China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia RawlinsChina has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Coronavirus: how straight-to-streaming film successes threaten cinemas in China

  • Because China has closed its cinemas amid the virus outbreak as part of steps to avoid large gatherings, some films are going straight to streaming platforms
  • With many Chinese people stuck at home, viewing figures are through the roof, and cinema owners are worried about their future

Topic |   Chinese language cinema
China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia RawlinsChina has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
China has closed its cinemas in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and some films are being released through streaming platforms instead, angering cinema chain owners. Photo: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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