Love this article, Eli! You presented a compelling argument that I hadn't considered before. To be honest, I assumed that all move theatres would soon be a thing of the past (even without Covid). But it is interesting to see that theatres were still performing well as late as 2019.
In terms of the the Paramount decision, I wonder if the impact will be positive for the film industry as a whole. Studios having more control over production and distribution is certainly great for the studios. But I wonder if that concentration will negatively impact the job prospects of folks who aren't Hollywood insiders.