Since the beginning of the 20th century how has the cultural significance and mass culture of “going out” to specific public space such as movie theaters, sports arenas, and other public spaces changed over time, and how it has been affected by the current state of the world and Covid-19?
From this most recent pandemic, many of life’s entertainments had been disrupted, thrown off, canceled, or held off till the following year. COVID-19 has affected many industries and businesses. Industries and businesses such as movie theaters, sports stadiums, theaters, and other large gathering events had been canceled and put into a sticky situation when it comes to social distancing and how they will operator within COVID-19 safety standards. Although, this unfortunate virus that is being circulated today has had people come up with multiple inventive ways to operate and continue their business. For my Final Project, I plan to show instances where COVID-19 has affected entertainment such as examples where sporting areas had to be canceled and new inventive ways people are applying these methods of being safe and socially distanced such as howe drive-in theaters and outdoor theaters are making a comeback. The media in which my project is being made is a twitter thread that is going to have examples, pictures, instances of when in history we have taken these issues seriously, and how some businesses are becoming more profitable.
A Twitter thread
⚈ Golden, Jessica. “Here’s How Sports Teams Are Reinventing Tailgating as Coronavirus Keeps Fans out of the Stands.” CNBC. September 25, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/25/coronavirus-causing-sports-teams-to-rethink-how-fans-watch-games.html.
“Here’s how sports teams are reinventing tailgating as coronavirus keeps fans out of the stands” by Jessica Golden goes into a discussion about how a source of entertainment is finding a new and inventive way to help fans. Some examples include a new type of tailgating where each car is in a designated space and they stream the game onto a large screen. Some are inputting opera house seating in which u drive up onto a ramp to watch. Basically a drive-in sporting event. Teams such as The Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, and The Milwaukee Bucks are discussing and finding new ways to have fans view their sporting events.
⚈ Faughnder, Ryan. “How Will Movie Theaters Make Customers Feel Safe after Coronavirus?” Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-04-30/coronavirus-future-of-movie-theaters.
“How will movie theaters make customers feel safe after coronavirus?” by Ryan Faughnder which goes into a discussion of how theaters are making extreme changes to make sure customers are being safe, satisfied, and relaxed when dealing with this new Virus. People now are so scared to go and are even concerned for everyone’s health, to quote the article, “I’d be willing to go out just with me and my wife maybe a month after they reopen,” he said. “We’ll wait even longer before the kids go back”. The longer and longer places remain close and the virus slowly starts to die off, More theaters are beginning to open up with extremely small viewings with 6 feet radius seating between people to have the safest experiences.
⚈ Whitten, Sarah. “Going to the Movies Will Be a Different Experience in the New Coronavirus Reality.” CNBC. June 10, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/25/what-will-movie-theaters-look-like-after-coronavirus-shutdowns.html.
“Going to the movies will be a different experience in the new coronavirus reality” By Sarah Whitten, was one of the Primary sources I chose to use for my paper. Mainly when looking at this article is going into the discussion of how Movie theaters are beginning to suffer from how Coronavirus is beginning to slowly take over and make theaters slowly die off. Now some inventive ways and new rules are being put into place to help represent how they are taking precautions for safety as well as the continuation to have viewings for Movies. New technology and ways to access films and food from theaters are going into production to help make this harsh virus change easier for everyone. I plan to use this information regarding how some theaters are operating
⚈ Bailey, Jason. “Is It Safe to Go to a Movie Theater Right Now?” Vulture. August 24, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/is-it-safe-to-go-to-a-movie-theater-during-coronavirus.html.
“Is It Safe to Go to a Movie Theater Right Now?” by Jason Bailey is a fascinating and really helpful source discussing and talking about Coronavirus and how some movie theaters are being questioned if they are safe again to go to. This article goes into the discussion and shows the mindset of the owners of theaters and how some are taking drastic cuts to pay because of the virus. Others are skeptical if it is still safe to go to the now opened and covid guidelines that have been placed in theaters. I plan to take some of the personal opinions in front of his article as well as hope it benefits my understanding of how the virus is affecting businesses.
⚈ Vadala, Nick. “The Rules and Risks of Going to the Movies.” Https://www.inquirer.com. October 09, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.inquirer.com/things-to-do/movie-theaters-open-covid-risks-philadelphia-new-jersey-20200903.html.
“The rules and risks of going to the movies” by Nick Vadala shows and provides great information pertaining to COVID-19 and how we should know how risky and whether or not to go to the movies. As described some new theaters such as drive-ins are making a comeback but so are indoor theaters but in this case with fewer viewing sizes. This source will help me understand the certain precautions some theaters take to make sure that everyone is socially distanced, wearing masks, and safe. I plan to take away and show some of the examples that have been used to show that changes are being made to make sure safety is a number one priority.