Free Guy will now be released sometime next year, although no specific release date has been announced yet. As of this writing, Warner Bros. is the last one with Wonder Woman 1984 still on its way to Christmas Day release.
CinemaCon typically offers exhibitors the option to preview their upcoming release boards. With pretty much every major movie theater event being canceled in 2020, aside from Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, the 2021 event would likely be filled with films to come out this year. Marvel Studios alone had to record the film Black Widow and Eternals and postpone it until the next year, with both films coming out a year later than originally assumed. With this in mind, the studios have developed a lot of material for future projects.
With CinemaCon in August, it’s also in line with San Diego Comic-Con, which takes place at the end of July together with D23 Expo 2021. It’s not clear whether or not DC will be hosting their FanDome event next year, but if big gatherings are allowed again by next summer, there will be plenty of industry events happening in a short amount of time. It will be interesting to see where the world is when next summer comes. Variety was one of the first to report on the rescheduling of CinemaCon to August 2021.
Topics: cinemas, box office
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