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From trivia nights to college classroom rentals: How theaters are surviving without new movies – CNBC

The combination of capacity restrictions, reluctant patrons and so few new films mean cinema operators have had to adapt and become creative in order to make money….

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A Regal Cinemas movie theater stands at night on 42nd Street in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.
When movie theaters were asked to close this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, many cinema operators were under the impression that their venues would be reopened by the end of June.
Larry Etter, senior vice president at Malco Theatres, which operates nearly 40 theaters in six Southern states, said the company first planned for a 60-day closure. But as the weeks progressed, and movie studios…

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