To stay afloat, cinema chains have been renegotiating deals with lenders and landlords and developing creative ways to generate revenue.Most major cinemas are now offering up cheaper private theater rentals as a way to entice in reluctant moviegoers. Others have transformed parking lots into concert venues, launched trivia nights and even negotiated deals with local colleges to rent out the space for in-person learning. Noam Galai | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Movie theater chains got some good news on Monday morning — trial data indicated Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective.- Advertisement – The news sent AMC shares soaring as high as 80% in premarket trading before settling around a 50% gain after the opening bell. Cinemark shares were trading up about 52%, while Marcus Theatres and IMAX were gaining about 18% in early morning trading.The coronavirus pandemic has battered theaters since March, crunching their bottom lines and threatening to push chains big and small towards bankruptcy. As of the close on Friday, Cinemark shares were down 74%, AMC was down 66% and Marcus was down 75%.Last week, these movie theater chains reported third-quarter results, signaling yet another period of losses.- Advertisement – With movie theaters hauling in less than a quarter of the revenue they were generating last year, AMC and B&B Theatres, the sixth-largest cinema chain, have both warned of the possibility of bankruptcy. Studio Movie Grill, a Dallas-based dine-in theater chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.The hope is that with a vaccine, Covid-19 cases will decrease substantially and audiences will be more willing to return to theaters. This, in turn, will give studios confidence to keep major film titles on the calendar. Without fresh content, moviegoers won’t return in droves.Still, a vaccine might not be widely available to the public until mid-2021. So, while the news is promising, it does not fix the near term issues that movie theaters are facing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
LOS ANGELES — OK, so now, 10 games into their postseason run, the Dodgers are in a series, a real series.Their first season. The last series.The World Series.Hey, when you’re playing for the championship of the globe – even if the only teams eligible to participate are in the U.S. and Canada – it can’t be as easy as winning a beer-league softball title, right? They lost despite having the ball and game in the hand of Kenley Jansen, who had allowed only one unearned run in this postseason and no earned runs in more than a month.“I’m human,” Jansen said later. “I can’t do anything about it now. Today was their day.”The Dodgers lost, all right, when George Springer hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning, after they had come back in the manner of a miracle to stretch the game beyond 10 innings.See, the Astros sort of won this game twice, which the Dodgers made a necessity by refusing to go quietly.That was fitting, given everything that happened over the four hours, 19 minutes it took to resolve this thing. The score was tied at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5. Both teams led by two runs at least once. Starting in the ninth inning, there were a combined six home runs hit.“That was definitely one of the best games I’ve been a part of,” the Dodgers Charlie Culberson said. “A great ballgame. Unfortunately, we lost.”Leading 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Culberson and his teammates watched in likely amazement as the Astros tied the score on a Marwin Gonzalez homer off Jansen.Then, in the 10th, Houston took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa off Josh Fields.To understand how shockingly and suddenly the mood shifted at Dodger Stadium, consider that after Correa’s homer the boos raining down on the Dodgers were nearly as epic as anything this team has done lately.Yeah, a classic fall in the Fall Classic.But the Dodgers, of course, weren’t done, and, despite this loss, it’s still hard to imagine this team being done until it has accomplished its goal.Now trailing 5-3, the Dodgers pulled even on a Puig homer – a drive as brilliant as the blue streak he has painted in his hair for this series – and a two-out RBI single by Kiké Hernandez.That comeback, however, only made what happened against McCarthy all the more difficult to take and made Culberson’s 11th-inning homer all the more frustrating, that tying seventh run still eluding the Dodgers.So now, after cruising to victories in eight of its first nine postseason games, this team finds themselves even with the talented and grinding Astros at a game apiece. In other words, the Dodgers find themselves in a series.“Nobody said it would be easy,” Culberson said. “We’re here to fight.”This is a series, certainly, the American League champions looking decidedly more threatening than what the rest of the National League could throw at the Dodgers.And all this soured just as dramatically as the Dodgers had earlier turned Game 2 in their unlikely favor.They actually provided the night’s initial twist when Corey Seager sent Dodger Stadium into orbit, nearly 55,000 fans – minus several hundred in Astros orange – launching from their seats and into the steamy night air, steamy yet still not warm enough to prevent chills.Seager, having just dominated a 97-mph fastball from a dominating Verlander, let out his own exhaust as he watched his game-altering two-run homer in the sixth streak toward the stands.He screamed. Really, he unleashed a guttural, primal, opened-mouth growl caught by cameras in spectacular slow motion.It was the highest of drama in the highest of def, coming from a player hardly known for his bursts of overwhelming emotion.That shot gave the Dodgers a sudden 3-1 lead on a night when Verlander was unhittable into the fifth inning and sustaining his velocity like he hadn’t – according to an ESPN report – since 2011.The home run also fit the script of what the Dodgers had been doing all postseason, coming up with big moments in the biggest moments.In their first nine postseason games entering Tuesday, the Dodgers had trailed at the end of only 13 of 81 innings, and eight of those came in their Game 4 loss to the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.In other words, the Dodgers had been ahead or tied 84 percent of the time, which brought with it a certain degree of comfort.Thanks to the Astros, all that changed in Game 2.Yeah, the theater was remarkable, from opening pitch to closing swing. In fact, the theater began even earlier than that.It started with an elaborate first-pitch ceremony that involved Vin Scully faking a rotator cuff injury and having to give way to Fernando Valenzuela, who tossed the ball to Steve Yeager.It was a bit much maybe, perhaps a tad over-the-top even. But this is L.A., and over-the-top is what we do sometimes, OK?The 11 crazy, wonderful, flustering innings that followed the opening ceremonies Tuesday proved that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And there was nothing easy about this one for the Dodgers or their fans, this 7-6, bullpen-imploding, last-call, extra-large, extra-inning loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series.“If you thought it was going to go 4-0, you’re crazy,” outfielder Yasiel Puig said through an interpreter. “These are the two best teams in American baseball. That’s what you get.”The Dodgers lost despite taking a lead into the ninth, something they hadn’t done on 98 previous such occasions this season.They lost despite getting ahead after struggling against Houston’s best pitcher, the fume-throwing Justin Verlander.
Col Hadfield at Harry’s todayThe Canadian astronaut who tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space has touched down in Donegal.As part of a nationwide holiday, Col. Chris Hadfield has arrived in Inishowen and visit a Buncrana school to learn a ‘cúpla focal’ from the local pupils today.He has already had lunch at the famous Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend. Chris will also attend a traditional music session and see the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula, the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.Indeed many eyebrows were raised when Buncrana Town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin officially invited the astronaut to Donegal but it now appears that the idea certainly was ‘out of this world.’The astronaut tweeted a photo of Donegal from the International Space Station last March:“Donegal, one of the many famous places I’ve only seen from space.” COLONEL HADFIELD TOUCHES DOWN IN DONEGAL – AND HAS LUNCH AT HARRY’S! was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HadfieldInishowen