Harkness Screens USA on the reopening of cinemas in America

Two weeks on from Anthony Kelly, SVP Americas, discussing the U.S. movie industry, this time Cody Polla, Curolux Product Manager, has spoken to entertainment journalist Joe Harvey.

Discussing the upcoming reopening of cinemas in the country, Polla also discusses how Harkness Protect can aid cinema brands in the States.

“Right now, the state of cinema is currently in a ‘wait and see’ state,” Polla said. “I believe the fate of reopening the large exhibitors will rely on the studios and the release of schedules starting out. If the ticket sales begin to rise, more and more cinemas will be able to open more showings. Showing older movies can be useful, but the big paying audiences will come back for the new releases.”

2019 was perhaps one of cinemas biggest years. Not only did the year see the conclusion of the hugely successful Avengers franchise, but the ninth instalment of the Star Wars franchise. It will not be the final Star Wars film however, with New Zealander Taika Waititi writing and directing a new feature film for the franchise.

At the start of 2020, the stage was set for another big year on the silver screen. Disney’s Mulan, a live-action remake of the 1998 film, Wonder Woman 1984 are both set to be released in July and will most likely be affected at the box office because many State’s will only be in the early stages of their individual restarts.

“I’ve seen two groups of people,” Polla said. “Ones who are not worried about the virus and the other who will limit their exposure until a vaccine is found. Bringing this second group back to the theatres is key. From my view on this latter group, the general exposure to large groups is the biggest concern.

“Recent protests do seem to point in the opposite direction, so it is possible that the return could be sooner rather than later, if there is not a large virus bump from these protests. Giving people the feeling of safety will be key. Risky behaviour will not be taken lightly.”

Harkness Screens have made a commitment to helping cinemas reopen safely, when they are allowed to do so. Launching HarknessProtect.com for US businesses to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from. Offering an array of solutions for US-based companies that will be restarting in the near future, Polla believes that the Harkness Protect range is well suited to help those enforcing social distancing guidelines.

“Harkness can help cinemas in reopening if the cinemas are looking to protect their employees and customers,” Polla said. “Our knowledge and technology in PVC surfaces is key, providing customers with the resources to meet reopening needs. Harkness Protect products have been designed to meet the needs that this new world, as well as reducing the virus spread.

“The barriers are now a common product in the everyday retail sector and our product range makes it easy for cinemas to provide the safest environment using our PVC technology. The cap visor is an innovative product designed to reduce transmission of viral droplets and incorporating this into an everyday product.”

Harkness Screens

Harkness Screens™ is the world’s leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies for cinema and live events. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year helping provide outstanding presentation experiences to audiences around the world.

With global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux HiWhite, Clarus XC and Spectral) along with an innovative range of presentation monitoring tools, digital surveying services and suite of cinema design and specification apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.  

Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China and combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets.  For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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